Jyotsna Sivaguru

Jyotsna Sivaguru

Arlington, MA, US



An architectural designer by training, I am a problem solver. I believe that design is a powerful tool that can facilitate solutions to solving some of the larger problems in the world. 
I have worked with architects and general contractors in India and the USA. I enjoy creating solutions and thinking of how that affects people. 

I approach every design problem with the following questions:

-Is it socially responsible ?
-Is it economically feasible ?
-Is it ecologically sensible ?
- Is it honest ?
- Is it artistic ?
- Is it designed for permanence ? 

A recent course I did on Human Centered Design has me wanting to explore this approach more, I see a that ideology as a great problem-solving technique.
I love a good conversation about design, get in touch if you want to chat !


Royer Architects, Cambridge, MA, US, Architectural Intern

Jan 2014 - current

Architecture for Humanity, Boston, Boston MA , Volunteer , Board Member

I am an active volunteer for Architecture for Humanity, Boston ; volunteering my time and efforts to design for pro-bono projects for non-profits locally and internationally.

Jan 2011 - current

Boston Green Building, Allston, MA, US, Designer / Architectural Estimator

Material Takeoffs, MS Project schedules, Requesting,collecting and analyzing subcontractor bids for accuracy, Preparing estimates using the CSI 16-division cost code, Deep Energy Retrofit Building, Assembly details, Existing Conditions drawings , Representing the company at tradeshows, Marketing materials

Sep 2011 - Jul 2013

Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge, MA, US, Energy Efficiency Research Intern

Research and documentation of various energy efficiency methods in a building , with a concentration on retrofit and cost.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, US, Teaching Assistant

Assisted in teaching a freshman basic drawing class of 50 students - introduction to types of freehand and architectural drawing - mentoring students in their 6-week long final projects in and outside class - conducting office hours

Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

Jaisim Fountainhead, Bangalore City, IN, Junior Architect

Drafting, Rendering, Code analysis, Client communication, Preparing presentations, Construction drawings Estimation, bidding, job site visits and documentation and quality control. I worked with the engineer on staff to help prepare the bill of materials. I also assisted in preparing presentation materials for marketing, educational lectures and documentation of past projects.

Aug 2007 - Jul 2008

Jaisim Fountainhead, Bangalore, IN, Internship

Rendering - model making - furniture layout and interior detailing - site visits - measured drawing - documentation of old projects

Jan 2006 - Jun 2006


The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX , MArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - Dec 2010

Anna University, Chennai India , BArch, Architecture

Aug 2002 - Jun 2007


BOAT Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to students in good academic standing , and graduate / undergraduate students in architecture / civil engineering / construction management.


Best Graduating Student, Award

Pidilite group award to the top graduating student of the graduating class


Paper presentation on Architectural Conservation, 1st Place

Paper presented at the annual symposium at Hindustan College of Architecture.


Areas of Specialization