Yasaman Esmaili — Architecture

Yasaman is passionate about creating architecture that is responsible, innovative and beautiful. She has joined Blokable with extensive international experience in the areas of housing, mixed-use development, education, public projects and urban design. Her collaborative work in Afghanistan and Niger have resulted in realization of several projects including GoharKhatoon Girls School and Hikma, A Minds’ Garden. Her work have received numerous national and international recognition including the 2017 Lafarge Holcim Regional Gold Award, an Award of Merit form AIA Seattle, an Award of Honor from AIA Northwest and Pacific and an R+D award from Architect Magazine. Yasaman holds a BArch from University of Tehran, a MArch from the University of Arizona and a MSc in Design Computing from the University of Washington. She is actively involved with the education of architecture as a design critic and visiting instructor for graduate and undergraduate design studios at the University of Washington.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“During college I spent some time in a small village by the Caspian Sea in north of Iran, surrounded by forests and mountains. The houses were built of forest wood, mud and stones and were stacked next to each other over a hill, each house overlooking the roof of the house beneath it. The vernacular community of this little village was frugal and beautiful and in perfect harmony with its setting. I had a similar experience when I lived in Arcosanti, an experimental town or an urban laboratory in high desert of Arizona built upon the principles of architecture and ecology.”