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Sanam Samanian is an international curator, strategist and creative consultant based in Toronto, developing conceptual stories specific to art, architecture and design. In her practice, she leverages narratology, content curation, strategic foresighting and media relations, collaborating with artists, designers and architects to promote and propose 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 firms such as Sweeny&Co, HPA, PARTISANS, DIALOG and contemporary artists such as Hoda Zarbaf, Siavash Mazloumipour, Golzar Taravati, Bijan Sarabi, and Maryam Keyhani. 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
First Prize at the annual APF (Association of Professional Futurists), 2017

Education
MDes Candidate, Strategic Foresight & Innovation, OCAD University, Toronto  
Bachelor of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto  
Sabouhi Academy of Art & Design, Toronto  

Memberships
Association of Professional Futurists (APF)

Exhibitions
Evolution, Design Exchange - Canada's Design Museum, Toronto   2017
Floral Compositions: Travelers of Time, Aaran Gallery, Tehran   2016
Transmutation, Governors Island Art Fair, New York   2015
Soft Souls, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto   2015
Home, MakeWorks, Toronto   2014
Weybourne Project, Toronto   2013
Soudan Project, Toronto   2012
Intermission: 18 years 18 projects, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie   2011
Coalesce, Arta Gallery, Toronto   2010
Fabric, Ryerson University, Toronto   2008

Publications  
Hans Hollein Reflects on His Career, ArchDaily  
In Conversation with Will Alsop, ArchDaily
Carrot City, Canadian Architect
When Theatre & Architecture Merge, Spacing Magazine

Speaking Engagements
Natural Inspiration, DX Talk, Design Exchange, Toronto   2017
Public & Community Engagement Through Design, Panel Discussion, Bahen Centre, Toronto   2014
GradEX, Future Practice of Art & Design, Panel Discussion, OCAD University, Toronto   2014
Critical Practice in Architecture, Panel Discussion, Ryerson University, Toronto   2013
Curator’s Talk, Georgian College, Carnegie Days Festival, Barrie   2012

Experience
Content Strategist, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc., 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 & Content Manager, DIALOG Design, Toronto   2011-13
Communications Strategist, Kriss Communications, Toronto   2011
Communications Director, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto   2009-11