Jalak Rughani

Jalak Rughani

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I graduated with a Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture, majoring in American Architecture and Urbanism. I have been privileged to develop my skills and knowledge in a diverse and dynamic academic environment.

Being born and raised in a multicultural environment in India has shaped my thought process and work around cultural juxtaposition with architecture and urbanization.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I have over a year of experience in the field of Architecture and Design. I had the opportunity to work on a range of large-scale education, civic, and community projects. I supported in schematic design, concept development, and construction administration phases, where I was able to hone my skills in architectural design and visualization, urban design and planning, and research.

I am passionate about leveraging my expertise to drive positive change in the built environment and am committed to making a meaningful impact on the world around us. 

Interests: Architectural Design & Visualisation, Urban Design & Planning, Research, Architectural Geometry, Real Estate, Sustainability, Mentoring.



Johnson Favaro, Culver City, Design Intern

- Developed design options and detailed 3D models in Revit and Rhinoceros for Pre-K and K-12 school projects sizing 9,000 SF to 30,000 SF with founding principals.
- Produced renders and CEQA (the California environmental quality act) simulations for three elementary schools on V-Ray and Enscape for clients.
- Prepared reports and concept representations for a 2.54-acre community center and master plan project for bidding and government approvals.
- Collaborated in developing construction documentation sets for a 28,000 SF elementary school in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
- Corresponded with manufacturers to procure materials for an elementary school project and built physical and digital material boards for client presentations.

May 2022 - Apr 2023

USC, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, Ahmanson Lab, Los Angeles, CA, US, 3D Modeling Lab Assistant

- Built 3D models from archived plans and elevations of historic buildings in Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, and its architectural elements at scale.
- Developed 3D and rendered assets for web, VR, and AR experiences.
- Conducted weekly meetings with USC faculty, lab members, and outside experts.

Nov 2021 - Nov 2022

Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, IN, Architectural Intern

- Utilized AutoCAD and SketchUp to draft construction drawings, including 20 structural designs of timber trusses for a building project; communicated with consultants to address field problems.
- Developed and conceptualized design for single-family villa cluster scheme in Vietnam; handled planning and arrangement strategies to ensure project completion within timeline.
- Collaborated on an interior design project, presented six alternative cafe layout plans and concepts to principal and director, and co-ordinated with six employees on finalizing cafe design.

Dec 2018 - Mar 2019


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2021 - May 2023

University of Mumbai, Mumbai, IN, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2015 - Oct 2020

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