Sanam Samanian is an international curator, strategist and creative consultant based in Toronto, developing stories specific to art, architecture and design. Through mediums of narratology, curatorial practice, strategic foresighting and media relations, Sanam collaborates with artists, designers and architects to promote and propose their thoughts and ideas. Infinitely curious about humanity's impact, she has been academically trained in the fields of Architectural Science, Art and Design as well as Strategic Development. Over the years, she has divided her time between executing independent projects and leading the strategic development of design/architecture firms such as Sweeny&Co, HPA, PARTISANS, DIALOG and contemporary artists such as Hoda Zarbaf, Siavash Mazloumipour, Golzar Taravati, Bijan Sarabi, and Maryam Keyhani. Sanam has been the appointed Executive Director for the fourth installment of the city-wide Toronto Design Offsite Festival in 2014. 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 (2017) to be her most important 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 ON
Bachelor of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto ON
Sabouhi Academy of Art & Design, Toronto ON
Langstaff French Immersion Secondary School, Thornhill ON

Experience
Communications Strategist, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc., Toronto ON   2014-16
Strategist/Consultant, PARTISANS, Toronto ON   2014-16
Integrated Communications Specialist, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON   2014
Executive Director, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto ON   2014
Communications Manager, DIALOG Design, Toronto ON   2012-13
Communications Strategist, Kriss Communications, Toronto ON   2011
Communications Director, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto ON   2009-11

Exhibitions
Evolution, Design Exchange - Canada's Design Museum, Toronto ON 2017
Floral Compositions: Travelers of Time, Aaran Gallery, Tehran Iran   2016
Transmutation, Governors Island Art Fair, New York  NY   2015
Soft Souls, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto ON   2015
Home, MakeWorks, Toronto ON   2014
Weybourne Project, Toronto, ON   2013
Soudan Project, Toronto ON   2012
Intermission: 18 years 18 projects, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie ON   2011
Coalesce, Arta Gallery, Toronto ON   2010
Fabric, Ryerson University, Toronto ON   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 ON
Public & Community Engagement Through Design, Panel Discussion, Bahen Centre, Toronto ON
GradEX, Future Practice of Art & Design, Panel Discussion, OCAD University, Toronto ON
Critical Practice in Architecture, Panel Discussion, Ryerson University, Toronto ON
Curator’s Talk, Georgian College, Carnegie Days Festival, Barrie ON