Usman Tariq, PE, CEM, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, has relocated to the LA architecture studio from HDR’s Washington, D.C. office, where he was most recently the associate managing principal. Serving in that role for the past three years, he was responsible for project delivery, operations and P&L for one of the largest studios in the firm. Having played an instrumental role in HDR’s successful growth in D.C, he is looking forward to being part of a renewed sense of identity for the firm in its new downtown Los Angeles office.

“The move from Pasadena is a catalyst for a storied future for HDR that is driven by excellence in design, quality and innovation, while remaining focused on client and community engagement,” he said.  

Named by Building, Design + Construction magazine as a “change agent” and receiving the magazine’s 2015 40 Under 40 award, Tariq is an electrical engineer with over 16 years of experience. His expertise spans the entire design process, from pre-design through construction-phase services for a wide range of building types including mission critical, science and technology, healthcare and education.

An avid learner, Tariq holds graduate degrees in mechanical engineering and operations research. He enthusiastically promotes literacy in the business of design through his involvement in the AIA, as well as through academic endeavors including university adjunct teaching positions.

Tariq is passionate about the role of technology in redefining the design profession for the built environment. A strong proponent of data-driven design, he thrives on the challenge to reinvent the ways in which we deliver value-add services to our clients and communities. He credits HDR’s culture of employee ownership as a strong stimulus for continual learning and innovation.

“The Los Angeles studio has reshaped itself over the past few years,” said Tom Vandeveer, director of professional services. “We’re better connected with our community and our clients, and we’re winning significant work. With Usman’s strong business acumen and a leadership style that promotes engagement and consensus, I am very optimistic about the future of the Los Angeles studio.”