It’s truly amazing how our life experiences shape who we turn out to be. When Maryam Eskandari, visited Iran every summer since she was 6 years old, it wasn’t a surprise what career path she gravitated towards by the time she was a young teenager.
We had a chance to sit down with Maryam and talk about the unique path she chose as Founder of MIIM Designs, a company that designs communities and creates culture by being “social architecture-preneurs”.
“My maternal grandfather was a textile designer and from him I learned about colors, fabric, and interpretation of different materials and the business side of things. My paternal grandfather was an architect and from him I learned about construction and actually got help on drawing up my first blueprint. I would spend one week with one grandfather, and the next week with the other one so by time I was 16, I knew I wanted to be an architect, but not sure exactly in what realm,” she shares.
After completing her undergrad at the University of Arizona in 2005, Maryam went on to work for various corporate firms. While in Seattle for a project, the local mosque reached out to her with their new building plans. Her company decided to take on the project.
“What I realized at the time was that there are so many elements and components to Islamic architecture that I had absolutely no knowledge of because my background was strictly in design.”
This led to Maryam heading to grad school. She was accepted to the prestigious Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture between Harvard and MIT which only accepts 4 or 5 students a year. “It was very difficult, I had to take two years of Islamic Law at Harvard, a lot of Islamic philosophy and Islamic history classes, and do design at the same time, ” she states.
Click here to read at the source: The Muslim Observer
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