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Farhang Dadfar '11

Farhang Dadfar '11

Major: Architecture
Current Position: Designer, BAKH-Architecture
Current City: Shanghai, China
Age: 25

As an avid traveler I have always been fascinated by the concept of exploring. To experience a foreign landscape is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world to me. So the idea of finding joy through exploring new perspectives was imprinted in my mind. Knowing this nature of myself, entering Hobart, I had a generalized idea that I wanted to pursue something that wasn't going to dull my mind by being monotonous or restricted to certain limits.

After spending my first year taking a few classes on philosophy, sociology, and sciences, Hobart's interdisciplinary education made me realize there is a core element shared in all my courses. I was so infatuated with the idea of interconnectedness of disciplines that I decided to chase it. After taking another year of classes, I finally took a course with Stanley Mathews, associate professor of art and architecture, and through his enthusiastic and devoted methods of teaching I found architecture to be the converging point of all this interconnectedness. My Hobart education taught me how to channel my passion for exploration and combine that with the creative and innovative nature of architectural design and make a career out of it.

Immediately after graduation I began improving my work portfolio. It took me eight months to finally find an opportunity that was geared toward my career goals. And that was working in China. Currently, I work as the youngest designer in BAKH-Architecture, an internationally known architecture firm based in Shanghai. Our projects and clients are usually categorized as the top five percent of global architecture. I worked along with my coworkers on a few billion-dollar projects for companies such as FoxConn and Swissotel. At BAKH I have also had the liberty of designing my own schemes for a few smaller projects, such as China's first private airport and a few office buildings in Shanghai.

As a Baha'i person, whom due to religious persecution was denied higher education in my former country of residence (Iran), my almost forgone dream of going to college came true via HWS, and I am very grateful for that. My Hobart academic counselor, Professor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub, was also a major influence in my success. His passionate and fun methods of teaching made the experience of learning pretty unique.

As for the future, I am not sure what I am going to do or where I will be. I am still longing to push for new frontiers. Since I am working on perfecting my German language as well, maybe working in Europe could be my next move. However, most definitely I am attending graduate school in the U.S. in the near future.


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