Aparna Pillai

Aparna Pillai

Seattle, WA, US



LEED Green Associate 

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign . 

Class of May 2020 . 

Masters of Architecture Candidate . 

Specializing in High performance Building with a strong interest in the areas of Health and well being and Mixed use development.



Thielsen Architects, Kirkland, WA, US, Architectural Designer

Jun 2020 - current

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, Research Assistant

This research explored the design of deployable habitats using self-deployment techniques and minimal structures for the outer space and extreme environment habitats.

Aug 2019 - Jan 2020

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, Lab Technician

Responsibilities include operation of 3D printing device (Form 2), laser cutting machine and CNC machine.

Aug 2019 - Jan 2020

FUSIONstudio, Mumbai, IN, Junior Architect

Supervised a 7500 sq. ft residential project in Mumbai.
Scope of work – Design Development, Presentation drawings, Working drawings, Preparation of Bill of Quantity, Site supervision, Meeting with client, contractors and venders.
Project Status – Ongoing.

Participated in the design competition where we proposed a pavilion for Cricket Club of India (initially built in Art- Deco style).

Oversaw the refurbishment of a UNESCO world heritage residential building in Art-Deco Style. The scope of work included working closely with the contractors and supervised the work on site.
Project Status – Completed.

Nov 2016 - Jun 2018

Design Combine Architects and Designers, Kochi, IN, Architectural Intern

Scope of work – Design development, research and preparation of presentation and Working drawings for Namaah Spa and Resort and Kottayam House.

Dec 2015 - May 2016


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Class of May 2020

Aug 2018 - May 2020

University of Mumbai, Mumbai, IN, BArch, Architecture

Jun 2011 - Jun 2016



Graduate Research of Image, Honorable Mention


Areas of Specialization