Mina Hasman & Phil Obayda / SOM


We’re happy to be back on the air with our second season. In this episode*, our guests are Mina Hasman and Phil Obayda. 

*This interview was recorded in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill London headquarter at SOM-designed Broadgate Tower on April 17, 2019. 


Mina Hasman has been an associate at SOM since 2012. She graduated from Cornell University, and she did her masters at AA on Sustainable and Environmental Design and Engineering. Mina leads SOM’s sustainability and wellness operations and long-term vision. She challenges existing best-practices by developing new systematic and design-based approaches applied and tested in complex, international projects. Mina has been elected to RIBA Expert Advisory Group of Sustainable Futures, and UK Green Building Council’s Future Leaders Programme.


Phil Obayda is an associate director at SOM and RIBA Housing Expert Advisory Group Member. Before joining SOM, he has worked with renowned architectural practices like Foster and Partners, Kisho Kurokawa Architects and bere architects in the UK, Tokyo and Abu Dhabi. Since joining, he has worked on a broad range of projects including residential, commercial, educational, transport and hospitality schemes in the UK and overseas. In collaboration with his US colleagues, he also leads the SOM UK office’s efforts of researching and promoting the use of structural timber in the projects they undertake.


In this episode, Mina and Phil discuss their path in SOM; sustainability within the building industry and how we all come together & help to shape the future. I hope you enjoy the first episode of Season 2, as well as the stellar guests we have lined up.


This episode features:

RIBA Expert Advisory Groups

The terraced roofs of the former Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters building


What Ever Happened to the “Original Green Building”? short article

SOM’s Sustainable Design perspective


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