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Fereydoon Ghaffari


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Fereydoon Ghaffari Obituary
November 28, 1928 - May 22, 2017 Born in Anzali, Iran, Fereydoon Ghaffari started his life as a world traveler, architect and urban planner when he came to Los Angeles in 1947 to pursue an education in the sciences and math, and to learn English (his third language). He attended UCLA for his General Studies, then transferred to USC where he received a Bachelor's of Architecture degree in 1955. He was elected President of the American Institute of Architects Student Chapter. He received a Phi Beta Kappa scholarship and was selected by the School of Architecture faculty as a representative to a statewide conference on designs to accommodate the handicapped. Fereydoon passed away of heart failure after a long battle with lung cancer. Over the five decades of professional planning, Fereydoon leaves an enduring positive impact on his profession, the communities he designed and the next generation of planners around the globe. His master planning projects included the conceptual design of Valencia CA; Waterwood TX; Hacienda Miraflores, Spain; and Tehran, Iran. The Intex Recreation corporate office and industrial park in Xiamen, China earned multiple awards for both the master plan and the open space and design elements from the municipality of Xiamen. Fereydoon also designed many venues for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, provided a series of financial pro-forma analysis for the iconic Center West project in Westwood Village, and stewarded the extended-stay hotel Plaza La Reina through its complex entitlement phase. For over 20 years, Fereydoon served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, the global honorary land economics society, and served as the President from 1998-2000. In this role, he attracted many new members to the chapter, established the luncheon speaker's programs and organized the venue series tours. He was honored with the title of Lambda Alpha Fellow for his achievements and contribution to this organization that represents all professions related to the real estate industry. In his honor, the LA chapter established the "Fereydoon Ghaffari Speaker's Series." Remembered for his wisdom, compassion and integrity, Fereydoon enjoyed spending time with his family and friends cooking and eating fine food, cheering on the Bruins, playing backgammon and bridge, hiking, camping, skiing and driving red sports cars. Later in life he took up running and was a charter member of LA Leggers, a running group, where he took on the role of cartographer. With the support and companionship of fellow Leggers he completed five marathons. Loved and respected by all who met him, Fereydoon is survived by his wife of forty-two years Elizabeth of Los Angeles CA, his daughter Cynthia of Seattle WA and his son Hans of Van Nuys CA. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor this summer. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to or scholarship.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 28, 2017
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