Hazim Rabadi, AIA, LEED AP, has joined CannonDesign as co-leader of the Education Practice in our Los Angeles office. In this role, Hazim will work closely with education leaders across all California offices to develop client relationships, lead project teams and create opportunities within the education market. His goal for the California offices is to continue to create spaces that are shepherds of the students they host, the educators that teach within them and the communities in which they reside.
“Throughout my career, I’ve known about the quality of work produced by CannonDesign. To be a participant and partner in this is the chance of a lifetime,” said Hazim. “CannonDesign’s strong culture and personal relationships with clients are important, and are reflected in every facility and space created.”
Growing up as a multi-disciplinary student, Hazim was guided to architecture by an unlikely source – his history teacher in high school. Hazim and a few other fellow students were interested in learning more about current news outside of the day-to-day curriculum. While his teacher was encouraging and willing to teach in off-hours, there wasn’t a space available to host the class. They settled on a book storage closet big enough to fit the group.
“I loved my class and am incredibly appreciative of the efforts of our teacher, Mr. Ring, but I couldn’t help but think of how much else we could have done or learned should we have had an environment that gave us the access we needed,” said Hazim. “This is what spurred me into architecture – I wanted to create new ways of learning through developing spaces that inspired students, teachers and communities to ‘raise the human condition.’”
Hazim brings more than 20 years of experience in the design and management of projects throughout California, most recently as the managing principal of TSK Architects in Los Angeles. In this role, he led the firm’s multidisciplinary Los Angeles office and as well as directed business development efforts for the Pre-K-12, Community College and University market sectors. Recent clients include West Los Angeles College, Los Angeles USD, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara USD, Long Beach USD and more.
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One of the highlights of Spring this year was the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) Western Pacific Region (WPR) conference that was held this May in Napa Valley. As leaders in progressive design-build, CannonDesign was proud to sponsor, speak and help organize the event that united leaders focused on advancing single source project delivery within the design and construction industry for important discussion and idea sharing.
I’ve actually been fortunate to serve as the conference chair for the annual conference since the inception of the DBIA WPR conference three years ago. In that time, the event has grown from 250 people to a two-day, sold-out event with more than 400 people. It’s thrilling to see that growth.
Reflecting on this year’s event, I connected with my colleague Praful Kulkarni to talk through some of the highlights, including:
- Speakers – This year’s event featured dynamic speakers that raised the bar for future events. Chad Hymas’ inspired attendees with a look at how he overcame a tragic injury in his 20s to become a world-class wheelchair athlete, author and president of his own communications company. Randall Miller also did a wonderful job motivating attendees and leading the event as our general speaker. Our own James Halwey also presented at the conference.
- Roundtables and Workshops: Every panel discussion and workshop included in the conference agenda seemed a perfect fit. Numerous attendees shared feedback that they learned about new ideas, opportunities and tactics they could implement. This was exciting to hear and great feedback to inform next year’s agenda. One that especially stood out was a discussion on LEAN Progressive Design-Build best practices with Geoff Neumayr and Tania Gharechadaghi from San Francisco International Airport and our project manager at the airport James Hawley.
- Growth: As I mentioned, we’ve increased attendance at the DBIA regional event eightfold since it began. That growth was on display the entire conference including a fun wine blending event hosted by DPR the first night of the conference. There were more than 120 people networking at the event – that’s nearly three times the total attendees of the inaugural regional conference years back.
I am truly grateful to everyone who helped make this year’s conference a success. I am proud to chair the event and wanted to share exciting feedback from Gloria Moore, the DBIA Western Pacific Region Executive Director. She sent a note shortly after the event to say, “This year’s DBIA WPR conference was hugely successful! (Over) the last three years the event has become larger and larger. The team went above and beyond to make sure all attendees went home inspired and refreshed. It is always a pleasure to work with such great people. This year’s event was very special, and the best yet! Much appreciation to all those who supported the event for their dedication to Design-Build.”
This was inspiring feedback that has our team already looking forward to next year’s event.
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It has been 49 years since our first Earth Day in 1970.
Forty-nine years is quite a run. The passion and awareness ignited during those inaugural events in 1970 have driven significant positive change in our relationship with the natural environment. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and many will undoubtedly hoist up that number proudly.
This year, however, let’s focus on a different number: 11.
According to a report released in 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we must halve our emissions by 2030 to avoid a future defined by catastrophic climate change. That deadline is just 11 years away.
CannonDesign knows we must bring critical focus in this short span of time. Nearly ten years ago we signed onto the AIA 2030 commitment. In it, we pledged that all new buildings, developments, and major renovations we design will be carbon neutral – requiring no fossil fuel or GHG-emitting energy for operations. Instead, we’d rely on clean energy to power our built environment.
We knew then this would be a massive challenge, but one worth striving toward. Like many decades-long plans, when our commitment was signed we had the benefit of time. Today, we do not – but we do now have a few resources almost as valuable.
Our firm and industry have made great strides in advocating for low carbon building solutions. In doing so, we’ve educated ourselves, learning how to best monitor our progress and promote our most important and innovative ideas.
Ten years ago, building energy use was quantifiable by a small percentage of engineers and an even smaller percentage of architects. Technology was available but was not widely used or known.
Today, thanks to our industry’s continued leadership through the American Institute of Architects, Architecture 2030, and with help from incredible partners in the software community, we have sophisticated tools that are both accessible and integrated into our workflows.
We are fast approaching the year 2030. While we have had many successes, the transition to carbon neutrality needs to accelerate significantly. Time is not on our side, but we can use that reality to motivate us.
Of course, Earth Day, environmental awareness, and sustainability are about more than just building energy consumption. We must also think about how we’ll take action related to embodied carbon, material health, and resilience among other issues key to the building industry. While more generally, plastic pollution, air/water quality, and forest protection loom larger than ever. There are many ways we can individually recognize Earth Day 2019.
Our planet faces rapid, perilous and unprecedented threats from climate change. It has become the greatest challenge of our time. We have what it takes to meet this challenge, but we will need courage, commitment and sincere urgency to help us achieve our 2030 goals.
Time may not be on our side. But, Earth Day is a chance to look around and recognize the millions of people who do stand with us. Around the world, companies, institutions, cities, states, and nations are stepping up their commitments and demanding better. We are lucky to work with some of these organizations as they clear paths for others to follow.
We all have an impact on this planet and therefore a chance to ensure that is a positive one. This is our hope, inspiration, and potential – that together we can honor the vision of those who launched Earth Day 49 years ago, and preserve this planet as we know it for the generations to follow.