profile

The work of Ashrafi and Zad Design is rooted in an architectural design approach that is positioned at the intersection of lightweight, computational design and a celebration of existing narratives related to place and identity. 

We focus on how advanced design techniques and technological innovation can benefit and empower communities, how to make our built environments more inclusive, and how architecture can offer opportunities for transformation through representation, respecting the stories of people and place, and offering a sense of belonging and identity.

Ashrafi & Zad Design is an Architecture and Urban Design Studio based in Tehran and Barcelona.​

Our team is committed to finding solutions that are at once deeply rooted in locality while acknowledging our universal identity in a globalized world.

Ashrafi & Zad Design strives for an architecture that enriches daily life, improves our environments, and benefits the communities we serve.

Our work on the understanding that the influence of any architecture or urban space surpasses the immediate physical impact of the built environment. We think architecture impacts communities by helping them feel supported or represented, by shaping constructive narratives and by presenting possibilities for a better future.

Contact

Address

TEHRAN

No.16, Niayesh Building, Farahzadi blvd, Tehran, Iran
Phone : 021-22378673

BARCELONA

Jocs Florals 148 Pral2
08014 Barcelona
Phone : +34 654 628 077

Business Development

For new business and project inquiries, please contact:

Marziah Zad

Co_Founder and Director
zad@ashrafizad.com

Press & Communication

For press and media inquiries, please contact
info@ashrafizad.com

Lectures & speaking engagements

To request a lecture or to engage Ashrafi & Zad in speaking engagements, panel debates, conferences, etc. kindly Send your request to this email.
If you have additional material to support your request, please attach it to the Email. info@ashrafizad.com
Employment

Jobs

All applications (solicited and unsolicited) should be submitted through our application system below.We review all applications on a bi-weekly basis and store relevant applications for a maximum period of 6 months after which they are deleted. Submitted files should be in .pdf format only and not exceed a size of 5 Mb.For more information about working at Ashrafi & Zad Design please visit:

Internship

We are always looking for talented students of architecture to join our team.
We accept 1 – 2 interns during the summer and the fall semester, which run from June through November.
People
Co_Founder and Director
Co_Founder and Director
Director of Operations
Publications

Article Name

Nicht nur Fassade, Atlas Medical Office Building/ Hamedan, Iran.

Publisher

FachMagazin

Published

July 2020

Editor

Walter Lasser

Language

German

German

100

Pages

44-49

ISSN

1606-4550

Print

Printed in Architecture for The Future, Deutschland.

Article Name

2ND PLACE: ALLEY HOUSE, QOM.

Publisher

Architect Magazine 130

Published

December 2021

Editor

Azita Izadi

Language

Persian

German

121

Pages

50-52

ISSN

1684-7490

Print

Printed in Memar 130, special Memar 1400 award.

Article Name

The World’s Best Architecture, 2018

Publisher

Phaidon Press Limited

Published

February 2019

Editor

_____

Language

English

German

280

Pages

_____

ISSN

978-0-7148-7870-6

Print

Architizer

Research

Topic

Deaf Friendly City, Inclusive Urbanism Studios

Mentors

Raha Ashrafi, Asal Alizadeh, Mojdeh Kamali

Researchers

Nava Kholoosi, Nima Ghanei, Mohhamad Behjoo, Farideh Yusefi Moghadam

Institution

TUIC (Tehran Urban Innovation Center)

Outcomes

Design Handbook // 101 Tips for a Deaf Friendly City

Language

Page count

Pages

181

Completed

September 2019

Topic

Senior Friendly Environment

Mentors

Raha Ashrafi, Marziah Zad

Researchers

Golrokh Heidarian, Tarlan Khoiloo

Institution

Ashrafi & Zad Design – Research

Outcomes

Design Handbook

Language

Persian

Pages

203

Completed

December 2022

Clients
Events

Upcoming

May 15
Marziah Zad
San José State University

Lecture

San Jose, California
April 28
Marziah Zad
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

IAAC lecture series

Barcelona, Spain

Previous

March 23
Marziah Zad
SJSU

Constructive Narratives

San Jose, California
March 28 – April 1
Marziah Zad
University of Oregon

Adaptive Refugee Housing Symposium

Eugene, Oregon
April 8
Marziah Zad
University of Oregon

Inclusive Urbanism

Eugene, Oregon
May 27
Raha Ashrafi, Marziah Zad
AW Group Exhibition

NO.9 Aw Project Presentation

Tehran, Iran
June 9
Marziah Zad
Bio Design Lab, Bergen

Europan16 Award Ceremony, Speaker

Europan16 Award Ceremony, Speaker
June 01
Marziah Zad, Raha Ashrafi
University of Cambridge

Transformative Spaces

Cambridge, England
July 1
Raha Ashrafi
Kardell, architecture and design source of inspiration

Architecture and People Festival, Didar event

Tehran, Iran
September 10
Raha Ashrafi
Architects Together Community

Meeting between Iranian and Japanese architects

Tehran, Iran
Awards

2021

Memar National Architecture Award

Memar National Architecture Award

Dezeen Awards

Silk Tree Deaf Friendly Park

Europan 16 Awards

A Self Nurturing City in Hjertelia, Norway

2019

Memar National Architecture Award

‘Atlas Medical Office Building’

2018

Architizer A+ Jury and Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award

Hamedan Chamber of Commerce, Hamedan

Architecture Master Prize

Hamedan Chamber of Commerce, Hamedan

2017

Architizer A+ Jury and Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award

Farmanieh Vertical City, Tehran.

2014

World Architecture Festival (WAF)

Abadan Residential apartment

2011

Memar National Architecture Award

Abadan Residential apartment

2021

Memar National Architecture Award

Memar National Architecture Award

Dezeen Awards

Silk Tree Deaf Friendly Park

Europan 16 Awards

A Self Nurturing City in Hjertelia, Norway

2019

Memar National Architecture Award

‘Atlas Medical Office Building’

2018

Architizer A+ Jury and Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award

Hamedan Chamber of Commerce, Hamedan

Architecture Master Prize

Hamedan Chamber of Commerce, Hamedan

2017

Architizer A+ Jury and Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award

Farmanieh Vertical City, Tehran.

2014

World Architecture Festival (WAF)

Abadan Residential apartment

2011

Memar National Architecture Award

Abadan Residential apartment