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Maryam Rostami, AIA, LEED AP


​​Maryam’s practice is rooted in her innate compassion for the well-being of others. Her distinct ability to distill disparate elements of a project into a cohesive vision and process embedded in the unique values of her clients has been essential to successful outcomes and to client partnerships that endure over time. A strong designer and committed advocate for her clients, she brings leadership and enthusiasm for design to her assignments, regardless of scale or scope, balanced by keen management skills and respect for client budgets and schedules. An outspoken agent for equity, she has also been instrumental to integrating actionable measures to advance TEF’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) goals and to cultivating a practice culture that prioritizes health and balance.

Maryam’s passion for the development of young people fuels her leadership in education design.  Her exploration of a “trauma informed” architecture that supports healing has been particularly relevant to TEF’s academic clients – especially in light of the pandemic’s effect on youth -- including work on Kresge College as well as Employee Housing Master Planning at UC Santa Cruz, the Diego Rivera Theater at City College of San Francisco, Providence High School in Southern California, and Live Oak School, The Dahlia School, and The New School in San Francisco.  Maryam’s portfolio also encompasses workplace, retail and multifamily housing, most notably the transformation of Pier 17 into flexible office and event spaces for the Swiss Consulate/Swissnex, as well as a number of affordable housing developments throughout the Bay Area.

Maryam earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Plan II degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for FACT/SF Dance Company and is a member of the AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects.

On what excites her about the profession right now:

I am excited about the changing landscape of the profession and look forward to the day when our ranks look and sound like the people we are meant to serve.”

Maryam Rostami, AIA, LEED AP