Ishaan Kumar

Ishaan Kumar

New York, NY, US

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SCAPE, New York, NY, US, Landscape Designer

Oct 2019 - current

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, US, Senior Designer

Mar 2018 - Sep 2019

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

CLPN701| City Planning Studio - An Urbanizing Wetland - Bogota, Colombia
LARP602| Urban Design Studio - Interim Urbanisms - Los Angeles, California

Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

SWA Group, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Landscape Architecture Intern

Collaborated on urban design projects for Toronto, Sacramento, Mission Viejo and Miami

May 2017 - Aug 2017

Scenario Journal, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assistant | Strategies Editor

Feb 2016 - May 2017

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, NY, US, Adjunct Instructor

Visualization II offers an introduction to computer aided drafting, two-dimensional presentation drawing, diagramming techniques and portfolio layout and design using AutoCad, Revit, and the Adobe Suite

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Two One Two Design, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Participated in the design of various retail projects for clients including Vineyard Vines, Michael Kors, Andrew Marc, QuikSilver and Chloe along with various clubs and bars across Vegas, Atlantic City and New York. Responsible for conducting site surveys throughout the US while preparing and participating in various client meetings and presentations. Collaborated with millworkers for the design and production of various retail fixtures and conceputalized the identy and rebranding of various retail brands

Jun 2011 - Apr 2014

Joseph Hutchins & Company, Inc, Long Island City, NY, Model Maker

Prepared CAD drawings for laser cutting, airbrushed acrylic plexiglass for models, helped design, repair and move various small and large scale models for Asymptote Architects, Machado Silvetti and KPF among other internationally recognized architecture firms

Jun 2008 - Oct 2008


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture

Aug 2015 - Dec 2017

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Manhattan, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2007 - May 2012


Landscapes in Process Vol. 21, Other

Dryfo Urbanism | Cartagena Studio Axonometric - PennDesign
City Scores - Landscape Drawing - PennDesign
Birch Print - Design in the Terrain of Water II - PennDesign


Landscapes in Process Vol. 20, Other

Urban Ecology Diagrams - PennDesign



“Bio-Pyramid” proposes that we throw away the status-norm on historic preservation/tourism and create a super-hybrid of re-activating areas that truly make a global difference. “Bio-Pyramid” is a non-conventional skyscraper that not only operates as a “bio-sphere” but also as a gateway from Cairo across the Sahara Desert; linking a sustainable armature to reverse desertification from a monumental to small nomadic scale. This proposal is not only a viable economical gain for cities like Giza and Cairo, but as an architectural eco-techno statement that mixed-use typologies are more relevant as we diverse globally and sustainably. With over population and consumption on the rise we need to find a way to merge different typologies



[CONTAINED] repurposes garbage as an abundant renewable resource to stormproof our city. Using an elementary infrastructure, [CONTAINED] encapsulates the entire refuse production of the population and establishes the re-industrialization of NYC


Publication - Calibrating Fragmented Territories, Other

Infrastructural Connectivity as a Sustainable Armature


New York State Business Plan Competition - Judges' Choice Award, Award

Participated in the New York State Business Plan Competition on April 26 with NYIT students to pitch a water-bottle roofing system. The interdisciplinary team, won the $1,000 Judges' Choice Award. Our presentation stood out among tough competition from other teams, including those pitching doctoral work. More on the project can be found here


Bocconi International Design Competition, Award

Collaborated with NYIT 2012 graduates from my thesis studio as well as members from the School of Landscape Architecture at Kingston University in London, England, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Politecnico di Milan to design a futuristic extension of the Bocconi campus in the industrial neighborhood Centrale del Latte. This invitation-only 2012 international design competition was hosted by L. Bocconi Business School in Milan Italy.

Our design envisions an environment of open spaces integrated with Milan's urban landscape serving as a connection to the city's surrounding communities. Sustainable strategies were integrated into the proposal, such green roofing systems, water collection, natural ventilation, solar energy, and biomass


Publication - A New New York, Other

From May 26 to June 30, 2010, I participated in a study abroad program from NYIT in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where we investigated the relationship between bicycling, urban design, and housing. The studio culminated in a final exhibit of our masterplan and proposals coupled with a collaborative published book of our work and research


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