Farzaneh Akhavan Tabatabaei

Farzaneh Akhavan Tabatabaei

Berkeley, CA, US

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I am an Interior Designer (Master's degree) with a background in Architecture (Bachelor's degree). Being in different firms made me conscious of my responsibility toward the space that I am designing for people to experience or live in. I realized that interior design is the human-centered approach to the problem solution whereas architecture is more about the outside boundary and my main interest/focus is on human experience within each space. I believe in the idea that Interior design is the ART and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. My area of focus is Hospitality and High-end Residential.


Arcsine, Oakland, CA, US, Interior Designer

Hospitality, Commercial, and Residential Design
Concept development / Visual Presentation Materials / Hand Sketch and 3D Modeling / Coordination on all SD,DD,CD Phases / FF&E Sourcing & Selections / FF&E Specifications / Budget & Schedule Preparation / Timeline Management / Custom Mill-work Design / Reviewing GC submittals / Consultant & GC Coordination As Needed

Jul 2021 - current

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, Tectonics II Teacher Assistant - part-time

Proper Data Preparation for The Course/ Provide Direction to Fellow Students to Create Required Concept development (Photoshop, In-design), Drawings (CAD) Considering Structural Solutions, 3D (Rhino & Sketch-up) / Rendering & Finish Selections

Jan 2021 - Aug 2021

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, Materials library Research assistant - part-time

Material Picking For The Library / MFR Coordination For Proper Materials & Furniture / Provide Direction To Fellow Students To Find Proper Materials And Furniture / Create Online Materials Library For Students & Professors

Sep 2019 - Aug 2021

Parmis company - part-time, Tehran, IR, Interior Design Team Member

Residential & Commercial Interior design
Concept Development/ Initial FF&E Selections / Budget & Timeline Management / Design of Marketing Materials & Presentations

Mar 2019 - Aug 2019

Ara interior design - part-time, Tehran, IR, Interior Design Team Member

High-End Residential Design
Plan & Detail Drafting / FF&E Development / Observing Projects During Construction / Designing The Marketing Materials For Final Presentations / FF&E Purchasing

Mar 2018 - Oct 2018


Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, Masters, Master of Interior Design

Sep 2019 - Aug 2021

Islamic Azad University of Tehran, Tehran, IR, Bachelors, Architecture Engineering

Dec 2014 - Dec 2018


IIDA Student Design Competition, 3rd Place

DÉJÀ Healthcare Clinic
The DÉJÀ healthcare clinic’s design is simply about the patients, their beloved ones, and the caregiver’s wellbeing within the space. The aim is firstly an area where a feeling of home-fullness can be reached through the understanding of an individual, appealing to multiple generations without any gender limitation to make sure the visitors feel welcomed and comfortable. This satisfaction can result in having patients back in this clinic again or they might feel they have been there before (Déjà vu) which would also speed up the healing process. Secondly, providing an environment that creates a lasting impact by involving the user’s emotional sense in their experience by engaging them unconsciously into space. The HIPPA, WELL, ADA standards, etc. are considered to create a better overall design as well.


IDECF Graduate Scholarship, Scholarship

This grant, distributed through the IDEC Foundation, provides travel funding to interior design graduate students who desire to become interior design educators to participate in the IDEC Annual Conference. Each scholarship will equal the cost of graduate student registration for the Annual IDEC Conference in 2021. The Foundation awarded up to $3,000 to the graduate students selected this year.


Woodbury University's Best Thesis Project, 1st Place


IFDAEF Vercille Voss Scholarship, Scholarship

IFDAEF Vercille Voss Scholarship

honor issuer IFDA Educational Foundation
The Vercille Voss Graduate Student Scholarship is in memory of Vercille Voss, a longtime Illinois Chapter member and mentor to new members and students.


Tau Sigma Delta, Award


Areas of Specialization