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Esha Sood

Esha Sood

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

Graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, an Architect and Designer with 4+ years of experience in the hospitality, retail, residential, workplace, and institutional sectors, with competency in all phases of projects, right from schematic design, to bidding, construction drawings, filing, and construction administration.

Over the past 2 years in New York City, worked on multiple projects ranging from the adaptation of historic landmark buildings, retrofits of high-end restaurants, and design of retail outlets while gaining knowledge of code compliance.

My design approach is translating spaces into meaningful, narrative-based experiences while exploring the transition between time and materials. I firmly believe in promoting the benefits of restoration and adaptive reuse of existing infrastructure for a sustainable built environment.

Education:
- Masters of Arts in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design
- Bachelor of Architecture from JMI, India.

Registration: Licensed Architect in India. Currently, preparing for architectural registration in the US.

Software Skills: VectorWorks, AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Richard H Lewis Architect, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

- Conceptual design renderings for restaurants and retail stores in NYC.
- Existing base building survey for interior retrofits and storefront designs.
- Design Development, Construction Documentation, Filing & Bid Sets for various projects.
- Detailing with emphasis on custom millwork, built-in seating, and ceiling elements.
- Documentation and research to make mood boards, and finish boards for client presentations.
- Regular Consultant coordination.
- ADA, Energy code, Egress, Fire safety code compliance & calculations.
- Attended construction administration meetings, prepared reports, answered RFI's.
- Worked as a team and independently with a consistent ability to successfully meet deadlines.

Aug 2018 - current
 

Plural Design, New Delhi, IN, Project Architect

- Team Lead for interior architecture for a Penthouse residence & high-end retail store.
- Developed interior design options for a University in Raipur.
- Experience in all design phases from Schematic Design to Construction Administration.
- Prepared & directed renderings, sketches & working drawings to illustrate design solutions.
- Coordinated with all project consultants and engineers.
- Attended regular meetings with clients.
- Mentored two new hires from the onboarding phase to being strong independent contributors.

Dec 2015 - Apr 2017
 

Education 

RISD INTAR Department of Interior Architecture, Providence, RI, US, Masters, Interior Architecture

A post-professional, one-year intensive Master's program on Interior Architecture and Adaptive Reuse. Studio design projects and theory focussed on interventions and adaptive reuse of existing structures as a sustainable design field to explore. At the intersection of architecture, conservation, and design, an innovative approach was implemented towards the reuse and transformation of existing buildings in its ability to connect heritage structures and design. The investigation was not just limited to structures and spaces but also to installations and exhibitions with the topic of Interiority as a center. Apart from Interior Architecture, RISD being a liberal arts school gave me an opportunity to choose electives from departments like graphic design, furniture, and glass which fascinated me by learning from professional artists and designers and building skills.

Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
 

DIS Study abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, DK, Masters, Interior Architecture

Part of RISD's Masters in Interior Architecture program- This summer semester was held in Copenhagen, with a studio-design problem focussed on Adaptive Reuse and Danish Architecture. Case studies and study tours were done traveling across Scandinavia through Stockholm, Norway, Denmark, learning and analyzing live architectural examples of marvelous adaptations of existing structures including but not limited to: M/S Maritime Museum, Danish Jewish Museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Naturum Takern, Stadsbiblioteket- Stockholm Public Library, Artipelag, Holmenkollen Ski, Hedmark Museum, Oslo Opera House, VM Houses, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Cirkelbroen, Superkilen, Tietgenkollegiet.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017
 

Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, New Delhi, IN, BArch, Architecture

5-year professional degree in Bachelor of Architecture with a major in Architectural Design. Coursework included Building Services, Building Construction, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Construction materials and sciences, Estimation and costing, Surveying and Leveling, Town Planning, and Building Management.

Jul 2011 - Jun 2016
 

Awards 

DIS Fellowship, Scholarship

2017
 

RISD Fellowship, Scholarship

2017
 

Registered Architect, Other

Council of Architecture, India

2016
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills