This is the foundation upon which Marziah Zad’s practice, Asrafi & Zad, operates. “Our projects attempt to promote equitable spaces, create inclusion through design and manifest our aspirations for the future.” Marziah’s work as Co-Founder of the Tehran-based practice focuses on how design impacts our sense of culture and identity through the use of advanced digital design practices which serve communities equitably.
In particular, Marziah says she has a fascination with iconic impact and how materials can move us in unexpected ways. “Materiality and texture are important tools to create connections. It’s important to reinforce and expand ownership by offering spaces that promote equity and include people from all walks of life. Stakeholder participation in the design process results in buildings that are iconic because they offer ownership through representation. Depending on the impacting scale of a design, that sense of belonging can transcend national and transnational borders.” She cites the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and the explosion in Beirut last August as global examples of this experience of inclusive ownership.