Kavita Karmarkar

Kavita Karmarkar

Philadelphia, PA, US



I am an architect, sustainable designer with a passion for creating aesthetically pleasing and environment friendly design solutions on a variety of scales like the building, a complex of buildings or a community. I believe in the fact that we as architects and designers can really make the change necessary to combat the problems that the world faces.

Out of academics, I also believe in 'mental sustainability' by which I mean practicing yoga and meditation, doing some kind of social work and volunteering. I love reading books and watching movies which are either thought provoking and give some knowledge to us or comedies which make us laugh and forget our worries. 


NYC Department of Design and Construction, New York, NY, US, Summer graduate intern

• Compiled a part of the LEED credit documentation for ‘Indoor Horse Riding Centre’ as per LEED 2009.
• Researched on ‘Active Design’ opportunities for outdoor spaces. Drafted case-studies, reports and summaries on the research as per supervisor’s instructions.
• Compiled a pilot database of strategies used for earning every LEED credit in various city projects and using GIS to view them spatially.
• Attended construction review meetings and went on site visits with supervisor.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

SAAKAAR Architects, Thane, India, Intern, Junior Architect

• Designed and supervised execution of singe-unit, double-unit and apartment style housing.
• Prepared presentation drawings, conceptual drawings, working and detailed drawings.
• Prepared drawings for environmental clearance, approval drawings etc.
• Co-ordinated with clients, site engineers, structural and MEP consultants, local approving authorities, vendors, contractors etc.

Jun 2011 - Jul 2013


Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Master of Science in Sustainable Design

The program is about sustainability in the built environment covering a range of topics like energy, water, habitat, materials, economics, community, resiliency, adaptability etc. The program involves collaborative studio where architects, interior designers, construction managers work together in design and development of a sustainable building.

It involves a thesis / final project which spans two semester and lets students delve deep in a topic of their interest. My focus for thesis is on 'Brownfield Redevelopment'.

Aug 2013 - current

University of Mumbai - IES College of Architecture, Bandra, India, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

This five year B.Arch degree hones a person in all aspects of design of built environment like schematic design, design development, construction, specifications, laws and legislature, history of architecture, landscape design, urban design, climatology, materials, services and utilities etc.

The final year involves a design thesis which is the culmination of everything learnt previously. My topic for thesis was 'Center for Contemporary Art'.

Jun 2006 - Apr 2011

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