Bahareh is the Director of Co-Design at Concordia. Her role on the Concordia team includes managing projects through all phases of engagement, design, and construction, supporting firm operations, and overseeing the implementation of co-design throughout Concordia’s interdisciplinary practice.
Bahareh grew up in Chicago, where she learned to survey the city with curiosity and developed an appreciation for people activating public space. Her passion for cities and for making place was brought to focus in New Orleans, during her graduate work at Tulane. In 2013, she was awarded a travel fellowship to study and document Guerrilla Urbanism in 14 cities across the United States. Her Masters Thesis, Bottom Top Urbanism, was selected for the Thomas Lupo Award for Excellence in Metropolitan Studies. Bahareh’s academic foundation has continued to inform her professional practice over the last decade.
As an architect and planner, Bahareh has managed many of Concordia’s educational, institutional, and civic projects. She has led student and community engagement efforts, developed educational master plans, and managed publicly funded projects from design inception through Construction. Education and youth empowerment are central to Bahareh’s practice and she works to share her passion for collaborative place-making through her work on a variety of project types and scales. In addition to her professional practice, Bahareh has taught at the University of Illinois, Tulane University, and in a variety of K-12 contexts.
Beyond her work at Concordia, Bahareh volunteers as a youth mentor and teacher, makes art, and is training to section-hike the Appalachian Trail.