BArch - IUST( Iran University of Science and Technology)
MArch - Emergent Technology and Design - (AA)
Mehran Gharleghi is an architectural designer and researcher and educator. He received his M.Arch in Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) from the Architectural Association (AA) in London. He has worked for distinguished architectural practices including Foster and Partners in London and Plasma studio. In 2011 he founded studio INTEGRATE.
His work employs sophisticated design and analysis tools along with rigorous physical material studies. He looks to synthesize design and performance, establishing new relationships with the built environment and ultimately leading to novel spatial experiences.
Mehran has lectured and taught internationally, he has also written extensively. He currently teaches at a number of academic institutions, such as The Architectural Association and The University of Brighton. He is a studio tutor and teaches the EmTech Masters programme at the AA and is a studio tutor at the University of Brighton.
His research focuses on the synthesis of geometric, material and fabrication logic with spatial quality, context, and culture. This has been pursued through unfolding the potentials of material systems and their fabrication logic such as inflatable structures, draping fabrics and fibre reinforced concrete. This research is being continually investigated in academia, through workshops such as Airbone in TU Graz and the Maeda Workshop at the Architectural Association, as well as through installations and within practice. Examples of award winning projects carried out in practice include the City Vision Inflatable Pavilion and the Saba Naft Complex.
In parallel to his other research, Mehran is also highly interested by and carries out research on vernacular architecture. This line of research helps him to understand underlying principles of performance driven architecture across various contexts and cultures. He has pursued this research in the publication Iran: Past, Present and Future guest-edited with Michael Hensel published by John Wiley and Sons in April 2012 and System City, Architectural Design (AD) along with Michael Weinstock.