Ashna Jaiswal

Ashna Jaiswal

Philadelphia, PA, US

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I have always been drawn to design by research. Being an architect and a landscape architect, I like the idea of working with an array of situations and environments.
I have practiced in the field of Landscape Design for 3 years in Delhi, prior to my graduate degree in MLA, where I got the opportunity to handle 5-6 projects on my own, ranging in scales and usage. Apart from that, I was involved in a quite a few government tenders which gave me an insight on how things run both, in private and public sector.
Over the years, I have broadened my learning in dealing with the current scenario considering climate change, resiliency, working with the idea of self-sufficiency. In my opinion, resiliency should be designed and planned for in all ways, one which caters to the climate, ecological balance, and community development.
Personally, I take interest in community outreach before I get involved in any project. With that, I am drawn to data-based research as well, as tangible and intangible data has different approach and ways of incorporation.
Given my work ex and education in design and personal interest, I seek to build viable, resilient, stable communities wherever possible.



University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assitant

Assisted Prof. Anuradha Mathura in a project in India which aims to rejuvenate a main central sewer in an under developed city. The project aims at proposing an ecological design incorporating the neighborhood's needs instead of covering up the sewer as typically done in cities given its faults considering the future floods and rainfall.
The position requires production of graphics, consolidating data, coordinating with consultant.

Jan 2019 - current

MKSK Studios, Louisville, KY, US, Landscape Intern

As an intern, I was responsible for graphic work and production with assistance in construction drawing.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Integral Designs International Studio, Delhi, IN, Architect

Worked on multiple projects, ranging from private residences to government tenders. Handled 5 projects individually, which included construction drawing set, client coordination, consultant coordination and site visits.
Responsibilities included :
- Graphic work
- Concept development
- Tender approval drawing
- Construction drawings
- Site visits
- Client coordination
- Vendors and other consultant coordination

Sep 2016 - May 2018


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Master in Landscape Architecture

Majored in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning with a certificate in Urban Design.
Over the course of 2 years, I took studios which involved regional projects to a small scale, yet regional analysis informed projects, including overseas project which enhanced global awareness of the field and contextually help understand different communities and ecologies better.
I also took classes specific to community building, inclusion in diversity and design with social justice.

Aug 2018 - May 2020

University school of architecture and planning, Delhi, India, Delhi, IN, BArch, Architecture

Majored in Architecture. The degree also required us to have an informed understanding of construction, structural engineering, urban design, sociology, ecologically informed solutions. It also required us to publish a thesis and a research paper/ dissertaion.

Aug 2011 - May 2016

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