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Shortlist | The RA Dorfman Award
Alireza Taghaboni "Next Office"

Nextoffice has been selected as one of five shortlisted candidates for “Royal academy Dorfman Award”. This prize is awarded to an architect, practice or collective that represents the future of architecture.

Royal Academy is the oldest independent arts organisation in the United Kingdom run by the most eminent artists and architects practicing today. Amongst their members are Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, David Chipperfield, Peter Cook, Louisa Hutton, and David Adjaye, alongside artists Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and David Hockney.

This academy has been held its new annual award in 2018 and was judged by a distinguished international jury included architect Richard Rogers RA, Louisa Hutton, Mohsen Mostafavi and others. They nominated 5 offices among 100 architecture firms around the world for their innovation and contribution to the culture of architecture. The awards celebrate the relationship between art and architecture and form part of the Royal Academy’s ongoing commitment to raising the profile of architects and architecture.

Iranian architect and painter Alireza Taghaboni has been a practicing architect since 2004 and founded nextoffice in 2009. Based in Tehran, nextoffice aims to provide contemporary responses to traditional Iranian architecture, taking into account climatic conditions, the economic, political and socio-cultural context of the country and peculiarities of each project’s site.

The practice’s projects range from detached single-family houses to urban master plans and residential, commercial and mixed-use large-scale complexes. Its Sharifi-ha house, which features rotating rooms that adapt to Iran’s fluctuating lifestyles and offers a critical response to building regulations and zoning by-laws, was shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival in 2014.


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