Nicolas Martin: From Iran With Love

photo by Nicolas Martin

photo / Nicolas Martin

In November 2015, Nicolas Martin (B.Arch. '12) traveled to Iran with funding from the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship to study the virtues of Persian architecture. Over the course of three weeks he meandered from Tehran to Shiraz exploring the story of Iran's architecture (from 5000 BC to present), and how these sacred masterpieces are inhabited today. The technological innovations that were achieved throughout this history are equally as impressive as the spaces themselves. With the development of the badgirs (wind catchers) which provide a passive design means to naturally cool spaces in hot climates, in addition to the powerful vaulting that structures the mosques and the construction techniques of climate responsive mud-clad walls in Kashan, Iran offers glimpses into the very best examples of many architectural typologies.

Martin's raw photographs present an unedited Iran. Persian friends, made during the journey, bring the images to life through captioned stories. The exhibition hopes to engage in discussion and to expose a side of Iran that is less accessible in the media today.

Martin is currently a designer at Plan A, an architecture and design firm based in New York City. Prior to joining Plan A, he worked in New York City with Kohn Pedersen Fox, in Mumbai with Perkins Eastman, in Havana with la Oficina del Historiador, and in Paris with Fernier & Associes. He is focused on fabrication and innovation at the intersection of disciplines. Applying these areas of interest, he has built a series of experimental passive homes in northern Haiti.