Farnaz Omidvar was born and raised in Iran, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. She worked as an urban designer on different scale projects, such as the master plan design of 34000 ac. Iran International Airport City. The challenge of negotiating between the designer's objectives and the developer's constraints sparked her interest in better understanding the developers' viewpoint and incentivized her to join a development team as an assistant project manager prior to immigrating to the United States. Before joining UC Berkeley, she worked as an assistant property manager at A&P Management in San Diego, where she managed the company’s west coast portfolio.
Farnaz believes our surrounding environment profoundly shapes our day-to-day lives, and a developer has the agency to make a difference in its creation. She is pursuing the MRED+D degree with an interest in urban in-fill development, and she would also like to further explore how to utilize data analysis and visualization to facilitate the real estate development process.