From September 28 to October 19, 2018 at the Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran

International touring exhibition

From September 28 to October 19, 2018, the international traveling exhibition “Designing in Dialogue—Architectural Answers”, which has been curated by the German practice gmp architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, can be seen at the Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran. Under the guiding motto “Future prospects for Iran”, the exhibition is dedicated to projects and designs gmp has developed and implemented in Iran in recent years, in addition to completed projects from all over the world. Key projects in Iran are the Shahr-e Aftab Trade Fair complex in Tehran and gmp’s masterplan for the former Ghale Morghi Airport. What a cultural center on this airport site could look like is demonstrated by the students’ designs for Tehran City Garden, which were produced during a workshop organized by the aac, the Academy for Architectural Culture (Hamburg) and the MAF, the Mirmiran Architecture Foundation (Tehran).

The exhibition will be opened by the German Ambassador Michael Klor-Berchtold on September 27, 2018. To start off with, a symposium will be held with lectures, one of the speakers being Prof. Dr.-Ing. h. c. Volkwin Marg, founding partner of gmp.

If you are interested in the international touring exhibition you can download our press kit containing information and high-res-images (ZIP-File size 187 MB) here:

Designing in Dialogue



Designing in Dialogue

Good architecture is created in a dialogue. And it takes social responsibility. An optimal solution for a building project can only be achieved when one asks the right questions. Often these are unusual questions, sometimes simple, and frequently they seem to want to combine what cannot be combined. How the process of designing in dialogue finds an architectural answer to these specific questions is demonstrated by the examples from gmp’s oeuvre selected for the exhibition.

The initiators

The “Designing in Dialogue—Architectural Answers” traveling exhibition was curated by the German architects’ practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). With over 500 members of staff distributed across eleven offices, gmp is active throughout the world. Since its formation in 1965, the practice has completed almost 500 projects all over the world.


Since its first showing in 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam, this important architectural exhibition has already traveled to two continents; following its premiere in Vietnam, the exhibition went to Santiago de Chile and Rio de Janeiro, as well as to Nanjing and Beijing. Prominent venues were, amongst others, the Chinese National Museum in Beijing, the world’s largest museum building, and the Museo de Arte Contemperáneo in Brazil, the iconic art museum at the Bay of Rio de Janeiro designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

These cities already hosted one of our exhibitions:
Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi / Santiago de Chile / Rio de Janeiro / Beijing / Nanjing


The touring exhibition will be on show at the Niavaran Cultural Center from September 28 to October 19, 2018.

The exhibition is aimed at both the general public and professionals. All texts are bilingual in Farsi and English; a program of lectures will accompany the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.


Niavaran Cultural Center
Pasdaran Street, opposite Niavaran Park
Tehran, Iran

Opening hours

Saturday to Thursday,
→ 10:00 to 20:00 hours
→ 14:00 to 20:00 hours

How to find the exhibition venue

Illustrated Map of the location of the Designing in Dialogue exhibition by gmp in Tehran
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Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require additional information

If you have questions about gmp’s activities in Iran, please contact:

Regional Director in Iran

Nima Ghahremann
0049.40.88 151 254

gmp legal representative Iran

Jamshid Parvizian
No. 92, Azar St. Isfahan
0098.313.235 8054

For press enquiries regarding the exhibition and gmp, please contact:

Public Relations Dept. gmp Hamburg