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Hamid M. Kashani - AIA


Habitat Architecture is a progressive architectural studio in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In business since 1991, it is highly regarded for its creativity and diversity in its approach to design, and excellence in service and client satisfaction.

Area of specialties include; single family custom residential design and remodel, cabins and lake homes, lofts, condos and basement finish, multi-unit residential buildings like townhomes, apartments, and light commercial buildings.

The firm is the dream child of the architect, Hamid M. Kashani – AIA, who started the firm dedicated to the idea of introducing the value of good design to the general public by making the services of an architect available to more people.

His passion to help transform his client’s ideas and aspirations into reality, and his love for good design and architecture, has been the main driving force behind his career. Although his education and early professional experience was primarily focused on large scale commercial building projects, his discovery of residential architecture and its very personal nature of working with people on the most intimate aspect of their lives, has greatly impacted the direction of his architectural practice.

Working with Habitat Architecture, unlike larger firms, you are assured that the work does not get handed over to a junior architect or a draftsman.

As a sole practitioner, Hamid’s personal touch and involvement on every aspect of the projects, throughout the process, brings you the confidence and most satisfying experience.

Hamid is a licensed architect in state of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board; NCARB. He is certified by The U.S. Green Building Council; USGBC, as a LEED Green Associate, reflecting his longstanding commitment to the environment and sustainable design.

Since early childhood in his native country of Iran, Hamid’s interest and talent in the artistic realm and his creative mind pulled him to discover the love for using his hands and his imagination to experiment and explore ideas. Whether making model homes from mud and sticks on summer vacations in the country, or creating complex abstract architectural models with wood blocks at home, to carpentry and technical drafting at high school, his love for design and creative sense was clearly apparent. By the time he finished secondary education, his determination in pursuit of architecture brought him to the United States where he studied under the great modernist architect, Ralph Rapson, at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, receiving two degrees; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, and Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree. Prior to starting the firm he had practiced in a number of architectural firms, in Denver, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, with various disciplines, and building type specialties.