Michelle Kleva

Michelle Kleva

Wantage, NJ, US

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Sowinski Sullivan Architects, Sparta, NJ, US, Project Designer

I have grown quite a bit at this transportation architecture firm. I started here as an intern right after completing my second year of Architecture School. I was then hired post-graduation after my Sustainability Consultant experience at HDR. Throughout my 5 years at Sowinski Sullivan I have been fortunate to be exposed to numerous jobs of many types - train stations, bus stations/facilities, transit stop canopies, subway platforms, & more - from new construction, renovations, expansions, to design build contracts. These jobs have also allowed my technical skill set to grow across many programs and platforms (Revit, AutoCad, Microstation, Bluebeam, & the Creative Cloud). I work directly under Project Managers to assist in modeling, CD development, CA services, cross-disciplinary coordination, and implementation of client requests. Company leaders also rely on me for graphic and conceptually driven deliverables specifically.

May 2015 - current

HDR, New York, NY, US, Sustainability Consultant

I earned this internship through a competition (Innovation 2030: AIA COTE Top Ten Student Design Competition 2017-2018). Part of each teams award was a summer internship at any of the top 40 Sustainability Firms in the country. During my short time at HDR I collaborated with the dedicated Sustainability Team on tasks such as daylighting, shading, and radiation simulations and analysis, as well as overall support on energy modeling. In addition to the technical support I just listed, 25% of my time was spent doing Research & Development on Regenerative Design. As an experience, it was more valuable than words could describe.

Jun 2018 - Sep 2018


Marywood University, Scranton, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

My passion for publicly driven, regenerative urbanism from an architectural perspective was first realized during the 4th year of my Bachelor of Architecture program, as my full portfolio demonstrates. That passion grew, and was eventually nationally recognized for my teams submission in AIA’s COTE : Innovation 2030 competition. I am a heavily concept driven thinker, but my mind is also drawn to detail; my well balanced time in academia and professional practice is what I can thank for those qualities.
Significant Courses :
- Design Studio (10 total)
- Structures
- Building Assemblies
- Environmental Systems
- Art & Craft of Building
- LEED Accreditation
- Professional Practice
- Digital Fabrication
- Applied Digital Media (Maya Course)
- Adaptive Reuse
- Studied in Urbanization
- History & Theories of Urbanization
- Business Ethics

Aug 2014 - May 2018


2018 COTE Top Ten for Students: INNOVATION 2030 Competition, Award

Pier 55: South Philadelphia Community Center (refer to full Portfolio - Section 1.2)
The competition recognizes ten exceptional studio projects that demonstrate designs moving towards carbon-neutral operation through creative and innovative integration of design strategies such as daylighting, passive heating and cooling, materials, water, energy generation, and sustainable systems. The program challenged students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment.


AIA / ALNNJ 2014 "Architects League Scholastic Achievement Award", Award

For Scholastic Excellence in Academic Architectural Design


Chicago Architecture Foundation 2012 National Design Competition, Honorable Mention

High School National Architecture Competition for the re-design of my school cafeteria.


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