chahar is an architectural design practice focused 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.
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 in order to create responsive, context-driven, and thought-provoking architecture.
chahar means “four” in Farsi and is used in many Iranian architectural terms, chaharsoo is the center of the bazaar where the exchange of knowledge and expertise happen, where all the energy of the city meets and greets and flows. chaharbagh is the Persian garden, with a quadrilateral form, where the four directions of North and South and East and West equally meet at the center of the garden.
chahar focuses on the fluidity that comes from the interdisciplinary teamwork and cultural exchange in any given situation, like the energy that is formed at the center of the bazaar. The goal is to address design problems by considering the local and global implications of the decisions that are made and to question assumptions that we might make in the design process.