The 2016 Marilyn Pomfret Alumni Award Winner: Habib Zargarpour

Marilyn Pomfret Alumni Award Winner Habib Zargarpour accepts his award.

Marilyn Pomfret Alumni Award Winner Habib Zargarpour accepts his award.

Habib, we’re both honoured and proud.


In the mid 1980’s, the Intramural Program had gained a momentum of engagement forcing it to pay more attention to the manner in which the program was being delivered and the image it was attempting to create.

At this crucial point Habib Zargarpour appeared, a student in Mechanical Engineering with an incredible artistic talent and a unique ability to sense and translate program needs into a vibrant and energetic visual presentation be it in the form of poster, apparel, signage and logo. His creative genius captured, inspired and motivated the entire organization to reach higher levels of program delivery and professionalism.   His results were immediately admired and enthusiastically embraced.


Creative Director Microsoft Studios

Habib’s post UBC career to date has been exceptional.

Habib currently holds the position of Creative Director at Microsoft Studios a position he has held since 2013. He has over 12 years of experience in visual effects for film and 13 years in the games industry.

In film: Habib has been nominated for two Academy Awards (Oscars) and was recognized as the winner of two British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Visual Effects for his work on Twister and The Perfect Storm.   While at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), his other film projects include 2 Star Trek films, Spawn, Star Wars Episode I, The Bourne Identity, and Signs.

In the Games Industry:

Habib served as a Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts (EA) from 2002 – 2009 where he worked on Need for Speed Underground, 007 Bond Everything or Nothing, an


Habib signs a few of his original IM posters at the 2016 IM Awards Banquet.

d Need for Speed Most Wanted which received a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award in 2006.


Habib Zargarpour is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (Oscars), British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a founding member of the Visual Effects Society and the 5D-Conference. His passion is to combine his film and game experience to discover new ways of storytelling. He uses these methods in transmedia projects in order to cross pollinate both industries with the best practices of each.

Habib, congratulations for your incredible Program contribution and your outstanding professional career!