ARUSHI PATEL

Gresham Smith

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I look up to designers and architects such as Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Charles & Ray Eames. As a young professional, I also really look up to my fellow colleges and enjoy learning from their experiences.

ARUSHI PATEL

Bio:

Arushi Patel serves as an architectural project coordinator in Gresham Smith’s aviation market, designing thoughtful solutions that are tailored to each airport’s unique vision. She is heavily involved in Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s terminal lobby expansion, as well as Asheville Regional Airport’s terminal project. Arushi is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she earned a Master of Architecture, as well as Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

 

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

I grew up in a family of civil engineers, so you could say it’s in my genes! From a young age I was curious about their projects and I knew I wanted to pursue a similar career; however, I was more drawn to the design of the built environment.

What do you do?

For any given project, I create and coordinate everything from preliminary design documents to construction drawings. Our team is focused on meeting each airport’s unique needs with innovate design solutions that enhance the passenger experience.

What excites you in the work you do?

My favorite part of my job is seeing a design, which was merely an idea on paper, come to life in the real world. I’m reminded just how much our ideas influence our surrounding environment.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I look up to designers and architects such as Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Charles & Ray Eames. As a young professional, I also really look up to my fellow colleges and enjoy learning from their experiences.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I love going to my alma mater’s career fairs and sharing the work I’ve completed as an architecture professional. The students are always delighted to hear about the projects, and I enjoy the opportunity to inspire and give back.

Featured Project Name: 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport -Terminal Lobby Expansion

 

Featured Project Location: 

Charlotte, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2024

Role in Featured Project: 

Architectural Project Coordinator schematic design, design development and construction documentation

 

Featured Project Description:

As one of the busiest airports nationwide, the 370,000-square-foot expansion/renovation is an essential part of CLT’s long-term construction and development plan. The new terminal lobby aims to provide passengers the royal treatment, marrying grand, sweeping spaces with clean, understated modernism. The airport’s historic statue of Queen Charlotte provided inspiration for the design, which pays homage to the Queen City’s rich local history and southern hospitality.

Photography Credit:

Gresham Smith