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Negar is an architectural and urban designer and researcher and the research and development director at Open Architecture Collaborative Canada. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Negar has a lifelong passion for exploring the dynamics of complex urban systems and the interconnectedness of societies and the built environment. She has obtained her Master of Architecture from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany with her thesis focusing on settlement patterns of immigrant communities and dynamics of ethnic neighbourhoods in Toronto. Having studied and worked in architecture and urban design, Negar sees a strong connection between social, economic, and environmental injustices and the exclusive and top-down ways our built environments are being realized. To mitigate the impact of these injustices on the well-being and the livelihood of communities, she has been involved in many grassroots initiatives focusing on the well-being of children and youths in underserved communities, equitable living spaces and civic engagement in urban design and planning and placemaking projects. Through her involvement with grassroots and non-profit organizations in Tehran, Berlin, and Toronto, she has seen the power of inclusive and context-sensitive community engaged processes in achieving resilient and equitable solutions, and now as a co-leader at OACC, she strives to create and expand the capacity for such processes in design and planning of the built environment as well.

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Creating a Remote Built Environment Learning Academy

Posted by Negar on August 26, 2020

Open Architecture Collaborative Canada (OACC), is a community of socially-minded designers, architects, planners, creators, and innovators who strive to create equitable and mutually beneficial relationships between communities’ quality of life and their built environment. 

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