Monali Patel

Monali Patel

Clifton, NJ, US



I believe Architecture today needs to use the existing environments as tools to piece together a puzzle to create a better future.  I advocate that we, as designers, have an important role in bettering our communities at any scale. [Not only physically, but also socially, environmentally, resiliently, and architecturally] I am dedicated to humanitarian architecture and the manifestation of an improved future through emerging technologies and hard/soft infrastructure systems.


AIAS Freedom by Design, Co-Director

Initiate and oversee local projects and programs to help minority and disabled communities by using design. Attended annual training sessions sponsored by AIAS National. Create and submit project proposals. Organize and lead weekly meetings.
Design & Build: Newark School Courtyard
Occupational Therapy Center Facade Redesign Charrette
Alternative Spring Break-FBD Workshop
“Do-It-Yourself” Emergency: teaches residents in NJ how to protect their homes during a disaster using DIY methods, covering topics of structure, HVAC systems, and building codes.

May 2013 - May 2015

Heritage Architecture, Architectural Intern

Drafted plans, elevations, sections, and details. Worked closely on Post-Sandy renovations of apartment buildings. Produced presentations for clients. Reorganized office media libraries, digital and material.

May 2013 - Sep 2013

Educational Opportunity Program, TA

Tutored and critiqued enrolled architecture students’ projects. Made sure class went smoothly and students understood the material. Produced necessary documentation set up an architecture design project.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2013

C+C Architecture, Architectural Intern

Designed and drafted apartment units including plans, sections, elevations and details. Set up a digital database using filemaker. Organized and worked on the website.

May 2012 - Sep 2012


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Masters, Infrastructure Planning

Sep 2014 - Dec 2015

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2010 - May 2015


American Planning Association Northeast: Student Competition, 1st Place


Global Schindler Award 2015, Honorable Mention


College of Architecture & Design Excellence in Design, Honorable Mention


Jose Carballo Architecture Scholarship, Scholarship


College of Architecture & Design Excellence in Design, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization