The Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign is a laboratory for exploration and experimentation in architecture. Established upon the reputation and leadership of award-winning designer Mehrdad Yazdani, the studio leverages the best attributes of a small design studio with the resources and reach of our global practice.

The studio includes a diverse team of architects, designers, 3-D artists, technical specialists, and creative thinkers entirely committed to pushing the boundaries of design—from refining concepts of sustainability to the application of radically new technologies and urban initiatives.

Mehrdad Yazdani

Design Director

Named by Progressive Architecture as one of the world’s top emerging architects in 1990—just three years after graduating from Harvard University’s School of Design—Mehrdad Yazdani’s design philosophy is focused on maintaining an environment of exploration, tempered with a realistic sense of each client’s needs and pragmatic details. As a design principal within CannonDesign’s national practice and the director of the Yazdani Studio, he possesses deep experience designing complex design work across the globe. His buildings are responsive to context, climate and culture, while achieving enduring value with a conscientious respect for client budgets and schedules.

Throughout his career, Mehrdad’s work has garnered more than 90 major design awards and publication in national and international journals, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Dezeen, Fast Company, BusinessWeek and moreHis work has been exhibited around the world and is held in permanent collections at the MoMA and SFMOMA.


Craig Booth

Principal

Michael Smith

Principal

Craig has over 24 years of diverse architectural experience covering a wide range of project types. For the last 15 years, he has worked alongside Mehrdad Yazdani in the design and execution of projects, and has helped establish a clear design vision within the Yazdani Studio.

Craig is a multidisciplinary team leader capable of project execution from conceptual design through project completion. His work combines experimental design with a mature resolution of pragmatic requirements, along with a high degree of technical expertise.

Michael provides business and design management leadership on projects all over the world. He has more than 40 years of experience in a broad array of project typologies spanning education, healthcare, hospitality and commercial markets.

Michael’s collaborative projects have been widely published and recognized by numerous awards including AIA awards, International Design Awards, and ASHE Vista Award (a team collaboration award).


Jessica Yi

Vice President

David Rinlaub

Associate Vice President

Jessica has more than 25 years’ experience in the architectural profession with a full range of responsibilities in planning, design, construction and quality control. As a versatile project manager, she combines vigilant leadership with deft oversight of systems, schedules, and objectives to ensure project success.

Attending simultaneously to the “big picture” and to the vast, multifaceted array of details that compose that picture, Jessica consistently maintains clear, efficient communication among all project stakeholders while implementing appropriate quality control methodologies that ensure projects fulfill client goals and aspirations.

Nearly two decades of experience have helped David become an expert in quality detailing and interdisciplinary coordination to achieve design excellence. He is integral to projects of all scales and styles and critical to helping clients achieve success. An officer in the Yazdani Studio, David performs a dual role as the liaison between the design and project implementation team, and as a Construction Administration leader for some of our most complex projects.

An officer in the Yazdani Studio, David performs a dual role as the liaison between the design and project implementation team, and as a Construction Administration leader for some of our most complex projects.


Mimi Lam

Associate Vice President

Nadine Quirmbach

Associate Vice President

For more than a decade, Mimi has practiced architecture at the intersection of art and design. Her process and methodology is rooted in the synthesis of explorative design, technical rigor and fine art. A senior designer in the Yazdani Studio, Mimi has contributed significantly to the design and development of award-winning projects ranging from expansive exhibits at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, UC San Diego Health’s Jacobs Medical Center, Ordos Concert Hall, the groundbreaking Gates Vascular Institute and more.

Nadine is uniquely gifted with the ability to develop interior spaces that blend harmoniously with exterior architectural expression. She has extensive experience in a number of building types, ranging from performance and exhibition spaces to large-scale hospitals, learning environments and commercial projects. Regardless of building type, Nadine seeks to create interior environments that act as a canvas for memorable human experiences.


YearPublicationProject
2017Fast Co.Yazdani Studio
2016Kraemer Radiation Oncology CenterKraemer Radiation Oncology Center
2016Healthcare DesignKraemer Radiation Oncology Center
2016DezeenKraemer Radiation Oncology Center
2014ArchDailyLassonde Studios
2013The PlanHauptman-Woodward Institute
2013New York Times"Anne"
2012Flair Magazine Bollywood Museum
2012ark magazineBollywood Museum
2012Interior CreationsBollywood Museum
2011Purpose MagazineBollywood Museum
2011The PlanChaparral Hall Science Building
2011ofARCH MagazineHauptman-Woodward Institute
2011ArchDailyBollywood Museum
2010www.revitoped.comOrdos Concert Hall
2010Sharestan MagazineYazdani Studio
2010Buffalo Spree MagazineGates Vascular Institute
2010Umraan MagazineChaparral Hall Science Building
2010ArchiteriaChaparral Hall Science Building
2010American ArchitectsChaparral Hall Science Building
2010ArchDailyChaparral Hall Science Building
2010ArchNow
Chaparral Hall Science Building
2010Building Design + ConstructionChengdu Bridges
2010ArchisceneQueensland Gallery of Modern Art
2010California Home and DesignUCSD Price Center East
2010Milimet DesignUCSD Price Center East
2010Abitare MagazineYazdani Studio
2010UC San Diego News CenterUCSD Price Center East
2010ArchDailyUCSD Price Center East
2010ofARCHUCSD Price Center East
2010Chinese and Overseas ArchitectureUCSD Price Center East
2010www/design-daily.comTaj Lands End Hotel
2010PlusMoodTaj Lands End Hotel
2010Contract MagazineUCSD Price Center East
2010RevitOrdos Concert Hall
2009Architectural RecordUCSD Price Center East
2009Architecture and CultureUCSD Price Center East