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Reza Aliabadi (RZLBD) is a Canadian artist and architect of Persian origin. He is the founder of Atelier RZLBD, an art and architecture practice based in Toronto, whose work extends to making arts, crafting objects, designing buildings, curating installations, and publishing a zine called rzlbdPOST.

Named the first Vignelli Center Designer in Residence, RZLBD will provide research, design, and development assistance for the RIT Museumscape, which was conceived as part of President David Munson’s vision for the future of the Rochester campus. RZLBD will work under the direction of Josh Owen, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design and director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.

His work has been distinguished with numerous accolades including the International Architecture Master Prize (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) American Architecture Prize (2017) and Ontario Association of Architects Awards (2009, 2011); exhibited in many venues including the Sir John Soane’s Museum (London 2018) the World Architecture Festival (Berlin 2017, Amsterdam 2018) the School of Architecture at McGill University (Montreal 2009, 2017) and Toronto Harbourfront Centre (2012); and celebrated in more than one hundred print publications.

Reza Aliabadi