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Abhishek Akula

Abhishek Akula

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Architecture professional with +7 years of workplace collaborative design, technicality, and strategic planning. A highly organized, detail oriented and motivated team member whose ideal position combines excellent computational and design skills in an innovative team environment. Strongly believes in focus on design ideas to arrive at a solution which are architecturally, socially, and intellectually coherent.­

Employment 

SLCE ARCHITECTS LLP, New York, NY, US, Project Designer/ Job Captain

• Managed on average two to five projects yearly. Provided full range of design and technical service on Projects ranging from Residential Condominiums, Residential Rental and Multifamily Housing, Large Scale Mixed-Use and Commercial Buildings, Affordable Housing, Senior Living Facilities, Public and Institutional Developments.
• Checked New York City building codes and zoning resolution, developed and organized design/drawing sets through schematic, design development, and construction document phases.
• Prepared and revised documentation in various architectural phases including site plans, floor plans, building elevations, building sections, and Technical details utilizing AutoCAD, Revit Architecture.
• Engaged in the development of a design through sketches, physical models, electronic models, diagrams, massing studies, and other visual formats utilizing Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Revit Architecture.
• Utilized BIM technology in development of three-dimensional models of buildings and their components.
• Applied Creative Design thinking in the evaluation and selection of interior/Exterior (materials, finishes, fixtures)
• Participated in client project requirement meetings and value analysis and basic cost estimating.
• Coordinated with consultants, contractors, fabricators, specification writers, and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives.
• Reviewed shop drawings and submittals, responds to RFIs, prepared site observation reports, and other contract administration tasks.
• Conducted project related research; inspected architectural features of structures in the field against construction documents.

Projects: i)115 East 55th Street, New York, NY(Executive Residential Rental) ii)1841 Broadway, New York, NY(Luxury Residential Rental) iii) 470 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY (Multi Family Residential) iv)222 E Broadway, New York, NY v)Grand Concourse Plaza, NY.

Apr 2018 - current
 

Pillar Property Management LLC, Bronx, New York , Project Designer

• Managed on average two to three projects yearly. Projects ranging from multifamily, Schools (K-12) and commercial renovation projects from conceptual design, permitting, construction drawings, through construction.
• Developed Architectural Drawings, Plans, Elevations, Sections, Details and Windows/Door/Material schedules.
• Coordinated with Landmarks Commission, Zoning, DOB, FDNY, and other agencies with jurisdiction(Transit)
• Prepared field measurements, Site Analysis, sketches, observation reports and reviewed punch lists.
• Analyzed Building Codes, Zoning codes, Fire Codes and ADA standards for the responsible projects, handled RFI responses and submittal reviews.
• Assisted Registered Architects and Project Managers with Construction drawings, Renders and Design details.
• Addressed material manufactures, dealers and evaluated building material for the managing projects and prioritized based on the respective quotes and specifications.
• Developed Construction document set for multiple Institutional and Residential projects using AutoCAD, Revit for Produced 3D models using, Rhino, Sketch Up and Adobe Suite, ¬¬and presented the design to the clients.
• Designed Interior and Exterior Renovations of Historic districts by preserving the valuable Medieval Architecture.
• Prepared architectural/engineering calculations, specifications, reports and related data tables.

Projects: i) Charted School in Harlem, 691 St Nicholas Ave ii) Charted School in Harlem, 3458 Third Ave, Bronx, NY
iii) Mixed-use Residential Housing, 3475 Third Ave, Bronx, NY iv)Rockwood Jewish Center, 231-10 Hillside Ave, Queens

Jan 2017 - Mar 2018
 

KG Construction Services Inc, Nanuet, New York, Estimator/Assistant Project Manager

• Prepared estimates by evaluating and understanding plan/bid documents of NY School Construction Authority Projects using Blue Beam, Excel, MS Excel and AutoCAD.
• Prepared take offs for bid proposals, Project estimates / Bid preps / Bid submittals and Review Daily tickets.
• Attended pre-construction site-visits, conducted field measurements, elevations and collected all other project design scope details, while evaluating and documented existing property conditions to create accurate takeoffs.
• Worked closely with Architects/ Designers and construction installation team, while assisting in project materials purchasing and project coordination.
• Prepared shop drawings, as built drawings and organized the final Construction Drawings to submit the DOB.
• Studied and explained site safety to construction workers, guided them to 10 hour OSHA program.

Projects: i) Public School 72, Manhattan, New York ii) Pre- K Center, Marrion Ave iii) 444(Phase-II) Bronx, NY

Jun 2016 - Dec 2016
 

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, NY , Fabrication Lab Technician

• Trained and supervised student staff in the interest of advancing a culture of experimental making.
• Researched and experimented with the capabilities of traditional wood shop tools, digital tools, other methods.
• Administrated and operated CNC machines, Laser Cutting Machines and 3D printing Machines.
• Administrated safety procedures and coordinated with NYIT administration including the implementation of operational procedures and machine safety operating procedures.

Sep 2015 - May 2016
 

Moriq Interior Design Consultants, Hyderabad, India , Architect/ Project Manager

• Directed all phases of High-End Residential and commercial projects from conceptual design through schematic, design development, and construction document phases.
• Combined knowledge with aesthetic vision, worked with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are on budget, functional and attractive to meet the needs of the people using the space.
• Developed proposals and presentation for Luxury Residences based on client requirements.
• Prepared drawings and renders using Revit Architecture and coordinated with the team in the Middle East.
• Responsible for Design Award package that contributed company winning a National Design Award.
• Managed the deliverables within the cost and time line.
• Researched and selected material finishes, colors, lighting and sanitary fixtures for the projects.

Projects: i) Villa 430(High-End Residence) Hyderabad, India ii) Court-Yard Villa (High-End Residence) Hyderabad, India
iii)Apartment 11(Residential Interior Design) Hyderabad, India iv) Basatheen Villas(Gated Community) Bahrain

Oct 2014 - Sep 2015
 

Siraj & Renu Architects and interior Designers, Hyderabad, India, Junior Architect

• Responsible for preparing construction drawings for Retail, Residential and Hospitality projects.
• Built client relationship by acting as liaison between the clients and sales team and communicated with all other vendors and contractors and incorporated their input into project design.
• Designed and specified custom furniture for Pubs and restaurants in AutoCAD and Sketch Up by working closely with furniture vendors and fabricators.
• Worked and managed residential projects in AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch Up, Photoshop and 3D models.
• Assisted with all phases of a project from research, design concepts, details through to project completion.
• Collaborated and developed the design with the Principal and Senior Associate.

Projects: i) 10 Downing Street (Pub Interiors), Hyderabad/Pune, Gwalior/Chennai, India ii) Krishna Pearls(Retail Store), Hyderabad International Airport, India iii0 East Point Golf Club, Vizag, India iv) Sanghi Residence(High-End Residence).

Nov 2013 - Oct 2014
 

Education 

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, NY, US, Masters, MSc.Architecture & Urban Design (NAAB Accredited)

Fall 2015 at NYIT
New York, NY
The contemporary metropolis after relentless urbanization: NYC Eco Districts
The studio engaged in making all the five Boroughs a new resilient vision for New York City, focusing mainly on Eco District by weaving transit, housing, natural systems and the public realm.

Spring 2016 at NYIT AND AIA (American Institute of Architects) New York, NY
Urban Climate Lab - Mid Town West Manhattan
Designed Climate Responsive Building morphology, urban ventilation, solar impacts, green Infrastructure/Natural Systems and other urban infrastructure systems including flood Mitigation Presented proposal for Hudson Yards, Midtown West by focusing the design on Urban Farms.

Fall 2016 at NYIT and RPA (Regional Planning Association) New York, NY
Re-Development of Hicksville, Long Island, New York
Worked on a design team in collaboration with Regional Planning Association (RPA), NY. Re-development of Hicksville, focusing on streetscape development.

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
 

Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine arts University, Hyderabad, IN, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2014
 

Areas of Specialization