Walker Headlights: Pari Ashabi
Pari Ashabi, Project Manager III, has been with Walker Parking Consultants since 1995. Based out of the Los Angeles office, she has worked on various project types throughout Southern California as well as projects overseas.
Pari has been taking projects from conceptual development through construction documents, as well as bidding and construction administration. Through her project involvement, she has acquired a specialized knowledge of all aspects of functional parking design.
Check out more of her story in this month’s Walker Headlights!
Q: You recently celebrated 20 years with Walker, congratulations! Can you pinpoint some of your favorite memories over the past 20 years?
A: I do not pin point any specific event, there have been too many of them. I have been fortunate to work with people that make me want to go to work each day. I guess that is why I stuck around this long!
Q: What is the most interesting part about being a Project Manager for Walker?
A: Teamwork and seeing your end product.
Q: What led you to working for Walker and the parking industry?
A: I guess it was meant to be. After college and moving to California, I got an offer to work for a parking consultant, and stayed on from that point.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in California?
A: I love the diversity, and of course the weather. Not to mention, most of my family lives here.
Q: What’s something unique that many people don’t know about you?
A: I love puzzles, and I collect antique keys and locks.
Q: What would we find you doing on a typical Saturday night?
A: Probably going to dinner with friends.
Q: What is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Gruyeres, Switzerland. A must to visit, anytime we are in the area.
Q: What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on while here at Walker?
A: My all-time favorite and challenging project has been Parking Structure 5 for San Diego State University. The project has a full running track (with water jump, shot put area, long jump), natural grass soccer field and bleachers on top.
It was one of the first such structures in the world.
Q: What excites you about the future of parking?
A: How all the technology and autonomous cars can change the basis of all we consider norm.
Q: Any words of wisdom for a young professional wanting to enter the world of parking?
A: It is actually a more interesting and exciting field than you would imagine. I know whenever I mention I design parking structures; I typically get a funny vibe from people. But when I start explaining to them how involved the design is, I usually see a sense of appreciation for our work.
Thank you, Pari!
If you’d like to get in touch with Pari, you can reach her here.