Mohamad Farzan, one of NewPort Architecture LLC’s founding principals, has been practicing architecture in Rhode Island for the past 30 years. Some of his major projects are: the Opera House/ Newport Performing Arts Center (2004- ongoing), The Newport Congregational Church (2010- ongoing), the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport (2013) published in the Spring 2016 book by RISD Adaptive Reuse Studio, The Newport Art Museum (2011), the Newport Historical Society (2015), the Hope Club, Providence (2004), Carnegie Abbey Golf House, Portsmouth (2000), Vanderbilt Hall hotel and spa, Newport (1998 and 2007), and Salve Regina University’s Fairholme carriage house dormitory, Newport (2000), along with many residential projects throughout New England.
Mohamad received his architectural training at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and also holds an MArch from Tehran University. After practicing in London for several years, he crossed the pond to the U.S.A, where he worked for Cubelis & Associates, William Starck Architects, and the former Newport Collaborative Architects before helping to found NewPort Architecture, LLC. He has been honored with several awards, including the Providence Business News’s Business Excellence Award, Newport Historical Society Preservation Award, Newport Restoration Foundation Doris Duke Award in Historic Preservation, and two AIA/ri Awards. In addition, Mohamad has been a visiting critic at Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University architecture schools.
Mohamad has served on the Newport Historic District Task Force, commissioned by the City of Newport, Preserve Rhode Island, Newport’s World Heritage Nomination Committee, Rhode Island Senate’s Commission to Study Development of Commercial Historic Buildings, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Design Review Panel, and the Rhode Island Historical Preservationand Heritage Commission. He currently serves on the Board of the Bellevue Avenue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association. Mohamad also contributed much of his time to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), having recently completed a term on the National Board, and was honored as a Richard Upjohn Fellow in 2013. In addition, he was responsible for publishing the AIA Guide to Newport.