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.
The redeveloped 528’ high, one million sf Government Center and its surrounding neighborhoods are an influential element that enhance Boston’s skyline with sophisticated, elegant, bold and iconic architecture recognizable worldwide. The tower’s sleek, thin appearance combines with a subtly sculpted crown that slopes inward and connects the north and south glazed facades at the top – a simple, yet powerful design that elevates the city and builds on its rich design history.
The Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign was one of four firms short-listed for the design of the Armenian American Museum in Glendale, CA and took first place in the design competition. The museum serves as a repository of cultural memory, a symbol of national identity, a celebration for individual achievement and a commemoration of the sufferings of a people.
The design of the Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem center creates a space for public engagement that fosters learning and understanding around the dynamics of racism and prejudice throughout history. The garden complements the museum to allow for congregation, celebrate Nobel laureates and inspire unity and peace.
Designed for Nobel Laureate and internationally renowned mathematician, Dr. Herbert Hauptman, the Hauptman-Woodward Research Institute is the gateway to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campu and a key focal point in its diverse urban neighborhood. Guided by its motto, “The Cures Begin Here,” the institute creates novel strategies and technologies to promote the understanding, prevention and treatment of human diseases.
The introduction of a Jack Nicklaus designed 18-hole championship golf course and its surrounding golf community in South Korea crated an opportunity to set a new standard for golf and lifestyle communities across Asia. The home clubhouse for the 2015 U.S. Presidents Cup, the clubhouse creates visual connections with the surrounding course. Undulating rooms echo rolling greens and the clubhouse presents striking vies to the surrounding nature preserve and nearby sea.
The design of the Bollywood Museum pulls inspiration from Bollywood cinema’s focus on layered emotion and reflects it via undulating iconic form and multiple waves of spatial experience. Situated in Film City in Mumbai amidst back-lots, the museum participates in the industry that supports it and treats guests to a first-class experience.
Seeking to create a manufacturing facility and culture center to reflect its brand identity, Caffé Bene transformed the traditional factory experience into one through which they could consistently engage and entertain customers. Inspired by Caffé Bene’s products, the design offers a rectangular envelope punctuated with a series of room-sized pods that blur the boundary between preparation and presentation.
The “extroverted,” highly permeable UC San Diego (UCSD) Price Center addition helps the student center engage the campus with numerous points of entry, surrounding plazas and monumental staircases that engage the building’s surrounding and enrich the campus street experience. In line with the UCSD masterplan, the facility creates a “town-center” environment.
This ultramodern, 100,000 sf academic science facility combines state-of-the-art research labs, teaching labs, lecture rooms, offices and collaborative space to inspire scientific discovery. The building is composed of two distinct clusters for research and teaching linked together by communal and collaborative space. A three-level outdoor public staircase helps define the exterior and promote circulation and interaction.
As principal of CannonDesign’s national practice and Design Director of the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, Mehrdad Yazdani practices at the intersection of the large office and the small studio.
Named by Progressive Architecture as one of the world’s top emerging architects just three years after earning his Masters of Architecture, Mehrdad has garnered over 50 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 more. His work has been exhibited around the world and held in permanent collections at the MoMA, SFMOMA and the Library of Congress.
Mehrdad is a renowned member of the international design community, capable of merging architecture, artistry, design creativity and elegance to create transformative and remarkable structures and spaces.
The Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign is comprised of designers, technologists, researchers and creative innovators focused on helping organizations achieve breakthrough design solutions.
Our studio design managers brings extensive experience across all phases of architectural practice and consistently executes significant, beautiful and complex projects across the world.
Craig offers more than 20 years of architectural experience and has helped establish the Yazdani Studio’s design vision. He is instrumental in the realization of distinguished architectural projects that elevate his clients and the design industry.
A senior designer in the Studio, Yan works with cutting-edge technology to explore multiple design iterations and synthesize client project goals and vision.
Nadine is uniquely gifted with the ability to develop interior spaces that blend harmoniously with exterior architectural expression. She consistently delivers excellent work within large, complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
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 scale and style and critical to helping clients achieve success.
As CAD and technical leader, Jessica excels across the full range of planning, design, construction and quality control. Her strength lies in her ability to deliver a consistent vision in her approach to each level of detail.
Standing at the intersection of art and design, Mimi roots her design work in exploration, technical rigor and fine art. Her work ranges from art exhibits, concert halls, healthcare environments and more.