Nishiel Patel
Senior Project Manager
Nishiel is originally from a small town outside of Houston, Texas. In her neighborhood, she saw how the tradition of building bungalow houses with deep porches and planting large oak trees for shade not only produced spaces of thermal refuge within homes, but also spaces for social engagement along entire streets. She believes landscape and urban design have a unique power to offer these kinds of sensory experiences and stages for social life within the public realm. Nishiel grew up practicing a classical Indian dance called Bharatnatyam, which she credits with helping her develop a keen awareness of how the body interacts with the space around it.

Nishiel earned a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where she received a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and the Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Award and was also a teaching assistant in the Fabrication Lab. Previously, she has worked as an urban designer at West 8 and as an architectural designer at Thomas Phifer and Partners, SHoP Architecture, and HOK.

Nishiel joined MVVA in 2017.

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