Faryar Javaherian is an Iranian
architect and curator, born in Mashhad, Khorassan, raised in France, and educated in the United States. She studied at the University of Texas
at Austin, MIT and Harvard and is the founder of Gamma Consultants, recognised
as the leading office in museum and Persian garden design in Iran. Her buildings have been
widely published in Iranian architectural magazines and her work is established as having a recognisable Iranian-Modern style. Her major built works include the Iranian Calligraphers Society Complex and Gardens (1995 – 1997), the VenusGlassOfficeBuilding (2005 – 2006), and the Aghdassieh Apartment Complex (2007) among many others. Most recently, Ms. Javaherian has won a competition to build the new FrenchSchool in Tehran; she is also working on five museum projects. In addition to her built work, Ms. Javaherian has curated numerous exhibitions that cover the fields of architecture, landscape, photography and cinema. She has worked as an art director and set decorator for ten films including Hamoon and The Pear Tree, which are cult films in Iranian cinema. Ms. Javaherian is the author of Gardens of Iran: Ancient Wisdom, New Visions (2004), Thirty Years of Solitude (2007), and numerous articles in the journal Memar, to which she contributes as an editor. Ms. Javaherian has lectured extensively in Iran and at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and was a participant in the Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s international seminar on industrial architecture held in Istanbul in 2009. She has served as jury member for the Memar Grand Prize and other international competitions.
The building serves the dual purpose of providing a cultural center in a residential area, and the restoration and preservation of a house and garden from the 1920s. The house is a two-storey block built of mud brick and masonry supported by wood tension beams and thick bearing walls. The interventions and restoration are planned as unobtrusively as possible.