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Mariam Jacob

Mariam Jacob

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

Mariam Jacob is a confident & enthusiastic designer, actively looking out for professional expertise. She has excelled in several leadership roles and has the strong ability to learn from and balance cultural nuances critically. Her creative process showcases a keen interest in sustainable-driven, context-based solutions that place humanity at the heart of design. She has varied international work experiences and constantly loves to adapt and enhance her skills when new challenges arise. Her current research interests focus on affordable housing, displacement, and marginalization at the intersection of climate change and disaster relief.

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Employment 

SBGA I BLENGINI GHIRARDELLI, Milan, IT, Graduate Intern

Assisted in designing and extensively 3D modeling upcoming projects
ranging from small-scale sculptural acupuncture, refurbishment of
interiors in historical heritage sites, commercial office buildings, and wineries
to huge urban scale interventions. Worked with the production team in
creating diagrams and renders for presentations. Assisted the research team
which investigated the social and environmental impact that the new metro
infrastructure would have on the growth and identity of Riyadh. Briefed the
design team weekly on key findings.

Feb 2021 - Jul 2021
 

YACademy, Bologna, IT, Junior Designer

Worked in collaboration with the firm TAMassociati and the Ministry of Energy Sustainability in Kiribati, in the concept and design phase of a Kindergarten project. This project aims to be resilient to the extreme conditions that the island faces due to rising ocean levels. Summarized findings on construction using traditional craft and local materials in Kiribati, in order to enhance transference of generational knowledge in the local population in the midst of a climate crisis. Helped to formulate the design concept which needed to be resilient to the extreme conditions that the island faces due to rising ocean levels, whilst preparing the population for planned evacuation.

Sep 2020 - Nov 2020
 

Education 

Columbia University, New York, MArch, Architecture

Recipient of Avery Merit Scholarship

Sep 2021 - current
 

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, AE, BArch, Architecture

Magna Cum Laude - CGPA of 3.82

Sep 2015 - May 2020
 

New English School Kuwait, Jabriyah, High School, High School

Sep 2008 - Jun 2015
 

Awards 

Avery Scholarship, Scholarship

Merit-Based scholarship at Columbia GSAPP

2021
 

Inspireli Architecture Grand Prize, 1st Place

Awarded for Graduation Project: "Thin Topographies: Enhancing Food Production in Marrakech"
Selected as the winner after a three-round selection process composed of a multinational jury.

2020
 

2nd Gold Chancellor's Award, Award

Attaining a GPA of above 3.5 for the academic year 2019-2020

2020
 

Gold Chancellor's Award, Scholarship

Attaining a GPA of above 3.5 for the academic year 2018-2019

2019
 

Silver Chancellor's Award, Scholarship

Attaining a GPA of above 3.5 for the academic year of 2017-2018

2018
 

Bronze Chancellor's Award, Scholarship

Attaining a GPA of above 3.5 for the academic year of 2016-2017

2017
 

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, Award

Involved in activities helping the community/environment, planned, trained and completed a 4 day physical expedition in Cyprus

2015
 

Dar Jehan Art Award, Award

Top Scorer for AS Level Art in the region

2015
 

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, Award

Involved in activities helping the community/environment, planned, trained, and completed a 2-day physical expedition in Kuwait Desert.

2013
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills