Krutika Shah

Krutika Shah

Pittsburgh, PA, US



I believe architecture is undefinable. But I  treat it as a physical manifestation of human aspirations: a symbiotic existence of functionality and aesthetics.

Having studied and worked in diverse urban environments across India, United States and recently Rwanda, I have been regularly exposed to urban scale analysis, planning and design challenges in contrasting urban zones. I believe this experience has enhanced my skills to fuse different culture and create my own design style.

With a strong interest in sustainability, I strive to strike a tuneful balance between urban design, architecture and ecology. I treat architecture as a multifaceted tool to analyze diverse urban conditions and design for community  needs.

I possess the enthusiasm to learn and adapt, the vigor to work hard, the motivation to innovate, and most importantly, the aspiration to grow as an individual. This design portfolio showcases my work as a student of urban design and architecture, junior architect at a multidisciplinary design firm and research associate.


Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Research Associate

Research, analysis and recommendations on walkability study for clients and stakeholders in East Liberty Neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Benchmarking study of waterfront cities for “Riverlife“ a non-profit organization developing river front of Pittsburgh

Aug 2013 - current

Arnita SEZ Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai,IN, Junior Architect

Collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of structural, electrical, mechanical engineers & project managers.

Devised conceptual layouts, master plans, facades and interiors for industrial and commercial buildings.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2012


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Masters, Master of Urban Design

A specialized urban design studio based on urban forms, urban systems and urban context with special attention to sustainability. Types of projects undertaken include urban renewal, brownfield development, transit oriented development, high density mixed use scheme and urban improvements.

Aug 2012 - Aug 2013

Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai, IN, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Jun 2006 - May 2011

Areas of Specialization