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 120 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


Michael Smith


Jessica Yi

Senior Vice President

Nadine Quirmbach

Vice President

Craig has over 36 years of diverse architectural experience covering a wide range of project types. For the last 25 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 43 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 has more than 30 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.

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.

Mimi Lam

Associate Vice President

David Rindlaub

Associate Vice President

Joseph O'Neill

Senior Vice President

For more than 15 years, 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.

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.

Joseph, a member of the Yazdani Studio since 1999, serves as the Quality Leader responsible for quality control of our technical documents.  He also is a specialist in exterior envelope design, and has led the development of the curtainwall design on projects ranging from CJ Blossom Park to Jacobs Medical Center


2022BD+C Resnick Sustainability Center at Caltech
2022Dezeen Resnick Sustainability Center at Caltech
2021MetropolisKaiser Permanente School of Medicine
2021ArchDailyKaiser Permanente School of Medicine
2021ArchDaily ChinaKaiser Permanente School of Medicine
2021ArchinectResnick Sustainability Center at Caltech
2021The Architect's NewspaperResnick Sustainability Center at Caltech
2021ABC7 Chicago
Mobile MOT
2020Urbanize LAResnick Sustainability Center at Caltech
2020design wantedYazdani Studio
2019Sign of the TimesAnne Frank
2018Contract MagazineMehrdad Yazdani
2018Contract MagazineLassonde
2018CLAD MagazineYazdani Studio
2018CLAD MagazineMehrdad Yazdani
2018Lab of the YearCJ Blossom Park
2018The Architect's NewspaperUC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
2018dezeenUC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
2018CurbedYazdani Studio
2017CurbedMehrdad Yazdani
2017Contract MagazineUC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
2017Business InsiderLassonde
2017Student Housing Business MagazineLassonde
2017CNNUC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
2017Architect MagazineCJ Blossom Park
2017SXSW EDULassonde
2017Architectural DigestLassonde
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
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