Kermanshah Workshop Structure

Restoring a rural community to health through participation in building a  House for a Teacher in Kermanshah is what PleaseCopy Architecture Workshop is about.

Author: Sahar Keshmiri


Resulting in 630 casualties, more than 8000 injured and around 7000 displaced, Kermanshah Disaster affected the residents of the area on both physical and psychological level. Depriving people of their lives, livelihood, shelter and health, the earthquake cast its shadow on a human being’s most primary rights. In the meanwhile, on a psychological level, adding to the burden of lifelong losses of their beloveds, it has simply taken away a human’s control over his or her own situation, leaving them passively exposed to life’s adversities.

on a daily basis, each and every victim is confronted with political, social and individual injustice by not receiving the expected financial and executive support from the government while losing its traditional social tools to resolve current issues. They suffer the loss of these tools as beneficences provided naturally by the community which is originated from the adjacency of each individual’s habitats. In other words, by destroying shelters, the disaster has drastically changed a social structure by which the group of people belonging to a specific place had supported one another and unraveled their mutual problems as a part of a long-established custom of being linked through connections related to one’s neighborhood.

Playing a key role in the equation, built space whose loss is the valid concern of the earthquake’s victims, holds both potential and opportunity required to restoration. However, this only occurs when the process of rebuilding involves people and synchronizes its pace to their speed. It is not by the ready-made prefabricated concrete giants that new societies are born but by trusting the consciousness of vernacular material and deployment of traditional techniques and approaches to building that a neighborhood can heal itself through the process of building. Restoring a rural community to health through participation in building a modular, optimum, vernacular and reproducible House for a Teacher in Kermanshah is what this workshop is about.

Aim of Workshop

The Purpose of this workshop is to design a House for a Teacher in Kermanshah which is Optimum, Modular, vernacular, economic, reproducible and can be built using traditional techniques and materials.


Submissions should consider the following factors;

  • Climate condition
  • Community Participation
  • Person Centerd
  • Affordability and usability (examples are multi-use of building spaces i.e. Kitchen, hall, bedrooms, patios, terraces, etc.
  •  Local environment and culture
  • Visual comfort
  •  Adaptability and integration with the local community
  • Security and safety of occupants
  • Sustainable design strategies (e.g. natural ventilation, natural lighting, etc)
  • Health (physical and psychological wellbeing)



All proposals will be published in printed version of Villa Magazine and social media press. All participants will receive a certification signed by the architect, advisor and critics.


The final registration is very limited.

The participants will be selected among the received emails applicants as per schedule. Participants will be selected based on their design capability, motivation, team work and coordination with executive team of the workshop.


Registration and Participation in Workshop is free for selected portfolios. 18.000.000 Rls for other participants. 


Rana Sagha Zadeh, M.Arch., Ph.D., Associate AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, is a tenure-track assistant professor and the co-director of the Health Design Innovations Lab in the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. Mohammadreza Haeri 

Members of Critiques Panel

Kamran Heirati, Firouz Firouz


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