Growing up in Pasadena and Los Angeles, Khalil was surrounded by historic architecture. In that environment, he developed an appreciation for how architecture gives people a sense of identity and connection with their surroundings. Considering the human aspect, Khalil sees each project as a series of scenes of people interacting with each other, and with the building. For every new space he challenges himself to truly understand how the occupants will use it so that we can either make traditional spaces work well or to innovate new spaces that subvert expectations.
Architecture has been an exciting calling for Khalil. His initial interest is renewed by the unique nature of each project. Designing a building can involve countless factors related to the site, clients, and concept that can result in so many different outcomes. Architecture takes on so many other subjects because each project gives the opportunity to learn something new that may have seemed unrelated initially.