Elma R. Kukaj

Elma R. Kukaj

New York, NY, US



I am a New York based architectural and interior designer with backgrounds in photography and fine arts. My main areas of qualifications consist of hospitality and commercial projects including high-rise residential, luxury, affordable housing and condominium renovations. 



SLCE Architects, New York, New York, Architectural Designer

Large-scale,high-rise residential project development
Schematic design, space planning, design development, and construction
Zoning and DOB submissions

Jun 2017 - current

HTO Architect, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

Large-scale, high-rise residential projects and luxury condo renovations
Design research and conceptual design development
Schematic design, space planning, construction documents and administration
Conducting engineering and consultant coordination
Preparing layout and production of reports and presentations
Producing FF+E and architectural schedules
Computer modeling using Revit, 3D Max, Sketchup and Rhino

Apr 2015 - current

Jill Menoff Architect, P.C., New York, NY, US, Junior Interior Designer

Developed DoB and Building Management filing sets
Produced bid sets for pricing
Selected furnishings and furnishes for residential projects
Created FF&E schedules
Conveyed site surveys

Mar 2014 - Oct 2014

Carnegie Fabrics Creative, New York, NY, US, Design/Marketing Assistant

Scheduled and produced fabric and textile photo-shoots
Material’s library upgrade and product improvement
Website product introduction and expansion
Planned events for in-house projects
Designed and organized showroom events and trade shows

Jan 2014 - Jul 2014

BAM Studio, New York, NY, US, Interior Design Intern

Maintenance of library materials and introduction of new vendors
Prepared finishes presentations for weekly meetings
Researched furnishings for healthcare projects
Prepared drawing sets for client’s approval

Sep 2012 - Dec 2012


School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design BFA

Sep 2009 - May 2013


AAAS Annual Exhibition 2013, Other

Participated in the annual exhibition of the Albanian American Architcture Society with my thesis project " Children's medical rehabilitation center".


AAAS Annual Exhibition 2012, Other

Participated in the annual exhibition of the Albanian American Architcture Society with the "Albanian Cultural Center".


Areas of Specialization