After receiving his Master of Architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley, Paul worked in an internationally acclaimed firm in San Francisco.
That eight-year tenure at EHDD Architecture in San Francisco exposed him to design and practice at the highest levels of the profession and formed the foundation of his approach to practice. As a native of the San Joaquin Valley, he realized that California’s last architectural frontier was the Valley. The idea of using Architecture to improve the social, economic, aesthetic, and cultural context of the Valley inspired him more than designing buildings in world-class cities across the country.
In 2010, he launched Paul Halajian Architects (PHA), realizing his dream of establishing an architecture firm in the San Joaquin Valley with a 21st-century culture that embraces “design thinking”—one that is dedicated to producing design-forward, high-performing buildings. Along the way, he recognized the importance of collaboration with diverse, like-minded, highly educated emerging professionals that have remained students of architecture. PHA has, arguably, attracted the brightest talent in the region. Paul is as excited and proud of the staff as he is of the buildings they design together.
Paul is responsible for every part of what PHA does and why they do it, inside and out. Internally, he emphasizes establishing and modeling a healthy, communicative firm culture. With both clients and staff, he focuses on working together to produce responsive and engaging design solutions, all while placing equal importance on well-crafted drawings and specifications and incorporating new technologies into their work. Above all, Paul loves God, his family, and his work with all his heart.