Growing up in Tehran, Iran, my father was a developer whose goal was to construct homes in a way that would appeal to consumer’s basic needs and sell quickly. Thus, I grew up in and around construction sites. When it came time for me to decide a direction for my life, I knew that one day I wanted to be involved with buildings; not just constructing houses as the market dictated, but to be intimately involved in the design and ideas behind them. So, I went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to pursue a degree in architecture. After graduation I started working for a local firm involved in designing commercial, residential and government facilities. During that time, I became fascinated by how the environment shaped Southeast Asian architecture, making it among the most innovative and sustainable in the world. It affected me so much that I began researching a whole new approach to environmental design. After my experience in Southeast Asia, I felt drawn to explore America because of the diverse population and its own language of architecture. I moved to the Midwest to continue my research in environmental design Southeast Missouri State University, where I was surrounded by vernacular architecture along the Mississippi river. I compared what currently surrounded me to the vernacular Malay homes and the Persian architecture I knew as a child, and soon began to discover common environmental threads between my current and previous experiences.
In addition to my studies, I also became interested in the implications of cognition on human behavior by psychological environmental design. My goal shifted to creating structures that incorporated the environment into the blueprint. I ultimately aspired to formulate spaces that were holistic in their physical, psychological, and environmental efficiency. K+ Development and Design was founded in 2015 after completing my first project and the first version of Emotional Interior Architecture, the Student Union at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Since then, I have been able to cultivate the ideology of this practice into what it is today, developing the most innovative environment for the occupants.
B.Arch (Honor), M.A, ASID, IDEC