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Studio Chahar

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Founded by Yasaman Esmaili is an architect and educator. Her work is focused on inward exploration and examination of existing presumptions in order to experiment with alternative design processes and create innovative, context-driven and phenomenological spaces. She believes that architects can play an important role in empowering the community and forming a social shift in the global society.

Her collaborative work have resulted in the realization of Hikma Religious and secular complex in Dandaji Niger, the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Afghanistan, and Niamey 2000, a multifamily housing project located in the capital of Niger, all of which have been widely published and recognized.

Her most recent work, Hikma, received the Global LafargeHolcim 2018 Silver Award. Yasaman holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tehran, a Master of Architecture from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Design Computing from the University of Washington.

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