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Master of Fine Arts


Interior Design

First Advisor

Roberto Ventura

Second Advisor

Kristin Carleton

Third Advisor

Sara Reed

Fourth Advisor

Emily Smith


Music serves as a reflection of culture and conveys various emotional and intellectual states, such as a nation's perspective, social attitudes, and historical background. However, the Iranian revolution in 1979 led to the ban of music by the new regime, limiting the output and audience for Iranian music. In addition, the emergence of Western music accessibility through technology posed challenges for traditional Persian music, and the government's restrictions on music further compounded the problem. To support and advance the preservation and dissemination of Iranian music, this study aims to explore how an interior designer can create a space that enables effective Iranian music performance and encourages communication between musicians and audiences. The study entails a literature review of Persian classical music, interviews with Iranian immigrant music experts, and an analysis of multi-functional space design precedents. The study seeks to aid in developing a Persian music hall that is inclusive of both musicians and audiences, provides rehearsal spaces, showcases Persian musical instruments, and features a dedicated cafe for gatherings and socializing. Furthermore, the study follows practical design guidelines that help create spaces that enrich the experience of Persian classical music and promote the preservation and advancement of this cultural heritage.


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