50/52 E 11TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10003
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House In Amman
Sagaponack Beach House
House In Egypt
Perry St Townhouse
Pret a Manger Restaurant
Istithmar Offices
East Village Apartment
Pool House
Housing Competition


A Home in Central France
A Patagonian Gardenv A Seaside Garden in Hampton Bays
A Garden on a Greek Island
A Landscape and Garden in Locust Valley


Suspens Table ® for Pręt a Manger
New Pręt Coffee Station ® for Pręt a Manger
Stagger Shelf ®
52 shelf ®
Walnut and Oxidized Steel table
Ma rock Tables
Pendentive and Squinch Tables


Micrographia/Felt Emergence
Other Rugs


Sardar Design Studio is a multidisciplinary studio for architecture, landscape architecture and design founded in 2007 in New York City.

The body of our work is as diverse as our team. Our projects have ranged from contemporary residences and work places to the restoration of historical townhouses, to the planning of urban green spaces and gardens. Key to our practice is the fostering of a collaborative environment among team members with diverse professional experiences. Our studio is comprised mainly of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and interiors professionals. From this background, small teams are put together to best fulfill the unique potential of each project by providing innovative solutions backed by rigorous research and analysis of traditional architecture, contemporary building practices, and natural processes, leading to an altogether contemporary synthesis.

Our portfolio of local and international projects all reflect a radical rethinking of the conventional aspects of architecture and design. By studying and questioning traditional influences and solutions, we strive to come up with new and unexpected programs and spaces that are better adapted to the life and demands of our clients. This is especially evident in our furnishings, which build on ancestral artisanal knowledge that we adapt to new applications, such as in our line of Kashmiri embroidered rugs, or Felt mats from Northern Iran.

Our current projects include: the refurbishment and addition to an existing Shingle style house in Sagaponack, Long Island, The New York offices of the Government of Dubai's investment arm, the restoration of a 19th century townhouse in the West Village area of New York City, the restoration of an historical 18th Century mud brick complex in Morocco, and a new contemporary family home in Amman, Jordan. We have also recently refurbished A few Pręt A Manger restaurants in Manhattan and Washington DC, updating them with a brighter and cleaner look. In the field of Landscape design, we are currently involved in various garden projects in and around New York City, as well as strategic planning for a public green space adapted to the desert conditions of southern Morocco. We are also in the planning phase of a animal sanctuary project in Jordan with a pedagogic and ethno-botanical vocation.


Ahmad Sardar-Afkhami was born in Teheran to a family of architects and designers. After leaving Iran during the upheaval of the revolution, he spent his childhood in France and England.

After graduating from Brown University with a Bachelor's degree in Semiotics/Modern Culture and Media in 1990, he spent some time in India working on a film project that documented gender politics in traditional Northern Indian Architecture and Landscape design.

His interest sparked by this project, he pursued a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Upon graduating in 1995, and after researching the restoration of a historical French garden of the 17th century, he worked for Robert AM Stern as a Landscape architect. Frustrated by the limits imposed on his profession, he returned to school to obtain a Master's Degree in Architecture from Columbia University in 1999. He then worked as an architect for Robert AM Stern and other prestigious architectural firms based in New York City.

In 2007, he founded Sardar Design Studio as an attempt to bring together the different aspects of his design career, and to create a collaborative studio where different design professionals with similarly wide ranging interests could practice in a mutually supportive atmosphere on projects that overlap and challenge the traditional boundaries of design as it is practiced today.