Hinali Shah

Hinali Shah

New York, NY, US

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Understanding and designing spaces as a way to enhance human experience is the passion that I want to continually pursue! As a creative person, I take great interest in cities and all the connections that contribute to it.

As a recent architecture graduate who is consumed by the creative process, I get excited about cities and the culture that is formed within them through the built and unbuilt spaces that stimulate human interaction. A recent project that shows this skill is my thesis which focused on landscapes of wellness through different cultural and physical contexts globally. In this year long project I researched and wrote a book called Landscapes of Wellness in which I also present my proposal that is based in Newburgh, NY and Roosevelt Island. Using hand sketches and softwares such as AutoCAD, Rhino, Illustrator, and Photoshop I devised plans and sections for a human centered approach within public spaces that enhanced the psychological and productive wellness within people.

As for the professional experience, I currently work at an architecture firm that specializes in higher education. For this role I have been part of multiple projects for which I have conducted extensive research, designed presentations, coordinated with subconsultants and contractors to ensure all deliverables are met and managed proposals. As a small firm, this role has given me a lot of opportunities to grow as a well rounded professional since I had responsibilities that varied greatly.

Another previous experience I had was as a Real Estate Development Intern at a non - profit called HCCI, where I have collaborated with architects to design high quality affordable housing. In this role I would meet with the project architect and the contractor on a weekly basis and communicate the necessary requirements to uphold the standard of construction. One of the key takeaways from this responsibility was my understanding of the construction process and the coordination between internal and external parties.

Wanting to keep learning and developing new skills in this industry, I am looking for opportunities that will let me grow as a designer and an urban researcher. 


David Smotrich & Partners LLP, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

- Designed and managed proposals
- Designed presentations
- Coordinated with subconsultants and contracters
- Project managed installations

Jan 2019 - current

HCCI, New York, NY, US, Real Estate Development Intern

- Collaborated with architects to design high quality affordable housing in Harlem, New York.
- Oversaw construction of each development in progress by meeting with contractors weekly.
- Composed materials to apply for government grants.
- Presented the ongoing design development to community hearings.

Sep 2017 - Jan 2018

NYIT Career Services, New York, NY, US, Career Services Ambassador

• Provide administrative support to busy Student Affairs office
• Assist with event administration, promotion and assessment
• Design flyers and promotional guides
• Collaborate with counselors and students to create and organize events

Sep 2014 - Sep 2017

Metropolis Magazine, New York, NY, US, Editorial Intern

- Investigated and wrote numerous articles for the online magazine by uncovering hidden stories about Urban Planning and Design industry.
- Interviewed architects, urban designers, and political members for accuracy of each story.

Jan 2017 - May 2017

Bridges to Community, Derrumbadero, Dominican Republic, Service Volunteer

- Constructed a house for a community member by partnering with local masons.
- Examined the community of Derrumbadero by conducting ethnographic research.
- Organized workshops and led youth enrichment events.
- Fundraised $1000 to be sent to Derrumbadero to install necessary amenities for the village.

Mar 2017 - Mar 2017


New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Thesis : New Landscapes of Wellness, Sep 2017 - May 2018 (Urban Planning + Design)
- Planned and designed a master plan based on the concept of productive and salutogenic landscapes with public spaces.
- Designed a market and a bath-house that would contribute to psychological and productive wellness.
- Created a video of the site analysis based on Hudson River Valley and Roosevelt Island.
- Researched and mapped the global and regional data of human and information flows using ArcGIS.
- Wrote and composed a book based on the research and proposal of Landscapes of Wellness.

Social Impact: Design - Build Architectural Installation project, Spring 2018
- Designed an architectural installation to be connected on a fence in the Harlem Community.
- Held workshops and community meetings to understand the need of the installation.
- Constructed the installation with easily replicable materials to ensure growth of the project.

Sep 2013 - May 2018


Emerging Young Professional, 1st Place

Honored as an emerging professional in the fields of architecture, writing, and community service.


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