Travis Tarr graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2005, focusing on urban development and mixed-use environments. He has been a practicing designer for the past 13 years and has a wealth of knowledge from his experience working with large institutional clients such as the Los Angeles Unified School District, complex multifamily residential projects in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and close interaction with City and State agencies. Before starting at Baran Studio Architecture, Travis worked at Meyer and Allen Associates, Quatro Design Group, and XTEN Architecture in Los Angeles.
Cassidy Cheang graduated from the Academy Of Art University in 2008 with a degree in Interior Architecture and Design and received his Master Degree in Architecture in 2012. His academic work focus was on the analysis of urban and suburban morphology and spontaneous city programming extended to architectural form. His work included the research and development of parametric digital software. Cassidy has been practicing both interior and architectural design within the Bay Area for over ten years. He is a LEED Green Associate and is a Certified Green Point Rater. His experience ranges from mixed-use developments to single and multi-family housing. He has done extensive research in urban theory and urban development including analysis of real estate and property trends. His prior experience includes working alongside Gensler and the Rebuilding Together Foundation on multiple urban improvement projects throughout San Francisco.
Leonardo Escaroz completed his Bachelor of Architecture at ITESM Monterrey in Mexico with additional credits in BIM Modeling, Parametric design, and Landscape design. He believes that architecture is political, and its design must highlight both the art and the social responsibility behind it. He’s collaborated with numerous engineers and designers in the Bay Area in landscape projects and senior multi-family housing. He is influenced by living abroad in Japan and being raised in Mexico.
Vicky Griffin studied Building Design at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, England. She has worked in the design field as an Interior Designer, Space Planner, and Project Manager. She now helps to keep Baran Studio running smoothly while keeping our projects publicized in local news outlets, industry journals, and award submittals.
Ryan Heath has two degrees from the Academy of Art University, his first a Bachelor in Interior Design, and the second a Master of Architecture. Before studying architecture, Ryan was a product designer, focusing on functionality to construct effective, aesthetically intriguing pieces. Ryan’s design is inspired by his admiration for nature and active outdoor ventures. He has been working at Baran Studio for over four years and has multiple experiences in multi-family, single-family residential and commercial projects.
Bahar Jalili started her architectural career right after her first year in college by working in her parents-owned studio in Tehran, Iran. She had the opportunity to work on various projects on different scales and types, from residential, cultural, and commercial buildings to urban design. But it didn’t stop her from exploring more, that’s why she moved to Kuala Lumpur to continue her study in landscape architecture. After finishing her master Bahar went back to Tehran and worked on construction sites to have on-field experience too.
Currently, Bahar works in Baran Studio as a designer and mostly on single families and ADUs (accessory dwelling units) to involve with the smallest scale too.
Matt Baran founded Baran Studio Architecture in 2010. Prior to that, he had spent 15 years working for various architecture practices, simultaneously developing concepts for architectural robots that shifted their form and location to adapt to various contexts. This work led him to UC Berkeley in 2008 to complete a master’s thesis on adaptable robotic architecture. Upon graduation, he taught at UC Berkeley and the Academy of Art. He also worked on the construction of a dwelling that employed the adaptive theories he had been exploring academically. These efforts were the beginning of Baran Studio.
Currently, Matt continues his efforts, working closely with staff and clients to further explore the architecture that is closely adapted to its context. This means designing a project through extensive analysis and research into deeper contexts that include the physical and psychological environment, history, culture, socialized beliefs, collective mindsets and notions of beauty, systems of erasure, and material qualities in addition to architectural typology.