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Rachel Patrick

April 10, 2018

When the subject of UNCW’s campus comes up, its growth is almost certain to be part of the conversation. 

“We experience the growth of the physical environment that is our beautiful campus every day,” said Rachel Patrick. As director of architectural and construction services, she oversees an area that is busy with many initiatives for capital projects that will serve many generations for years to come. 

Patrick was interested in interior design and architecture from a young age and learned about both subjects from her mother. She began studying interior design at Florida International University and soon transferred to their School of Architecture.

Before arriving at UNCW in 2017, she worked at NC State University in the capital project management department as the project manager for the James B. Hunt Library, which has served as a national innovation model since opening in January 2013. She was also the public works director for a municipality in the Outer Banks.

Patrick says the January groundbreaking for the new Veterans Hall building is a highlight of her time at UNCW thus far. “It’s great to be a part of these projects from when they are simply an idea and see them through actual construction of the facility,” she said. She is looking forward to the day when students will be able to use and enjoy the 145,000-square-foot facility that her team helped make happen.

Outside of work, Patrick enjoys gardening, the beach and being outdoors, and has an “active” three-year-old son.

-- Caroline Cropp