IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Afshin Koupaei

Afshin is an Iranian licensed Architect and Construction Supervisor based in Vienna, Austria and Isfahan, Iran. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from IAU (Iran, Isfahan, 2008) and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Studio Kazuyo Sejima, 2019). He was practicing in the field of computer programming before studying architecture and had been teaching programming and software development using MS C#/VB to computer science students from 2002 to 2005. Afshin had worked as designer, architect, construction supervisor and project manager in Iranian Architecture and Urban design firms from 2005 to 2012 where he was engaged with projects of different scales including small and big housing projects, hotel buildings, office buildings, industrial sites and re-planning of worn-out urban districts. He won the prize for best renovation project (Fara-Tahghigh office) at MEMAR AWARDS 2008 (Iran National Architecture Award) together with AMORDAD Design Group. Afshin founded GOZAAR STUDIO at 2012 (Iran/Isfahan) where he managed to try and incorporate his previous knowledge and experience of computer programming in the field of architecture. Apart from design and realization of different architectural projects, Gozaar Studios experimental approach lead to several academic workshops and experimental pavilions. Afshin had taught a joint lecture at the Azad University/West-Tehran titled Digital Processes in design and fabrication (2014/15). He worked as researcher at the EVA Research project (Evaluierung visionärer Architekturkonzepte, 2017-18) and is the newest member of DDPLAB/Institute of Architecture at University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He is focused on re-establishing geographically contextual design methods and fabrication technologies. He is trying to deploy traditionally common design and construction techniques (mostly vernacular techniques) to reinvent contemporary design and fabrication typologies.