Raj Parikh, MS, MS, PE, LEED AP
CEO and Chairman
Raj Parikh is the founder and Chairman of Zenesis Engineering/Architecture and leader of our practice based in Midtown Manhattan. In the 1970s and 1980s, Raj rose through the ranks at NYC HPD (Housing Preservation and Development), ending his tenure with the Koch administration as Assistant Commissioner managing a $500 MM annual Construction budget. With an increasingly unique knowledge base developed in city buildings over decades, Raj and the firm serve a boutique clientele with some of the most challenging and interesting building and MEP retrofit, upgrade, and new construction projects throughout the city.
In 2000, Raj returned to his alma mater at Cooper Union School of Engineering as a Research Professor within the Center for Innovation and Energy Reclamation, where he conducts active research in the areas of geothermal, solar-thermal design, urban agriculture, and high-performance building design with a focus on building methods that directly address global climate change. In 2006, and in partnership with Workshop/APD, Raj also supplied the Engineering design that won the 2006 Global Green USA New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev and Brad Pitt designing net-zero affordable housing for the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. In the press, he is known most famously for his the retrofit & expansion of his aging suburban home into a net-positive-energy passive house made of recycled materials- that he rebuilt himself- (Zenesis House) and published papers on retrofit and creative application of large steam systems.
Raj earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union, a Masters in Operations Research from Stevens Institute of Technology, and has been designated a LEED AP by the US Green Building Council. He has been licensed to practice Professional Engineering in NY, NJ, and CT since 1973.