Sara Kamalvand is an artist and an architect based in Paris. In 2012 she founded HydroCity to conduct research projects on the qanat, an ancient and abandoned irrigation network in Iran for which she produced workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and publications. Her work questions the reorientation of urban protocols, and alternative scenarios around infrastructure, resources and public space. Architecture serves as a method to find new tools and forms by generating critical research through design work that may include completed projects, proposals, possible realities and alternatives. Her work has been exhibited at the Nicolas Michelin Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, the Kunstfort in Amsterdam, la Collection Lambert in Avignon. In 2018 she was selected for the Manifesta12 5x5x5 educational program in Palermo. She was a guest professor at École Spéciale d’Architecture from 2015 to 2018 and has taught at the Landscape Architecture School of Versailles. She was awarded the architecture fellowship at the Académie de France in Madrid in 2019-2020.