Karissa A. Patel
San Jose Studio
Where did you go to school?
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
What do you do at RMW?
I’m a junior designer
What do you like about the firm?
I like that there is freedom to explore new ways of designing. There is also a great team and environment that allows for a lot of learning/teaching opportunities for everyone.
What do you do outside the firm?
I like to stay active with either yoga, soccer, or marathon training… but the occasional Netflix series binge is also necessary.
Anything in particular that you remember about school or early practice?
I remember the first day a professor negatively said we would be stuck drawing bathrooms for years when we enter the field. I realized I better find a firm that designs really nice bathrooms since it probably means they design really great spaces around those bathrooms.
What is your favorite building or space?
My favorite spaces are historical spaces that are not only an architectural feat but also a structural feat. Having spent some time in Europe and traveled Asia (India and Japan), I’ve always found it amazing that years ago with limited technology, people were able to design and build spaces like Stonehenge, Florence Cathedral, Taj Mahal… and all with such lasting detail and stability.