Avanti Chaphekar

Avanti Chaphekar

New York, NY, US

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Having pursued M.S. in Architecture, Urban & Regional Design from the New York Tech, I am a built environment professional with a passion for crafting sensitive designs at various scales by combining multi-disciplinary expertise and a problem-solving approach. I believe that form and layout, materiality, greening, and efficient urban systems will help address the pressing issue of climate change. 

Having worked in the field of Architecture and Urban Design for more than 5 years, I strongly believe a rigorous investigation of site context and programs translates into compelling and thoughtful design projects. We can transform the constraints of a project into an articulated amalgamation of strategies, exploring opportunistic overlaps between programs, circulation, landscape, form, budget, and materials. 

I have had the opportunity to implement Residential Mixed-use Waterfronts with private developers, Commercial Retail Interior and Architecture, Public Spaces with underlined green infrastructure at NYCHA in their sustainability department for urban design, Bridge Design, and Future streets with NYS DOT and School Construction Authority SCA NYC. The project exposure begins from preliminary site visits/inspections, site documentation, draft scope, schematic design documents using AUTOCAD/ Revit/Microstatioas per the zoning regulations, material selection, estimation to Design documents considering ADA guidelines, and construction drawings using NJ/NYC codes. 

My design inspirations are procured through engaging with the community; putting their needs and sensibilities in the epicenter forms the focus of my design practice. The goal is to create and propagate a social network between private and public spaces that integrate into the existing site ecology and economy and create smooth transitions in space and time. 



MP Engineers & Architects, New York, NY, US, Architect

A multi-disciplinary consulting firm, offering expertise in architecture, structural engineering, construction management, and special inspections.

Analyzed, designed, and executed structurally integral architectural projects. Communicate scope of work with clients, building testing and inspections, designing in compliance with codes, construction documents, and coordination with project consultants.

Jan 2020 - current

CPA Architecture, NJ, US, Architectural Designer

Award-winning LEED Accredited small firm focuses on strategic and problem-solving approach for Mixed-Use Waterfronts.

Implemented sensitive well-crafted projects with client involvement throughout the schematic design process. Followed by zoning sets and construction documents. worked closely with material selection (Sustainable/Eco-friendly) and co-ordinated with M.E.P. consultants.

Feb 2019 - Dec 2019

The City of New York - New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY, US, Sustainability Intern

Cloudburst Resiliency Planning Study partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection.
- Assisted in project management of a $100,000 state grant geared at resident involvement in the design of green infrastructure.

NYCHA’s Connected Communities Initiative partnered with Hester Street and the Department of City Planning.
- Worked on the rollout of the Connected Communities Initiative, NYCHA’s urban design policy for better connecting and activating NYCHA campuses.

Next Generation NYCHA Waste Management Plan partnered with Mayor’s office and City of New York Department of Sanitation.
- Edited the Authority’s comprehensive Waste Management Plan and helped implement key waste management pilot projects.

Jun 2018 - Jan 2019

Deform Architects, Mumbai , Project Architect

Firm with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture, interior design, and urban planning industry.

Concept design, working drawing, design development, client meetings, and site inspections.

Apr 2016 - Jul 2017

T-Square Architects, Mumbai India , Junior Architect

Architectural practice that promotes community-driven designs, creating a positive impact on the built environment.

Concept design, 3D model-making/laser cut modeling, and presentation apartment building and houses.

Jan 2015 - Mar 2016


New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Manhattan Campus, New York, Masters, Urban and Regional Design

I am a recent graduate with a Masters in Urban and Regional Design. During the last two years, I have been closely working with triple bottom issues considering climate repercussions and disruptive technology to design Mixed-use Waterfront with a vision of 2050 at Mott Haven, South Bronx and Flexible Flood Resilient Housing along the Long Island City waterfront as there will be influx of job opportunities offered by Amazon in near future. Currently, my final semester project fosters the need to create a mixed-income group housing community at Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Aug 2017 - Dec 2018

Mumbai University- Kamla Raheja Vidyandhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai , BArch, Architecture

My undergraduate study guided me towards learning to amalgamate built space with the context and understand the intertwined connections between the two. This process allowed me to further explore and sensitize myself to the realm
of spatial construct and its response to its adjacencies. My studio research and design trip to Bhutan allowed me to experience Architecture with renewed vision and vigor. Response to climate, materials and modern building technologies presented themselves with more clarity. Furthermore, this experience enabled me to understand the importance of intricately weaving the fabric of the indigenous terrain of the place with its inhabitants. This process aids
the desired responsiveness of the structures to its environment. I have been inclined toward informal settlements which have embedded values of understanding, analyzing and implementing designs that meet the needs of the developing community.

Mar 2010 - Mar 2016

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