Shalini Abeyaratne

Shalini Abeyaratne

New York, NY, US

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I am a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience.  As a lifelong learner, team player and creative problem solver committed to social justice and equality, I am dedicated to improving the places we live, work, learn and play for all stakeholders.

I am seeking a position that will allow me to align my design and technical knowledge, project management experience and leadership skills to be part of a practice focused on the design of educational, cultural, institutional and civic buildings.


Nelligan White Architects, New York, Senior Architect

Leadership position in a practice focused on housing, education and community facilities with several public agencies as primary clients.
Responsibilities include overseeing a number of projects for the NYC Housing Authority and the School Construction Authority; research and development and mentoring of junior staff.

Nov 2020 - current

Kodiak Construction, Orinda, CA, US, Design consultant

Design consultant with a design/build operation in Orinda California.
Developed prototypes for Accessory Dwelling Units to be marketed and constructed in the San Francisco Bay area.

May 2020 - Nov 2020

FXCollaborative, New York, NY, US, Senior Associate/Project Manager

Led multiple projects through all phases of design and construction in the Culture and Education Studio.
Played a leadership role in firm wide volunteer projects, community outreach and efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace

Apr 2016 - Apr 2020

Evans Heintges Architects, New York, NY, US, Associate/Project Manager

Progressed from Intern to Project Manager while working on a wide variety of commercial, institutional and educational projects. Managed clients, coordinated consultants and mentored junior staff.

Dec 1994 - Mar 2016


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, College of Architecture, Art & Planning

Received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in the Spring of 1994.

Cornell in Rome Program Spring 1993
Cornell in Japan Program Summer 1992;
Robert J Eidlitz Travel fellowship
Dean’s List
Co-Curator, FEMALECONSTRUCTS Exhibition;
Teaching Assistant: Structural Systems & Summer explorations in Architecture program.

Sep 1990 - May 1994


Koizumi International Lighting Design Competition, 3rd Place

Bronze Award – Student Category for the design of a exterior solar fixture to be mass produced for residential use.
Co Designer


DOE Sun Wall Competition, Honorable Mention

A national design competition for a well-designed and practical “sun-wall” billed as the largest federal government building solar energy system in the world.
The Competition, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE), called for a sun-wall for the south wall of DOE’s headquarters in Washington, DC. It was expected that a photovoltaic system could generate as much as 200 peak kilowatts of electricity.
The winning team was awarded a $20,000 cash prize.
Entered as member of the design team from Evans Heintges Architects


Robert J Eidlitz Travel Fellowship, Cornell University, Award

Four weeks travel through North India to study the unique characteristics of Islamic Architecture in the sub-continent.
Award granted to Cornell University AAP Alumni


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