Karno Widjaja

Karno Widjaja

Cambridge, MA, US


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My current interest involves pursuing building technologies and systems integration in architectural design. This entails the confluence of passive and active design strategies to foster a built environment that promotes health, wellness and productivity, culminating in the advocacy of the triple-bottom line approach to architectural practice; social, economic, and environmental sustainability.



Finegold Alexander + Associates, Boston, MA, US, Architectural Intern

Jun 2015 - current

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, US, Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant for GSD 6125: Environmental Systems in Architecture, with Assistant Professor Holly W. Samuelson

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Housing & Development Board (HDB) Building Research Institute (BRI), Singapore, SG, Architectural Intern

- Collaborated with Senior Architect in Design Development stage for Punggol Northshore Eco-district integrated neighborhood center

- Worked with Engineer in analyzing daylighting and CFD simulation results affecting design decisions for Punggol Northshore Eco-district

- Engaged with Architects and Technical Support Staff in improving BIM workflow processes using Revit as a platform

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio, TX, US, Architectural Intern

- Engaged with Associate Partner and Project Designer at all design stages for various Lake|Flato Porch House projects

- Collaborated with Partners, Associates and Project Designers in various stages for other Lake|Flato projects

- Contributed to preparation of presentation documentation for Arizona State University’s Student Health Services Building, 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award Winner

- Spearheaded introduction & implementation of Lumion rendering software as part of firm’s design process & production

- Collaborated in development of Integrated Design Charette brochure as part of firm’s commitment to sustainable design practices

Aug 2013 - Apr 2014

Urban Design Build Studio, Pittsburgh, Architectural Designer

- Involved from conceptual stage to production of Construction Documents for 60K Prototype House, Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity (August 2011 - May 2012)

- Design Development and Prototyping for Project_RE (August 2012 - May 2013)

Aug 2011 - May 2013

Wong Tung & Partners, Hong Kong, HK, Architectural Intern

- Participated in Design Development and production of Construction Drawings for 14 residential towers ranging from 21 to 40 stories, Kunshan Shimao Butterfly Bay Phase 2, Kunshan, China

- Preparation of master layout plan for submission to Planning Department for residential development at Sha Ha & Lin Barn, New Territories, Hong Kong

- Conducted massing studies and elevation design of villa for residential development at Lot No. 419 Tai Tao Tsuen, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

Look Architects, Singapore, SG, Architectural Intern

- Winner of design competition for Plot B - Student Housing and Sports Complex, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Participated in research and conceptual development

- Conceptualized and designed interior spatial wall for terraced house at 7 Ee Teow Leng Rd, Singapore

- Assisted in diagrams, Photoshop touch-up, CAD drawings and company publications

Jun 2010 - Jul 2010

Teh Joo Heng Architects, Singapore, SG, Architectural Intern

- Involved in model making process and facade design studies for Addition & Alteration of existing office building, 137 Market St, Singapore

- Assisted in building study models for apartment building at Hertford Rd, Singapore

- Created new version of company website

May 2009 - Jul 2009


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Master in Design Studies

Master in Design Studies, Energy & Environments Concentration

Aug 2014 - current

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, BArch, BArch

Bachelor of Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2013


Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Awards, Honorable Mention

Project RE_
Professor John Folan
Urban Design Build Studio, Carnegie Mellon University


Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) National Council, Celebration of Architecture and Design, Award

The Bronze Award for Design, Saw Mill Greenway, Pittsburgh, PA (In collaboration with Jensen Ying)
The Gold Award for Design, Garfield Inter-Generational Living, Pittsburgh, PA (In collaboration with Winny Windasari Tan)


Campus and Community Service Category, Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Expo, 1st Place

Simple, Decent, Affordable Living: 60K Habitat For Humanity Prototype House
Jae Won “Joy” Kang, Jessica Wang, Issac Kwon, Noelle White, Dan Quaintance, Rebecca Cole, Karno Widjaja, Professor John Folan
Urban Design Build Studio, Carnegie Mellon University


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