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Avanti Chaphekar

Avanti Chaphekar

New York, NY, US

 

About 

I am nearing the completion of my Masters in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design (MAURD) with a CGPA of 3.8. The master's program has exposed the intersection of climate and urban design. In the last year, I have had the opportunity to work at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in the sustainability department. I am proud to have contributed to NYCHA’s Connected Communities initiative, where pilot projects are driven by resident engagement. Along with design contributions my responsibilities included coordination with the representatives at the borough offices, NYC Department of City Planning and various public and private organizations.

As a member of American institute of Architects (AIA) I have participated in the Future Streets Initiative to reimagine streets. I have also been a part of a research study conducted by Naples Municipality where I collaborated with researches from Paris, Milan and New York to present a 2050 vision for Ponticelli. As a professional Urban Designer & Architect, I have worked on projects of various scales from design to construction stages based in both India and New York City.

Besides 3 years of work experience, a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and competence in a broad range of design software, I believe, that my best quality is my ability to thrive in challenging working conditions and produce quality work. I have a keen interest in working with the triple bottom issues in sharing-economies that demand mini-living and large interactive spaces. I enjoy considering climate repercussions and opportunities provided by disruptive technologies like autonomous vehicles.

My extensive professional and voluntary experience atop a solid academic foundation allows me to believe that I would be a good addition to your organization. To further acquaint you with the specifics of my background as an Architect & Urban Designer

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Employment 

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 - current
 

Deform Architects, Mumbai , Junior Architect

Site visit and study, concept design, working drawings, site supervision and execution of commercial and retail exteriors and interiors.

Apr 2016 - Jul 2017
 

T-Square Designers, Mumbai India , Intern Architect

Concept design, working drawings, modeling and presentation for apartment buildings and houses.

Jan 2015 - Mar 2016
 

Education 

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

I am graduating in December 2018 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 - current
 

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
 

Areas of Specialization 

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