STORY
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, she leverages strategic tactics—narratology, juxtaposition, curation, foresighting, and positioning—while collaborating with artists, designers and architects to introduce new thoughts and ideas. Infinitely curious about humanity's impact, she has been academically trained in the fields of Architectural Science, Art, Design and Strategic Innovation. Over the years, she has divided her time between executing independent projects and leading the strategic development of Toronto firms such as Sweeny&Co, HPAPARTISANS, DIALOG and international contemporary artists such as Hoda Zarbaf, Siavash Mazloumipour, Golzar Taravati, Yassi Pishvai, and Hajar Moradi. In 2014, Sanam was appointed as the Executive Director for the fourth instalment of the city-wide Toronto Design Offsite 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. 

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

EDUCATION
2018 - MDes Candidate, Strategic Foresight & Innovation, OCAD University, Toronto  
2008 - Bachelor of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto  
2004 - Sabouhi Academy of Art & Design, Toronto  

AFFILIATION
Association of Professional Futurists (APF)

EXHIBITION
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 (Curatorial Narrative), Aaran Projects Gallery, Tehran   
2017 - Evolution, Design Exchange - Canada's Design Museum, Toronto  
2016 - Floral Compositions: Travelers of Time, Aaran Gallery, Tehran   
2016 - Voiceless Voices (Curatorial Narrative), Ryerson Image Arts, Toronto
2015 - Transmutation (Curatorial Installation), Governors Island Art Fair, New York   
2015 - Soft Souls, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto 
2015 - Spring Equinox Festival (Strategic Execution), CSI, Toronto  
2014 - Home (Curatorial Installation), MakeWorks, Toronto
2014 - Toronto Design Offsite Festival (Strategic Execution), 65 Venues, Toronto  
2013 - Vanity (Residency & Curatorial Installation) - Weybourne Project, Luff art + dialogue Gallery, Toronto 
2012 - Soudan Project (Residency & Strategic Execution), Toronto  
2011 - Intermission: 18 years 18 projects, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie   
2010 - Coalesce, Arta Gallery, Toronto   
2008 - Fabric, Ryerson University, Toronto   

PUBLICATION
2016 - Hans Hollein Reflects on His Career, ArchDaily  
2013 - In Conversation with Will Alsop, ArchDaily
2009 - Carrot City, Canadian Architect
2008 - When Theatre & Architecture Merge, Spacing Magazine

ENGAGEMENT
2017 -
Biomimicry Design, Innovation Nation Radio, Toronto
2017 - Natural Inspiration, DX Talk, Design Exchange, Toronto
2014 - TODO14, Global TV Evening News, Toronto
2014 - Design in Toronto, Monocle Radio, Toronto
2014 - Public & Community Engagement Through Design, Panel Discussion, Bahen Centre, Toronto  
2014 - GradEX, Future Practice of Art & Design, Panel Discussion, OCAD University, Toronto   
2013 - Critical Practice in Architecture, Panel Discussion, Ryerson University, Toronto   
2012 - Curator’s Talk, Georgian College, Carnegie Days Festival, Barrie   

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

COLLABORATORS
Arnaud Brassard
Alexander Josephson
Brent Cordner
C& Partners Architects
Giaimo
Golzar Taravati
Hajar Moradi
Hoda Zarbaf
Kearns Mancini Architects
Mahtab Oskouie
Maryam Karimi
PARTISANS
Philip Beesley Architects
POST Architecture
Robert Ouelette
Roman Milo
Sahba Aminikia
Siavash Mazloumipour
Urbanscape Architects
VIVIDO Studio
Yasaman Pishvai