I’m Mahan; a Product Designer, Strategist, & Problem solver.
I use strategy, design, and technology to solve human wicked problems.
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My Six Projects that I’m Proud of
Hayat (life) Platform
Hayat is a crowdsource social platform about quality of life in neighborhoods of Tehran to create an engaging experience for citizens and encourage them to write reviews about their neighborhoods. While using this app, users also provide feedback for the municipality’s official urban statistics. See Hayat Platform’s UX case study on UX Folio.
Dezz is a web-based marketplace for service providers in the building industry. Users can evaluate each other and choose their desired designer, contractor, client, etc based on proven records and other evaluation methods.
Tehran Now is a research-based design project that seeks to create products that have not yet been thought of, created, or developed by utilizing various techniques from future studies, speculative design and design thinking.
Future City Innovation Lab
Together with three other principles, I co-founded Future City Innovation Lab in 2019, where we focus on problem-solving through design innovation. In 2021, I left Future City to follow my passions on entrepreneurship, innovation and product design through different experiences.
Not Another Tool!
NAT my Masters thesis project; a scenario-based design project in the context of street movements. NAT Tries to design in the strategic layer to create non-violent resistance scenarios and some tools associated with each.
Gooshe Vintage eShop
Gooosheh Vintage is an Instagram-based small business I have started together with my partner Paria Kia. #the_new_life_of_things is the brand’s motto and its hashtags. Gooosheh is a hobby that connects my personal and professional life.
Please see my other projects within my projects archive. I have a background in UX Design, Architecture, and Media Production. For several years I’ve worked as a design developer on architecture & urban design projects. I’ve also worked in media working as a content creator, cinematographer, photographer, and web developer.
“I use strategy, design, and technology to solve human wicked problems. At first, I thought architecture is great because it is both art and science! After completing two architecture degrees, I realized it is computers that are both art and science. That’s when I started to become an architect of digital products rather than mortar and bricks.”
A Short Bio
Mahan holds a BArch from the IAU, Central Tehran Branch, and an M.Arch specializing in situated technologies from the State University of New York (UB) where he was awarded the department Chair Award for outstanding performance through the design studios. In addition to working as a design manager and developer in both architecture and urban design projects, he was a former researcher of the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies, Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies, and Tehran Urban Innovation Center. In 2016, Mahan Mehrvarz was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects. In 2017, his “Internet in Things”, a part of his master’s dissertation, which explores the sociopolitical aspects of IoT, has been selected by European Media Arts Festival. Together with three other principles, Mahan co-founded Future City Innovation Lab in 2019, where they focus on problem-solving through design innovation. In 2021, Mahan has left Future City to follow his passions on entrepreneurship and product design through different experiences.
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