Directory of Iranian Architects Worldwide
* Farhad Ahmadi
* Maziar Ghasemi Nejad
* Amir Saeed Mahmoodi
* Ahmad Vaghari, AVA Company , Club Of Graduated Iranians in Italy
Iranian architecture or Persian architecture is the architecture of Iran (Persia). It has a continuous history from at least 5000 BCE to the present, with characteristic examples distributed over a vast area from Turkey to North India and the borders of China and from the Caucasus to Zanzibar.
Persian buildings vary from peasant huts to tea houses and garden, pavilions to "some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen.
Iranian architecture displays great variety, both structural and aesthetic, developing gradually and coherently out of earlier traditions and experience. Without sudden innovations, and despite the repeated trauma of invasions and cultural shocks, it has achieved "an individuality distinct from that of other Muslim countries.
Its paramount virtues are several: marked feeling for form and scale; structural inventiveness, especially in vault and dome construction; a genius for decoration with a freedom and success not rivaled in any other architecture.
Traditionally, the guiding formative motif of Iranian architecture has been its cosmic symbolism "by which man is brought into communication and participation with the powers of heaven.
This theme, shared by virtually all Asian architecture and persisting even into modern times, has not only given unity and continuity to the architecture of Persia, but has been a primary source of its emotional character as well.
The supreme Iranian art, in the proper meaning of the word, has always been its architecture.
The supremacy of architecture applies to both pre-and post-Islamic periods.
Si-o-se Pol Traditional Persian architecture has maintained a continuity that, although temporarily distracted by internal political conflicts or foreign invasion, nonetheless has achieved a style that can hardly be mistaken for any other.
In this architecture, there are no trivial buildings; even garden pavilions have nobility and dignity, and the humblest caravanserais generally have charm. In expressiveness and communicativity, most Persian buildings are lucid - even eloquent. The combination of intensity and simplicity of form provides immediacy, while ornament and, often, subtle proportions reward sustained observation.
Categorization of styles
The Eram Garden in Shiraz is an 18th-century building and a legacy of the Zand Dynasty. Overall, the traditional architecture of the Iranian lands throughout the ages can be categorized into the six following classes or styles ("sabk"):
The Parsian style (Achaemenid, Median, Elamite eras)
The Parthian style (Parthian, Sassanid eras)
The Khorasani style
The Razi style
The Azari style
The Isfahani style
The Amoli style