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Zain Koita

Zain Koita

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I believe that spaces need not only be accommodative; they must possess the ability to be responsive in both functionality and aesthetics. The function is what drives its inhabitants and the beauty becomes the visual and experiential climax felt when stepping into attractive spaces. Throughout my years at Pratt Institute, I have learned that Architecture (exterior/ interior) is dichotomous along with inherent sub natures. In addition to my educational experience, my professional experience with Space Decorations LLC and Geant, both Dubai based Firms, has given me a valuable insight in international design. Being an international allows me more variety in work and less hindrances in creativity

Employment 

The Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA), Houston, TX, US, Research Intern

Currently researching alternate habitats that are not analogous to Earth, but are situated in Low Earth Orbit, Moon, Mars and beyond. The projects and research include systems already in most buildings but also additional designs that can withstand the harshness of outer space. This research has demanded a large amount of testing through new software, experimentation and design that required extreme efficiency for challenging deadlines.

Mar 2019 - current
 

Bricolage Architectural & Design, PLLC, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Assistant Project Manager/ November 2013- April 2016 .Worked under experienced project managers and designers that deal with both affordable and quality housing as well as small to medium sized commercial construction. Collaborated with principals on analyzing and designing structure for various buildings. Helping in E filing and filing for the NYC hub .

Nov 2013 - Apr 2016
 

Voce Di, Brooklyn, NY, US, Intern

Design Intern/ July - October 2013
Worked under experienced interior designers that dealt with high end furniture brands such as Minotticucine, Kenneth Cobonpue ,Alex turco and other well named firms and companies. Also Designed and produced construction documents and presented them to extremely influential clients.

Jul 2013 - Oct 2013
 

Pratt Institute, New York, Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor / Sept 2012 - May 2013
Taught freshman Technics where I introduced students to different methods of wood joinery: designing an elementary counterbalance, an intermediate cantilever and lastly, a working, full scaled body support system. In Design 101, students explored wood joints and their corresponding aggregations in order to formulate intelligent spatial organizations

Sep 2012 - May 2013
 

G'eant, Dubai UAE, junior Project manager

Junior Project Manager / July - Aug 2011
Worked as part of an intensive team that was responsible for designing Most of the Geant Hypermarkets and small supermarkets around UAE. Produced construction documents and visited various sites. Assisted Senior project mangers on supervising Mall construction. Also collaborated with contractors and architecture consulting firms. Noteworthy Project: Hypermarket at Yas island - Abu Dhabi

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
 

Space Decorations, Dubai UAE, Junior Project Manager

Junior Project Manager / May - July 2009
Worked alongside senior architects and engineers on projects such as Caffe Spasso- Burjuman center, and BCBG- Dubai Mall. Was part of a team that over looked proper construction and architectural assembly systems. Edited construction documents

May 2009 - Jul 2009
 

Education 

University of Houston, Houston, TX, US, Masters, Masters in science of Space Architecture

Aug 2017 - Dec 2018
 

University of Michigan – Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Houston, Masters, Masters in science of Architecture and Design Research

Jul 2016 - May 2017
 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2013
 

Awards 

Dean's List, Award

Recipients are defined as students whose term GPA is between 3.0 and 3.5, and who have completed 12 or more credits in that term with no incomplete grades.

2012
 

Deans List, Award

Recipients are defined as students whose term GPA is between 3.0 and 3.5, and who have completed 12 or more credits in that term with no incomplete grades.

2011
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills