Mahan Soltanzadeh graduated from one of the most prestigious art and architecture schools in Tehran, Iran. For the past several years, he has run his own business. Mahan also has worked with many international and domestic companies in tradeshow design, exhibition, interior design, and graphic design.
Mahan has always been passionate about how design and art can enhance marketing and sales. Working as an exhibit designer helped him use environmental design and construction principles to support his clients in achieving their marketing and sales objectives in the tradeshow events setting.
In his last three years of profession in Iran and before he relocated to the USA, Mahan had a chance to organize several tradeshow events, including food and agriculture, AEC events, and several international seminars, with his business partners, which allowed him to apply sales and marketing skills into action.
Mahan started teaching at the University of California, Davis in 2013 when the design department tasked him to design an upper-division course titled Design 185, commercial exhibition design. Design 185 encompasses several design disciplines, including exhibition design, interior architecture, environmental graphic design, lighting design, and product design.
Mahan started studying and teaching at UC Davis to learn deeply about design research and development principles, which added significant value to his knowledge. Mahan also learned how to teach and manage many students from all across the departments, including design, civil engineering, psychology, philosophy, electrical engineering, landscape architecture, and more. He also had the privilege to work with several centers at UC Davis, including CLTC (California Lighting Technology Center) and the California Institute for Water Resources in West Village in Davis, California.
While at UC Davis and American River College, Mahan designed and performed several workshops for students across the campus, covering real-world experience, knowledge, and skills. Topics of these workshops include:
- Lighting design and ray tracing simulation
- Architectural design and drafting
- Mechanical design and drafting
- Interior design and architecture
- Commercial exhibition design
- Architectural hand sketching
- Storyboard development
- 3D design and animation
- CAD drawing using industry-standard software, including 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 3D, and Vectorworks