Golnaz Jamshidi holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Waterloo with a strong commitment to the design of the public realm in dense urban environments. Her professional pursuits demonstrate her passion for design at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and public space design, where her work explores how design can have a meaningful impact and influence on the everyday life of a diverse and inclusive public – rather than any one specific user group. Golnaz believes that different users of the city, can all be involved in the development of their surroundings and it is vital to integrate the local population in the creative process of making public spaces.
Currently, Golnaz is working in Public Work urban design and landscape architecture studio in Toronto as a landscape designer. She is a core team member for the landscape design of new public space under the Kosciuszko Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, a project that will program and operate this unique public space under the recently completed expressway bridge between Brooklyn and Queens. She also worked on the first transformed pedestrian portal under the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto at Rees Street, for the Waterfront BIA and Waterfront Toronto, King Toronto, Quayside Project in Toronto a collaboration with Sidewalk Labs.
She also held the first workshop of WE-bridge series in Tehran in April 2019. This is a series of collaborative workshops and design projects to develop public spaces under the leftover spaces under the urban bridges in Tehran, spaces in which she sees the opportunity to become a laboratory for testing alternate public spaces.
During her academic and professional practice, she gained a variety of interdisciplinary and intercultural experiences.
Prior to joining PUBLIC WORK, Golnaz worked as an architectural designer for Shift Process Practice and BNS Studio in Tehran, where she focused on developing multi-scale architecture and urban design projects, including several award-winning competitions.