In 1976, the company known as AFFA - Abdol Aziz Farman-Farmaian and Associates was created for the design of the Azadi Stadium.
Abdol Aziz Farman-Farmaian was born is Shiraz in 1920 as the tenth son to Prince Abdol Hossein Mirza Farman-Farma, at the time Governor General of the province of Shiraz.In 1928, at the age of 8 he was sent to school in France, where he remained for his primary, and secondary school at Lyée Michelet in Paris until 1938. A brief trip to Iran during the short summer of 1935 was his first contact as an adolescent with his family.
His Baccalaureate degree was received in 1938. Abdol Aziz Farman-Farmaian and three other brothers were extremely lucky that their father, Prince Abdol Hossein Mirza, Had organized for them as guardian Mr. Desiré Roustan a leading French philosopher and writer. They in fact owe to him a happy childhood and excellent education away from home.Architectural studies were initiated in the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, where he started to prepare for the Beaux Arts School. The onset of WWII broke the continuity of his studies and had to leave for Iran in 1940 where he stayed until 1945. During this period of worldwide uncertainty he worked at different jobs such as: Teheran Municipality, Karnsaks, and the Ministry of Culture (Vezarate Pishehonar).