VAHID MOJARRAB + CAROL WARE
Architect, Vahid Mojarrab, and designer/artist, Carol Ware, are partners at WAMO Studio, LLC. WAMO Studio has over 50 combined years of experience in architecture, planning, design and sustainability. WAMO Studio’s design reputation is based on simple, innovative and authentic designs. Since its inception, the firm has pursued a rigorous logic in its design approach in the belief that architectural programs are best solved directly and efficiently. Founder of WAMO Studio, Vahid Mojarrab, has a philosophy centered on two essential architectural ideas. One is to use sensible architecture to create a significant place within a site, and the other is to be sensitive to climate and to respond to environmental demands with emphases on building sciences. With the Volkshouse, completed by Mojarrab Stanford architects, Mojarrab demonstrated his commitment to low-carbon and net-zero energy consumption projects. Mojarrab is continuing with new Passive House projects. Central to the sustainable goals of his firm is the core belief that building sustainably does not have to mean building expensively. WAMO is developing high performance, Passive House certified projects at no cost premium, achieving this level of financial, social and environmental sustainability by creating more streamlined and efficient buildings. The supply of conventional energy sources will decline, the cost of energy will increase and the efforts required to combat climate change will grow. WAMO Studio is constantly seeking to address these issues while simultaneously creating beautiful and elegant design.
Ware studied architecture in college, receiving both her degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. Ware graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and again in 1985 with a Bachelor of Architecture.
The study of architecture attracted Ware, because of the interdisciplinary learning the study afforded. Academically and romantically, architecture is functional, artistic, scientific and psychological. In contrast, after graduating, Ware discovered the practice of architecture to be quite different from its pedagogy, and she moved towards sculpture and painting. She continues her sculpture and painting work and collaborates with Mojarrab on some architectural endeavors. They also collaborate on some art and architectural installations as well as some product and custom furniture design.
Mojarrab has over 25 years of experience in architectural design. He has worked on projects domestically and internationally, both large and small, including commercial buildings, high-rise living towers, single family homes, affordable housing, night clubs and religious structures. He initiated the architecture division of the development company where he worked for seven years and there he designed and built housing and affordable housing in New Mexico and Colorado. In 2007, Mojarrab founded WAMO Studio, a small architectural design company in Santa Fe, NM. Among other accomplishments, he won an international housing competition and received several AIA Awards. Mojarrab partnered in MoSA, Mojarrab Stanford Architects, where he built several Passive Houses and won numerous awards. As of 2013, Mojarrab is returning to WAMO Studio and looking to expand the breadth of his practice.
Future building technologies and green building technologies have interested Mojarrab for some time. He has completed the certification for several Passive Houses. He also participated in the 2012 International Passivhaus Conference in Germany and 2014 International Passive House conference in Maine. Though this method of green building is interesting, Mojarrab is equally intrigued by other low impact, green technologies which address the different needs of various clients, projects, and climates.