Nilus Klingel

Nilus Klingel

New York, NY, US



Architectural designer with experience in large-scale urban initiatives and detailed interior projects; knowledge of 3D modeling, drafting, and image-editing software; excellent communication skills; analytical and critical-thinking abilities; interested in the intersection of architecture, planning, and urban design, and the role of infrastructure in the urban landscape.



NYC Department of City Planning, New York, NY, Assistant Urban Designer

Flood resilience projects within the Department's Zoning Division

Jul 2014 - current

Freelance, Consultant

Vertical Urban Factory (Book, Actar, 2014) -- Conduct original research, factory analysis, diagramming, editing, and editorial coordination for upcoming publication.

CLEAR Collaborative (Syracuse LWRP) -- Developed website and prepared other public outreach tools during public comment phase on municipal Local Waterfront Redevelopment Project (LWRP); coordinated website outreach efforts with architects and Syracuse Bureau of Planning & Sustainability.

Syracuse University School of Architecture (New City Books series) -- Assisted with final editorial preparations for the launch of the school's five-book series from Princeton Architectural Press, focusing on innovative approaches to housing, planning issues in weak-market cities, and finance and development in a wide variety of urban contexts.

Aug 2012 - current

Upstate Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate, Syracuse, NY, US, Fellow

Responsibilities include: research on the history and formal implications of zoning and development of zoning overlay districts; schematic landscape and urban design; production of client presentations; preparation of academic publications, symposia; website development and maintenance; grant-writing and foundation relationships; client and stakeholder coordination on large-scale city-wide urban design initiatives such as the Connective Corridor and Near Westside Initiative.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2012

Bentel and Bentel Architects / Planners LLP, Architectural Intern

Created, maintained, and revised construction drawing sets; produced study and presentation models; performed site documentation; prepared client presentations; was heavily involved in coordinating a bid set with project contractor, lighting designer, and owners.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

PARA-Project LLC, Architectural Intern

Performed research; liased with material suppliers; assisted with on-site installation of wall cladding systems, and other aspects of a project in Syracuse, NY.

May 2009 - Jul 2009


Syracuse University, MArch II, Architecture

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Engagement Fellow

May 2011 - May 2012

Syracuse University, BArch, Architecture

Cum Laude, University Honors

Aug 2006 - May 2011


Chancellor's Award for Public Scholarship & Engagement, Award

Syracuse University honors students, faculty, staff and community partners who exemplify SU’s commitment to engagement with the community and 'Scholarship in Action' with 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES). SU students, faculty and staff engage in tens of thousands of hours of community-based work that benefits the Syracuse community, the Central New York region and the world. Public scholarship is done through the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (Shaw Center), as well as many other SU/community partnerships and programs. The Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES) recognizes commitment to Scholarship in Action and investment in the public good.


Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award

In 1931, the Alpha Rho Chi Medal was established to "encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment." The medal is awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality.


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