chahar believes that architectural design can and must transform the built environment in an equitable and innovative way. We believe that design is a collaborative process by nature. We join other designers, makers and artists and form interdisciplinary teams in order to create responsive, context-driven, and thought-provoking architecture.
chahar focuses on projects that engage the community at every step of the design and building process, and create a positive impact on their urban and natural environment.
Yasaman Esmaili is an architect and educator and the founding partner at studio chahar. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington, School of Architecture. 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 beautiful 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.
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. Before forming studio chahar, she has practiced for more than five years in the areas of housing, mixed-use, education, public projects and transit-oriented urban design in the U.S., Iran and Turkey.
LafargeHolcim Global 2018 Silver Award, Hikma in Dandaji, Niger
Recognition Award, Zista Competition, Architectural Strategies for Relief after Earthquake, July 2018 Tehran, Iran
2018 AIA National Award of Honor, Goharkhatoon Girlschool in Mazar-I-sharif, Balkh, Afghanistan
LafargeHolcim Middle East Africa 2017 Regional Gold Award, Hikma in Dandaji, Niger
2017 Award of Honor, AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Design Awards, Goharkhatoon Girlschool in Mazar-I-sharif, Balkh, Afghanistan
Architect magazine’s 2017 R+D Awards, Niamey 2000 Urban Housing in Niamey, Niger
2016 Award of Merit, AIA Seattle, Niamey 2000 Urban Housing in Niamey, Niger
2015 The Architectural Review School Awards Finalist, Goharkhatoon Girlschool in Mazar-I-sharif, Balkh, Afghanistan