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Mona Azadian Qomi

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Mona Azadian is a practice-based lecturer at the Department of Architecture + Design. She is a registered architect with an International practice background collaborated with several multinational firms in the Middle East. Mona is the co-founder of Dubai based architectural practice POLIS Architectural Front with which she has undertaken several works and international competitions gaining awards. In parallel to professional practice, Mona has been teaching as an architectural design tutor since 2012 sustaining an interaction between practice and academic discourse and utilizing her experience in both. She emphasizes creative design methods underpinned by critical thinking in terms of both a social and an environmental context.Her work and research primarily focus on educational building typology, water conservation in urban contexts, xeriscape landscape design, rehabilitation of traditional context, and business development strategies for architects.Mona received an honorable mention prize for a design proposal for the Iranian pavilion in the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. “Contemplating the Desert” is a scheme responding to the “Report from the Front” by critical thinking on the illusory process of contemporary urban development as well as an invitation to recall sustainable methods of water conservation in Iranian traditional urban contexts.

Research interests

Educational Design Typology

Xeriscape Landscape Design

Water Conservation in Urban Contexts

Business Development Strategies

Rehabilitation of Traditional Urban Context


Lecturer, IAU University Architecture Department, DUBAI - 2012-2020

Co-Founding Partner, POLIS ARCHITECTURE FRONT, DUBAI - 2011- Present

Founder and Lead Designer, UNTOLD GARDENS, DUBAI - 2018 - Present

Architectural Designer, Variuos Architectural Consultants (NJP, Burt Hill, Woodsbagot, CAP) - 2002-2011

Awards and honours

2017, UAE Future School Competition, 3rd Prize, Ministry of Infrastructure

2016, Iranian Pavilion for 15th Venice Architectural Biennale, Honorable Mention Award, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

2010, Vertival SPA in Rome, Honorable Mention Award, Arquitectum

2006, Urban Facade Refurbishment for Navaab Highway, 2nd Prize, Tehran Municipality

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

MArch, IAU Azad University, Tehran, Iran, 2002

Registered Architect Part II, Iranian Architects Registration Board, TCEO

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