Siamak Hariri, born in Bonn, Germany, was educated at the University of Waterloo and Yale University (M.Arch. 1985). As a Founding Partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects (1994), Siamak has been internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading architects.
For more than 18 years, Siamak has been the Partner-in-Charge of projects garnering over 60 national and international awards of excellence in architecture. His internationally-acclaimed projects include the McKinsey & Company Toronto Headquarters at the University of Toronto’s Victoria University Campus (the youngest building to ever receive heritage landmark designation by the City of Toronto), the award-winning Art Collectors’ Residence, and the renovation and addition of Weston Family Learning Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Siamak was the 2006 recipient of the Governor General’s Medal for the Schulich School of Business and Executive Learning Centre at York University.
He is currently the Partner-in-Charge of the international competition-winning Bahá’í Temple for South America in Santiago, Chile; the international competition-winning Ivey School of Business at Western University; the competition-winning Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto; and the expansion of the French language institute, Alliance Française de Toronto.
Currently, he sits on the board of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute of Contemporary Culture, the Toronto Community Foundation and the Waterfront Design Review Panel. As an architect and critic, Siamak has also taught at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and has lectured and participated as a juror across North America and Europe.