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Laila Farzana

Laila Farzana

New York, NY, US

 

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Employment 

New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, LIC, New York, 11101 , Associate Architect

Responsible for preparation of construction documents and Construction administration,

Responsibilities
• Preparation of program, scope reports, , construction document for capacity project, Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), Resolution ‘A’ projects and emergency projects as per applicable SCA standards, specifications, building codes, laws, agency requirements, etc.
• Assist in reviewing bids, in addressing requests for information (RFI), in preparing addenda and bulletins
• Review of contractor submittals and shop drawings and consultant reports.
• Attend project kick-off meeting to discuss the nature of the project, budget, and time frames.
• Attend construction meeting monitoring the progress of the construction phase of the project.
• Compare the construction work as per the contract drawings
• Conduct site observations, prepare field reports, and punch lists and deficiency reports.
• Function as a team member while can work under pressure and take sole responsibility and leadership of a project
• Review construction documents to ensure they conform to all applicable SCA standards, specifications, building codes, laws, agency requirements, etc.
• Compare submitted plans to standards, specifications; building codes, and document deviations.

Projects
• PS 335Q, Queens, NY (New, School, working on pre-schematic, schematic, design development and contract documents)
• PS 392Q, Queens, NY, Universal Pre-K (Capacity Project, working on pre-schematic, schematic, design development and construction document, contract documents)
• 767K, Universal Pre-K (Capacity Project, working on pre-schematic, schematic, design development and construction document, contract documents)
• PS/IS 177X, Bronx, NY (New School, working on pre-schematic, schematic, design development and contract documents)
• PS 164K, Brooklyn, NY (New School, working on pre-schematic, schematic, design development and contract documents)
• All City Leadership Secondary School, Brooklyn, NY 554K, (New School, Contract documents, monitoring the progress of the construction phase of the project, preparing field reports, punch lists and deficiency reports, review of submittals and shop drawings)
• School of One, 554K, JHS 131M, Manhattan, NY (pre-schematic, schematic, design development and contract documents; monitoring the progress of the construction phase of the project; preparing field reports, punch lists and deficiency reports, review of submittals and shop drawings)
• PS 151 School, Cafeteria and Multi-Purpose Room, Brooklyn, NY, (Pre schematic, Schematic, design development , contract documents, monitoring the progress of the construction phase of the project, preparing field reports, punch lists and deficiency reports, review of submittals and shop drawings )

Jan 2007 - current
 

JP Molyneux Studio, 29E 69th Street, New York, NY 10021 , Architectural Designer

Performs various technical architectural duties designed to develop practical architectural skills, rendering and applied competencies including, but not limited to: preparation of scope, pre-schematic, schematic, preliminary and construction documents, including reports, drawings and specifications for Residential, Commercial and Hospitability projects and Master Plan Studies for complex Residential, Commercial and Hospitability projects specially Island reshaping, re-contouring, researching and analyzing the possibility of Island habitation.

Projects
• Assist in Little St. James Island Master Plan Studies, US Virgin Island
• Assist in designing Bell Air Residential Building Project, Los Angeles, CA
• Assist in designing Moscow Residential Building Project, Nikolin Hill, Moscow

Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
 

DTAH du Toit Allsopp Hillier Architects Limited, 50 Park Road, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2N5, Canada, Urban Designer

Work independently and with a team on a range of projects from master planning to complex institutional projects (Educational, Community, and Health care, Infrastructure, Transit/Mass Transportation, Terminal, Bridges, Landscape, Park and Recreational Facilities) for nationally recognized organizations.

Responsibilities
• Developed urban design guidelines for current and future developments
• Analyzing urban planning zoning and technical issues
• Work on landscape design, transportation, transit and terminal and bridge design
• Preparation of scope, pre-schematic, schematic, preliminary and construction documents, including reports, Architectural drawings and specifications for Residential, Commercial and transport oriented projects
• Developing ‘visions’ for places – using creativity and imagination to invent or re-invent the environments we live and work in.
• Designing built spaces – from whole towns and neighborhoods to individual streets or squares.
• Advising on the design of developments and regeneration projects.
• Researching and analyzing places and people – understanding the physical, political, economic, spatial and psychological context of the places you work with and the people who use them.
• Influencing people by using your skills and knowledge to help others make better decisions and teach them how to make successful places.
• Developing guidance and policies relating to the built environment.
• Community consultation – helping the public to take part in planning and designing their neighborhoods.
• Graphic representation – from sketching and technical drawing to using the latest technologies and packages in visualization and computer aided design

Projects
• Assist in Sheridan College Master Plan Studies at Oakville and Brampton Campus
• Assist in Carleton University Campus Plan
• Assist in Preparing Urban Design Guidelines for Norfolk County
• Assist in RCMP (Royal Canadian Metropolitan Police) Master Plan
• Assist in McGill University Master Plan Studies
• Designing the Sales Centre For Richmond Sherbourne Condominiums
• Assist in preparation of Construction Document Set for Jane Street Condominiums
• Assist in Design and Planning For Go bus Terminal
• Assist in Design and Planning For Oakville Transit

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006
 

Chandler Graham Architects and Design Inc., 197 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C8, Canada , Associate Architect

2005 | Chandler Graham Architects and Design Inc. | 197 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C8, Canada | Associate Architect

Performs various technical architectural duties designed to develop practical architectural skills, rendering and applied competencies including, but not limited to: preparation of scope, pre-schematic, schematic, preliminary and construction documents, including reports, drawings and specifications for Residential, Commercial and Institutional projects. Develop and designing of specialty spaces (restricted, secured, sound attuned spaces), lecture gallery, technology, network monitoring center, library etc.

Projects
• Designing the Rogers NMC (Network Monitoring Centre) of Rogers Super NOC (Network Operating Centre)
• Assist in designing Bauer Building Project
• Assist in designing Carlow Condominium

Jan 2004 - Jan 2005
 

SUVASTU DEVELOPMENT LIMITED, Dhaka, Architect

Responsible for preparation of construction documents and Bidding documents, Construction administration,

Suvastu Chirontoni (mixed used development residential building), Indira Road, Dhaka
Suvastu Nazar Valley (largest mixed used development, commercial cum residential building in the country), Dhaka

Jan 2000 - Dec 2001
 

Education 

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA, Masters, Master of Urban Design

Master’s Program Projects at University of Toronto

2005 | Re - Development of Toronto City Centre Airport, Toronto
Final Year Thesis, Master of Urban Design, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Robert Levit, Director Master of Urban Design, University of Toronto

The concept is to create another kind of landscape with a view to restoring history and to establish a metaphysical relationship between the natural and the artificial by restoring the traces of original geography. This thesis works with the original land form of the site and the city, establishes an intelligent approach to reconstitute historical Garrison Creek and ravine traces, works with the politics of City Centre Airport and made it possible to accommodate 30,000 people to live there in 6,098,400 sq. ft. build able area, in a total area of 8,712,000 sq. ft., for an approximate cost of about $6 million.

2004 | Museum of Art and Design (MAD), 2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan, New York
Design Studio, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Professor Scott Cohen, Program Director, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

The crucial challenge of the project is to exploit projective geometry in architecture in a very tight site, involving formal analysis, a distinctive synthesis of architectural typologies, descriptive geometries, contemporary programs, and digital media suggesting a new relationship between architecture and geometry. There is an extensive study of the geometry of two wobbly spirals derived from a golden rectangle which derive the form and shape of the museum. One ascending spiral forms the main circulation of the museum beginning from the ground level and the other descending spiral forms the floors plates of the exhibition spaces and completes the single continuous journey getting down from the top.

2005 | Enhancement Highway 401 and Tilbury, Chatham Kent. Ontario
Design Studio, University of Toronto
Supervisor: BROWN + STOREY ARCHITECTS

Chatham Kent is located in the heart of south western Ontario. There are three major US border crossing within just an hour drive. Highway 401 the provincial highway and NAFTA corridor bisects Chatham-Kent. Tilbury is one of the different communities of Chatham Kent, located on the west edge with easy highway access of Highway 401 with two interchanges and less than half hour away from Windsor/Detroit border crossing. Highway 401, cross road Main Street, sudden grid change, railway track area intensifies the challenge of enhancement of the town. The idea was to use these arbitrary placement of infrastructure as a strong component to exploit the potential of Tilbury as the focal point of the Kent through creating a interconnecting loop to bind Tilbury and 401 with vibrant public attractions and new settlement to drive the people from the country and from U.S.

2004 | Yonge Street and Lakeshore Drive, Toronto
Design Studio, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Robert Levit, Director Master of Urban Design, University of Toronto

The project is about the development of the intersection of Yonge Street and Lakeshore Drive in city of Toronto. The concept is to create an intimate relationship between the city and the water extending the city in to the water and bringing the water in to the city and to reorganize the site as the beginning point of the city (0 km Toronto) through the longest street Yonge A Gigantic wall consists of series of public activities alongside the Yonge symbolically takes the city to water and has its climax point at the intersection (Yonge Street and Lakeshore) as a sloping vibrant, 24 hour public activity place which follows the natural slope of Toronto’s topography. The strategic interlock of the city and the water recognizes the fact that there is a lake behind the city and there is need for a clear public identity for the waterfront.

Sep 2001 - Jan 2004
 

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design

Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design

Jan 2001 - Dec 2001
 

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bachelor of Architecture, Dhaka, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor Program Projects at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) | Design Studio - BUET
1994 - 2000

Obosor -Old Home at Srimongal, Sylhet
Advisor: Professor Khairul Enam, Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Design, BUET

Teacher, staff and student housing, Bangabandhu Agriculture University, Savar
Supervisor: Professor Shahidul Ameen, Head, Department of Architecture and Design, BUET

Museum of Contemporary Art at Old Dhaka
Supervisor: Professor Samsul Wares, Department of Architecture and Design, BUET

Jan 1994 - Jan 2000
 

Awards 

Certificates of Achievement Awards, New York City School Construction authority, 1st Place

2010
 

Student Merit Scholarship, University Of Toronto, 1st Place

2002
 

Student Merit Scholarship Award, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 1st Place

1998
 

Talent Student Scholarship Award, Holy Cross College, 1st Place

1992
 

Areas of Specialization