Having grown up in Iran with a passion for both art and engineering, Reza found that architecture was the best way to combine the two. His aesthetic was shaped early on by the traditional styles that were all around him, but he developed a more contemporary perspective when he arrived in the United States to go to university in 2004. Ever since, Reza has applied that breadth of influence to his work across commercial, residential, and hospitality projects in China, Dubai, and along the east coast where he’s spent most of his career. He finds most success, he says, in a team culture where “you can bring up ideas without stress, and it doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong, as long as there’s an open dialogue.”
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Reza is committed to helping train the next generation of architects. He’s a part-time teacher at Northern Virginia Community College, where he instructs students in Revit, architectural design, and construction management.