EDUCATION

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

> M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture, 2012-2014

Thesis: “The New Image of Human: anthropo*metric/morphic guide for digital civics”
Thesis Advisor: Mark Wigley, Ph.D.

> M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design, 2011-2012

Advanced Studios of: J. Reiser + N. Umemoto, B. Tschumi, M. Kushner + J. Mayer

 

Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction
(currently; National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia)

> Postgraduate Research Studies (Residential Architecture and Construction), 2009-2011

Research Topic: “Complex Configuration Residential Buildings” 
Advisor: G. Rashidyan, Ph.D.

> Diploma in Architecture (terminal/professional degree in architecture), 2003-2009

Diploma/Thesis project: “Multifunctional Complex in Armenia”
Published in print and non-print media. Awarded honorary degrees.

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

> Founding Director and Curator

x-commons.com (Forum + Collection + Gallery + Publication), June 2015-present

Platform to generate public scholarship on collective memory, perception and assurance commons. Current program is established in partnership with Luys Foundation.

 

> Director, Independent Practitioner

vahan-architecture(.com), Yerevan, Armenia, 2008-12, 2016-present

Independent design and research practice. Conducted research through actual and hypothetical architecture. Published proposals, built projects including corporate and residential interiors. Recently completed a design commission in Yerevan, 23 k sq ft business center.

 

SELECTED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

School of Architecture, College of Design, University of Minnesota
> Cass Gilbert Visiting Assistant Professor
(Graduate Design Studios and Theory Seminars), starting Jan 2018

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
> Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation,
(AAD Global Metropolis Studio with Markus Dochantschi, critic. ) Jan-May, 2015

> Associate, Advanced Studio V
(Studio, “Habitable Bridge” M. Dochantschi, critic), Fall 2014

> Teaching Assistant, Advanced Studio V
(Studio, “Re-Creation” M. Dochantschi, critic), Fall 2012

 

PROFICIENCIES

Technical

3D modeling, Parametrics, CGI – pro. level - 8 years + experience in 3dsMax, in Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, Compositing + Animation and Particle FXs, VRay, MentalRay, FinalRender, Fryrender + Arion. Working experience in Rhino + Grasshopper

CAD & BIM – 8 years + experience in AutoCad, overall knowledge of Revit and Catia

3D Animation & EditingAdobeSuite, knowledge of camera tracking techniques and software

Coding Web-Development – worked in Python, Processing, IOS SDK + c, Html & Css + J-Query

Digital Fabrication Experience – 3D-printing, laser-cutting + overall knowledge of large scale fabrication methods and principles

Languages

Fluent English, Russian, Native Armenian

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

Scholarship grants from the Luys Foundation (USD 121k), for Columbia University, 2011-2014

Traveling Grant “Formazione Romualdo Del Bianco,” Florence, Italy 2006 

Full State Scholarship for study at YSUAC, 2003-2009

 

SELECTED COMPETITIONS

Emerging Student Architect of the Year, International Design Awards, LA, March, 2009 

First Prize, International Best Diploma Projects Show-Competition, International Public Organization of Promoting Architectural Education, RF, 2009

First Prize, Living Home of the Future, I-TOON “Best Living Home of the Future” AM, 2008

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Works Featured in Books

“Evolving Skyscraper.” Limited Edition Skyscrapers Book. Ed. Carlo Aiello. Los Angeles, CA: eVolo LLC., 2011. 918-921. Print. 

“Evolving Skyscraper.” UTOPIA FOREVER: Visions of Architecture and Urbanism. Ed. R. Klanten and L. Feireiss. Berlin: Gestalten, 2011. 144-45. Print. 

“Hotel in Yerevan.” 08 BOOK OF DESIGN, Annual IDA Book No. 02. International Design Awards. Los Angeles, CA: IDA TM., 2009. Print.

Works Featured in Magazines

BySpace Press in China, Links Books Barcelona Spain, REVIEW Magazine Yerevan, AM, Sep 2010, NEWMAG Magazine, Yerevan, AM, June 2008. Additional publication requests by IA&B India, B1 MAG Thailand, Vision Magazine Philippines..

Works Featured in Non-Print Media

eVolo.com, inhabitat.com, ida.us, ecofriend.org, arch-times.com, greenmuze.com etc..

Authored Papers (Armenian)

“Complex Configuration Residential Buildings, Contemporary Developments” Scientific Work Collection. YSUAC. Yerevan: YSUAC Pub., 2011. Print.

 “The Scene of the Mass Housing Architecture, Precast Concrete Construction and Complex Configuration Residential Buildings”  Scientific Work Collection. YSUAC. Yerevan: YSUAC Pub., 2011. Print.

“The Development of Complex Configuration Residential Buildings in Their Nascent Stages” Scientific Work Collection. YSUAC. Yerevan: YSUAC Pub., 2010. Print.

Authored Articles in News*papers/sites (Armenian)

“The Start of the Project x-commons.” www.hetq.am. Ed. E. Baghdasaryan. Yerevan, AM., 2016. < http://hetq.am/arm/news/67415/meknarkum-e-x-commons-nakhagitsy.html>

“New Project; x-commons.com.” www.lragir.am. Ed. H. Ghahriyan. Yerevan, AM., 2016. <http://www.lragir.am/index/arm/0/society/view/131329>

Talks/Interviews

“’Unsubscribing from Invalid Architectural Thinking’ Interview with Vahan Misakyan.” Interview by A. Poghosyan. Architecture and Construction Magazine, Founded by the Union of Architects and the Union of Constructors of Armenia Nov. 2013: 22-25. Print.

 

SERVICE

President of the Armenian Society of Columbia University, 2011-2012