Poonam Patel is a young entrepreneur who owns a design studio based out of Dallas, TX. She specializes in residential and select commercial projects with modern and transitional design aesthetic. Her first project was the 33-acre mix use development called Park Lane, in Dallas, TX; working with Good Fulton and Farrell Architects. This project allowed her to learn about all the design phases a project goes through, construction techniques, how to put a set of construction document together, became well versed in the BIM software program called Revit and working with a large team. After the project was completed, she then went on to obtain her Masters of Architecture from the University of Houston. While there she won the best graduate student project in class with her Modern Shakespeare Theater project that she hopes to see built one day. After sharpening her design skills in graduate school, she has become well versed in Interior Design from experiences obtained while working with reputable firms like Mancini Duffy, SOM, HBG, Lauck Group, and Domiteaux Baggett. Her ability to wear multiple hats of architecture/interior design, design talent / technical skills, work ethic, and ambition have made her a well rounded professional and her experiences has set the foundation to launch the Urban Loop Studio.
Favorite Building in Dallas: Federal Reserve
What inspires Poonam: She is inspired by things that spark a positive emotion such as, people, places, ideas, and nature as these help create spaces that also encourage mental and physical well being. Most recently she has been inspired by Iris Van Herpen’s Ability to integrate digital fabrication processes into the fashion industry creating stunning runway pieces.
Favorite Starchitect: Zaha Hadid, she has been a pioneer in many regards and admires her strength, perseverance, and success.
Favorite Marvel Character: Iron Man – he is a great example of someone who is street smart and book smart.
Favorite Comedian: Trevor Noah
Favorite Ted Talk: Apollo Robins is one of them, I am fascinated by how he can guide people’s attention and intrigued by the idea of attention being a currency.