Born in Tehran, Iran, Mercedes Afshar began her studies at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture in 2007. In 2008 Mercedes returned to the University of Maryland to obtain her Master’s degree in Architecture. In 2009, she was awarded second place for the United States Green Building Council’s Emerging Green Builders Natural Talent Design Competition where she investigated a sustainable building skin system to be linked to an existing structure in Washington D.C. Later her prize winning master’s thesis Building Skin as a Connecting Medium: A Case Study in Tehran bestowed the Architectural Thesis Award at the University of Maryland. While completing her Master’s degree, Mercedes also served as the Designer for the UMD School of Architecture’s Kibel Gallery. She also has prior experience working at RTKL and Marshall Moya Design both located in Washington D.C., as well as two summers of International internship experience.

Joining Hickok Cole in spring of 2012, Mercedes has truly found it to be a “Great place to work”! At Hickok Cole, Mercedes considers herself lucky to have taken part in challenging opportunities such as The NAIOP Office Building of the Future Competition, as well as Hickok Cole’s iLab program (a firm-wide scholarship program invested in pioneering research in the field of architecture). She is also a member of HCA’s Sustainable, Full Circle, and Design Committees.