Monday, October 24, 2011


Chris Bosse and Jarrod Lamshed from LAVA's Sydney office just got back from Iran where they gave lectures at the 14th Advanced Architectural Workshop in Tehran.

Organised by an independent group of Iranian architects the aim of the workshop is to create a forum for contemporary architecture and engage young Iranian designers with architects across the globe. Previous speakers have included Atelier Bow-Wow, Juergen Mayer H, Vicente Guallart, Bjarke Ingels BIG architects and Nader Tehrani.

Chris Bosse and Kamran Afshar Naderi

Our host was MAM Architecture Office and Mr Hashemi of Physical Development Research Center. We gave lectures on LAVA’s work, including Digital Cathedrals of the 21st century; Humankind Nature Technology - Building More with Less; and Digital Design to Fabrication - Parametric Urbanism. 

And we were on the jury of MEMAR Award 2011- along with some legends such as Bahram Shirdel and Kamran Nader. While we didn’t necessarily agree on everything, we had a great time and saw some amazing work by a new generation of Iranian architects.

We held workshops at Bandar Abbas where our host was the Hormozgan Construction Engineering Organization - great place and great reception.

On a whirlwind trip we took a ferry, a minibus and a tin boat to see Hormoz Island, including a lovely old village with wind towers.

The architectural highlight was Isfahan, how amazing! Most people don’t know that Utzon based his Opera House interiors on the Friday mosque.

We had lunch at RYRA studio - best new office in Iran. Check out the work of Abbas Riahi Fard  and Farinaz Razavi Nikoo  

An architectural pilgrimage! Thanks so much for having us!

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