For most of his design career, Mehrdad Yazdani has practiced at the intersec-tion of the large office and the small studio. Named by Progressive Architecture magazine as one of the world’s top emerging architects just three years after graduating from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Mr. Yazdani has suc-ceeded in bringing a design sensibility characteristic of boutique firms to a broad portfolio of significant projects for noted firms such as Ellerbe Becket, Dworsky Associates, and now Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. A selection of his most recent commis-sions ranges from a new public works building and water treatment facility for the City of Beverly Hills, to a student dining facility at the University of California at Berkeley, a biomedical research laboratory for Nobel prize-winning scientists at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, an urban elementary school, and a “green” public safety complex for the City of Santa Monica. His success in designing for public and institutional clients is rooted in his ability to maintain a clear understanding of the needs of many project users and constituents, and in his process for consensus-building among large and diverse client groups.
Mehrdad’s work has received numerous awards and international recognition, with profiles featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Architecture, Progressive Architecture, GA Houses, and Metropolitan Home. He is among a select group of architects included in a current exhibit at the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam, featuring Jewish institutional buildings designed by prominent international architects. His paintings and other work are regularly exhibited regularly in galleries throughout the U.S. and are part of the permanent collections of both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is frequently invited to speak about his work and was recently a lecturer for the prestigious “Emerging Voices” series in New York. He serves on numerous design juries for universities and organizations, including AIA chapters throughout California and across the country.