We are very pleased to announce the latest addition to our team, Shriya Kulkarni, Sustainability Analyst.
Shriya brings technical strength and experience, with a focus on integrated design, energy modeling, and sustainability concept analysis. With experience teaching environmental design to groups of up to 400 students, Shriya makes complex concepts simpler, and guides architects, developers, and real estate investors through the implications of sustainable strategies.
Please join us in welcoming Shriya!
Tell us about your background and what led you to Paladino.
With a background in architecture, I was always concerned about the impact of new development on the greenfield and surrounding environment. Introducing sustainability into architecture always grabbed my attention, and I was passionate to pursue a Masters in Built Environment at Arizona State University. I developed a deep passion for energy efficient and sustainable built environments. I learned about Paladino and Abundance Thinking from my alumni at ASU and was excited to see Paladino’s range of work in the sustainability field.
Where do you find inspiration in your work?
I am grateful for the abundance of nature I see every day – I feel it is my moral duty to help preserve it and protect it. I am fortunate that my work with Paladino aligns with my daily ethos. I find motivation and inspiration through art because it increases sensitivity and connection to nature. Art and nature fuel my work and bring vigor to my sustainability consulting.
Which direction do you think green building is headed? Where do you see the industry in ten years?
The entire purpose of sustainability in the built environment is to make the world a better place to live. While focusing on energy efficiency and enhancing building performance, it is extremely important to address occupant comfort and provide healthy living conditions. Integration of passive sustainable strategies like daylighting and natural ventilation creates a connection to outdoors, and increases human comfort as well as energy efficiency. Sustainable design is transforming into human experience design.
Resources that guide designs toward carbon neutrality and smart energy and water use like AIA’s 2030 Challenge, the 2030 District program, and 2030 Palette are transforming the built environment into a high performance environment.
What role does sustainability play in your life outside work? What does it mean to you?
I use resources like electricity and water wisely. I appreciate fresh air more than other people, I think, so I’m always looking for chances to enjoy natural ventilation! I feel better in green spaces, so I bring what I learn at work and scale it for my life. And of course, recycling!
What do you do in your leisure time?
I am a trained Indian classical dancer, and I love the attending performing arts. I like to explore and visit new places – I moved to Seattle from Phoenix to join Paladino, and there’s a lot to discover in this town. I capture moments and scenic views through a camera lens. Architecturally-inspired photography is my thing! I also enjoy spending time sketching, painting, and craft making.
During a recent visit to India, I visited two small villages on the west coast and central India. It was a coincidence that both villages were great exploration sites for temple architecture on banks of major Indian rivers. The architectural structures date back to 5th and 18th century. It was wonderful to know the cultural background and the historic importance of the villages and their evolution. Is there anything more sustainable than a building dating back to the 5th century?
What are three things you can’t live without?
Coffee, music, and family and friends to share all the big and small moments!
What are you most proud of?
I am proud of my family and morals, and for inculcating those in me effortlessly. I consider myself very fortunate to have a strong family backing which has made me what I am today. The support of my family gave me the confidence to move to the United States and that same confidence gave me the courage to take this exciting job in a new city. The feeling of belonging intensifies each day.
Is there anything else that you’d like to know about Shriya? Ask away in the comments below!