About Me

“We admitted Farrokh to our Master of Architecture program because we were impressed with his portfolio, and his sophistication as a designer. Without any previous education in architecture, he has successfully created drawings and designs that compare favorably with students about to graduate. His enthusiasm for architecture is genuine, and he is also a very positive and hard-working student. We made the right choice in admitting him.”


      Prof. John Quale,

          Director and Professor of Architecture

          University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning

“I instructed mr faruk for the course construction management and other courses related to the construction management master program. He was unquestionably one of the most able students in the class and his work in the class consistently reflected a level of insightfulness and attention to detail that is unique to mr. Faruk. His reports were always prepared on time and he stood out among his peers for his eagerness to engage in the process of learning and discovery. Simply mr faruk was a true pleasure to have in class”


      Prof. Dr. Gokhan Arslan,

          Head of Construction Management Division

          Anadolu University

Farrokh Rostami Kia is currently a technical designer at Gensler’s San Francisco office. He graduated from the University of New Mexico, with Master of Architecture degree. His background working in different countries and with different cultures has given him an open-minded approach to problem-solving and has taught him to be both effective and efficient in his work.

His very first architecture related working experience began as a 3D Artist and junior architecture designer with PendarePaydar consulting company in December of 2004. While there, he was studying for his Bachelors degree in Mining Engineering at Urmia State University in Iran. Following his graduation in 2009, he moved to Turkey to continue his education.

In 2013, Rostami Kia received his Master of Construction Engineering and Management degree from the University of Anadolu in Eskisehir, Turkey. He was honored as the top scholar graduate thesis of Civil Engineering Department. While in school, he wrote two research papers and was awarded for 2nd best research study in 2nd International Scientific Conference of Iranian Academics.

In August 2015, he moved to the United States to enroll in the M.Arch degree program at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He is in his third year and has received two scholarships (the Charles E. and Katherine M. Brown Endowed Scholarship and the Frontier/Golden Pride Scholarship) for academic achievements. His first-year studio work was selected to represent the school in 2016-17 as part of its marketing materials. While in New Mexico, he has worked two summer internships, one with Albuquerque Public Schools Facility of Design and Construction and another with Gensler Architecture, in Denver. He has also worked as a project assistant at UNM SAP.

Alongside his academic achievements he has received architecture design related awards. He was appreciated by mayor of Eskisehir for his proposed design for Eskisehir 2013 Turkey’s Cultural Capital Complex mosque, a design developed while working at Yapihan architecture firm. He received, in 2011, a ‘Mansion Award’ for the Usak City (Turkey) Terminal Design Competition as a member of design team. In 2016, he collaborated on a submission for Pamphlet Architecture 36 for which the three-person team received an honorable mention. Recently, he submitted entries in two other competitions for which the results are pending.

Rostami Kia is an experienced team member and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of collaborative work. His genuine love for the field of architecture comes through as what it is: the joy of being able to participate in such a meaningful profession.




3D Studio Max :: V-ray :: Revit :: Augmented Reality :: Virtual Tours :: Autocad :: Sketch Up :: Photoshop :: Illustrator :: Graphic Design :: Rhino :: Grasshopper Aftereffects :: Sefaira :: Climate Consultant :: Microsoft Office :: HTML :: CSS :: Digital Fabrication :: Model Making


English (fluent) :: Persian (Mother Tongue) :: Turkish (fluent ) :: Arabic (beginner)


May. 2018
Aug. 2015

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA | Master of Architecture.

3 years program

GPA: 3.96 | 89 Passed ECTS Credit

Feb. 2010
May. 2013

University of Anadolu, Eskisehir, TURKEY | Master of Construction Engineering and Management 2 years degree with thesis plus 2 semester preparatory program (mine engineering to civil engineering).
GPA: 3.6 | 92+36 Passed ECTS Credit
Thesis Topic: Blind spots identification in construction projects using virtual reality method:VIBSIM Model

Apr. 2009
Jan. 2005

Urmia State University, Urmia, IRAN | Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering.
4 years degree | GPA: 2.7 (3.2 last two semester) | 144 Passed Credit.
Thesis Topic: Money management in mine equipment usage


Jun 2018

Technical Designer | Gensler | San Francisco, USA

May 2018
Oct. 2015

Graduate Assistant | UNM, School of Architecture + Planning | Albuquerque, USA

Aug. 2017
Jun 2017

Professional Intern | Gensler | Denver, USA

Jun 2018
Aug. 2016

Student Intern | APS, FD&C | Albuquerque, USA

Aug. 2015
Dec. 2013

Holder, Designer and Design Team Supervisor | AMOS, Architectural and Structural Studio | Urmia, Iran

Mar. 2013
Oct. 2011

Designer, 3D Artist and Project Manager | Yapihan, Consulting Company | Eskisehir, Turkey

Aug. 2011
Jan. 2010

3D Artist | Ugur Harita, Construction and Urban Renovation Planner | Ankara, Turkey

Dec. 2009
Apr. 2007

3D Artist and Designer | PendarePaydar Consulting Company | Urmia, Iran

Aug. 2006
Apr. 2007

Graphic Designer | Sayeh Graphics | Urmia, Iran


Oct. 2007

Teaching 3D studio Max for Architects| Urmia, Tehran, Iran – Ankara, Eskisehir, Istanbul, Turkey



Finalist | Arquideas International Architectural Competition | Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco.


Alpha Rho Chi Medal | National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts | Recognized Graduating Architecture Student for His Leadership Service and What He Offer to The Future of The Profession.


Crit Journal Institute of Architecture Students (AIAs)| Selected Project for issue 82’s cover.


Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society Membership | Award to top architecture students based on 2015-2017 academic achievements


Charles E. and Katherine M. Brown Endowed Scholarships | Award based on 2016-2017 academic achievement


Kip Island Auditorium International Architecture Competition | Shortlisted project


Pamphlet Architecture 36 | Honorable Mention


UNM SAAP Representor | Selected Studio work of the year to be printed on UNM school of Architecture’s postcards


Frontier/Golden Pride Scholarships | Award based on 2015-2016 academic achievement


Top 5 3D Artist of IRAN | Rated by members of Iran’s Architectural Visualization society


Accepted Mosque Design Form for Eskisehir 2013 Turkey’s Cultural Capital Complex


Top Scholared Graduate Thesis of Civil Engineering Department | My graduate thesis was fully financed by University of Anadolu with 100K TL budget .


Top 2 research study | 2nd International Scientific Conference of Iranian Academics in Turkey.


Usak City Terminal Design Competition | Mansion Award, Role: Design team member and 3D Artist.


Among top Architecture efficiency exam takers | Architecture Efficiency Exam for Master Programs, Grade: 73%.


5th place in Painting competition | 9th Elementary schools’ painting competition of Azerbayjan State.



Alternative Electric Energy Source Selection in Construction Projects: A Case Study in Turkey
Submitted and presented in World Congress on Engineering, London, U.K 2011


Blind Spots Identification In Construction Projects Using Virtual Reality Method: VIBSIM Model
Submitted and presented in Congress of Project and Construction Management, PYYK 2014


Alternative Electric Energy Source Selection in Construction Projects: A Case Study in Turkey
Submitted and presented in World Congress on Engineering, London, U.K 2011


Oct. 2016

staff volunteer | Greenbuild Int’l Conference & Expo | LA, USA

Oct. 2015

staff volunteer | AIA Colorado, 2015 AIA Western Mountain Region Practice + Design Conference | Keystone, USA