Vice President, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP (BD+C)
Sita Lakshminarayan, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP is an Architect and Accredited Learning Environment Planner, bringing specialized knowledge in educational planning and design to each of her K-12 projects. Her focus on effective engagement with educators and a clear understanding of client needs has enabled a collaborative vision for inspired spaces where teachers can facilitate student learning in future-ready schools. Sita provides leadership for the K-12 design studio and provides oversight for all K-12 projects. She has designed and led several successful K-12 projects in Austin and the greater Central Texas Area.
Currently serving on board of the Association for Learning Environments CTX chapter, Sita was awarded the 2017 Southern Region Distinguished Service Award for her leadership, volunteerism, and service to the organization. She is also a founding partner for the Green Building Internship Program offered by EcoRise, an area non-profit dedicated to sustainability education. Merging her twin passions of student engagement and K-12 design, she frequently speaks to student groups about her career and passions as a K-12 architect.
B.A. Fine Art – University of Madras, India
M.A. Fine Art – University of Madras, India
M. Arch – University of Texas, Arlington
1. How did you choose Architecture as your career path?
I took the long road to a career in Architecture. Discovering the joys of drawing and painting as a child, my first university degrees overseas were in Fine Art. Moving to Texas in the late 80’s with my scientist husband, he became my biggest cheerleader for an entrée into a career in Architecture, for me an unfulfilled childhood dream. As I have navigated through my own architectural career in the past 25 years, I have found the greatest fulfillment in public projects, especially, child-centric design.
2. What project(s) in your professional portfolio are you most proud of?
I was especially pleased with the interior architectural design outcomes of Joe Lee Johnson Elementary School for Round Rock ISD that went on to win two Outstanding Design Awards in the 2017 Educational Interiors Showcase of the American School & University Magazine.
Another interesting project that I am excited about is the New Blazier Intermediate School for Austin ISD completed for the 2020 school year. Blazier Intermediate School was master planned as an unprecedented 4-8 grade facility for Austin ISD. Phase 1 provides capacity for grades 4-6 in a 132,00 SF learner-centered 21st century campus.
3. To keep your creative juices flowing, what are your favorite activities away from work?
I am a Sunday painter and watercolor painting energizes me. Hiking and bird watching are my favorite outdoor activities.
32 years in Texas, 20 of those in Austin, have made many loving friends into chosen family. I enjoy cooking up a storm for friends and family craving regional specialty cuisine from India.
4. Tell us something interesting about yourself that nobody would know.
Early childhood experiences enabled an expansive world-view that I cherish to date. Growing up in the coastal city of Madras (now Chennai) India, even before the World Wide Web had become publicly available, my world was already “flat” in the first 2-1/2 years of my life thanks to the adventurous spirit of my parents with whom I traveled back and forth on a transatlantic ocean liner and the earliest jumbo jets between India, United Kingdom and the United States as my surgeon dad was completing his advanced education and medical training in the West.