Alireza Taghaboni, Architect, Architecture, Iranian architects, Royal Academy Dorfman Award

Iranian architect Alireza Taghaboni wins Royal Academy Dorfman Award for promising architects

Iranian architect and founder of Tehran-based Next Office, Alireza Taghaboni, has been named winner of the inaugural Royal Academy Dorfman Award, created to celebrate talent that “represents the future of architecture”.

Chosen by a jury that included architects like Richard Rogers and Louise Hutton, Taghaboni is responsible for a number of acclaimed projects, like the shape-shifting Sharifi-ha House and the Villa for Younger Brother.

Villa for Younger Brother. Photo by Parham Taghioff

“We congratulate Alireza Taghaboni on his extraordinary achievement in realising buildings of high architectural quality in today’s turbulent context of Iran,” said jury chair Louisa Hutton, co-founder of Berlin studio Sauerbruch Hutton. “Despite the political challenges, Alireza remains rooted to the local and social issuers of his country. These uncertainties, however, do not stop him experimenting with material, form and construction, working towards his own distinctive aesthetic.”

Taghaboni, who also received a £10,000 prize. won against four other shortlisted architects and studios including Japanese architect Go Hasegawa, Bahrain-based Anne Holtrop, Colombian studio Architectura Expandida and Rahel Shawl, founder of Ethiopian studio RAAS Architects.

Sharifi-ha House. Photo by Parham Taghioff

He received the award at an event at the Royal Academy, where he spoke out about his ambition to produce architecture that makes a difference.

“I am overjoyed to win the first Royal Academy Dorfman Award for Architecture,” he said. “I want my architecture to have a productive purpose in a country where the context is political.”