Amar Shah is an urban theorist, designer, and researcher with over 8 years of experience on various project types of different scales. In his design methodology, he researches important factors related to culture, program, technology, and form with the aspiration to implement his research to any scale of design.
He approaches design holistically and follows a rigor and lens that can be applied to every scale. This methodology allows Amar to constantly think out of the box for solutions to tough problems in urban environments while maintaining a practical mindset. He prefers collaborative environments where ideas and thoughts are encouraged and shared.
Through educational and working opportunities he continues to be involved in an array of projects including office, residential, hospitality, urban mixed-use, urban design, urban regeneration, and transit oriented development. He proficiently executes his visions with the latest digital software the industry has to offer and is constantly pushing the limits of his technical knowledge and abilities.
conceptual urban design, conceptual design, urban planning, high-rise residential, office, and hospitality, schematic design drawings, design development drawings, construction documents, sustainability, detail design
TECHNICAL AND SOFTWARE SKILLS:
Computer Aided Drafting:
3d Studio Max 2016 (intermediate to advanced), AutoCAD 2016 (2d/3d) (intermediate to advanced),
Rhino 5.0 (advanced) + Grasshopper (basic training),
Revit 2016 (intermediate), Google SketchUp 2016 pro (intermediate),
Maya 2012 (basic), hand drafting and hand drawing, water color
Adobe Illustrator (advanced), Adobe Photoshop (advanced),
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Flash,
Adobe Premiere, Adobe Indesign
processing, ArcMap + ArcGIS data mapping, Autodesk Vasari - Energy Analysis
RTKL Associates Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Designer
Under the supervision of a licensed architect I work on:
High-end Residential | High-end Commercial | Retail Mixed-Use development
Urban, Mixed-Use, Hospitality, Leisure, Retail projects and competitions.
+ working under the supervision of a licensed architect I had an emphasis in conceptual design thinking and analysis, schematic design, design development, and construction document phases of major urban projects
+ A team player in integrated urban projects
+ counted on to create conceptual 3d models using appropriate programs - including Rhino, Revit, 3d Studio Max, and Google SketchUP Pro 7
+ Produce innovative graphic presentations and videos with the use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, and 3d animations
Worley Parsons Resources & Energy, Houston, TX, US, Design Professional
Under the supervision of a licensed architect my job was to conceptualize and the build a small temporary housing facility for 20 workers in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Then i was to create schematic design and construction documents within the time frame given. The Housing will eventually convert into permanent housing for locals of Malabo after the temporary workers leave the country.
Gensler, Houston, TX, US, Technical Designer
While under the supervision of a licensed architect I worked mainly on construction documents and technical design for Valencia City Center in Houston, TX. Valencia City Center aims to be a new kind of development including retail, hotels, and condos within one complex.
-Technical design of facades and interiors
-Implementing construction parameters with design criteria
RdlR Architects, Houston, TX, US, Intern
I collaborated on Houston Metro Light Rail concept and schematic design. I created 3d renderings of various Metro Rail stations in Houston that were then presented to officials in the City of Houston, for further development.
I also helped create a book of work from Rey de la Reza, FAIA showing 25 years of successfully built projects throughout Houston.
-2d schematic drawings (sections,plans)
-site panoramas of potential station areas in Houston
-schematic site section drawings
KTGY Architecture + Planning, Irvine, CA, US, Intern
(Summer internship only)
I was a draftsmen and intern working under a licensed architect. I did construction documentation and some design development for the urban concept studios team at KTGY. The projects I was involved in include the San Pedro Bank Lofts project and Central Park Town Homes.
Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design
University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture
Centre d'Etudes d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme, Saintes, FR, Architecture and Urban Design
Honorable Mention, 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, Honorable Mention
2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, Honorable Mention
Tristan da Cunha Design Ideas Competition, Long Listed Top 15 submission, Honorable Mention
LEED A.P. professional
Study abroad visit in Mumbai, India grant
End of Year Work Exhibition.
“Incomprehensible Cities: Architecture in France” - Exhibition | 2007, Other
Exhibition of Work
merit based study abroad opportunity to Saintes, France | 2006, Award
Merit based opportunity to study abroad in Saintes, France for one academic semester.
John Parkinson Memorial Scholarship | 2004-2006, Scholarship
Scholarship award from 2004-2006