Divya Natarajan

Divya Natarajan

Raleigh, NC, US



I am a researcher, designer, communicator who is passionate about enabling people-centered design & experiences in a holistic, engaging and sustainable manner.

A recent graduate of MS Sustainable Design Studies at Cornell University, I am looking for full-time opportunities in sustainable design, planning & strategy.

Sustainability Audits & Reporting | Integrative Design | Strategic Planning | LEED Project Management | User Research | Content Creation & Communication


Sustainable Industrial Solutions, Durham, NC, US, Sustainability Analyst Intern

• Analyzed feasibility & performance metrics to create customized sustainability solutions to reduce energy & resource use up to 30%

Oct 2013 - current

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Graduate Researcher & Designer

• Sustainable Strategy for Cornell NYC Tech – LEED NC, ND
• Design Innovation – LEED EB&CI, College of Human Ecology

• Analyzed & cataloged optimal collaborative practices of multiple stakeholders in the development process in Japan, China & USA

• Designed research tools and executed longitudinal study of young adults to analyze factors that promote sustainability

• Analyzed & redesigned Cornell dining user experience to create sustainability communication campaign for waste reduction upto 50% and promoting healthy eating practices

Jul 2011 - Oct 2013

Cornell University Co-operative Extension, Ithaca, NY, US, Student Assistant

• Analyzed energy efficiency rates and consumer behaviors for NYSEG EmPower Program to create change in user behavior

•Research and database management: Sustainable housing, building quality & residential sprawl (with National Center for Healthy Housing and the New York State Department of Health)

•Content Development: Consumer Education Program - New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

•Student Editor: Housing & Home Environment News, NY Stat

Jul 2011 - Dec 2011

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IN, Project Assistant

• Executed sustainable development project focusing on infrastructure provision & community health for rural sites

* Research -Sustainable architecture & human settlements, Centre for Sustainable Technologies

* Project Planning & Execution - A Community-based bottom-up approach to Integrated sustainable rural infrastructure

* Creating evaluation systems for Sustainable Design & Technology – design effectiveness and environment-society connection

* Research: Building-comfort studies: Climate-responsive architecture & green buildings

Sep 2010 - Feb 2011

ZED Eco Homes, Bangalore, IN, Design Intern

Research: Study of vernacular house forms, Sustainability
principles, Aesthetics & social relationships (culture studies)

Design: Conceptual Design, Building Design & Development
Projects: ZED Earth Homes; TZED Homes ; Red Earth - II

Analysis: Green building evaluation reports

May 2009 - Jun 2009

Sujatha Shankar Associates, Chennai, IN, Design Intern

Design Ideation | Building design documentation | Construction Documentation | Site supervision | Building performance analysis |

Jan 2009 - May 2009

Narendra Dengle and Associates, Pune, IN, Design Interm

Design Ideation | Building design & Development | Branding & Visual Design | Architectural documentation | Sustainability planning, design & analysis |

May 2008 - Jun 2008


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Masters, Sustainable Design Studies

Jul 2011 - Dec 2013

National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Calicut, IN, BArch, Architecture

Jul 2005 - May 2010


Sustainability Innovation Competition, Cornell University, 1st Place

Designed innovative communication & implementation strategy for employee and customer engagement to promote sustainability


Pidilite national award for excellence in Design – Space Planning & Analysis, India, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization