Yekta Pakdaman-Hamedani MArch '05

As a Business Development/Proposal Manager at SNC Lavalin Construction, Yekta Pakdaman leads teams for the Company’s Public-Private-Partnership (P3) opportunities, of which the two most recent were among series of upcoming projects for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Ms. Pakdaman’s responsibilities include forming global teams of specialty design experts combined with local practitioners, and overseeing the preparation of technical/financial submissions. She is an advocate of design excellence as an integral part of a profitable business model.

Having been born and raised in Iran, Ms. Pakdaman’s father, a practicing Architect and Urban Designer, was a strong source of her appreciation for design. While studying architecture in Tehran, as an intern at her father’s firm, Mehrazan Consulting Architects & Planners, she was involved in the design of various projects, from masterplanning for affordable housing (Mashhad, Iran) to design competition for a golf course complex (Dubai, UAE).
After immigrating to Toronto (2001) and attending the MArch program at the University of Toronto, she found increased passion in experimenting with new spatial and formal systems using latest 3D programs. Her interest further grew to development of operable formal systems generated according to programmatic and environmental conditions; systems that are not arbitrary or sole 2 dimensional representations: for example, the façade is an integral part of the central 3 dimensional concept of the building; this central idea also develops the structural language, circulation spaces, programs and the overall building design vocabulary. At the GSD, the design studios with Farshid Moussavi and Preston Scott Cohen gave her the opportunity to further focus her design experiments.

After graduation from the GSD (2005), she worked as an architectural designer for Rafael Vinoly Architects and Polshek Partnership in New York City; learning about the many decisive factors / disciplines in realizing a successful project made her interested in advancing her knowledge-base; she received her MBA in 2009 and entered the construction industry with specific focus on the P3 and/or similar project delivery models; her goal is to develop growing appreciation for design excellence in the overarching industry, as a essential element of any successful project.