Robert  Yakas, Principal/Owner – Robert Yakas Design
Masters of Architecture – University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts – Highest Honors – Urban Studies – Cal State University, Fresno

I have led teams in all scales of urban design, architecture and planning projects providing you with extensive experience in urban design, architecture, planning and transportation planning, in both the public and private sectors.   This experience and my achievements in community planning, urban design, architecture, land-planning, transit planning, and design education include:  


  • Community planning, urban design, transit-oriented development, site design, large-scale master planning, and building design  


  • Leader of high profile workshops nationally and internationally; AIA Sustainable Design Assessment (SDAT) team leader and participant


  • International experience in Canada, Turkey, Mexico, Japan, France, South Africa 


  • Teaching as an adjunct professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University for 12 years teaching core urban design and site design courses

  • Currently teaching as adjunct professor in the Architecture/Environmental Design Department at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California


  •  Invited participant at forums on Transit Oriented Design and Community Design for the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects and the National Light Rail Transit Conference


  • Design of multi-family residential, mixed-use, and commercial buildings


The skills and talents employed in these projects include:
  • Effective communication – conveying complex issues simply

  • Team building, managing and mentoring

  • 3D design problem-solving – skilled site/architectural design

  • Artful graphic representation – hand and digital graphics

  • Leading design workshops - small and large groups

  • Educator - formal and informal settings


As a leader of and key member of design teams I have been involved in major development projects for towns and cities from Alaska to Florida, and in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas and Utah.  Most recently I have been engaged with master planning large-scale mixed-use projects in California and Calgary, Alberta Canada.   I have also successfully consulted with the Cities of San Antonio, Texas and Pacific Grove, California on significant urban infill projects and community design interventions.