Nishiel Patel
Nishiel is originally from Humble, Texas. Growing up in Texas, she saw how large oak trees and bungalow houses with deep porches produced spaces of thermal comfort and social engagement. This inspired her belief that landscape and urban design can create these kinds of sensory experiences which set the stage for life within the public realm.

Since joining MVVA, Nishiel has become an integral part of the design and management of several projects in the office. She is currently on the design team for the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park in Detroit, with a focus on managing the documentation and coordination for the Great Lakes Play Garden and re-engineering the marine edge. She is also the design lead and project manager for our Master Planning effort at Johns Hopkins University and for an entry garden at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art which will be the new site for Martin Puryear's Big Bling sculpture. Previously, Nishiel has worked on the design and documentation of the Tulsa Flume at The Gathering Place.

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 for research related to her thesis. While at Harvard, she was a CNC 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, Allied Works Architecture, and HOK.

Nishiel joined MVVA in 2017.

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