SchenkelShultz Architecture Names New Partner

SchenkelShultz Architecture is pleased to announce 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, Ekta is responsible for leading SchenkelShultz’s design process to enrich the firm’s portfolio of work. Ekta’s  promotion is part of the firm’s effort to build upon its legacy markets, clients and locations, with a focus on design excellence.

“Ekta brings a fresh perspective and a sophisticated design aesthetic that will elevate the quality of design that we provide to our clients,” said J. Thomas Chandler, CEO at SchenkelShultz Architecture. “We have known and worked with Ekta for many years and we are thrilled to include her in the next generation of leadership at SchenkelShultz.”

Desai brings 15 years of local, national and international experience. She 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.

“It is an honor to be named Partner and to be part of the SchenkelShultz leadership team,” said Desai. “I am motivated by the opportunity to work more closely with our highly creative and intelligent project teams, to grow personally and share my perspective towards designing inspiring environments for our clients.”

In an increasingly interconnected world, SchenkelShultz Architecture leverages the diverse ideas of the team to offer clients local insights and broad perspectives to create customized design solutions. The vision of the firm is to “inspire our community through impactful design where we, as designers of all kinds, offer smart solutions that are reflective of our clients’ goals as well as their individual stories.”

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.

About SchenkelShultz Architecture

SchenkelShultz Architecture has built a legacy of success through continued focus on design excellence that responds to the distinctive needs of our clients. The firm remains committed to delivering relationship-driven design that is rooted in critical thinking, research, collaboration and personal experiences, balanced by fiscal responsibility. SchenkelShultz’s focus is ever forward, centered around a diversity of talent, meaningful community partnerships and a commitment to inspire the community through impactful design. For more information, visit:


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