Cassandra Ballew

Cassandra Ballew

New York, NY, US




Municipal Arts Society, New York City, Planning and Design Intern

I worked as a research assistant on the Midtown East Rezoning Report. My work included researching the history of Grand Central Terminal, the land use and zoning regulations of the area, as well as street-scape design. In addition I worked on various mapping analysis for the report regarding congestion, transportation and employment in East Midtown.

My current project involves researching the history around the special permit at Madison Square Garden and the how moving the entertainment center will provide a way to lessen congestion within Pennsylvania Station.

Oct 2012 - current

Columbia University, New York City, Teaching Assistant for Introduction to GIS

As a teaching assistant I attend class sessions, answering questions and assisting students in class exercises. In addition hold office hours once a week where I teach and assist students with class projects. I am also in charge of grading weekly assignments.

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Columbia University, New York City, Research Assitant

I worked as a research assistant analyzing the role of parking lots, vacant land and underused parcels on land assembly in New York City over the past 15 years. This analysis was done through GIS to analyze orthographic photos, PLUTO files and various databases. This research was part of a paper published by the Center for Urban Real Estate entitled "Understanding the Role of Parking Lots for Urban Redevelopment: Interim Uses or Permanent Presence?".

Oct 2011 - Aug 2012

Richard McElhiney Architects, New York City, Junior Architect/Project Manager

At this small firm I dealt with the design and construction of various projects, ranging in scale from small residential apartments to Federal Courthouses. My involvement in projects varied between documentation, design and management. I was also responsible for redlining construction documents, managing small projects and aiding in development of details, surveys, research, specifications and presentations. By successfully managing the construction of a small health clinic in Union Square, our firm was rewarded with the design and renovation of their new office space in Brooklyn, NY. Selected as part of a team to work on the GSA renovation of the Clemente Ruiz Nazario Courthouse and Federico Degetau Federal Office Building in San Juan, PR. Also, I participated in a week-long field survey of the complex to document the project and existing building conditions.

Jun 2007 - Nov 2010

TBS Services Inc., Haddon Heights, NJ, US, Intern/Junior Architects

This firm specialized in consulting work for various construction and Architectural firms. Projects ranged in scale from small residential row homes to commercial office complexes. My involvement in projects were varied. Responsibilities included redlining construction documents, developing details and specifications, as well as research, visual presentations and surveys. I was also selected to perform an extensive week long survey and organize documentation for a feasibility study on the curtain wall renovation of the PECO building in Philadelphia, PA.

Jun 2006 - Jun 2007

Engineering and Design Institute at Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architectural Intern

Engineering and Design Institute at Philadelphia University focuses on exploration of sustainable techniques and materials in architecture. Projects ranged in diversity from research and grant proposals to small scale architectural projects. My involvement in projects varied from preliminary research, drafting, and modeling to documentation, designing and giving presentations to clients.
On one particular project, my research and various schematic designs aided in landing a project for a sustainable restaurant in New Mexico; helping to promote the work and reputation of the institute nationally.

May 2004 - Jun 2006


Columbia University, New York City/ Morningside Campus, Masters, Urban Planning

Sep 2011 - May 2013

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, 5 year Degree in Architecture

Aug 2001 - May 2006

The American University of Rome, Rome, BArch, Architecture/Study Abroad

Jan 2005 - May 2005


Columbia University Assistantship, Teaching Assistant for Intro to GIS, Scholarship


Awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Community Design Collaborative, Award


School Finalist for the John Stewardson Memorial Competition in Architecture, Honorable Mention


Recipient of the Architecture Faculty award for Excellence in Sustainable Design, Award


Chosen to speak at the Alumni Scholarship Dinner, Honorable Mention


Recipient of the Harry Reimer Scholarship for academic achievement, Award


Appointed Vice-President of campus chapter of AIAS, Other


Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP), Award


Areas of Specialization