Sanam Samanian is an international curator, strategist and futurist consultant based in Toronto, developing conceptual stories specific to art, architecture and design. In her practice, Sanam leverages strategic tactics—narratology, juxtaposition, curation, foresighting, and positioning—while collaborating with contemporary artists, designers and architects to introduce future-oriented thoughts and ideas. Infinitely curious about humanity's impact, she continues to combine her academic education with empirical experience, executing independent projects and leading the strategic development of renowned firms such as Sweeny&Co, HPAPARTISANS, DIALOG and international artists such as Hoda Zarbaf, Siavash Mazloumipour, Yassi Pishvai, and Hajar Moradi. In 2014, Sanam was appointed as the Executive Director for the fourth instalment of the city-wide Toronto Design Festival. A regular contributor to international journals, she cites "Intermission" at MacLaren Art Centre (2011), "Soft Souls" at Walnut Contemporary (2015), "Transmutation" at Governors Island Art Fair in New York (2015) and "Evolution" at Canada's Design Exchange Museum (2017) to be her most memorable curation work to-date. 

2017 - First Prize at the annual APF (Association of Professional Futurists)

2018 - MDes Candidate, Strategic Foresight & Innovation, OCAD University  
2008 - Bachelor of Architectural Science, Ryerson University  
2004 - Sabouhi Academy of Art & Design  
2004 - Langstaff Secondary School (French Immersion)

Association of Professional Futurists (APF)

2018 - Interwoven (Curatorial Installation), Nuit Blanche, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
2018 - Soft Souls (Curatorial Installation), First Thursday at the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto   
2018 - We Are Image-making Machines (Curator - Solo Exhibition), Aaran Projects Gallery, Tehran   
2017 - Evolution (Curator - Group Exhibition), Design Exchange - Canada's Design Museum, Toronto  
2016 - Floral Compositions: Travelers of Time (Curator - Solo Exhibition), Aaran Gallery, Tehran   
2016 - Voiceless Voices (Narrative Translator - Installation), Ryerson Image Arts, Toronto
2015 - Transmutation (Curatorial Installation), Governors Island Art Fair, New York   
2015 - Soft Souls (Curator - Solo Exhibition), Walnut Contemporary, Toronto 
2015 - Spring Equinox Festival (Strategist - Residency), Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto  
2014 - Home (Curatorial Installation), MakeWorks, Toronto
2014 - Toronto Design Festival (Executive Director), 65 Venues, Toronto  
2013 - Vanity (Curatorial Installation - Residency) - Weybourne Project, Luff art + dialogue Gallery, Toronto 
2012 - Soudan Project (Strategist - Residency), Toronto  
2011 - Intermission: 18 years 18 projects (Curator - Retrospective Exhibition), MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie   
2010 - Coalesce (Curator - Solo Exhibition), Arta Gallery, Toronto   
2008 - Fabric (Curator - Group Exhibition), Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Ryerson University, Toronto   

2017 - Biomimicry Design, Innovation Nation Radio, Toronto
2017 - Natural Inspiration, DX Talk, Design Exchange, Toronto
2017 - Design Exchange Exhibition Examines how design imitates nature, Canadian Architect
2016 - Hans Hollein Reflects on His Career, ArchDaily
2015 - 8th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, Art of the Times
2015 - Female Forms Fascinate, Now Magazine
2014 - TODO14, Global TV Evening News, Toronto
2014 - Design in Toronto, Monocle Radio, Toronto
2014 - The Best of Independent Design in Toronto, Mixed Bad Magazine
2014 - Public & Community Engagement Through Design, Panel Discussion, Bahen Centre, Toronto  
2014 - GradEX, Future Practice of Art & Design, Panel Discussion, OCAD University, Toronto    
2013 - In Conversation with Will Alsop, ArchDaily
2013 - Critical Practice in Architecture, Panel Discussion, Ryerson University, Toronto   
2012 - Curator’s Talk, Georgian College, Carnegie Days Festival, Barrie   
2009 - Carrot City, Canadian Architect
2008 - When Theatre & Architecture Merge, Spacing Magazine
2007 - 325+, Chief Content Editor, Ryerson University Journal of Architecture, Toronto

Director of Content & Strategy, Kearns Mancini Architects, Toronto   2017-18
Content Strategist, Sweeny &Co Architects, Toronto    2014-16
Integrated Communications Specialist, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto   2014
Executive Director, Toronto Design Festival, Toronto   2014
Communications & Development Manager, DIALOG Design, Toronto   2011-13
Associate, Kriss Communications, Toronto   2011
Director of Communications & Strategy, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto   2009-11
Communications Executive & Junior Designer, Richard Librach Architects, Toronto   2008