Angela Fernandes

Angela Fernandes

Ithaca, NY, US

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I am a current graduate student pursuing my Masters in Historic Preservation Planning at the Department of City and Regional Planning. My keen interest and passion for historic architecture and preservation has led me to explore several aspects of the field through my academic and professional experience. 

During my 4+ years as a practicing architect, I have worked on projects that involved extensive research and documentation of the heritage precincts in the city of Mumbai. This includes the proposed restoration of the Cathedral of the Holy Name, Mumbai, a 100-year-old Neo-gothic structure, on which I worked as Project architect on the preliminary cleaning of the stone façade proposing a phased plan for the complete restoration. Through my projects, I have also undertaken initiatives to educate stakeholders about the cultural significance of the heritage through workshops, heritage walks, etc. My experience in conservation and outreach with Art Deco Mumbai, a non-profit organization, gave me the opportunity to lead several outreach initiatives.

At Cornell, courses in American urban history, material conservation, law, and planning have broadened my understanding of preservation in the context of the United States. I had the opportunity to work on the landscape restoration of a historic mansion in Syracuse, NY, as project manager for Design Connect, a multi-disciplinary, student-run, community design organization based at Cornell.

I also completed an optional semester last fall at Cornell’s Gensler Family AAP Center based in New York City, during which I had the opportunity to collaborate with the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice as a part of the planning studio. This experience, along with my internship as a preservation architect at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, has made me well-versed in design and planning, especially in the context of New York City.

As an architect and historic preservation major, I am always looking for opportunities to combine my design sensibilities and drawing skills, with my passion for historic structures, and put them to practical use. 


Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, US, Preservation Intern

• Assisted in the development of a four-volume Historic Structures Report and Cultural Significance study for sites of the United States Government, Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, working on preparation of detailed architectural drawings, text and imagery edits.
• Worked on the research and writing of Storyboard articles for the firm’s website.
• Assisted in general design research requests.

Jun 2022 - current

Art Deco Mumbai Trust, Mumbai, IN, Senior Associate- Conservation & Outreach

• Worked primarily on conservation, through research and digital documentation of Mumbai’s Art Deco, as a part of ‘The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai’-UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Carried out neighborhood surveys for the identification and mapping of Art Deco structures through a systematic documentation initiative.
• Led outreach initiatives - hosting panel discussions, curating heritage walks, and merchandising.
• Involved in ideation, management & creative writing for the website, social media, and digital assets.

Oct 2020 - Aug 2021

The Cathedral of the Holy Name, Mumbai, IN, Freelance Architect

• Executed the preliminary façade cleaning works and architectural illumination of the façade and frescoes.
• Led a team of architecture student interns, to document the 115-year-old structure through measured drawing survey and other analog methods including hand-sketching and record photography.
• Prepared precise measured drawings of plans, sections, and elevations depicting intricate architectural details.

Nov 2019 - Mar 2020

Corinthian Consortium Projects Private Limited, Mumbai, IN, Project Architect

• Managed small & medium-scale projects through various stages of design, including conceptual, feasibility study, design detailing, cost estimation, return-on-investment models, and statutory approvals.
• Worked primarily on the design development and prepared Design Drawings, 3D models, renders, video animations, and walkthroughs for various projects on Auto CAD, Sketch-up, Revit, Lumion, and Photoshop.
• Headed client presentations and meetings with officials at government offices.

Jun 2018 - May 2019


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Masters, Historic Preservation Planning

Aug 2021 - current

University of Mumbai, Mumbai, IN, BArch, Architecture

Jun 2013 - Oct 2018


Association of Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter (APTNE), Scholarship


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