Kamran Diba is an Iranian architect. He studied architecture and sociology at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1969, after having begun in private practice, he established DAZ Consulting Architects and Engineers, which he left in 1980. From 1976-1978, Mr. Diba served as the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. Mr. Diba was a recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1986 for Shustar New Town.
The project includes two sculpture display areas, both of which are integral to the design: one is external, a large open garden to the north, and accessible from both the museum and the surrounding park, and the other, a smaller, enclosed, terraced courtyard at the centre of the gallery spaces. The articulated volumes of the complex and the copper clad skylights step down gradually toward the north from the light catcher of the main hall.