Raj Patel

Raj Patel

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Raj Patel
  • Americas Region Board Member
  • Arup Fellow

Your best solution to date?

The Unicorn Children’s Theatre. The whole building has environments, acoustics and technical facilities to support cutting edge performances that engage young minds.

Why is it significant?

Unicorn put on the first theatre performance I ever saw aged 7, and I haven’t forgotten it! It’s the first purpose built theatre for children and the main theatre is designed specifically to heighten speech intelligibility for young children. It is built on a tight site, sensitive spaces are stacked on top of each other, is close to a busy road and above the London Underground. This required a rigorous integrated design team process ensuring the acoustic criteria were achieved, and did so with minimal use of materials for sustainability.

Your particular skill?

Acoustics, audio and visual design. Leading multi-disciplinary design teams on arts and culture projects. Encouraging the client, architect and designers to think from the inside out, to think about the user experience of buildings and hopefully to create environments that will provide life-changing experiences for artists and audiences.

Enthusiasm?

The ability for the arts to transform life for the better.

Why Arup?

Freedom for boundless creativity. Resources to achieve what seems impossible. Working with the best people in the world to do it.

Anything else?

I have collaborated with several artists on works that have been shown at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Tate Modern and Art Basel.