Los Angeles Architect Lauded as ‘One of the Early Rising Stars’ in Healthcare Design

CO Architects’ Parini Mehta, AIA, Receives AIA/AAH Healthcare Design’s Best Under 40 


As a healthcare design expert, Parini Mehta, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal at CO Architects, addresses challenges facing modern medical facilities. Photos: CO Architects. Click here for high-resolution images.

LOS ANGELES: Parini Mehta, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal at CO Architects, has been added to the national American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH) list of Healthcare Design’s Best Under 40 (U40 List).  This recognition is only given to two recipients under 40 years old each year who have made significant professional contributions to the advancement of health facilities design.

“This is the fifth year for the U40 List, so Parini’s name will be cemented forever as one of the early rising stars to be added to a growing U40 List of superstars in our world of healthcare design,” said Tushar Gupta, FAIA, President of 2019 Academy of Architecture for Health, who, along with a jury of diverse leaders within the healthcare design industry, selected Mehta.

Since joining CO Architects in 2014, Mehta has led a collaborative design process with clients, consultants, and contractors.  She has spearheaded strategic design, planning, and programming of high-performance buildings for innovative healthcare organizations, such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Palomar Health, and Scripps Health.  As a healthcare design expert, she addresses challenges facing modern medical facilities to deliver new concepts in patient, provider, and operational experiences.  She was recently recognized for her leadership strengths and elevated to Associate Principal at the firm.

“Parini has amassed an exemplary body of work in healthcare architecture, which demonstrates her passion and leadership,” said Tom Chessum, FAIA, Principal at CO Architects.  “Her career’s highest trajectory is most notably characterized by her pattern of self-motivated contributions to her community and the broader profession.”

For more than two years, Mehta has served as co-chair of the AIAlLA Healthcare Committee.  She has planned and executed 22 healthcare-related events, focusing on the future of healthcare design, project delivery improvements, and innovative design solutions.  Mehta is actively involved with organizing site tours for the national AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 in Los Angeles.  In addition, she has presented at the national Environments for Aging Expo & Conference, and was invited as guest lecturer for the USC School of Architecture’s inaugural Healthcare Design Studio.

“Architecture can help create a unified, pleasant, and dignified healthcare experience for patients,” said Mehta.  “As the industry moves forward, I’m focused on seeking innovative design solutions for complex healthcare processes, requirements, and environments.”

Mehta received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2001.  Before entering graduate school, she volunteered for the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, where she applied her professional skills in developing a mixed-use project in Carthage, Tunisia.  She later earned a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, CA, in 2006.  Prior to working at CO Architects, Mehta worked as Designer and Senior Associate at LBL Architects, from 2006 to 2014, serving as a key contributor to several high-profile healthcare projects.

As a child of immigrant parents, Mehta is the first woman in her family to receive a professional degree and uses her pioneering achievement to give back to the next generation of women architects.  In 2015, she founded CO Architects’ internal “High School Architectural Discovery Program,” a four-week summer internship to introduce and encourage female high school students to consider architecture as a profession.  She also serves as founding co-chair for the firm’s “COre Committee,” a leadership group fostering camaraderie, connections, and trust between emerging project architects and managers.

Los Angeles-based CO Architects is nationally recognized for architectural planning, programming, and design in the higher education, science and technology, and healthcare sectors, and works with leading institutions from coast to coast.  CO Architects’ specialized expertise includes transformative schools of medicine and health professions, advanced research and teaching laboratories, and innovative clinical facilities on higher education, healthcare, and urban campuses.  The firm has been nationally and internationally recognized with more than 135 awards for innovative design and project delivery, including the American Institute of Architects, California Council’s Architecture Firm of the Year Award.