Sonal Chandni

Sonal Chandni

Ann Arbor, MI, US



I am an architect/designer with a Masters degree in Architecture (M.Arch 17') from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning and a Bachelors degree in Architecture (B.Arch) from University of Mumbai,India.

Prior to pursuing my M.Arch, I have been a licensed / registered architect in India and practiced in Mumbai for around 3.5 years, initially as a junior architect and eventually a project architect handling multiple projects and teams. The experience of handling projects of a wide range along with the challenges involved with their design, intensive construction drawing documentation, project execution and regular co-ordination with associated consultants and agencies has been an enriching one and a definite added advantage to my Masters degree. 

I have always had a keen interest in the complexities and challenges involved in planning and design of spaces - big and small. That combined with a collaborative work environment is something that I have enjoyed being a part of in the few years of my past work experience and I wish to continue this in future endeavors. 



John Ronan Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Design Extern

This was a week long Spring Break Externship.

My experience here included the following:
+Preparing conceptual and final model studies for a competition project.
+Preparing 3D models on Rhino to prepare lazer cut files for the final models for the competition project.

Feb 2017 - Mar 2017

Vinci/ Hamp Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Design Extern

This was a week long Spring Break Externship .

My experience here included the following:
+ Conceptual design studies & 3D renderings for an exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
+ Conceptual staircase design studies for a residential project in Chicago.

Feb 2016 - Mar 2016

Associated Architects, Mumbai, IN, Project Architect

Work Experience mainly involved : Residential , Hospitality & Commercial Design

+ Overall development and implementation of several architectural and interior design projects from the stages of schematic conceptual design through design development and eventually to construction drawing documentation for execution.
+ Drawing and issuing construction drawing documents and revisions to site .
+ Project co-ordination among members of the team in office and regular co-ordination with other consultants, clients and client representatives outside.
+ Regular follow- ups, communication, site supervision, scheduling and budgeting of projects.
+ Preparation of BOQs and estimates .
+ Selection of material and finishes for several interior projects.

Aug 2012 - Jul 2015

CAPL Mumbai, Mumbai, IN, Architectural Intern

Work experience mainly involved : Residential & Hospitality Design

+ Actively participated in the conceptual design development of projects of varying scales.
+ Developed alternative design solutions and presentation drawings/ graphics in 2D and 3D to communicate concepts to client and client representatives for approval.
+ Assisted in revisions of construction documents .
+ Prepared design drawings and 3D renderings for a publication of an award winning luxury hotel project in a famous architecture and design magazine.
+ Prepared feasibility and liasoning drawing documentation
+ Assisted the principal architect for site visits and client meetings.

Dec 2011 - Jul 2012

Shahen Mistry Architects, Mumbai, IN, Summer Intern

Work experience involved : Residential & Hospitality Design

+ Assisted in schematic conceptual design and site planning for projects.
+ Prepared 3D design renderings and design drawings for client presentations
+ Prepared technical detail drawings of partition screen prototypes for a hotel project leading to execution.
+ Assisted principal architect during site visits and supervision.

Apr 2009 - Jun 2009


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Sep 2015 - Apr 2017

University of Mumbai - Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, IN, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Aug 2007 - Apr 2012


Special Citation in UM-ULI Case Competition 2015 for Revitalization of Albert Kahn Building, Detroit, Honorable Mention


Shortlisted in Top 20 on National level for NIASA Awards for Excellence in Architectural Thesis for Design Dissertation titled ‘ Institute of Design - Reimagining the Learning environments’ 2011-12, Nomination


National Second runner up in the 53rd SAARC level National Association for Students of Architecture competition 2010 for Industrial Design / Product Design Category, 2nd Place


National First Place in the 52nd SAARC level National Association for Students of Architecture competition 2009 for Industrial Design / Product Design Category, 1st Place


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