My name is Sepehr Motaghed. Architect and Philosopher of Architecture. I spent my days in my architecture office in companion with the team I have sensitively chosen and with the love inherited from my teacher’s father, I have integrated. Where the ideas and sketches prepared for the property entrusted to me to become a place for happy living and or productive work. Where the strategies and management plans for the building that are supposed to be lived in are written.

I consider “Architecture” and “Life” before “Architect” and “Design”, and my commitment tp society is to create “Timeless Architecture“. A place that fills you with the feeling of staying and being in it. And in this way, I am passionately trying to Improve the Quality of Life.

In the evenings, the time for creativity and solitude comes, and I am immersed in music and solitude, and perhaps in the heart of nature, designing my new project or editing my new speech.

“Empowering young architects” who come to my studio to taste the joy of creating architecture, is a commitment that I have had with me for years, and these days, by writing books, articles and essays and preparing numerous videos and seminars, I follow more diligently than before.

Review my projects here and write me your opinion or download the catalog of my professional activities here. My social networks like LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and podcasts are available from here.

My resume can be downloaded from here , and my life story can also be read below.


Years past from the day I entered the architecture profession.

My Life Sotry: 

Just one week after the Iranian revolution in 1978, I became the fourth and last child of a family whose “desire to know” was their most basic need.

My passion to the innovative boy cartoon and the life series of Marie Curie and Robert Koch, along with the stories of Mehdi Azarizdi, and then Iranian music lessons under Hamid Tajrishi and reading Nizami and memorizing Saadi‘s lyrical poems forced me to choose the architecture for the rest my life.

No more than two or three days had passed since February of 1996 and I was studying architecture at Yazd State University, when I was in charge of my senior year at his house, which was full of drawings, sketches, and models. But among all the visual appeal, there was the book on the radiator that I read and read and read until morning. The authors Chermayeff and Alexander and another legendary one named Edward T. Hall “the hidden dimensions” in had drawn me to behavioral approaches in architecture.

I was an enthusiastic reader for theory of architecture by Jon Lang and the phenomenology of Christian Norberg Schulz in the concept of dwelling.

Seeking to develop my professional experience, I founded KMK  Architectural Services in 1999 and entered into several contracts with Yazd Municipality and the private sector.

My enthusiasm to system thinking overcame Mohsen Makhmelbaf‘s “time of love” and Dr. Soroush‘s “the theoretical contraction and expansion of religious knowledge” and became the first place in an international architecture student design competition in 2002 at Oxford Brookes University in England.

My master’s thesis in 2004 was the study of wind flow in the urban space and developing a framework to include architectural considerations compatible with the climate in the process of designing architecture and urban space and won the best thesis award of the country in research projects trying to explore energy efficient approaches.

The invitations from Oregon, Berkeley, and Stockholm remained behind when I started the military service and the family.

Military days past while teaching at Valiasr University of Tehran and managing the architecture and interior design departments of the Iranian branch of the Eastern Mediterranean University of Cyprus and Technical University of Australia and it continued at the Faculty of Architecture of Tehran University of Arts till 2013.

Invitation to design questions on course “Zero Energy Buildings” for Iran post graduate degree entrance exam and then to design questions for architects’ entering to the profession happened in 2010.

Over twenty-two semesters of educational activity and the guidance of nearly a thousand students is my asset that I am still in touch with from all over the world.

2008 and the establishment of a personal architecture firm that has continued until today.

In 2013, in an effort to develop my professional activities, I was pushed to the position of the second master’s degree in the field of management, which led to entering the doctorate course in management in 2020.

I try diligently to establish “integrity” in all aspects of life, and I pass the anxious days of the country’s developments by researching in the field of “philosophy of architecture” and practicing NVC.

I can receive your urgent messages via +989123900073 and if you don’t mind waiting 24 hours for a reply, I will stay in touch with you through mailto:sepehr.motaghed@payadis.com.

Be healthy, happy and authentic.

Sepehr Motaghed 

Tehran, 2023

Educational Background:

  • M.Arch from Yazd University, Iran 1996-2004
  • Executive Master of Business Administration from IMI, Iran 2013-2015
  • Doctor of Business Administration from IMI, Iran 2020-2023

Professional Background:

  • CEO at PAYADIS architects Inc., IRAN 2008- present
  • CEO at mpm Design Innovations Inc., Canada 2021- present
  • CEO at KMK Architectural Services Inc., IRAN 1999-2008

Building Projects Categories: 

You will see a wide range of sizes and uses in my architectural projects. From a 100 SqM office or a 300 SqM Villa, to a 249-unit Residential Complex in 30,000 SqM total area or a 15-story commercial-office complex in 15,000 square meter total area. But one feature can be traced in all of them, and that is my attempt to create a “timeless architecture” to create “sense of place” for the occupants.

Teaching and Research Background: 

  • Visiting Scholar at Tehran Art University School of Architecture
  • Visiting Scholar at Valiasr technical College
  • Visiting Exam Designer at IRAN Sanjesh Organization for Engineering Certification Exam
  • Visiting Exam Designer at IRAN Sanjesh Organization for Masters Degree University Entrance Exam
  • Faculty Member at TAFE Australia- IRAN Branch
  • Faculty Member at EMU Cyprus- IRAN Branch

Research Projects:

  • Typology of Wind Towers of Iran |
  • Functions and Typology Qanat
  • Functions and Typology Karvanseraies of Iran
  • Functions and Typology Traditional Refrigerates of Iran