Mohamad Farzan, one of NewPort Architecture's founding principals, has been practicing architecture in Rhode Island for over twenty-five years. Some of his major projects have included the Opera House at the Newport Performing Arts Center (phase I, 2004; phase II, ongoing), the Redwood Library and Athenaeum (Newport, 2013), the Hope Club (Providence, 2004), Carnegie Abbey Golf House (Portsmouth, 2000), Vanderbilt Hall hotel and spa (Newport, 1998 and 2007), and Salve Regina University's Fairholme carriage house dormitory (Newport, 2000), along with many residential projects.
Mohamad received his architectural training at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and also holds an MArch from Tehran University. After practicing in London for several years, he crossed the pond to the U.S.A, where he worked for Cubelis & Associates, William Starck Architects, and Newport Collaborative Architects before helping to found NewPort Architecture. He has been honored with several awards, including the Providence Business News's Business Excellence Award, Newport Historical Society Preservation Award, and two People's Choice Awards. In addition, Mohamad has been a visiting critic at the architecture schools at the Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University.
As an active member of the local community, Mohamad has volunteered his time on the boards of Save the Bay, the Newport Historic District Task Force, and on the city's World Heritage Nomination Committee. He currently serves on the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. He is a past president of Sail Newport and the Newport Rotary Club. Mohamad also contributes much of his time to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), having recently completed a term as Regional Director for New England, and was honored as a Richard Upjohn Fellow in 2013. In 2007, he published the AIA Guide to Newport. When time permits, Mohamad also enjoys sailing, and can be found most Tuesday and Wednesday nights racing J-22's on Narragansett Bay.