Farrokh Rostami Kia

Farrokh Rostami Kia

Albuquerque, NM, US

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Farrokh Rostami Kia is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing his Master of Architecture degree. His background working in different countries and with different cultures has given him an open-minded approach to problem-solving and has taught him to be both effective and efficient in his work.

His very first architecture related working experience began as a 3D Artist and junior architecture designer with the PendarePaydar consulting company in December of 2004. While there, he was studying for his Bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering at Urmia State University in Iran. Following his graduation in 2009, he moved to Turkey to continue his education.

In 2013, Rostami Kia received his Master of Construction Engineering and Management degree from the University of Anadolu in Eskisehir, Turkey. He was honored as the top scholar graduate thesis of Civil Engineering Department. While in school, he wrote two research papers and was awarded for the 2nd best research study in 2nd International Scientific Conference of Iranian Academics.

In August 2015, he moved to the United States to enroll in the M.Arch degree program at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He is in his third year and has received two scholarships for academic achievements. His first-year studio work was selected to represent the school in 2016-17 as part of its marketing materials. While in New Mexico, he has worked two summer internships, one with Albuquerque Public Schools Facility of Design and Construction and another with Gensler Architecture, in Denver. He has also worked as a project assistant at UNM SAP.

Rostami Kia is an experienced team member and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of collaborative work. His genuine love for the field of architecture comes through as what it is: the joy of being able to participate in such a meaningful profession.


Gensler, San Francisco, CA, US, Technical Designer (Architechture)

Jun 2018 - current

Albuquerque Public Schools - FD&C, Albuqueruqe, Architecture Student Intern

I have been working for APS FD C as a part-time student intern for almost 2 years. During this period of time, I was responsible for preparing project reports and presentations, redesigning APS parking layout, designing and providing architectural plans and layouts for a renovation project in APS, and reviewing architectural projects and manuals.

May 2016 - Jun 2018

The University of New Mexico, Albuqueruque, Project Assistant

Assisting director of School of Architecture Planning with their advertisements and online forms. I was doing some online programmings to make an online form for their different applications. Recently I was in charge to prepare the accreditation room for school's NAAB team visit.

Aug 2015 - May 2018

Gensler, Denver, Professional Intern

It was a summer internship. I have been assigned to make physical models, 3D visualizations, energy analysis, creating a bunch of virtual tours and augmented reality projects, in addition to routine conceptual designs.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Darin Johnstone Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Extern

This was a week experience during the semester break. The externship is a temporary training program in a workplace, especially one offered to students as part of a course of study.

Jan 2016 - Jan 2016

AMOS, Urmia, IR, Holder, Design Director

I establish AMOS in 2013 partnering with Ali Gerami Fard and two architects as a design staff. After moving to the USA, my partner Ali Geramifard stepped into the manager position. Thanks to his efforts he is the one who is in charge of this firm now.

Mar 2013 - Aug 2015

Yapihan Mimarlik, Eskisehir, TR, Designer

I've been in charge of providing Architectural visualization services (such as still images and animations) while assisting the design team with their architectural designs. During this time I've also worked on some iOS applications.

Jan 2011 - Mar 2013

Pendar e Paydar, Urmia, IR, 3D Artist

Pendar e Paydar consulting eng. was my first architectural experience. While pursuing my bachelor degree in mining engineering, I realized how much I'm in love with the architectural profession. Having said that I decided to use my 3D skills to get involved in this sector. During that time I was involved with various architectural visualization services and drafting CAD plans.

Apr 2007 - Jun 2010


The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2015 - May 2018

Anadolu University, Eskisehir, TR, Masters, Construction Engineering and Management

Jan 2010 - May 2013

Urmia University, Urmia, IR, Bachelors, Mining Engineering

Aug 2005 - May 2009


Selected Project for issue 82’s cover., Other

My studio 602 project has been featured on the cover of the CRIT journal (#82).


Charles E. and Katherine M. Brown Endowed Scholarships, Scholarship

Award based on 2016-2017 academic achievement


Frontier/Golden Pride Scholarships, Scholarship

Award based on 2015-2016 academic achievement


Pamphlet Architecture 36, Honorable Mention


UNM SAAP Representor, Other

Selected Studio work of the year to be printed on UNM school of Architecture’s postcards


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