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Sina Mostafavi is a practicing architect, researcher, and educator with expertise in computational design and architectural robotics. He is the founder of award-winning studio SETUParchitecture, a firm that provides consultancy for innovative design solutions to construction processes. He teaches and leads design studios at Delft University of Technology and Dessau International Graduate School of Architecture (DIA) at Bauhaus, where he is also the initiator and director of DARS hub, a unit that focuses on Design Systems and Architectural Robotics to deliver interdisciplinary design research projects. He is a senior researcher at TU Delft, where he has been the manager and coinitiator of the Robotic Building Lab at Hyperbody group of TU Delft. He has led international workshops such as InDeSem 2015-re.craft, SimAUD 2018 at Delft, and IASS2015 at Amsterdam. As a Ph.D. and as a senior researcher at TU Delft, he has focused since 2011 on development and application of design computation to robotic production of hybrid material systems, using multimode subtractive-additive robotic production methods. He has lectured internationally and has been a member of the scientific committees of various journals and conferences such as eCAADe and ACADIA. The results of his work are published and presented in books, journals and conferences, such as eCAADe 2013 in Delft, Algorithms and Actualization at AA London, eCAADe 2014 in New Castle, ACADIA in Los Angeles, eCAADe 2015 in Vienna, ACADIA in Cincinnati, Rob|Arch 2016 in Sydney, Rob|Arch 2018 in ETH Zurich, KNAW Amsterdam, Digital Knowledge in Paris Malaquais, chapters in Towards a Robotic Architecture book, and in Mutations-creations, Imprimer-le-Monde, Centre Pompidou. His Architectural Design projects have received several awards and nominations such as First prize in Architizer A+ Awards 2020 and Second prize in 2A Continental Euro Asia Award 2018 in IAAC Barcelona for Softstone office Building. His architectural prototypes and works have been featured at international exhibitions, such as construction week in Utrecht, V2 gallery-institute for unstable media of Rotterdam, synthetic Exhibition in Le Mans Lillie, NAi in Rotterdam, and Print the World Exposition in Centre Pompidou Paris.

Founder

Sina Mostafavi is the founder and principle architect at SETUParchitecture studio since 2014. SETUP studio approach architecture as a setup. Hence architecture is a system, it is a situation, it is a trick, it is a structure, and it is an organization. Architectural works, design research and construction projects by SETUParchitecture studio incorporate digital and virtual means of organizing the space and redefine the roles of local and global intelligent methods of making, creating, producing and setting up architecture. The studio is established in 2014 in Netherlands and Iran and is acting globally in various design to production scales. setuparchitecture.com

Sina Mostafavi is initiator and director of  DARS [Design, Architectural Robotics & Systems] studios at DIA Bauhaus since 2018. DARS is a design, research and creative fabrication hub. DARS projects are exploring and developing innovative design and materialization processes. DARS pictures an interdisciplinary approach to design and production, through implementing and developing advanced emerging technologies. DARS leads design studios and collaborative courses in Master of Architecture graduate level, and it is currently located in Dessau Institute of Architecture, DIA | Bauhaus. DARS.hub

Sina Mostafavi is co-founder of TRAM since 2016. TRAM is a design to robotic production practice based in Tehran. TRAM pictures an interdisciplinary approach to design, research, and production by traveling into ranges of regional and global societal and technological architectural realms. TRAM aims to expose forms of advanced design and engineering methodologies in robotics that are currently reinventing core approaches to shaping, making and refitting the built and manufactured environment. tramstudio

Affiliation

Sina Mostafavi is a senior researcher at TU Delft. He has been tutoring and leading design studios and international workshop at BK City TU Delft.  In Delft, he has co-initiated Robotic Building Lab at Hyperbody Research Group. Where since 2014, he is the manager and lab coordinator. As of 2019, he is a member of Architectural Engineering Group at AE+T Department at Architecture and the Built Environment faculty of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In Germany, he is studio master and director of DARS studios and courses at Dessau International Graduate School of Architecture at Bauhaus.

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