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Avanti Chaphekar

Avanti Chaphekar

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

Having pursued Master’s in Architecture, Urban & Regional Design from the New York Institute of Technology, I am a built environment professional with a passion for crafting sensitive designs at various scales by combining multi-disciplinary expertise. 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 three and a half years, I strongly believe a rigorous investigation of site context and programs translates into compelling and thoughtful design projects. We can transform constraints of a project into an articulated amalgamation of strategies, exploring opportunistic overlaps between programs, circulation, landscape, form, budget, and materials.

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. 

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Employment 

CPA Architecture, NJ, US, Architectural Designer

CPA Architecture is an award-winning LEED Accredited boutique firm with a focus on strategic and problem-solving approaches for mixed-use waterfronts.

I have implemented sensitive well-crafted projects with clients' involvement throughout the research and design process. I am well versed with ADA standard, zoning codes in NJ and adept at delivering construction documents. I have also worked closely with material selection (Sustainable/Eco-friendly) and coordinated with consultants on various projects.

Feb 2019 - current
 

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 , Architect

Residential and community design along with Retail Commercial - fixture layout, fire fighting, ceiling, flooring layout & finishes

Apr 2016 - Jul 2017
 

T-Square Architects, Mumbai India , Junior Architect

Concept design, design development, working drawings, modeling, client meetings, and site inspection.

Jan 2015 - Mar 2016
 

Education 

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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