Shalini .D. Amin

Shalini .D. Amin

New York, NY, US

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Originally from Malawi, Central Africa, I am now an architectural designer in NYC. 

Architecture and Design are inherently methodical processes, exploring solutions to spatial design problems to address each individual scenario. I am fascinated with details and materials, and the impact they can have. From all the elements that make a building come together, to the experimental regions of design, the intricacies and interconnected nature of the design world are what I find exciting.

Designer. Traveler. Explorer. Adventurer.
Life is about experiences.


STUDIOS Architecture, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Jan 2018 - current

Building Studio Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

- Created, organized, and managed construction document sets for DOB, Landmarks and Natural Area
- Designed, drafted, and led project management for ADA compliant apartment renovations.
- Executed schematic drawings & design development for large homes including 3D models and
conceptual renderings.
- Compiled project proposals including zoning documents, code references, calculations, and tax maps.

Jun 2016 - Jul 2017

GreenbergFarrow, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

- Design development including detailed 3D models for large scale mixed-use projects in US and China.
- Assisted in schematic design for early stage proposals with clients.
- Designed floor-plate and apartment layouts for a large mixed use space, including sq.ft and FAR

Jan 2016 - May 2016

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Local, Global, Post Colonial History. Questioning the term "westernization" versus "Modernization" and what this has meant for the development of cities worldwide.

- In-depth research, sourcing current events and news articles pertaining to architecture, development, and urbanization in relation to the "non-west".
- Library research and collecting of relevant readings
- Compilation of student work for publication
- Preparation and organization of current events research for class discussion

Jan 2015 - May 2015

GSAPP Exhibitions, New York, NY, US, Exhibitions Fabricator

- Fabricated and assembled customized installations for curated architectural exhibitions.
- Gained expertise with material properties, CNC milling, tools, and lighting techniques.
- Experienced handling immediate design adjustments on-site and working within strict time constraints.

Jan 2013 - May 2014


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2012 - May 2015

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, US, Bachelors, Architecture / Entrepreneurship

Sep 2007 - May 2011


ArchDaily Best Student Work Worldwide [compilation], Other

Final student installation titled ‘Kerby’ was featured on ArchDaily in a 2015 compilation of best student projects worldwide.


William Kinne Travelling Fellowship, Grant

Awarded a traveling stipend for a traveling fellowship, focusing on East German and Soviet architectural influences in post-independence East Africa.


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