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ISHITA SHARMA

ISHITA SHARMA

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Believing that good design can and must create engaging, inspiring and responsive communities, I aspire to bring my diverse technical, social and critical skills and experience to holistic, empowering design.

I am especially interested in using design to build strong communities that nourish happiness and wholeness and address the physical and mental crises of our times; namely, resource- inequality, over-consumption, waste, depression, disconnection and isolation. 

In an increasingly global world, I look to architecture to accommodate a community, its culture, its perception of both itself and its place in the world, into built realities. 

Employment 

Prellwitz Chilinski Assoc., Cambridge, MA, US, Project Designer

>>Prellwitz Chilinski Associates/ Cambridge, MA/ Designer/ 2011- Present

Manages & supervises small projects as Project Architect. Recognized for design excellence & leadership. Guides design dialogue & culture in the office.

>Market Street, Lynnfield, MA:
Used placemaking principles to create play areas, market square, town green & green roofed grocery store within a 475,000 SF lifestyle center. Created renderings, construction documents & supervised design of three buildings. Executed construction administration including coordinating/redlining technical drawings, detailing, submittal reviews, RFIs, issuing addenda, door & finish schedules, checking specifications & attending construction meetings for eleven building complex.

>Massachusetts Maritime Academy:
Renovated & designed additions to cadet mess deck &
offices with new entry plaza. Concept sketches, renderings, construction documents, marketing materials, meetings with clients, consultants, product vendors, code & materials research.

Nov 2011 - current
 

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, US, Voice Columnist

>>The Dallas Morning News/ Columnist/ 2010-12
Authors Op-Ed columns on self determined themes including science, community & socio-cultural issues.

Sep 2010 - current
 

Columns Magazine, Writer / Photographer

- Working with editorial board to generate content and thematic ideas, responsible for two feature articles per issue.
- Interview and photograph influential regional professionals

Sep 2009 - current
 

Corgan Associates Architects, Dallas, TX, US, Intern Architect

>>Corgan Associates/ Dallas, TX/ Intern Architect/ 2008-11
Recognized for superior communication & design skills. Assisted in all phases of design, business development, client presentations, consultant & client coordination:

>The Sixth Floor Museum Store + Cafe at Dealey Plaza (Winner, Architect Magazine ‘2010 Design for the Decade,’ 2011 NYC Retailer Excellence Award):
Adaptive reuse, interior finish-out & graphic re-branding of historic facility at JFK’s assassination site. Worked on all architectural phases of design (with Dallas Landmark Commission), signage & graphic identity.

>Dallas Fort-Worth Airport Terminals A & C:
$2 Billion interior renovation, overhaul, spatial & circulatory reconfiguration in the airport. Created visualizations, conceptualizations & construction documents for Terminals A & C.

>> Re:Vision Dallas:
Spearheaded competition team to imagine ‘most sustainable urban block’

Jul 2008 - Nov 2011
 

Tipton Associates, Baton Rouge, LA, US, Intern Architect

Assisted with various drawing phases of design and prepared renderings and graphic presentations for clients

Jan 2008 - Jun 2008
 

Louisiana State University Office of Community Design & Development, Intern

>>LSU CommunityWorks (LA Dept. of Social Services)/ New Orleans, LA/ 2006-08 
Worked on constructing the first two houses in the lower 9th ward built after Katrina with ACORN housing. Conducted facility asessments, created signage & elevation study packages for renovation of multiple childcare facilities in New Orleans as part of grant work.

Aug 2006 - Jun 2008
 

Education 

Louisiana State University, BArch, Architecture, Architectural history, English (creative writing)

Graduated Salutatorian, Summa Cum Magna.

Aug 2002 - May 2008
 

Awards 

Business Innovation Factory Scholarship, Scholarship

Providence- 2013 BIF Conference scholar

2013
 

Louisiana State University AIA Henry Adams Certicate of Merit, 1st Place

LSU School of Architecture recipient from graduating class for excellence in the study of architecture

2008
 

HOGI Traveling Fellow to Japan, The Dallas Center for Architecture / 2010, Scholarship

- Examined architectural connotations of cultural-hybridization in Tokyo’s urban fabric as a result of globalization
- Presented findings in series of lectures
- Research published in a photo essay on Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/28758/tokyo-the-cyclical-city/

2007
 

Louisiana State University School of Architecture Designer of the Year, 1st Place

Faculty award for design excellence

2007
 

Percy E. Roberts Jr. Memorial Scholarship, 1st Place

Louisiana State University School of Architecture merit based scholarship for superior design ability

2007
 

Traveling Fellow, American Institute of Architects Louisiana Chapter / 2007, Scholarship

- Traveled to seven European cities negotiating with water to explore aqueous socio-infrastructural relationships in the wake of hurricane Katrina
- Visited London, Venice, Hamburg, Delft, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brugges
- Presented findings at the Celebrate Architecture conference in Baton Rouge, LA

2007
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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