Bhavana “BJ” Patel

Bhavana “BJ” Patel AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate / Senior Project Architect

Biography

Page Senior Associate and Project Architect Bhavana “BJ” Patel was born and raised in India. There, she watched her father, the son of a modest farmer, work to become a civil engineer and eventually start a successful construction company. As a young girl, BJ decided she wanted to be like him; she set a goal to become the first female general contractor in her city. When the time came to study civil engineering, BJ’s father warned her that as a woman in India, she could face limitations in that field. Instead, he suggested she consider architecture, where he had heard of successful women being recognized and accepted. With her father’s encouragement, BJ successfully earned a Bachelors of Architecture and worked for three years as an architect before moving to the United States.

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