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Nayyareen Chhapra

Nayyareen Chhapra

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Since earning my architecture degree at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 I have worked at two firms of international repute, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and AECOM, as well as a number of freelance commissions largely in New York City. In my 13 years of professional experience I have worked on a range of different project types from residential (single family and multi family dwellings), cultural/institutional, retail/commercial (including interiors), educational through to large scaled transit projects like the East Side Access (ESA) and The Second Avenue Subway (SAS) project in which I was involved in the overall station planning and layout. I have had the opportunity to work on various aspects of the design process, from concept design through 100% construction document delivery as the lead architect, managing multi-disciplinary teams and coordinating with a host of consultants to produce on–schedule and within budget delivery of detailed drawings.

Most recently at GF55 Partners, I have been involved in residential, working primarily on large scale affordable housing in New York. Our team has just submitted 100% construction documents set for a 11 story multi-use building now in construction and working towards completing another set for a 13 story residential tower, as part of phase 2 of the same project.

My education and work experience have taught me the pressures of working with and meeting strict deadlines in the fast paced world of design. I have a detail-oriented, self-motivated approach to design, and always aspire to apply critical thinking and creative problem solving to process information and produce dynamic and elegant solutions to spatial and formal concerns.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

GF55 Partners, New York, NY, US, Job Captain

Most recently at GF55 Partners, I have been involved in residential, working primarily on large scale affordable housing in New York. Our team has just submitted 100% construction documents set for a 11 story multi-use building now in construction and working towards completing another set for a 13 story residential tower, as part of phase 2 of the same project.

Aug 2011 - current
 

458 CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Inc, Senior Architectural Designer

I have worked as a freelance architect with the Lead Architect Micheal Cetera on several residential / Interior renovations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, NY over a period of several years starting in October 2001 up until present.
Currently I will be assisting him with the coordination with City of New York, Department of Building’s, regulatory requirements as well as doing concept through construction documents, code analysis and 3D renderings in Revit 2010. Current projects include 525 Empire Blvd, 7 story residential/multi use building in Brooklyn, NY: 89 Houston street, New York, NY, Coffee shop interior design: 331 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn NY, Interior residentail design and construction: 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY, Restaurant/Bar exterior renovation: 346 New York ave, Brooklyn NY, Residential penthouse interior design.

Mar 2011 - current
 

DMJM Harris Aecom, Senior Architectural Designer

At AECOM I was involved in, three major transit projects.

Second Avenue Subway Project, New York, NY, USA
Preliminary Engineering design set for Houston Street, 14th Street, 42nd Street and 72nd Street Station, Code analysis, presentation drawings. Final Design 100% construction document detailing and material selection of ceiling systems and paving for 96th, 86th, 72nd and 63rd Street stations. Lead architect for 72nd Street Station for final design interdisciplinary coordination and overall station, entrances and ancillary building planning and layout. Reviewing and revising specifications for final submission. I was also involved in several design options for entrance locations which required high precision in coordination among disciplines and attention to the budget due to the complexity of necessary real estate take-over.

East side Access, Long Island Rail road, Grand Central terminal, New York, NY, USA
Design team member from preliminary engineering through design development. Planning and layout of concourse level, several design options for entrance locations, ceiling design layout for concourse and platform levels, code analysis, presentation drawings and renderings. 100% Construction documents detailing of wall systems, furniture, retail storefronts, well way geometry and ceiling details.

Liberty Security Partnership, Port Authority, Transit hub at ground zero, New York, NY, USA
100% Construction documents detailing of wall systems, furniture, fire protection drawings, interior elevations, interdisciplinary coordination between structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, layout of ceiling grid and lighting fixtures.

Mar 2002 - Oct 2010
 

MSM Architects, Senior Architectural Designer

At MSM architects I worked on the following project:

Retail:
Prada Store, 57th Street, New York, NY, USA
Designer-Schematic Design through construction documents of exterior and interior renovation, interior design and material selection of wall, floor and ceiling finishes

Jul 2001 - Aug 2001
 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Senior Architectural Designer

At Skidmore Owings and Merrill, LLP I was involved with the following projects:

Institutional:
Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Design team member from concept design through construction documents. Model building, presentation drawings, code analysis, classroom elevations and furniture layout, ceiling layout and detailing, interior and exterior elevations.
Brunswick School, Brunswick, Connecticut, USA
Design team member from schematic design through construction documents. Model building, presentation drawings, interior and exterior elevations, classroom elevations and furniture layout, toilet room layouts, finish material selection, woodwork detailing, code analysis, ceiling system layout and coordination
Kuwait police academy, Kuwait, UAE
Design Development of lighting systems and presentation drawings.

Hospital:
Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Overall planning and layout at concept and schematic design level, code analysis, interior elevations, presentation drawings

Office:
Citigroup, New York, NY, USA
Schematic Design through design Development - Interior renovation of existing layout, material selection and detailing. presentation drawings
Random House, New York, NY, USA
Schematic Design through design Development - Interior renovation of existing layout, material selection and detailing. presentation drawings

Mix-use commercial:
Met life building, New York, NY, USA
Schematic design through construction documents of lobby and auditorium renovation-material selections, interior elevations, presentation renderings

Aug 1998 - Jul 2001
 

Education 

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), BArch, Architecture

BFA, Barch

Aug 1993 - Jul 1998
 

Awards 

Published Project "Greenwich Academy" with SKidmore Owings and Merrill, LLP- in the AIA/Architectural Record 06.04, Honorable Mention

2004
 

Design Distinction Award for "Greemwich Academy" with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, LLP in ID Magazine 06.04, Award

2004
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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