Growing up in India, Riya's family background in construction sparked her passion for architecture at a young age. Her influences range from the grand architectural heritage of India's Mughal period, Victorian period, to the contemporary architecture of India's big cities.
For university, Riya relocated to Los Angeles to study at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where she and fellow SPF:a staff member Grigori Khachatryan won a merit award for their thesis project. While in school, Riya interned at several notable architecture firms in India and Los Angeles.
Peach Iced Tea
FaceTiming with family back in India
Go with the flow
- What do you love about architecture?
The interplay of several fields like history, design, mathematics, engineering, material science, etc. in the design of architectural structures. My architectural inspiration is the urge to explore this fascination coupled with the hope that the buildings I design would make a difference in people’s lives.
- In one word where do you find inspiration?
- What color is architecture?