Riya Patel - Junior Designer at SPF:a | SPF:architects

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.

Beverage

Peach Iced Tea

Symbol

Object

Bandage

Era

Late 90s

Location

Barcelona, Spain

Building

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, India

Vehicle

2022 Jaguar F-TYPE

Animal

Elephant

Song

Kahin To Hogi Woh by Rashid Ali & Vasundhara Das

Ritual

FaceTiming with family back in India

Activity

Trekking

Tagline

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?

Movies

What color is architecture?

Grey