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PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER

David Adjei

Hospital Creative Space: Major Healthcare Facility

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 2019

Involved in the design development of the spaces including the presentation renderings and creating the construction documentation package. The project is recently completed, and she was responsible for the construction administration phase as well.

The newly renovated Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy suite was designed to provide and environment where therapists could work with patients as part of their healing through the process of creative therapy. Interior corridors & therapy spaces incorporate clerestory windows as means of bringing daylight into the spaces. Acoustical control within the room & between spaces were critical in the design process.

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About Sneha Mansukhani

Sneha completed her Master’s in Architecture in US after gaining 4 years hands-on experience as a licensed architect in India. She enjoys the challenges of connecting the client’s vision to the visual & spatial design challenges of a project along while being cognizant of codes and finding the right balance between construction details & design standards. She enjoys projects where people come together to foster an impact on community growth.

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

A creative artist since a young age, I learn about architecture in my 10th grade when I took up technical drawing as a subject which introduced me to the visual communication of objects to drawings using tools leading me to pursing architecture.

What do you do?

Currently working on healthcare and educational projects which involve renovation and new developments. I take the opportunity to volunteer with NOMA and AIA frequently which has led me believe how architecture impacts the social communities.

What excites you in the work you do?

I love the part where stakeholders are involved in the planning process. It’s important as an architect to understand what issues are being faced by them and being the end users, they can sometimes come up with the most acceptable solutions.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I have always been motivated by women around me right from my mother to dance teacher, thesis guide & office manager. They are true examples of balancing their profession & passions to achieve the impact they can make in people’s lives.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

There have been many along the path to this date, but the most significant has been the AIA merit award for my master’s thesis in the US. It wasn’t for the award, but more so for my thesis professor to proudly say that I deserved it.

SAY IT LOUD - Pennsylvania People's Choice Winner

Hospital Creative Space: Major Healthcare Facility

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Trinity Road

Tooting Bec, South-West London

April 2019

David Adjei founded Cognition Architecture, a RIBA Chartered practice and masters of BIM. The company has had massive success through collaborative partnerships with, and adding value to, developers and other architects. This methodology has allowed them to work on schemes valued between £300,000 to £2 billion. David’s continual push for innovation and new challenges culminated in 2019 with the successful delivery of the Trinity Road project, Cognition’s first as both property developer and Architect in South-West London. The infill scheme replaces a derelict timber shed and had to implement an attentive design, BIM and innovative construction techniques, including prefabrication, due to the site’s restricted access.

David Adjei

David Adjei founded Cognition Architecture during his Masters studies to explore architecture and provide a source of income. As a master of BIM, and now RIBA and ARB Chartered architect, his business has gone from strength to strength through collaborative partnerships with, and adding value to, established architecture firms and developers. These experiences culminated in 2019 with the completion of Cognition’s first property development in Tooting Bec, South-West London.

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

I first learned about architecture during my GCSEs studies in Graphic Design. Following this, I still wanted to become a graphic designer, but then following an internship with the Construction Youth Trust, I decided that I would become an Architect.

What do you do?

I am the director of Cognition, which requires me to manage the business, lead projects and oversee BIM Management within the company. This places me as the face of the business to our clients and collaborators.

What excites you in the work you do?

The range of challenges and new experiences that I encounter running the business and the pursuit of their solutions, which requires the utilisation of all knowledge and experience is what excites me and inspired the name of the company.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The legacy of a building is what inspires me. Something that I designed will remain tangible within the urban environment for many years inspires me. Generations that come after me will be able to see, touch and experience my thoughts and ideas.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

The completion of the Trinity Road Project, which coincided with our Chartered Membership with the RIBA, this moment within the life of this company is a key milestone and solidifies our foundation as we look to expand in this new decade.

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Trinity Road

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