Saman Moein

2020 QEST Prince's Foundation Scholar - Building Crafts

After completing a BSc in Architectural Engineering at the University of Tehran, Iran, Saman took part in several workshops across Italy with the Building Beauty Programme, before moving to Scotland to do an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Trained as an architect, Saman sees in contemporary construction techniques a disregard for the potential to create beautiful places which are in harmony with the environment, and with which people can develop a deep connection. His conceptual models and drawings for the Tehran University College Campus, Iran, and Student Housing at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, demonstrate his desire to create spaces that recognize the inherent structure of the land, serving to enhance its beauty.

Believing that the modern architect’s role is wrongly limited to the design aspect, he has attemped to learn a variety of crafts to develop more ‘hands-on’ skills, such as carpentry, stonemasonry, ceramics, and plastering. 

Saman took part in the 2020 Building Arts Programme, run in collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation.