Shamila Zubairi

Shamila Zubairi

New Haven, CT, US




Studying at Indus was the most eye opening experience of my otherwise oblivious life. It was a new school of thought created by a strong group of art and design professionals who wanted to see social awareness bloom in Karachi. Conscientious professional in the fields of architecture, design, textile, economics, journalism, psychology and sociology who routinely visited as teachers and critics brought about a variety of discussions I would have been deprived of elsewhere. The Architecture program at Indus was very intense. Two years of pre-engineering with Math and Physics (in high school) came in handy through the five year program where foundation course (freshman year) required a total 21 and 24 credit hours in first and second semesters respectively. There were 4 studios in each semester, namely Communication skills, Design, Fine Art and Calligraphy. There were long days with no breaks except for lunch. Complaining had a 'one size fit all' answer: Drop out! Architecture was an uncommon profession in Pakistan at the time. The only other profession that required 5 years after high school was medicine. People used to ask me if I wanted to dedicate so many years to education why didn't I choose to study medicine?

As the undergrad finished, I left Karachi with my husband. He had a job in CT and the political conditions in Karachi were destabilizing. It was after i left Karachi that I found my bond with the city. It made me feel the pain of those who have to migrate from a place that they so love. I now understood why every conversation of my preceding generation revolved around India/Pakistan partition. Unlike me, they left without the hope of going back every year.

All things happen for a reason and I now feel that I would not be able to grow intellectually, spiritually, and professionally if I had remained in one place. For example, being out of that system I now see the brutal discrimination that was happening right before my eyes against social and religious sects and I never noticed because I belonged to the majority. I keep a close connection with Karachi and my architecture school. One day I hope that I can contribute all my life experience to teaching in the profession of architecture. Recently I was honored to critique a 4th year design project at IVSAA. I really enjoyed interacting with the students and would like to reach out to them again. 

Over the years I have worked part and full time in Architecture and Interior Design Offices. In 2012 i started the process for Architectural Licensure which is now complete. While studying for licensure, i made up my mind to stay periodically involved with teaching and research as it gave me great pleasure to study and discuss. I have realized that the real learning comes from teaching which often exposes what you don't know. It is certainly a humbling process. 



Lazarus & Sargeant Architects, Wallingford, CT, US, Consultant Architect

Oct 2016 - current

Mitchell Studio, New Haven, CT, Interior Design Assistant/ Architect in Training

Feb 2016 - Jun 2016

Lazarus & Sargeant Architects, Wallingford, CT, US, Architect in Training

- Code Compliance of Rental units
- Residential Architectural Design
- Commercial Front Facade
- design of ADA Compliant lift and handicap access.
- Analysis of Zoning requirements for commercial properties

Apr 2010 - Jan 2016

Salka Office Furniture, Meriden, CT, US, Designer

Responsibilities included:

-CAD drawing on Giza software by 2020 Technologies, converting
Autocad drawings from clients and architects to Giza format.
-Space planning of the showroom.
-Preparation of presentation of new projects for the clients.
-Material Library Interior Design

Jan 2008 - Jan 2010

Self Employed - Freelancer, Wallingford, CT, US, Design Consultant

-Worked with several clients to develop an interior plan for office spaces.

-Worked on several residential interior design projects. Helped clients with choice of colors, flooring, and placement of furniture.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2008

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo And Associates LLC, Hamden, CT, US, Architect in Training

Learned all aspects of drafting with Microstation J.

Assisted Senior and Junior Associates in planning and design of a new student center at N.Y.U.

Created several studies for the Interior wall pattern of a theater to fulfill the acoustic requirements suggested by consultants.

Prepared information regarding materials & color in the form of sample boards for presentations with clients

Helped in preparation of presentations for the Jewish Heritage Museum, New York.

Prepared drawings on Microstation J using information from hand drafted plans and sections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Successfully handled both large and small scale model making in detail.

Applied knowledge of paint and fabric in a variety of models for the purpose of texture and color simulations.

Apr 1999 - Apr 2001


Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, PK, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1990 - Aug 1995



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