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Avani-Parikh

"Each of us has a story to tell that explains how we got to where we are today - And where we're going tomorrow. What are you most proud of?"

 

 

My Journey

After more than 30+ of architectural practice, I bring a unique blend of knowledge and passion to the table. I grew up in India and got my architecture degree from the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology (CEPT), School of Architecture. Then I came to the United States to study at the University of California, Berkeley, earning a Master’s Degree in City Planning. 

After working several years on various city planning and real estate development projects as an architect planner, I moved to New York and began working as a medical planner at Larsen Shein Ginsberg Architects. From there, I joined New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York as a project leader and also worked for HOK, New York as an associate and medical planner.

Some of the 20+ healthcare projects I have worked on include: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York in Doha, Qatar; NYU Langone Medical Center, New York; New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York; Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Bethesda; Bayshore Community Hospital, New Jersey; and the North Central Bronx Hospital, New York.

I’ve also served as co-chair on the AIANY Health Facilities Committee, New York Society for Health Planning, and DOHMH/AIANY “Fit City 5” Planning Committee.

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The Thing I'm Most Proud Of

I'm proud of all the projects I've had the privilege of working on for the past 30+ years. And grateful that I've been able to work with some wonderful people. 

But I'm really proud of Choice Architecture, the book I wrote with my husband Prashant Parikh, which was published by Routledge in 2018. The path to writing and publishing the book has been long, but it has opened my eyes to new possibilities.

Choice Theory principles can explain and predict how our choices in the built environment work in having a positive or negative effect on health.