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Name: Ehsan Jahani '06

Course studied: Architectural and Cultural Studies (MA)

Current positions: Intern Architect at ASE Design and Build

"Stay strong to the end in life."

Ehsan lives in Toronto, Canada - and you can connect with him on LinkedIn

Ehsan Jahani

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

A great city and campus life in Brookes. Plus the courses I was looking for was only offered in Brookes in those years, should mention that there were valuable instructors.

What is your best memory of your time at Oxford Brookes?

My graduation day and of course playing soccer in Campus.

After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career?

I started teaching in Cyprus, Turkey and Iran as visiting instructor in those years, became registered Architect in Iran and designed many buildings, attended many international seminars and workshop and won some valuable prizes, moved to Canada in 2015 and established my a new life as an Architect in Toronto, Canada.

What was your inspiration to move into your current profession?

The inspiration was to develop to a more advanced level in my career and found Canada a great opportunity to expand that, Thanks to Brookes to gave me that foundation that still benefits from it.

What success stories/achievements have you had in your role?

I have been through lots of challenges throw-out my career as an Architect, for example, one is the road map I started in Canada, my wife and I started almost from zero here. I can tell it was me, my wife, 2 suitcases full of clothes and our university degrees (of course I had my graduation photo and champagne from Brookes with myself as well) nothing else. we are so proud that we have everything now, we have a son named Arthur, and beautiful personal and professional life in Canada.

What is the best advice someone has given you?

Never ever give up.

What advice would you give to others?

Stay strong to the end in life because some people who love you are living with the hope of that strength.

Any other comments?

I never forget the day of my graduation at Brookes where Mr Chris Wilkinson was speaker and he said, "soon you will be proud of your life and sooner world will need your knowledge". That day I thought he was just speaking to finish his turn but now I thinkhe was right. Ten years later I met him here in Canada and had a chance to introduce myself and tell him that "sorry you were right, I was wrong" (I met him at Azure Talk on 22 March 2016 in Toronto).