Amar Shah

Amar Shah

Los Angeles, CA, US



Amar Shah is a designer, urban theorist, and researcher with over 8 years of experience on various project types of different scales. In his design methodology, he researches important factors related to culture, program, technology, and form with the aspiration to implement this research to any scale of design. He looks to integrate ecologically sensitive ideas into all of his design solutions.

Amar approaches design holistically and follows a rigor with a lens that can be applied to any scale of design. This methodology allows Amar to constantly think outs-of-the-box for solutions to tough problems ranging from urban interventions to new superblocks, while maintaining a practical mindset. He  prefers collaborative environments where ideas and thoughts are encouraged and shared. 

Through educational and working opportunities he continues to be involved in an array of projects including office, residential, hospitality, urban mixed-use, urban design, urban regeneration, and transit oriented development. He proficiently executes his visions with the latest digital software used in the industry and is constantly pushing the limits of his technical knowledge and overall abilities.


conceptual urban design, conceptual design, urban planning, high-rise residential, office, and hospitality, schematic design drawings, design development drawings, construction documents, sustainability, detail design


Computer Aided Drafting:
3d Studio Max 2016 (intermediate to advanced), AutoCAD 2016 (2d/3d) (intermediate to advanced), 
Rhino 5.0 (advanced) + Grasshopper (basic training), 
Revit 2016 (intermediate), Google SketchUp 2016 pro (intermediate), 
Maya 2012 (basic), hand drafting and hand drawing, water color

Adobe Illustrator (advanced), Adobe Photoshop (advanced), 
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Flash, 
Adobe Premiere, Adobe Indesign

processing, ArcMap + ArcGIS data mapping, Autodesk Vasari - Energy Analysis



CallisonRTKL, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Designer

Under the supervision of a licensed architect I work on:

High-end Residential | High-end Commercial | Retail Mixed-Use development

Sep 2013 - current

WATG, Irvine, CA, US, Designer

Urban, Mixed-Use, Hospitality, Leisure, Retail projects and competitions.


+ working under the supervision of a licensed architect I had an emphasis in conceptual design thinking and analysis, schematic design, design development, and construction document phases of major urban projects

+ A team player in integrated urban projects

+ counted on to create conceptual 3d models using appropriate programs - including Rhino, Revit, 3d Studio Max, and Google SketchUP Pro 7

+ Produce innovative graphic presentations and videos with the use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, and 3d animations

Aug 2011 - Aug 2013

Worley Parsons Resources & Energy, Houston, TX, US, Design Professional

Under the supervision of a licensed architect my job was to conceptualize and the build a small temporary housing facility for 20 workers in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Then i was to create schematic design and construction documents within the time frame given. The Housing will eventually convert into permanent housing for locals of Malabo after the temporary workers leave the country.

Sep 2008 - Jun 2009

Gensler, Houston, TX, US, Technical Designer

While under the supervision of a licensed architect I worked mainly on construction documents and technical design for Valencia City Center in Houston, TX. Valencia City Center aims to be a new kind of development including retail, hotels, and condos within one complex.

duties included:
-Technical design of facades and interiors
-Implementing construction parameters with design criteria

Dec 2007 - May 2008

RdlR Architects, Houston, TX, US, Intern

I collaborated on Houston Metro Light Rail concept and schematic design. I created 3d renderings of various Metro Rail stations in Houston that were then presented to officials in the City of Houston, for further development.

I also helped create a book of work from Rey de la Reza, FAIA showing 25 years of successfully built projects throughout Houston.

duties included:
-3d renders
-2d schematic drawings (sections,plans)
-site panoramas of potential station areas in Houston
-schematic site section drawings

Jul 2007 - Dec 2007

KTGY Architecture + Planning, Irvine, CA, US, Intern

(Summer internship only)

I was a draftsmen and intern working under a licensed architect. I did construction documentation and some design development for the urban concept studios team at KTGY. The projects I was involved in include the San Pedro Bank Lofts project and Central Park Town Homes.

Jun 2005 - Aug 2006


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

Jun 2009 - Jun 2010

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

Aug 2002 - May 2007

Centre d'Etudes d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme, Saintes, FR, Architecture and Urban Design

Aug 2006 - Dec 2006


Honorable Mention, 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, Honorable Mention

2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, Honorable Mention


Featured in “Mumbai's Eastern Waterfront ”, Other



Kinne Travel Grant to Mumbai, India | 2010 [Maximizing Infrastructure], Other

Study abroad visit in Mumbai, India grant


Columbia End-of-Year Show - Exhibition | 2010, Other

End of Year Work Exhibition.


“Incomprehensible Cities: Architecture in France” - Exhibition | 2007, Other

Exhibition of Work


merit based study abroad opportunity to Saintes, France | 2006, Award

Merit based opportunity to study abroad in Saintes, France for one academic semester.


John Parkinson Memorial Scholarship | 2004-2006, Scholarship

Scholarship award from 2004-2006


Areas of Specialization