The architect is also a sculptor and sees his work as ‘architectural sculpture installations’. Having moved to rural Kelardasht, he attracted patrons from Tehran’s art world to the area, including the client of this villa. It is sited in a complex including a house for the client’s son and a caretaker residence at the base of the mountains. Blending modern technology with traditional designs, materials and building techniques the large villa has stone and timber reclaimed from demolished properties, enabling it to sit in harmony with its surroundings. Local labourers were employed on this and several other projects, creating a new skill base in this rural community.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the architects of projects enrolled through the nomination programme receive an Award documentation package which describes the standardised presentation requirements. In addition to submitting photographs, slides, and architectural drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context. These project presentation documents include the architect's record and the aforementioned submission documents.