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Namitha Jalori

Namitha Jalori

Jersey City, NJ, US

 

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About 

My graduate education and professional experience has helped me understand the challenges of sustainable development and the need for the necessary broadening of its perspectives at the scale of the complex urban fabric. I have completed coursework in Urban Ecological Design - examining the contributions of landscape planning in an urban environment. GIS for Planners, Urban Elements and Issues, and Sustainable Built Environment. 

My master’s thesis studio was an applied research collaborative studio that dealt with the adaptation of cities in the wake of emerging technologies, Nanotechnology in particular. My proposal dealt with the issue of growing immigrant population and visualizing the probable settlement pattern. The aim was to foresee needs for growth and hyper-density and its eventual implications as a solution to Phoenix’s otherwise unsustainable growth pattern.

I hold a five year professional undergraduate degree in Architecture, and prior to joining the graduate program at ASU, I was part of an award winning architectural practice in India. In my former role as an Architect, I have worked in teams, leading some of those, and been a part of key decision making and problem solving on a wide variety of project types and scales. In addition, I was instrumental in achieving important project milestones, meeting clients and consultant requirements. 

My professional goal is to work on projects that would help me extend my interests that lie in urban micro economics and ecology - local interventions that engage people with strategies of bringing ecology back into cities.

I am currently looking for job opportunities that will challenge me to learn, develop and formulate new ideas and strategies.

Employment 

Arizona State University - The Design School, Tempe Camp, AZ, US, Graduate Research Assistant, Strategies for Sustainable “Micro – Urbanism”

Urban strategies exhibiting self‐sufficiency and resiliency in various aspects.
Key Responsibilities:
 Researched, surveyed and analyzed international precedents of urban conditions to inform future strategies of new urban development.
 Analyzed social, economic, cultural, ecological, infrastructural and technological patterns adopted.
 Developed a qualitative, comparative matrix of “Micro‐Urban” conditions to measure self‐sufficiency and resiliency in terms of the project site factors, water management and environmental factors, neighborhood systems, project systems and associated energy impacts.

Jan 2014 - current
 

The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU, Tempe, AZ, US, Consultant

Key Project:
a) Phoenix 2050 ‐ Project funded by the CNS ‐ ASU Development Initiative. The project included comparative analysis and future visualizations of a sustainable Phoenix city by 2050. It was intended to study impacts of emerging nanotechnologies on a city, helping inform future urban design and planning strategies.
Final Project Video Link ‐ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u1obMkZ_Dw
Key Responsibilities:
 Researched various emerging nanotechnology applications, national and international precedents of adaptive practices and anticipatory policies for M2M, Smart Grid and surveillance technologies.
 Surveyed regional, economic, social and cultural issues.
 Analyzed regional demographics and future population projections, urban implications of emerging technologies.
 Developed urban strategies and anticipatory policies to manage urban growth and technological adaptations.
 Co‐produced and directed "Phoenix 2050" video; an integration of design thinking with scientific scenario building towards effective storytelling.

May 2013 - Oct 2013
 

Arizona State University - The Design School, Tempe Camp, AZ, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Courses Taught:
a) ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability ‐ Surveys ideas relating to landscapes and sustainability and the role of landscape architecture in the creation of humanized environments.
b) ALA 101 Introduction to Environmental Design ‐ Survey of environmental forces that influence design.
Key Responsibilities:
 Assisted the instructor in instructing undergraduate classes, preparing lectures and classroom presentations.
 Mentored and assisted students with coursework and assignments.
 Organized and conducted tests and examinations.
 Assisted in student evaluation, feedback and grading.
 Managed online course website.

Aug 2011 - May 2013
 

S.P.A. Architects Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, IN, Senior Architect

Key Projects:
a) Main Academic Building, O.P. Jindal Global Law School | Haryana.
b) Sports Center, O.P. Jindal Law School | Haryana.
c) Franco‐German Embassy | Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Key Responsibilities:
 Key cross‐functional principal between architects office, multiple consultants, general contractor, vendors and the client.
 Attended and organized design charrettes.
 Assisted Master Plan development of the 60‐acre, $80 million University campus through multiple iterations.
 Led design development; oversaw construction of the 350,000 ft2 main academic block building from ground‐breaking up to interior fit‐outs.
 Managed and trained an internal team of Junior Architects and Interns.
 Developed virtual models for massing and cross‐sectional studies during design conception of the University.
 Developed sustainable landscape strategies for the university campus in consultation with the Landscape Architect.
 Developed conceptual designs and detailed drawings of the Sports Center and the Embassy building.
 Represented SPA for architectural competition bids.

Mar 2009 - May 2011
 

Chandavarkar and Thacker Architects Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, IN, Project Architect

Key Projects:
a) Five Star Hotel Facility for Blue Valley Properties | Bangalore.
Key Responsibilities:
 Assisted Senior Architect with program analysis, development of conceptual drawings and presentations.
 Worked on design development and generated tender documents.

Jan 2008 - Oct 2008
 

Sanctuary Architects and Interior Designers, Bangalore, IN, Project Architect

Key Projects:
a) Multiple single‐family and multi‐family residential projects | Bangalore.
b) Multiple residential and commercial interior fit‐out projects | Bangalore.
Key Responsibilities:
 Worked independently as well as in teams on various small and medium‐scale projects seeing them through phases of design
conception, development, tendering and construction and, commissioning.

Mar 2006 - Dec 2007
 

Keystone Architects, Bangalore, IN, Intern

As a project architect was responsible for Design conception and development, including presentation drawings and study Models, sketches, detailed working drawings and site supervision including client meetings and on and off site coordination with various consultants.

Mar 2006 - Jul 2006
 

Education 

The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, Masters, M. Urban Design

Urban Design and Planning: Develop visions and strategies towards sustainable urban development and practices, develop effective master plans and action plans, planning and design of public spaces, facilitate community‐led workshops and events, strategic planning and stakeholder goal finding, adaptive reuse and urban infill design strategy development, public infrastructure design, urban context
analysis, user needs, patterns, program analysis and, design brief preparation.

Aug 2011 - May 2013
 

M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), Bangalore, IN, BArch, B. Architecture

Architectural: Site planning, master plan development, design conception and development, physical and virtual modeling, freehand sketching, massing and cross‐sectional studies, material study and selection, construction and service co‐ordination drawings, estimation and contract administration, client and design competition presentations.

Aug 2001 - Oct 2006
 

Awards 

Design Excellence Award | Best Studio Project, Applied Research Collaborative Studio IV, Spring 2013, Award

Applied Research Collaborative - Nano and the City

2013
 

Design Excellence Award | Best Studio Project, Advanced Urban Design Studio III, Fall 2012, Award

Redwood City - Reconnecting Downtown with its inner harbor and waterfront.

2012
 

For Planning - 1, 8th Semester, B. Architecture, 2nd Place

2004
 

Kaleidoscope, YUGAM - 45th Annual NASA (National Association of Student Architects), 3rd Place

2003
 

Areas of Specialization 

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