Cocktails & Conversation: Mehrdad Yazdani and Sam Lubell

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Created by the AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee, Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Each program includes a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event.

Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Design Principal, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Sam Lubell, Staff Writer, Wired, Contributing Editor, The Architect's Newspaper

Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, is Design Director of the west-coast based Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, a laboratory for exploration and experimentation in architecture, and a Principal of CannonDesign’s international practice. Throughout his 28-year career, Yazdani has practiced at the intersection of the large office and the small studio, developing a reputation for design excellence within the often-challenging realm of public architecture. Three years after earning his Masters of Architecture from Harvard’s GSD, Progressive Architecture named him as one of the world’s top emerging architectural designers.

Yazdani’s recent work for educational, institutional, and cultural clients has been named by both Fast Company and The New York Times as among the most innovative in the nation. He also champions a design vision that crosses cultural and geographic boundaries, incorporating local customs, technologies, and materials into award-winning work in Korea, China, India, and the Middle East. Across the globe, Yazdani’s work exhibits the delicate balance between art and function.

Sam Lubell is a writer based in New York. He has written ten books about architecture for Phaidon, Rizzoli, Metropolis Books, Monacelli Press and Oro Editions. He writes for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Dwell, Wired, The Atlantic, Metropolis, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Curbed, Contract, Architectural Review and other publications. He co-curated the exhibition Never Built New York, at the Queens Museum, and the exhibitions Never Built Los Angeles and Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles.

Enjoy the talks, then buy the book!
From 2012 through 2018, the AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee’s Cocktails and Conversation series has hosted some of architecture’s most interesting and provocative practitioners to discuss what informs their designs. These conversations have been collected into a book intended to inspire and delight its readers. You can purchase a copy here.


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