Richard Asirifi

Richard Asirifi

Monmouth Junction, NJ, US

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Personal Profile An urban planner and designer with international experience in civic design, architecture and neighborhood planning; from regional site analysis and concept strategies down to pedestrian details.  With an ardent passion for sustainable design, I continue to explore avenues to influence the built environment in various ways possible to create liveable and enjoyable places.  


Developing Leader, NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) Sign Research Foundation Scholar                                                                          Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Scholar                                                    Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)                                      LEED Green Associate                                                                                                Member, American Planners Association (APA)                                                          Associate Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)                                         


Microsoft Applications/AutoCAD/ Rhino/ Sketchup / Photoshop / GIS/ InDesign/Adobe Suite


Topology LLC, Newark, NJ, US, Urban Designer

- Providing long-term visions for redevelopment opportunities in selected New Jersey municipalities.
- Reviewing and providing guidance for graphics, mapping and conceptual site planning.
- Compiling inventories of community assets and managing public outreach drives for community comprehensive plans

Jan 2019 - current

CHPlanning LTD, Philadelphia, PA, US, Urban Designer and Planner

- Managing public outreach and stakeholder coordination for the Morton Connects mobility transportation study.
- Mapping out and developing solutions to optimize pedestrian experience within the prospective Temple University and Amtrak redevelopment regions.
- Assisting with Philadelphia International Airports sustainability plan revisions.

Jul 2017 - Jan 2019

New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY, US, Graduate Aide

- Documenting existing conditions on selected City streets.
- Organizing field data and monitoring project implementation.
- Planning and preparing presentation materials for community workshops.

Dec 2016 - May 2017

Amerijet International, Sharon Hill, PA, US, Station Agent

- Maintained and managed companies CAD files including, filing and archiving.
- Designed space plans to account for ongoing departmental growth and/or reduction.
- Monitored billing and tracking for both ocean and freight services in the Amerijet Linux System/the ITN Oasis system respectively to ensure shipment and accounting accuracy.

Feb 2014 - Apr 2015

Knak Design Partnership, Accra, GH, Architectural Assistant

- Managed numerous projects simultaneously within budgetary restrictions.
- Resolved construction and assembly discrepancies on various project sites.
- Created mobile and modular custom container structures for variety of applications including storage, offices and mobile labs

Mar 2011 - Mar 2013

Constructs llc, Accra, GH, Architectural Assistant

- Collaborated with Architects and Planners to design a detailed master plan of a 300 acre residential estates property in Monrovia, Liberia.
- Prepared an appraisal, brief and concept design for a 240,000sf net floor area of commercial/retail water front mall development creating a village-like shopping experience within a rich garden setting.
- Spearheaded the production of technical/detailed CAD drawings for luxury apartment projects ranging in value of up to $15 million.

Feb 2010 - Feb 2011


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US, Masters, City and Regional Planning

Concentration: Urban Design, Environmental and Physical Planning

Sep 2015 - May 2017

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, GH, Architecture

Thesis: Sports as a catalyst for Urban regeneration
Best Student: Post graduate Design Studio

May 2008 - Jun 2010

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, GH, BArch, Architecture

Thesis: Color and Human response in the built environment
First Prize Winner : College Logo Design

May 2004 - Jun 2008



Be the Future Scholar 2017, Scholarship

An initiative aimed at giving promising Emerging Professionals an opportunity to engage with leaders in the high performance building sector and related industries - advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment.


Winning Team - Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy- Rutgers University - NAIOP New Jersey Intercollegiate Case Study Competition 2016, 1st Place

◾As the Sustainability Lead for the Rutgers University Team, we re-positioned an Industrial site by proposing a design of a golf-themed hospitality project that capitalises on nearby outstanding golf courses in congruence with the broad redevelopment-induced changes occurring in Jersey City, NJ.
◾This Project was aimed at Net-zero Energy use and LEED Platinum Certification.


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