Director of Sport + Recreation

San Jose, California

Arash Izadi leads LPA’s national Sport + Recreation team, helping to create sustainable, cost-effective recreation and aquatic facilities that work better for the users. For more than 25 years, he has focused on the link between site, building and programming. His work has earned awards and helped reshape campuses and communities, with a research-focused approach that strives to develop resilient, flexible facilities. A frequent speaker at industry events and contributing writer for national publications, Arash is a leading advocate for the importance of extensive community and stakeholder engagement in the design process.

Arash founded the Sport + Rec practice in 2009, developing a team with extensive experience in programming, consensus building, cost analysis, prioritization and project design. He helped launch the Sites Group, focused on linking landscape architecture to building design, and led the firm’s expansion into tournament sports park design and collegiate recreation centers. His range of expertise includes recreation centers stadiums, sports centers, parks, community centers, aquatic facilities, tennis complexes and regional and national sports parks, with a technical focus on recreation programming, aquatic programming and synthetic turf analysis and replacement.

Arash is passionate about promoting user well-being, athlete performance and energy efficiency in facilities. On every project, he brings a mixture of technical expertise, leadership skills and attention to detail that keeps teams on track and focused on the larger goals. His impact can be found on a wide range of facilities including several transformative projects for the California State University system and for a variety of community colleges. His list of groundbreaking recent projects includes the Tri Sport Stadium for El Camino College; the athlete training and aquatic facilities for Marlborough School, a top private school; and the Bulldog Aquatic Center for the College of San Mateo.