RMW Since

2006

Meeta Lele

Associate

AIA, LEED AP; Sacramento Studio

Where did you go to school?

Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (Ahmedabad, India), Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta), and a study abroad semester at ETH Zürich (Switzerland).

What do you do at RMW?

I design and manage projects for commercial clients, primarily scientific research facilities. I enjoy drawing and modeling, but the challenging – and also the most rewarding – aspect of my job is that it requires me to bring together the program and the needs of users with several other factors, such as building codes, constructability, cost, and field conditions. And, of course, it also has to look good in the end.

What do you like about the firm?

I like the fact that the firm is made up of a wide variety of personalities, each passionate about different aspects of design and buildings, and I like the way everyone pulls together as a team. At a personal level, I like the amount of freedom entrusted in me, and I enjoy the responsibility that comes with it.

Why did you decide to go into architecture?

I have an analytical bent and a love for art and form, and architecture seemed to be in the sweet spot to feed both sides of my brain.

What was your favorite experience last year?

Since last year, I have been serving on the planning and design review commission of the city of Sacramento. While the exposure to the variety of issues before the commission has been fascinating, I am humbled by the responsibility of balancing the various conflicting interests that often attach themselves to urban design issues.