We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the participant of our "Iceland Beer Spa" competition – Arshia Gholam Pour from Greece!

Arshia Gholam Pour

Please tell us about your company (when it was founded, where it is based, how many employees, etc) Alternatively, if you do not have a company, please give us some insights on your own professional/academia background.

Omid Gholampour + Associates, based in Tehran and recently Athens, employs 15-20 experts and was founded by Omid Gholampour.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been Involved?

Omid Gholampour + Associates annually completes approximately 1.5 million square meters of projects of any type.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture, to me, embodies culture, history, and societal values, serving as a physical expression of these elements. It strikes a delicate balance between aesthetics and functionality, creating spaces that are not only visually appealing but also practical, sustainable, and conducive to human well-being. The architect's role in society is multifaceted, encompassing various responsibilities and contributions.

Firstly, architects are visionaries who envision the future of our built environment, translating abstract concepts into tangible structures. They are meticulous planners, considering the needs of communities and integrating designs with the natural landscape and existing urban context. As problem solvers, architects address challenges related to spatial optimization, resource management, and environmental sustainability.

Furthermore, architects are innovators, continuously pushing the boundaries of design by incorporating new materials, technologies, and sustainable practices. They serve as custodians of heritage and culture, preserving the legacy of the past while embracing modern advancements. Additionally, architects play a crucial role as educators, inspiring and influencing the next generation of designers and thinkers.

Ultimately, the architect's primary objective is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals by creating environments that foster health, happiness, and overall well-being. This requires active engagement with communities, understanding of broader social issues, and the utilization of architectural skills to make a positive, lasting impact on society.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

I participate in competitions to contribute to building a better world, one space at a time.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Consider the potential for growth, exposure, and networking opportunities these competitions offer; balance the time and resource investment against these long-term benefits.

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