Shaima Rizvi

Shaima Rizvi

Richmond Hill, NY, US



Graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a BArch in a NAAB accredited architecture program with high honors, a presidential scholarship and at the top of class at the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD). Just moved to New York City after having worked in Dubai for the last two years; looking for exciting work opportunities and the right new fit.


The Morganti Group, Dubai, AE, Architect

- Placed on 4 of the “Big 6” upcoming Master Plan projects in the new Real Estate Development division of Wasl Asset Management Company
- Co-managed, workshopped and liaised with design consultants throughout Master Plan Concept Design
- Performed consultant research and evaluation; prepared Design Briefs, RFPs and LoAs for various projects

Sep 2014 - Feb 2015

WSW Architects, Dubai, AE, Junior Architect

- Drafted detailed masterplans for an architectural competition
- Worked on concept and design iterations for luxury apartment complex
- Prepared drawings and diagrams for presentation
- Designed and drafted apartment layouts as well as performed 3D modelling

May 2014 - Aug 2014

X-Architects, Dubai, AE, Junior Architect

- Designed and 3D modelled proposals for an architectural competition for SkyDive Dubai
- Worked on masterplan and created diagrams for presentation
- Prepared documentation files and booklets for submission

Nov 2013 - Dec 2013

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, AE, Writing Center, Tutor and Fellow

- Held one-on-one conferences with ~600 students to work on clarity, cohesion, syntax and mechanics
- Provided writing instruction for 5 courses in International Studies, Philosophy and Engineering
- Presented research from a 3-semester collaboration about the role of a fellow in freshman-level interdisciplinary courses at the Middle East and North African Writing Centers Alliance Conference in 2011

Jan 2010 - Jun 2013

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, AE, Department of Architecture, Teaching Assistant

- Prepared lesson materials for a 200-level course titled “Design Principles for the Built Environment”
- Co-ordinated exchange of assignments as well as supervised records for 48 students
- Operated as a mediator between the students and the course instructor

Sep 2012 - Nov 2012

RMJM, Dubai, AE, Architectural Intern

- Worked on the Design Development for the W-Hotel and Residential Resort to be built in Dubai
- Assisted in design schematics such as laying out internal plans and prototyping façade elevations
- Performed red line changes, research and documentation tasks
- Was requested to continue to support project after internship ended and while school was in session

Aug 2012 - Oct 2012


American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, AE, BArch, Architecture

Selected Coursework:

- Tarkeeb Assembly Lab
Design/build studio for a hybrid structure that integrated a table, seating and display area and defined a side entry into the College of Architecture, Art and Design

- Design Studio Abroad in Milan, Italy
Intensive architectural design studio focused on contextualizing Italian traditions in contemporary architecture; travelled across Italy to observe its architectural history and urban design practices

- United Nations Relief and Works Agency Study Tour in Amman, Jordan
Was selected to conduct research at Al-Husn Refugee Camp as part of a course on settlements in post-conflict societies; participated in a workshop to design a children’s playground

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013


Dean’s Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement, 1st Place

Highest GPA from graduating class


Sheikh Khalifa Presidential Scholarship Award, Scholarship

Full scholarship for one student in College of Architecture, Art and Design


Chancellor’s List, Award


Sharjah Islamic Bank Research Award, Honorable Mention


Chancellor’s List, Award


Chancellor’s List, Award


Areas of Specialization