Niloufar earned an undergraduate degree in urban design and urban planning from Art University of Isfahan in Iran before completing her Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto. Her layered approach to landscape involves integrating environmental, cultural, and social responses to a site into a cohesive whole. In Between Walls, her multiple award-winning MLA thesis project, proposes a remediation strategy for the Hamoun Lakes region on the Iran/Afghanistan border – former wetlands transformed by political conflict and climate change into a dust storms catalyst. Through research into topics ranging from particle physics to cultural and historical studies of the site, Niloufar developed a configuration of walls as an armature in the landscape that would mitigate lake shrinkage. At the same time, this intervention would help reconnect people to a once-populated and historically significant region that has become blighted and damaged.
Niloufar gained professional experience at Public Work in Toronto and several landscape and urban design practices in Iran before joining PLANT’s staff in 2019. Her in-progress PLANT projects include the FlyOver Toronto landscape and Governor’s Bridge Lookout at Evergreen Brick Works.