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CONFERENCE: Iranian Architects and Architecture: Transition from Traditional to Postmodern

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

The Azadi Tower in Tehran

Organised by: Iran Heritage Foundation

Organising committee: Dariush Borbor (RILIS), Dr John Curtis (IHF), Astrid Johansen (IHF)

Date: Saturday 12th November

Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP


The main focus of this conference is to look at the evolution of 20th century architecture in Iran, concentrating on the transition from traditional to postmodern architecture.

On the whole, there has been limited research on the evolutionary aspects of the 20th century post-Qajar architecture of Iran. The essential difference between the development of modern architecture in Europe and Iran is that in Europe architecture was evolutionary encompassing several centuries and accompanied by new technologies, whereas in Iran it leaped from traditional to modern in less than a century.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss and evaluate the overall shortcomings and successes of modern architecture in Iran, as well as recognize the achievements of Iranian architects and the works they have created.


A detailed programme will be available to download soon. The list of speakers includes: Leila Araghian (Diba Tensile Architecture); Dariush Borbor (Research Institute and Library of Iranian Studies) (RILIS); Azar Djamali (Azar Djamali Architect Ltd); Mehran Gharleghi (Studio INTEGRATE); Omid Kamvari (Kamvari Architects); Ali Madanipour (Newcastle University); Mina Marefat (Georgetown University); Alireza Sagharchi (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism) (INTBAU); Arash Tabibzadeh (Sharestan Consultants)


Tickets : £20 book now
Friends of IHF discount available

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make it payable to ‘IHF’ and send this along with your contact details to: IHF, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP

For any inquiries please contact, Tel: 020 3651 2121

About: The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persianate world. The objectives of the Foundation are achieved by organising and supporting activities of cultural or scholarly merit. IHF programmes include sponsoring teaching posts and fellowships at universities and museums, giving grants for academic research and cultural activities, and organising regular events and conferences, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

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