An Analysis and Categorization of Architectural Design’s Definition in Early Centuries of Formation: Iran’s Islamic Architecture

By Ali Hossein Pour Hajjar, Mohammad Nagizadeh and Bahram Aminzadehgoharrizi.

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A cursory glance at presented definitions about architectural design proves that scholars
have mentioned varied definitions which are based. According to historical documents such as books,
itineraries, illustrations and inscriptions can be divided into two major groups. Firstly, architectural
designs were introduced as an artistic field and the designer was an artist. Apparently, buildings which
are included in first group have diverse decorations or some unique shapes. Additionally, they are not
specifically for human, and they could be considered as monuments, tombs and mausoleums. As a
result, people had a connection with building indirectly. On the other hand, the second group consists
of the building which are used as homes, mosques, schools (Madrasah), Sera (karvansara) and market(
bazzar). Obviously, builders and architects accurately respected, topography and structure and
preference was given to technique rather than beauty. The aim of this article is to gather different
definitions and argue which one was the dominant theme in early Islamic architecture in Iran.

Keywords: Aesthetic, Islamic Architecture, Structure, Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.285-302. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.885MB).

Ali Hossein Pour Hajjar

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Department of Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

After graduation and obtaining the BA of design, I decide to focus on some theories in ancient near east art as well as early Islamic art. In order to achieve my ambition, I passed the state entrance (rank 23) examination and fortunately I was accepted for MA the research of art. While I was working with some museums in Tehran and teaching in applied and Science College, I was working as a designer. During the MA I participated in some internal conferences and started translating some major books about the theory of design in different branches such as landscape, architecture. I have managed to concentrate on studying and have had a part time job where I have cooperated with some interior design projects as a consultant.

Mohammad Nagizadeh

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Department of Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

Bahram Aminzadehgoharrizi

Assistant Proffessor, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Architecture and Urbanism Department, Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Qazvin, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Iran.

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