Sowmya Sudarsanam

Sowmya Sudarsanam

Chicago, IL, US



During the course of her undergraduate and graduate studies,  Sowmya has worked on several projects in residential, institutional and industrial domains. In addition to working as project architect and an intern, she gained hands on experience building arches, vaults and domes at the Auroville Earth Institute, Pondicherry.

She believes that architecture holds the potential to strengthen connections between people and places and is primarily a medium to engage with the environment. She feels that this connection is essential to create places that are deeply engaging, highly associative and immensely vibrant.

Her current interests include architectural presentation; design diagramming, design of public places and social advancement through design. She is extremely passionate about graphic design, music and all things kitsch. An avid reader, she runs a reader’s cafe in her parallel universe.



University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Office Assistant to Director of Development

+ Developing designs and layouts of donation cards and other special projects
+ Assisted in the revision and maintenance of members' profile information in the database
+ Cataloging and filing sensitive and confidential materials in a complex and comprehensive filing system

Sep 2012 - current

architectureRED (REsearch+Design), Chennai, IN, Project Architect

+ Developed design proposals, schematic design and development for industrial facilities and high-end residential townships
+ Developed architectural design details for institutional and interior design projects
+ Handled project management responsibilities involved in construction of an institutional building
+ Inspected construction quality and documented site information during project execution
+ Prepared detailed Bill of Quantities and Tender drawings for contracts
+ Researched material properties and samples for project construction
+ Coordinated architectural design with HVAC, PHE, Structural, Electrical and LEED consultants
+ Designed graphics and diagrams for print media, presentations, exhibitions and publishing

Jul 2010 - Jun 2012

Maya Architects, Bengaluru, IN, Architect Intern and Graphic Aide

+ Designed schematic plans and interior layouts for residential projects
+ Created conceptual design drawings, renderings and diagrams for client presentations as 2D drawings and 3D models
+ Developed high standard branding, presentation book and portfolio for marketing promotions
+ Drafted Good for Construction architectural, electrical and structural drawings
+ Assisted in site inspections and documentation
+ Supported in resolving technical issues with PCs, Printers and Plotters

Jun 2008 - Nov 2008


University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Architecture

Post-professional degree comprising of studio-centered work in architecture and urbanism supported by elective coursework in advanced technology and contemporary theory and criticism.

Jun 2012 - current

Anna University, Chennai, IN, BArch, Architecture

Five year professional degree in architecture consisting of ten-semester studio sequence in architecture and urban design supported by coursework in building services, construction technology and architectural theory- history,project management, landscape architecture, energy efficiency and interior design.

Aug 2005 - Jun 2010


Tigerman McCurry Scholarship, Scholarship


The Board of Trustees Award, UIC, Scholarship


24X7 Education Experience Challenge, 1st Place


The Universal Logo for Human Rights, Other

Design Entry voted among the top 100 from more than 15,300 submissions


Areas of Specialization