Harshini Rama Shankari Jaya Varanasi

Harshini Rama Shankari Jaya Varanasi

Jersey City, NJ, US

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A passionate architect and an illustrator, I perceive architecture as creating spaces that enhance the well-being of the end-users and the community and surrounding, which has become my motto in life—responding to the context and flexibility to blend according to the user's needs and creating a minimum impact on the environment. I have a keen interest in experimentation and understanding various building materials.




Instructor: Prof.John Clark
 Primary course instructor of Architecture and design studio for undergraduate level.
 Assisted Prof.Clark for guiding students in modeling making.
 Guided students about Architectural design, drawing and representation.
 Taught software such as Rhino, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Jul 2023 - May 2024

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA CHAMPAIGN, Champaign , Graduate Assistant Graphic Designer

 Lead Graphic Designer and social media manager for Illinois School of Architecture.
 Led the team for redesigning and rebranding the Illinois School of Architecture brochure.
 Designed posters and booklets for convocation 2024.
 Part of Venice biennale installation 2023 team.
 Collaborated with the team to fabricate and assemble the Venice biennale installation.
 Coordinated and designed the graphics for Illinois school of Architecture Career Expo 2023.
 Designed the logo and the certificate for the Annual Architecture Award of Illinois School of Architecture.

Jan 2023 - May 2024

White Ant Studio, Auroville, India , Junior Architect

 Collaborated with the principal architect for designing 2 farmhouses on challenging terrains.
 Developed the 3D model of the farmhouses and worked on the structural steel details.
 Produced realistic renders on Lumion for residential projects.
 Assisted the team to develop conceptual design drawings for an adaptive reuse building.
of concrete mixture plant into urban ecological park.
 Worked in collaboration with the team on designing 3 residential projects.
 Assisted the principal architect in developing the 3D model and
structural drawings of the residential projects.
 Collaborated with the principal architect to design a vocational training center.
 Designed, modeled, and produced realistic renders for a retrofitting residential project.

Feb 2021 - Apr 2022

MECON, Under Govt. of India, Ranchi,India , Architecture Intern

 Worked on the 3D visualization and construction drawings for office buildings.
 Collaborated with the principal architect to design a school auditorium.
 Assisted the Principal architect on designing the acoustic and lighting design of the auditorium.

Jan 2020 - Feb 2020


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2022 - May 2024

Visveswaraya Technological University, Bangalore City, IN, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2016 - Aug 2021


 Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Award 2024 -Issued by University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1st Place

Research on different layers of neighborhood of Tokyo city to understand the spontaneous and adaptive growth of contemporary urban fabric.


 Graduate Excellence Award -Issued by University of Illinois Urbana Champaign | Museum of Gospel Music Fall 2023, 1st Place


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