Mehrdad Farivar Esq., FAIA is an architect and a practicing attorney. Licensed in California and the UK as an architect, he is a fellow of the AIA, and a former member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (“RIBA”). Trained as an architect at the Milan Polytechnic, in Milan, Italy, and at the universities of Manchester and London in the UK, he attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles at night, while practicing architecture during the day and has been a member of the California Bar since 1992.
An experienced and seasoned architect, Mehrdad is well versed in the design and construction of institutional, commercial and residential projects, including hospitals and medical office buildings, university buildings, office buildings, retail stores, single and multi-family housing, as well as large civic urban design projects. He worked with Jaquelin T. Robertson, FAIA, on a master plan for a major city center in Iran, and with John Weeks, RIBA, on the planning and design of major hospitals and health facilities in the UK and in Europe. He had his own architecture firm in Santa Monica, California, from 1982 until approximately 1994. Projects he has designed or contributed to have been built in California, the UK, Belgium and Iran.
As a lawyer, Mehrdad advises his clients on contract formation and negotiation, business and risk management issues including international contracts; copyright; design-build contracts; construction and related claims; mechanics liens and design professionals liens; land use and zoning matters and ownership transitions; and in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of disputes involving design, construction, real estate, land use and related matters. After practicing with the law firm of Long & Levit LLP in San Francisco and Los Angeles for 5 years, he joined Morris Polich & Purdy LLP (“MPP”), where he was an equity partner for approximately 15 years, before that firm merged with Clark Hill LLP, where he is now a member. Mehrdad has represented large and small architecture, engineering and other design firms in contract negotiations and in litigation and arbitration since 1992. He has deep expertise in legal issues encountered by design professionals in matters related to the practice of architecture and engineering and relevant areas of construction and real estate law. He has acted as an arbitrator in over 25 matters at the American Arbitration Association.
Mehrdad has been active in the AIA at local, state and national levels since 1981. He served as Vice President for Legislative Affairs at AIA California Council, and has contributed to AIA Contract Documents. He has served as chair of several committees at AIA/LA, including the Practice Committee which he is currently chairing. He has also been operating a telephone hotline on legal questions for AIA members and the public for many years.