Who & What?
Mahan Mehrvarz is a designer, strategist, & problem solver. He usually introduces himself as one who uses strategy, design, and technology to solve human wicked problems. Mahan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the IAU, Central Tehran Branch, and a Master of Architecture, specializing in situated technologies from 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 on both architecture and urban design projects, he was a former researcher of 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 masters dissertation, which explores the sociopolitical aspects of internet of things, 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.
Future City Innovation Lab
Together with three other principles, I have co-founded Future City Innovation Lab in 2019, where we focus on problem-solving through design innovation. In 2021, I have left Future City to follow my passions on entrepreneurship, innovation and product design through different directions.
Hayat (life) Platform
Hayat Platform 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, citizens also provide feedback for the municipality’s official urban statistics. See Hayat Platform’s UX case study on UX Folio.
Tehran Now is research-based design project that seeks to create plausible futures to examine the effects of design products that have not yet been thought of, created, or developed…
A web-based marketplace platform for service providers in the construction industry. Both regular and professional users can evaluate each other and choose their desired designer, contractor, client, etc based on proven records and other evaluation methods.
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. I am a part-time typewriter specialist there.
& the rest…
I have a background in Design, Architecture and Media Production. For several years I’ve worked as a design developers at architecture & urban design projects. I’ve also work in media working as content creator, cinematographer, photographer, and web developer. See the archive of my projects in my old websites.