MEGHANA RAJESH JOSHI

William Hezmalhalch Architects

SAY IT LOUD - A'19 Exhibitor

California Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Rosa Parks of Architecture, Norma Sklarek inspires me. Third licensed African American architect in US, she is an example of what grit and resilience, along with talent and interest can do to create an inclusive profession for a diverse community.

MEGHANA RAJESH JOSHI

Bio:

An Associate at WHA, Meghana has worked on diverse commercial and residential projects throughout California. Her projects have received SAGE awards, SoCal Awards, PCBC Gold Nugget awards for 2018. She is the recipient of AIA California Council‚ AEP‚Associate award and Presidential Citation for 2018. She is the founder/chair of Women in Architecture committee for AIA Orange County. She is joining Board of Directors for AIA Orange County as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2019.

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 around Indo-Islamic architecture elements, such as arches and dome, and South Indian temples deriving mathematical design elements and patterns, I wanted to design buildings that told stories to future generations. 

What do you do?

As as Associate at WHA, I head Construction Documents/ Construction Administration for multiple award winning multifamily senior housing and apartment projects in California. I am Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for AIA Orange County.

What excites you in the work you do?

The ability to create a community with interwoven- interconnected social, environmental, and economic characteristics excites me. Beyond the aesthetic presentation of an enclosed space, life safety, and universal design excite me.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Rosa Parks of Architecture, Norma Sklarek inspires me. Third licensed African American architect in US, she is an example of what grit and resilience, along with talent and interest can do to create an inclusive profession for a diverse community.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

This year my work towards creating an equitable future as Founder/Chair of Women in Architecture Committee for AIA Orange County was recognized and honored by Associate’s Award and Presidential Citation by AIA California Council.

Featured Project Name: 

Luxaira

 

Featured Project Location: 

Irvine, CA

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2018

Role in Featured Project: 

Construction Documents & Construction Administration lead

 

Featured Project Description:

Inspired by Irving Gill’s aesthetic purity and bold massing with smooth plastered walls, wood trim elements punctuated by grand arched entrances, Luxiara‚157 accessible apartments provide dignified and affordable aging-in-place solutions for residents with mobility requirements and sensory impairments. Two horseshoe shaped buildings with a central courtyard are designed with an insightful understanding of the needs of the aging demographics without compromising design and style.

Photography Credit:

Anthony Gomez Photography

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