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My friend Hossein

By Yasmine Rafii
May 7, 2001
The Iranian

Occasionally you have the good fortune of meeting someone really special. You know that the first minute you meet them. It can be something in their eyes, their smile or even the rhythm of their breathing. Whatever it is, it makes you open in their presence and leaves you feeling that life is good.

My friend Hossein Peigahi is one of those people . Bashfully humble, genuinely sweet and prone to impish giggling. I am really pleased to be able to share him and some of his work with you. Hossein is not only an exceptional architect, but is a critically renowned artist in the Pacific Northwest. And although his work as an architect deserves much attention, I want to introduce you to his paintings - because this is where he really lives.

When I began planning the upcoming exhibit and auction, The Art of Change, Hossein was one of the first people I approached to participate. Since most of Hossein's life has been spent designing schools, I knew that he would not hesitate to donate his time and work in support of UNICEF.

The auction is a benefit for UNICEF, The United Nations Children1s Fund and Hossein is one of 31 other Puget Sound artists participating in this event. The Art of Change takes place Friday, May 11, at Westlake Center in Seattle. For all of you in the area, this is a great opportunity to meet him and to support an organization devoted to the welfare of children globally. We hope you will join us. Details here

Hossein is an architect with the firm of Burr Lawrence Rising and Bates in Tacoma, Washington. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon and has served as project architect and designer for numerous award-winning educational projects during his tenure at BLR+B. 

His innovative, award-winning designs include the North Grandstand of Husky Stadium at the University of Washington, Curtis Senior High School Addition/Modernization, Kentlake Senior High School and Discovery Primary School. His repertoire also includes the addition / modernization to South Whidbey High School, Bainbridge High School, and Olympia High School. He is presently project designer for the new Auburn High School No. 4 and in June will begin work on Mt Tahoma High School, the biggest project in this school district.

In Iran, Hossein's work includes The Library at University of Shiraz , Faculty of Science Building for the University of Jondishapoor in Ahvaz, the School of Dentistry at Melli University, The Teacher Training University in Hesarat, Karaj, and satellite campuses in Yazd, Birjand, Sanandaj and Zahedan,and over 25 private homes in Tehran and the Caspian seashore. He lives and works in Tacoma with his wife Ann.

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