+ DESIGN DIRECTOR
+ Landscape Architect
+ Architecture + Planning
+ Experiential Design
Storyteller + Placemaking
VINITA V. PUGAL
“I seek joy in art, nature, and people. In the journey of my life, Traveling and working closely with people around the globe and on a wide range of projects has made me an empathetic and culturally responsive designer. I want to leverage my skills, networks, and experience to connect design professionals and help transform the design profession through collaboration. These core values were the cornerstone for founding Designodal, Inc.”
Vinita has over 25+ years of professional experience in Master Planning, Experiential Design, Landscape Architecture, and Architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture & Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture. She is a California-licensed landscape architect and a LEED-accredited professional.
Vinita has worked for twenty years in the United States, designing and constructing various prestigious projects in the United States and abroad. As Vinita Vijayan & Associates, now Designodal, Inc., she has designed and implemented a wide range of large-scale infrastructure and development projects in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa for ten years before moving to California.
Her expertise is in providing planning and design guidelines integrating the story and branding strategies of the project. She led the Master Planning & Landscape Architecture team at The Hettema Group, now THGCreative, an esteemed experiential design group. She was an Associate and Project Manager at Mia Lehrer and Associates, a reputed design firm working on designing and revitalizing various prestigious projects in the City of Los Angeles. She was involved in the Master Planning of Dubai Parks, Epic Universe, Universal Studios, CJ Culture Valley Korea, Animal Safari, Warner Bros. Discovery, Netflix, and other FEC Experiences. She worked on the TEA Thea Awards award-winning TEA Thea Awards Projects. She has significant work experience with industry leaders, such as AECOM, Moshe Safdie, and H2L2.
Designodal, Inc. is a Master Planning and Design Studio - a collaborative forum of designers providing creative solutions, project visualization, and construction documentation for projects - public realm, master planning, experience design, landscape architecture, mixed-used entertainment, and visitor attractions.
She collaborates with local institutions like USC, UCLA, and CalPoly through ASLA as a design juror and mentor. She supports nonprofits as a Board Member at 'Sustainable Claremont' and a Delegate for 'Arts for LA.' She was the principal contributor and initiated the standardization of codes for Landscape Architecture for the Bureau of Indian Standards. She has various publications of research and design work to her credit. The premier institute published her work in sustainability, The Energy & Resources Institute, India (TERI), assisted in restoring dilapidated iron ore mines and forests of the Western Ghats in Goa.
Storytelling inspires her as a medium of expression for planning and design.