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AAROHI PILANKAR

CallisonRTKL

SAY IT LOUD - TEXAS Exhibitor
Texas Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Every woman in the profession who is making a difference in our built environment, inspires me to do more and do better. But also, my village of friends and family that encourage and support me, inspire me to maintain a balance of work and life.

AAROHI PILANKAR

Bio:

The great designer Aarohi Pilankar Born and raised in Mumbai, India, received her Diploma in Architecture from Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. After practicing in Mumbai, Aarohi moved to the US to earn her Masters in Architecture from Texas A & M University. Her body of work encompasses mixed-use and workplace projects globally. She practices her passion for improving the built environment and contributing to the industry by being involved in industry organizations, to support and empower her fellow professionals.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Growing up in India, I was fascinated by the temple spires that I viewed out of my windows, wondering how they were built. Followed by the cornucopia of architectural styles of Mumbai, that further fueled my curiosity desire to become an architect.

What do you do?

I am a Registered Architect and a LEED AP BD+C professional with over 16 years of professional experience both in India and in the US. I focus on all phases of design and management, of mixed-use and workplace projects that create a sense of place.

What excites you in the work you do?

It's exciting to see a sketch become a reality, to be able to create places that people love! But what is most rewarding is an opportunity to point to a project I worked on and say to my kids "your mom designed that, if you dream it, you can do it"

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Every woman in the profession who is making a difference in our built environment, inspires me to do more and do better. But also, my village of friends and family that encourage and support me, inspire me to maintain a balance of work and life.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I was proud to be included in CenterBuild Leaders under 40 class of 2019. But my contributions to industry organizations, AIA Dallas Women in Architecture as Chair and CREW Dallas as board member have also been achievements that I am proud of.

Featured Project Name: 

BOXYARD RTP

Featured Project Location: 

Raleigh, North Carolina

Featured Project Completion Date: 

July 2021

Role in Featured Project: 

Design Team Member and Project Management support

 

Featured Project Description:

Boxyard RTP is designed as an amenity and a unique destination, to an existing office campus that also engages with and attracts visitors from Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area. Its a gathering place for dining, music, art fair, farmer’s market and other community events. Set on a wooded lot of evergreen trees Boxyard was designed to honor and save many of the existing trees, through the careful integration of flexible and modular architectural typology, the shipping container.

Photography Credit:

Tom Hippman, CallisonRTKL & Research Triangle Park