MEET THE SPEAKER\\ Kamran Afshar Naderi, co-founder KAN Artworks & Memar Magazine

Kamran Afshar Naderi, architect and artist, co-founder of KAN Artworks & Memar Magazine, will be a guest speaker at SHARE Interiors Bucharest, bringing a valuable contribution to the panels of discussions

Kamran Afshar Naderi is a distinguished Iranian architect, furniture designer, artist dealing with sculpture and painting, architectural critic, prolific writer, co-founder of Memar Magazine and Memar Awards for architecture, co-founder of the practice KAN. He is an experienced lecturer and a frequent guest speaker at universities and conferences in several Asian and European Countries, as he has delivered numerous speeches about architectural criticism and architectural theory in Iran, Switzerland, Kuwait, Turkey, Cyprus and Italy. Being deeply interested in research, he is author of more than 200 articles and 3 books about Iranian contemporary and ancient architecture.

He has been a regular member in juries all around the world (Iran, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cyprus), but especially at the Memar award which is considered the most important architectural prize in Iran. His multifaceted profile does not stop at these roles mentioned above, Kamran Afshar Naderi being also a Branch Manager of an international engineering company Intertecno Company in Iran, dealing with marketing and management.



His professional career began in 1986 in Italy, shortly after his graduation from University of Genoa in the field of architecture. For a few years, he was a collaborator in several well-known Italian and international companies such as Renzo Piano Building Workshop. As a design team member, he was involved in Kansai Airport (Osaka) and Lingotto rehabilitation projects (Turin). During his long residence in Italy, he contributed to several industrial and urban design projects. In 1993, he established his own office in Tehran. Since then, he has been working on numerous projects for international organisations and companies: Italian Embassy, Italian School, Danish Embassy, Austrian Embassy, Netherlands Embassy, Japanese Embassy, Norwegian Embassy, UNDP, World Bank, Nuovo Pignone, Shell, MAN Ferrostaal, Bayer, Festo and Ebara. The work of his office has been distinguished with prestigious awards, among which A’Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award.

The architect believes: “Architecture is the law of the complex nature of various topics from philosophy and sociology to mathematics and technology. Because of direct contact with human life, it is full of elements and spaces that have a deep cultural meaning and a very strong sentimental induction. The architecture is a form-design discussion and requires a balance between the effects of sensory moment and stable perception of the space. The art of architecture is in order to bring space.”

As a designer, Kamran Afshar Naderi has created many distinctive pieces. One of the most acclaimed ones is his first limited edition set of furniture, “The Guardians”, which received the silver prize, in A’ Design Award and Competition, being also exhibited at Niavaran Cultural Center and the Guest house of the Italian Embassy. His art projects constitute a particular frame of work, being invested with special and deep meanings beyond the excellent craft. For his creations, Kamran Afshar Naderi draws inspiration from nature, mythology, ancient geometry and Renaissance perspective. Reflective steel, wood, cement, brass ceramics and paint are his preferred materials. Among his endeavours, the Tree of Life exhibited at IFCM Institute in Lyon, France holds a special place. The conception of the large sculptural panel is a story in itself, having behind it many challenges, trials, and errors. The execution lasted 18 months and involved a team of 40 people among artists, artisans, architects, and engineers.



If you are interested in finding more about Kamran Afshar Naderi’s insights, you can check below the thought-provoking dialogue between the architect and Andreea Robu-Movila (publisher SHARE Architects), held in June 2018 at SHARE Sofia.

In dialogue with KAMRAN AFSHAR NADERI for