Shira Chu

Shira Chu

Las Vegas, NV, US



As graduate of Virginia Tech's B.Arch 5-year accredited program, I am excited to design with integrity and passion that will affect the real world. A believe in the importance of working directly with a client and/or community. Understanding their perspective ultimately helps the project grow and prosper long after the last detail is constructed.

As a designer, I have always been interested in dualities created through architectural elements. How light and shadow provide an interplay between the individual and site, how a transition element further emphasizes a space, etc. I am excited and hopeful about how my own interests can continue to play out in the future as I continue my architectural career in the real world.


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Perkins Eastman, New York, NY, US, Facilities Intern

Set up Design Development and Construction Document sets
Created 3D renderings and marketing graphics
Participated in client meetings during design development

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Arcari + Iovino Architects, Little Ferry, NJ, US, Architectural Intern

Set up Design Development and Construction Document sets
Created 3D renderings and conducted site measurements
Contributed to schematic designs

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Uncommon Schools, New York, NY, US, Facilities Intern

Created drawings for renovation and furniture layout
Provided project management and conducted site measurements
Worked with Directors of Operations at different locations

May 2013 - Aug 2013


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Undergraduate BArch

Aug 2011 - May 2016

C.E.S.A. Virginia Tech Center for European Studies & Architecture, Riva San Vitale, CH, Study Abroad

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014


Ellen Braaten Media Award, 1st Place

The Ellen Braaten Media Award recognizes a graduating senior from either Industrial Design or Architecture who has incorporated design related media as a core part of a major project, senior thesis, or an overall body of work during their tenure at Virginia Tech. Examples include the traditional materials of the School's history (pottery, printmaking, silkscreening, photography, etc.).


Pella Thesis Prize, Nomination

The Pella Prize recognizes a graduating architecture student's thesis. After final reviews, the class nominates 12-16 semi-finalists. A panel of faculty votes on the finalists who will defend their thesis.


Virginia AIA Competition, Honorable Mention

Honorable mention within the school of Virginia Tech College of Architecture + Design.


Walter and Helen H. Beal Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship for a semester abroad.


RCI Education Center Competition, Honorable Mention

Honorable mentions and winners judged on their ability to detail a wall and roof section to provide a sound building envelope.


First Year Competition, Honorable Mention

First year students in the College of Architecture + Design (includes Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design) were given the brief to create "a work of play".


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