SchenkelShultz Architecture has announced that Ekta Prakash Desai AIA has been named partner and design lead at the firm. Desai first joined SchenkelShultz in 2006 as an architectural intern. After graduation, she cultivated her creative roots for eight years while working for international design firms in New York City and Mexico City. She rejoined the firm in 2018. In her new role, Desai is responsible for leading SchenkelShultz’s design process to enrich the firm’s portfolio of work.
She brings 15 years of local, national and international experience and has always enjoyed working closely with her colleagues, learning from others, and developing her ability to empower and enhance experiences through design. Desai believes that by drawing from personal and unique perspectives, architects can create physical and emotionally connected spaces.
Desai graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Design and she received her master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis with the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal. She has the distinct honor of receiving the Design Excellence Award from the Public Design Commission of NYC and has served as an Academic Juror at Parsons School of Design.