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Christine Ghossoub

Christine Ghossoub

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

Recent graduate of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University seeking new opportunities in architecture, urban design or planning.

I earned a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from the American University of Beirut, a U.S-Accredited most highly ranked university in the Middle East. My five-year architectural program was coupled with internship experiences in multinational design firms in Paris, Beirut, New York City, and Washington, DC. I developed projects of different types and scales and mostly enjoyed working in a collaborative setting through a multitude of challenging assignments ranging from experimenting rendering with advanced Virtual Reality software to developing full drawings for neighborhood-scale master plans.

Seeking growth in design and large-scale development, I moved to the U.S. after graduation where I gained full-time experience in architecture and later pursued my Masters in Urban Planning at Columbia University in the city of New York. I focused my learning on urban spatial analytics and developed skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping for a more efficient analysis of relationships between data that inspire meaningful changes in cities and communities.

I aim to keep pursuing the Architecture license in the U.S. and exploring options in the fields of urban design & planning.

(U.S. Citizen)

Employment 

BuroHappold, New York, NY, US, Urban Planning and Design Visualization Intern

Completed research and provided writing and graphic support for transportation design guidelines for the Michigan Central Station transit-oriented district in Detroit, Michigan
Provided graphic support for other urban planning projects

Nov 2020 - current
 

NYC Department of Transportation, New York, NY, US, College Aide - WalkNYC Wayfinding Program

• Evaluated pedestrian signage and updated data records for the WalkNYC Wayfinding Program
• Performed inspections for outdoor seating layouts for the NYC Open Restaurants initiative

Nov 2019 - current
 

Gensler, Washington, DC, US, Urban Planning & Design Intern

• Rendered illustrative plans and diagrams for the Penn Station redevelopment in Baltimore, MD
• Created base maps in ArcGIS using open-source data, developed phasing and circulation diagrams, and modeled a master plan for the Greenleaf redevelopment in Washington, DC

May 2019 - Aug 2019
 

Gensler, Washington, DC, US, Architecture Intern

• Developed full renovation drawings for the Entitlement of the Westfield Montgomery shopping complex, a mixed-use large-scale project in Bethesda, Maryland

May 2018 - Aug 2018
 

WDG Architecture, Washington, DC, US, Junior Architect

• Developed detailed drawings for multi-family housing projects, from preliminary design to construction documents phases, in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area
• Drafted full unit layouts in Revit for the Schematic Design phase of large urban developments in Virginia, and created full renderings and 360-degree animations using Virtual Reality technology for public spaces and interiors
• Designed façade proposals and coordinated meetings with manufacturers to discuss exterior materials and construction details

Aug 2016 - Apr 2018
 

Perkins Eastman, New York, NY, US, Architecture intern

• Collaborated on a team of architects and visualization specialists to implement Unreal Engine and build an immersive presentation of the 99 Hudson Street, New Jersey
• Modeled interiors and applied lighting and material information to render with 3DsMax & VRay

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
 

DAR AL-HANDASAH – SHAIR AND PARTNERS, Beirut, LB, Architecture intern

• Developed construction drawings and details for the Department of Education of the Salahuddin University in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
 

Bernard Mallat Architects, Beirut, LB, Architecture intern

• Worked on the preliminary design and development of contemporary luxury villas in Lebanon

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
 

Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects, Paris France, Architecture intern

• Assisted in the design and development of “The Bump Renault” concept for the Salon de l’Automobile 2012-2015
• Conducted historical and conceptual research for the Van Alen Institute competition in New York City

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
 

Education 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Urban Planning

Concentrations: Urban Analytics and Built Environment

Link to Website (academic work):
https://christineghossoub.wixsite.com/website

Sep 2018 - May 2020
 

American University of Beirut, Beirut, LB, BArch, Architecture

UNDERGRADUATE PROJECTS AND TRAINING
Link to portfolio: https://issuu.com/christineghossoub/docs/undergraduate_portfolio_-_2018_-_ch
 Design Thesis I & II “From earth to earth… and beyond”: a solution for the trash problem in Beirut, Lebanon
September 2015 - May 2016
- Conducted a research about trash management in Lebanon and developed a related Design Thesis that answers the question: “How can trash be reused and transformed into building materials and landscaping elements to revive and reshape a wounded mountain site?”
- Developed, based on the research, full drawings, diagrams, and models of the design intervention showing the process of thinking, materiality, technicality, detailing, structure, and systems
 New Territories: Design of 3D façade systems September 2014 - December 2014
- Designed 3D models of light responsive façades using programs such as Rhino and Grasshopper
- Turned digital designs into physical models using molds, 3D printing, and CNC milling
 Architecture Design V: Design and development of a high-rise building September 2014 - December 2014
- Performed an onsite analysis including environmental issues, circulation, traffic, neighborhoods, and massing studies for a design intervention
- Designed and developed detailed drawings of a tower in Beirut based on the site analysis while investigating structural, mechanical, climatological, and functional concepts of tall buildings
 Adaptive Reuse January 2014
- Analyzed the urban layout, social practices, location, and historical background of the Rachid Karamé International Exhibition Fair (designed by Oscar Niemeyer) in Tripoli, Lebanon
- Developed a master plan design for the entire fair by reconfiguring Niemeyer's buildings and the landscape
 Vertical Design Studio I: An environmentally responsive architecture October 2013 - December 2013
- Designed a multi-floor, self-sufficient "vertical village" at an urban site incorporating typical Lebanese village elements
- Optimized the design for efficient use of climatic conditions such as wind and sun exposure
 Survey of regional architecture June 2012 - August 2012
- Applied regulations, tools, and methods of topographic mapping and route surveying to assess an old Lebanese house and its surroundings
- Documented and analyzed distinctive aspects of Lebanese regional architecture: vernacular, traditional, and modern

Sep 2010 - May 2016
 

Awards 

"WEcreate" - Honorable Mention - ULI Hines Competition 2020, Honorable Mention

"WEcreate" is a mixed-use transit-oriented development proposal for a site located between the Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods in Miami. As a hub for art and innovation, the project aims to bridge the physical divide between Wynwood and Edgewater and maintain development growth that is authentic and anchored in the cultural, creative character of the two neighborhoods.

The master plan proposal was developed by a team of 5 graduate students from Columbia University from 3 different disciplines: Urban Planning, Real Estate, & Architecture. The design was coupled with a phasing plan of 3 stages based on a financial model developed in Pro Forma.

2020
 

AUB -15th Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Student and Alumni Conference Best Paper, Award

The paper is about my architectural thesis research and final design proposal. The proposal investigates new ways of using the trash in construction and landscaping, and aims to be a solution for trash management problems in Lebanon.

2016
 

AUB Dean's Honor List, Honorable Mention

"To be placed on the Dean's Honor List at the end of a given Fall or Spring Term, a student must:

- Be carrying at least twelve credits of required courses;
- Not be repeating the term nor have an outstanding probation;
- Have passed all the courses of the Term and attained an overall average in the required courses of 85 or more, or of 80 or more while ranking approximately in the top 10% of the class;
- Not have been subjected to any disciplinary action within the University; and
- Be deemed worthy by the Dean to be on the Dean's Honor List."

https://www.aub.edu.lb/fea/fea_home/student_resources/Pages/honor_list.aspx

2015
 

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