Alexandria Besharat

Alexandria Besharat

New York, NY, US



I am seeking a new position to design within existing urban contexts while sympathizing with the historically significant elements. As a recent graduate of the MA in Historical and Sustainable Architecture at NYU London, I would like to pursue adaptive reuse architecture and redevelop/regenerate urban areas. My thesis was Housing in London, which focused on analyzing post-war housing standards and policies to current practices in order to established a set of principles to create higher quality and efficient production of affordable housing throughout London. I would like to assess the needs of city and create architectural solutions that respects and works with its existing heritage and conditions. My previous work experience is well balanced between conversions and new builds, from design drawing stage to construction administration. This, plus my education has enabled me to develop unique assets as a designer.


Rayex Design Group, Mahopac, NY, US, Architectural Designer

. Designing residential single family homes in suburban NY
. Creating existing condition documents for additions and redevelopments
. Liaison between clients, architect, and developers
. Creating construction documents

Jun 2015 - current

Whitehall Interiors NYC, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

. Designed architectural interiors for multi unit residential and private residences, and conversion projects.
. Produced design development and construction documents
. Construction Administration

Mar 2014 - Aug 2014

LU NING ARCHITECTURE, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

. Design development for residential and small commercial projects
. Produce construction documents and millwork drawings
. Filing Representative for NYC Department of Buildings
. Conducts field measurements and produces drawings reflecting existing conditions
. 3D modeling and rendering with Sketchup and Vray

Oct 2012 - Mar 2014

Pulice/Williams Architects, Leonia, NJ, US, Architectural Designer

. Creating design and presentation drawings for commercial and residential projects
. Detailing and producing construction documents
. 3D modeling and rendering
. Product and material research
. Site analysis and site documentation

Jan 2012 - Aug 2012

Center for Community Learning & Partnerships, Boston, MA, US, Design Coordinator

. Worked with Boston Main Streets Organization in local neighborhoods
. Organized and participated in numerous community programs and events
. Design work for an historic church in Roxbury
. Created a potential project for students in fourth year studio
. Designed and facilitated a project for the Introduction to Community Learning Class
where they analyzed local communities for their Main Streets Organization

Aug 2009 - Dec 2009


New York University (NYU), London, GB, Masters, Historical and Sustainable Architecture

Based in London, the MA program focuses on the reuse of older buildings, on an individual scale and master planning scale. The coursework consists of a combination of historical preservation, urban regeneration, adaptive reuse, design, economics, and environmental tactics.

Sep 2014 - May 2015

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Fall 2010
. Study Abroad in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan
.Thesis - The Architecture of Deployable Opportunity: Changing Lives Through Mobile Initiatives and Socially Conscious Design

Sep 2010 - May 2011

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

.Concentration: Built Environment which focused on designing with the existing social and physical environment

Spring 2010
. Study Abroad in Sete, France

May 2009
Somerville World War II Veterans Memorial Competition
. First Place, through Wentworth Institute of Technology
. Worked with partner against 60 pairs of students to design a public space and memorial

Sep 2006 - Aug 2010

Areas of Specialization