Rupali Khanna

Rupali Khanna

Chicago, IL, US

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The 10-year carrier path till date, between India and in Chicago, has strengthened my belief in the socio-cultural response of a building as the most fundamental responsibility of an architect. How does a built environment nurture human relationships and build connections, physical as well as psychological with the human mind? Studying at SAIC helped me challenge my comfort zone and broaden my approach to design through inter-disciplinary ideas emphasizing on research and collaboration. Materials explorations performed during the course of learning has raised my architectural understanding as a potential ‘maker’.  



REFLECTION WINDOW + WALL, Chicago, IL, US, Submittal Co-ordinator

- Work on preparing submmittal documents for Design Architect for window-wall systems
- Coordinating for online submission requirements with the General Contractor and PMs
- Reading and understanding specifications to extract the required information on projects

Mar 2021 - current COMPOUND YELLOW/ CCWF, Chicago, Freelance Graphic Designer

- Worked part-time for a online collaborative learning platform for kids
- Generated simple visual graphics and illustrations for creative journeys for a design-based learning web-experience for students from K-3 to K-8- Worked part-time for a online collaborative learning platform for kids
- Generated simple visual graphics and illustrations for creative journeys for a design-based learning web-experience for students from K-3 to K-8

Jul 2020 - Jan 2021

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Administrative Assistant

Assisted with the executive head of the IRFM - Instructional Resources and Facilities Management at SAIC. Updated architectural drawings for SAIC owned
buildings around Michigan avenue. Making presentations, site visits and updating drawings from field measures assisting construction documents drawings

Aug 2018 - May 2020

P & D Associates, Bharuch, IN, Senior Interior Designer

Generated and assisted detail design drawings with focused on aesthetics of pattern, color and materials alongside the overall ambiance of interior spaces for mainly private residence projects including on-site execution.

Jan 2017 - Jul 2017

asm designs, Mumbai, IN, Associate interior designer

I worked as a designer and project manager for several custom interior design and some architectural scale projects including graphic display wall partitions and systems, facade designs, custom lighting, ceiling systems for some major corporate clients of India. I have used design tools such as Acad, Sketchup, CorelDraw, Photoshop in tandem with PPT, Excel and Word for presenting schematic design ideas to the clients. I worked on master planning, making estimates, co-coordinating client meetings, explaining and getting the designs executed from various different agencies and technical consultants fro electrical and HVAC jobs. I worked on creative commercial interiors, branded spaces for very high end garments, watches and jewelry stores.

Mar 2007 - Oct 2016

S.N.D.T. Women's college, Chicago, Assistant Teacher

Conducted Metal and Bamboo workshops with students of first year Architecture in collaboration with another professor. I helped them create a geodesic dome in bamboo and encouraged them to utilize the scrap metal and create individusl sculptures from it.

Jul 2005 - Oct 2005

Jimmy Ghaswala and Associates, Mumbai, IN, Intern Architect

I was involved in managing and producing CAD drawings for a high profile bungalow scheme and also their interiors.

Jan 2003 - Dec 2004


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Jul 2017 - current

CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IN, Bachelors, INTERIOR DESIGN

I did my under graduation from C.E.P.T in Ahmedabad which has a campus designed in modern style architecture building by world renowned architect Sir B.V.Doshi. I have studied the major design subjects like space-planning, graphics, furniture design, technical drawing, building structures, materials and methods. then there were some very creative and skill oriented subjects like ceramics, weaving and wood workshops. I feel proud to state that I was awarded the best student in the third year for studio - The main design subject!

Jul 1994 - current


SAIC - Thesis Award, Award

AIADO-Advisory Design Council Awards


Best student, 1st Place

Best student in Studio-I in Third year:


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