Born and raised in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Abaan wanted to showcase his creative output at an early age so architecture became the logical solution. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011, Abaan began working at Atlanta-based architectural firms for the next five years serving as Project Manager and Project Coordinator for several retail and commercial projects. In May 2016, Abaan returned back to school and is in the process of completing his Master of Architecture degree at Georgia Institute of Technology, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018.
Abaan has entered a number of architectural competitions over the past few years. In 2015, his group was a Top 3 Finalist for the Atlanta Beltline Bench Design competition where the prototype bench is currently on exhibit. In 2016, as part of Georgia Tech’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) team, his group was awarded 1st Place for the 2016 Barbara G. Laurie NOMA Student Design Competition. In 2017, he was awarded 4th Place in the John Portman Visiting Critic Program and the 2017 AIA Georgia Design Award “People’s Choice Award” in the Student Project category.
Abaan has been an avid Atlanta sports fan his entire life and he is too familiar with the heartbreak and pain. According to Abaan, his dog, Ace, provides him the much needed moral and emotional support following anything related to the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks, or Braves! He also enjoys being active outdoors and traveling.