Ishita Rahman

Ishita Rahman

New York, NY, US

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I am an architect with focus on sustainability. I also have a track record of project management in sustainable built environment projects and environmental thinktanks. My interest field includes urban resilience, housing, adaptation to climate change, sustainable design, Asia Pacific region and innovation and product design. I have 5 + years experience on  multifamily housing design and interior design combined which includes retail, restaurant, tech institute and residence. Skilled at service design and public relations.

MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from Milano School of Policy, The New School with a minor in Civic Service Design from Parsons School of Design at NYC.



Habitat for Humanity International, New York, NY, US, Project Lead - Design & Sustainability

Retail design of 8000 sft
- master plan
- focus on product design
- focus on sustainability for the project production process and material selection

Sep 2022 - current

Habitat for Humanity International, New York, NY, US, Consultant - Design & Sustainability

Promoting,advocating sustainability through
- infographics creation for social media platform
-R&D for Retail interior

Apr 2022 - Aug 2022

UN Habitat, Nairobi, KE, Graduate Consultant

UNSS Practicum 2021
World Housing Policy (June-July)
-dissemination strategy
MS Capstone Research (August - December)
Policy for the Asia Pacific Region with a focus on Climate Finance, Governance and Housing for Post-Storm Resilience with a review on Indigenous housing typologies in the region

Jun 2021 - Dec 2021

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, US, Research Assistant

Tishman Environment and Design Center

Phase 1 research work for the response to the RFP launched by Governor’s Island Trust for the new center for Climate Change and resiliency research.

Now in Phase 2 as a Top 4 Finalist,the response to this RFP is made by C3: Climate Center Consortium lead by City University of New York and The New School and the consortium includes Columbia University,New York University among others.

Jul 2021 - Aug 2021


The New School, New York, NY, US, Masters, Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management

Minor in Civic Service Design at Parsons School of Design at The New School

Jan 2020 - Dec 2021

BRAC University, Dhaka, BD, BArch, Architecture

As part of Design studio 7 worked with University of Manchester Architecture Center (UMARC), UK
•Conducted demographic survey on the community and proposed an architectural solution for affordable housing at Bhoirob, Bangladesh on a site susceptible to climate change

Sep 2006 - Dec 2017

University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI, Planning and Management of Urban Green Space

Helsinki Summer School

Aug 2009 - Aug 2009


Dean’s Scholarship, Scholarship

Dean's Merit Scholarship for pursuing Masters at The New School,NY


Berger Award of Excellence in Architecture, Award

Awarded for affordable Housing Project with UNDP, Bangladesh


UNESCO and Goi Peace Foundation, Award

Award of Participation from UNESCO and Goi Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan in recognition of insightful composition submitted to the International Essay Contest for Young People


Shankar’s International Children’s Art Competition, Award

Silver Medal


Ministry of Culture, Republic Of Turkey, Other

Awarded for participation in exhibition at Republic of Turkey


The 2nd Niigata Biennial International Children’s Art Exhibition,Japan, Award


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