Parabar comes to RHAA with a diverse background in Financial Management. He was previously a Systems Manager at Vali Cooper and Associates, a Financial Manager at Stantec, and served as Controller for RHL Design Group, Inc. for nearly 20 years. In addition to RHAA, Parabar does private consulting for Bay Area law, software and other firms, and is also an accomplished musician, having recorded and toured the USA, Canada and Europe with a number of well-known reggae, jazz, rock, Latin and funk artists. He continues to record and perform throughout the Bay Area on a part-time basis.
Megan is a landscape architect with extensive international and domestic experience. She has managed a range of projects in the fields of urban planning, public parks, waterfront design, high-density housing, urban forestry, trails, cemeteries, public utilities, and community development. She brings awareness and spirited creativity to projects striving to deliver positive results. Her design approach is to listen to the land and people, then incorporate the unique aspects of each site. Megan has a passion for hiking, nature observation, and mountain biking. She enjoys teaching people to care for the places they cherish for outdoor recreation and to protect the natural environment.
John brings a background in Integrative Biology to Landscape Architecture and an interest in urban and cultural landscapes that connect communities to their surroundings. He believes enduring and memorable public spaces emerge from the creative melding of a site’s ecology, its history, and the functional needs of the individuals using it. He has a particular interest in the experiential qualities thoughtful planting design can elicit. In his free time, John can be found hiking through and photographing California’s diverse native plant communities or taking road trips to mid-century destinations.
Jacob's sensitivity to client needs, user experience, and sustainable solutions equals his passion for contemporary site design and place making. Jacob has focused his education and career on understanding and exploring our relationship with natural and built environments; and his background in design, engineering and construction has given him a strong foundation for working with clients, communities and multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate processes within which design can take place.
At RHAA, Jacob has worked on a diverse range of public & private projects; from master planning and conceptual visioning to a wide variety of constructed projects. His work has included urban plazas, streetscapes, and civic spaces; park and recreation projects; health care facilities and corporate campuses; schools and educational campuses; multi-use developments, commercial retail spaces, and residential design.
Janet has provided RHAA project accounting and financial support since 1998. Her prior experience includes project accounting and software implementation in both the technical and manufacturing fields. Living and working local allows Janet to bike commute and to help reduce her carbon footprint. Her passion for mountain biking includes both exploring the trails and volunteering to help maintain them.
Chelsea is a Landscape Architect with a diverse project background. To each project she brings the strong belief that engineering and design must work systematically to create spaces that respond to the physical need of a site, its culture, and its environment. Within the office her work focuses on playgrounds, park design, National Parks, and Veteran Cemeteries. Outside of the office, Chelsea can be found hiking, biking, and woodworking.
Born and raised in Japan, Masahiro started his career at a well-respected Landscape Architecture firm in Tokyo. Prior to his career in the US, he earned a perspective of the modern minimalist aesthetic understanding the interface between Architecture and Landscape Architecture through his work and education.
Since joining RHAA in 2006, he has designed a wide variety of projects with a strong sense of constructability. He fulfills a role of designer as a graphical translator to interpret and transform spaces into profound landscapes for people.
He enjoys traveling and finds inspirations by being in places in different scales ― a hidden zen garden ‘Entsu-ji’ in Kyoto, a mile long energetic street ‘La Rambla’ in Barcelona, or a dynamic valley landscape ‘Lake Lungern’ in Switzerland.
Aimee is a licensed Landscape Architect with experience working on mixed-use developments, campuses, streetscapes, urban agriculture and city developments. She is interested in working with communities and project developers to create design solutions to enrich the user experience and enhance the natural ecologies that exist on site and through the greater system. This focus can be seen in her thesis project at the University of Oregon, where she focused on daylighting and restoring a creek to become the heart of a new mixed-use development. Outside of the office, she enjoys adventurous outdoor activities, traveling, and throwing pottery at her local ceramics studio.
Obsessed with maps from a young age, Robin first discovered her love of design while studying abroad. Robin’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in sociology and a dual masters degree in landscape architecture and city and regional planning. Her experience in urban planning, community engagement, site design, urban design, and place making provides strong foundation for her design work. Her passion for her work stems from the intersection of people, nature, and space and the desire to create meaningful spaces. She likes her tea unsweetened, swimming in the ocean, and personally testing out playground equipment for quality control.