Saba Salekfard

Saba Salekfard

Los Angeles, CA, US



Saba Salekfard is an architectural designer and educator from Los Angeles. She earned her Master’s in Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree from the California Polytechnic University, Pomona, receiving awards such as the Outstanding Thesis Prize and the David M. Schwarz/ Architectural Good Times Services Award. Her research investigates the relationship between domesticity and urbanism and has been the recipient of the Paul Katz / KPF Fellowship. She has been an editor for journals like Retrospecta and Paprika! and her work has been published for Archinect, Vice, and the World Architecture Festival. Saba has taught at Cal Poly’s Department of Architecture as a lecturer and studio professor, and worked for the international firm 5+ Design. Currently she is working and researching in New York City.


Saba's School Blog on Archinect:

Collections & Curations : A Repository

Investigating architecture's ability to reach a broader culture.

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Saba's Featured Articles on Archinect

Towards Neuro-Spatial Diversity: Thoughts on the Relationship Between Architecture and the Patterns of the Mind, Sun, Mar 15 '20

“Too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans… what’s normal anyway…” opines mixed-race, LA-born R&B artist Miguel on his 2015 track, “What’s Normal Anyway.” The artist’s self-identified ethnic identity quandary serves to mirror our understanding of the ...

Towards Neuro-Spatial Diversity: Thoughts on the Relationship Between Architecture and the Patterns of the Mind

Cross-Talk #4: Saba Salekfard on 'Academic Aesthetics', Thu, Feb 8 '18

Cross-Talk is a recurring series on Archinect that endeavors to bring architectural polemics and debate up-to-date and up-to-speed with the pace of cultural production today. Each installation will feature an introduction premise along with four responses by four practitioners to a single ...

Cross-Talk #4: Saba Salekfard on 'Academic Aesthetics'


5+design, Hollywood, CA, US, Designer

Jul 2016 - Jun 2020

Roto Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Jun 2014 - Sep 2015

Machine Inspired Art (MIA) Gallery, Los Angeles, Designer

Two summers as a design intern for Machine Inspired Art Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles

Jun 2013 - Sep 2014


Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Sep 2020 - Jun 2022
Jan 2011 - Jun 2016



Outstanding Thesis Award, Award


Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award

Leadership, service, and merit


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