Mohamad Farzan, one of NewPort Architecture's founding principals, has been practicing architecture in Rhode Island for over twenty five years. Some of his major projects have included the Opera House at the Newport Performing Arts Center (phase I, 2004; phase II, ongoing), the Redwood Library and Athenaeum (Newport, 2013), the Hope Club (Providence, 2004), Carnegie Abbey Golf House (Portsmouth, 2000), Vanderbilt Hall hotel and spa (Newport, 1998 and 2007), and Salve Regina University's Fairholme carriage house dormitory (Newport, 2000), along with many residential projects.
Mohamad received his architectural training at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and also holds an MArch from Tehran University. After practicing in London for several years, he crossed the pond to the U.S.A, where he worked for Cubelis & Associates, William Starck Architects, and Newport Collaborative Architects before helping to found NewPort Architecture. He has been honored with several awards, including the Providence Business News's Business Excellence Award, Newport Historical Society Preservation Award, and two People's Choice Awards. In addition, Mohamad has been a visiting critic at the architecture schools at the Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University.
As an active member of the local community, Mohamad has volunteered his time on the boards of Save the Bay, the Newport Historic District Task Force, and on the city's World Heritage Nomination Committee. He currently serves on the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. He is a past president of Sail Newport and the Newport Rotary Club. Mohamad also contributes much of his time to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), having recently completed a term as Regional Director for New England, and was honored as a Richard Upjohn Fellow in 2013. In 2007, he published the AIA Guide to Newport. When time permits, Mohamad also enjoys sailing, and can be found most Tuesday and Wednesday nights racing J-22's on Narragansett Bay.
Jack Evans brings over 25 years of design and management experience to NewPort Architecture. His work has received honors and awards from Rhode Island Monthly, Preserve Rhode Island, the Newport Conference and Visitor's Bureau, and the American Institute of Architects, among others.
Recent projects include designing new facilities for the Sargent Rehabilition Center in Warwick, supervising renovations and updates to Oceancliff Resort in Newport, repairs to St. Anthony's Church in West Warwick, RI, and rehabilitation of existing Middletown Schools facilities. Jack planned a multi-phase expansion to Bentley Brook, a timeshare resort in the Berkshires, managed construction of Providence Country Day School's $4.5 million renovation, and supervised construction of the Long Wharf Resort in Newport. In addition, Jack won multiple awards for his work on three new structures at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, RI.
Jack has served as a Construction Specialist for several federal projects, and has extensive experience providing overall leadership for construction administration, filing verification, and reviewing shop drawings. He helped implement a half-million dollar renovation to the day care center at Otis Air Force Base in Cape Cod, MA, managed HABS/HAER documentation at the US Coast Guard Station in Sandy Hook, NJ, oversaw the renovation and relocation of existing facilities at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Middletown, RI, and did preliminary coordination and site work for a new $14 million Veterans' Hospital for the US Navy's NETC division in Newport. As the resident IT specialist, Jack is skilled with 3-D computer rendering and oversees digital imagery for NewPort Architecture, as well as handling any technical questions and concerns that arise during the design process. A native of Maine, he enjoys catch-and-release fishing in all four seasons, and resides in beautiful North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Dorienne West Farzan
A native of Newport, Dorienne was inspired by the town’s amazing collection of historic buildings to study architecture and pursue a career in Historic Preservation. She brings a wealth of practical, hands-on experience in renovation, and restoration to NewPort Architecture.
Dorienne received a degree in architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and also holds a certificate in Historic Preservation from the Rhode Island School of Design. She possesses a wealth of experience in performing interior and exterior renovations, researching and documenting the design of historic homes, performing color consultations, directing restoration projects, and obtaining Historic Preservation Certification for tax credit. Dorienne is CAP certified by the Conservation Assessment Program.
Dorienne has been honored for her work with Historic Preservation Awards from both the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission and the Newport Historical Society. Recent projects include the Robinson Gardner House, Wyndham Carriage House, Glen Manor House, Ledge Point Cottage and Rockhurst Gatehouse.
Dorienne’s passion for historic preservation has lead to her involvement in many community organizations, including the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust, Preserve Rhode Island, the Newport Restoration Foundation, the Newport Historical Society, the La Farge Restoration Foundation, and the Newport Public Library. As a contributing editor for the AIA Guide to Newport, she lent her extensive knowledge of Newport’s architecture and history to the guidebook. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and creating unique needlepoint designs.