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Office Statement

We started working as a team in 2017 and named it mershandlee. This is a place where we explore, read, write, research, collect, draw, model, analyze, render, animate, teach, collaborate, design, and practice architecture. mershandlee believes in the potential of architecture and its ability to influence the performance and interactions of those who inhabit it. We look at architecture through its meanings and narratives, considering their unique engagements with works of art and literature, as well as historical and cultural events, to reimagine the real.

Founding Partners 

Lida Badafareh is an architect and an educator practicing in Vienna. Previously, she was a lecturer at the Urban Design Institute at the University of Innsbruck, where she taught design courses as well as urban design seminars. She is also a lecturer at Raumklasse at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She has worked as an architect and urban design researcher for several architecture offices, including Coop Himmelb(l)au. She holds a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from Städelschule, where her graduate thesis received the AIV Master Thesis Award.


Mehrshad Atashi is an architect and an educator based in Vienna. He previously worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Urban Design at the University of Innsbruck, where he led design courses and urban design seminars. He holds a B.Arch from Università degli Studi di Firenze and a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from Städelschule. Previously, he worked in the offices of Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo and Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna.

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