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Tara Oberoi

Tara Oberoi

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

I received my Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and I am currently an Associate Architectural Designer for WeWork's Enterprise and Powered by We Group, where I focus on designing creative and high-impact commercial spaces for Fortune 500 companies. 

My double minor in real estate and business as well as my experiences working at developers has aided my understanding of the building industry as a whole. This background has made me better equipped at conveying concepts and speaking to clients as I am able to understand the nuances of how developers evaluate design. 

I have strong Revit skills and have produced many design drawings and packages using the software. I am looking to get licensed in the state of NY and am active in the AXP and ARE track.

Employment 

WeWork, New York, NY, US, Associate Architectural Designer, Enterprise & Powered by We

Key member of Enterprise and Powered by We Group, WeWork's custom office design & build service for Fortune 500 companies. Completed 11 project proposals to redesign corporate office HQs. Built 9 of 11 projects, totaling over 400,000 USF; $42MM total costs, generating over $4.5MM in fee revenue.

Multinational Investment Bank and Financial Company (Central US HQ), Chicago • 72,670 USF
• Lead designer of six-person team; client liaison and assistant project manager. Conducted full workplace strategy to convert data into concept design
principles that aim to: attract/retain young talent, elevate company's brand, enhance connection culture, create flexible office space for future needs
• Reduced client's footprint by 30% on challenging curved and radial floor plan, and reduced total costs by 10% through value engineering of project
• Developed design concept of 3-level-stacked amenity space; worked with AOR to find solution for realization of proposed interconnecting stair by designing effective fire glass/shutter system, avoiding triggering “atrium effect” while complying with stringent Chicago Fire Code
• Prepared Revit schematic/design development packages; led design coordination meetings, page-turns, submittal reviews for AOR/EOR/consultants
• Specified appliance/plumbing fixtures and proposed appropriate acoustic/lighting performance to comply with project's LEED Gold standards
• Designed/detailed millwork and custom 20' x 10' LED panel light fixture with hanging plants above "center of gravity"; selected finishes and furniture

Technology-Focused Health Insurance Company (HQ), New York City • 58,812 USF
• Key designer, collaborating closely with WeWork's Creative Studio to develop universal building standards for client's first build-to-suit space and an effective floor plan to accommodate various scales of events/interactions; built within 6-month time frame, keeping to client's planned move-in date
• Designed program for triangular floor plate to reflect employees' daily work flow; developed system of space types to fit within dense column grid
• Produced Revit-based schematic design package/presentation material for client; conducted construction site visits and punch-list walk-through
• Pitched creative solution to introduce stage for all-hands space in main lounge, without triggering "assembly space" requirements for New York Code
• Final design featured in "Architectural Digest" and "Business Insider"; success of project led client to re-sign with WeWork for another 50,000 USF

Global Travel Technology Company (Mid-West HQ), Chicago • 14,077 USF
• Assistant designer to develop more upscale 3rd floor for Enterprise client's existing 2-floor rented stack, with limited budget of $115/SF
• Spearheaded development of renderings/visuals through use of Enscape to win $5MM project; successfully completed with $15/SF under budget

Aug 2018 - current
 

Tishman Speyer, New York, NY, US, Design & Innovation Intern, ZO.

Active member of eight-person team to grow ZO., landlord-provided serviced spaces centered on innovation, hospitality, wellness, and community to retain tenants long-term. Piloted at Rockefeller Center, the value-add strategy has become an amenity program across an international portfolio.

• Contributed to development of 1st ZO. Lounge: Selected and purchased furniture, coordinated with Rock Center to integrate technology, created book of operations, hired/trained space management staff, and collaborated with team to assess underutilized spaces for future ZO. Lounges in NYC
• Assisted in sourcing deals with amenity partners, and organized/executed activation events to on-board ZO. users to the program
• Collaborated with Marketing to design and place ZO.'s advertising materials around Rock Center; supported advancement of ZO. app to connect ZO. spaces with amenity partners and tenants. Designed and sent out daily ZO. emails to subscribers to foster member community

Jun 2017 - Nov 2017
 

Jakub Cigler Architekti • Crestyl Real Estate • In collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, Prague, CZ, Design & Development Intern, Rotational Program

• Active designer on conversion of historic Savarin Palace and riding stable into luxury retail, premium offices, and underground subway station;
assisted in design of facade on Wenceslas Square and developed strategy for landmark approved 4-storey exterior staircase

May 2016 - Aug 2016
 

Mixity Design, London, GB, Architectural Intern, Residential Projects

• Collaborated with Armani Casa and supported the development of the Maçka Residences, three luxury residential towers in Istanbul, by designing
site plans for marketing materials, floor plans of residential units, and final documentation package of plans/renderings for potential buyers

Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
 

Foster + Partners, London, GB, Architectural Intern, Apple Stores

• Developed conceptual design for Milan's Piazza Liberty Apple Store; prepared detailed document on analysis of area, produced 3D study models to investigate the appropriate geometry for the iconic glass enclosure, and delivered research presentations directly to executives of Apple

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
 

Education 

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, AAP

Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, New York
Bachelor of Architecture

Double Minor: Real Estate & Business (School of Hotel Administration & Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management)

• Cumulative GPA: 3.5/4.0 • Dean’s List • National Society of Collegiate Scholar

Aug 2013 - May 2018
 

Awards 

1st Place winner at 2017 International Hotel Investment Forum for 20th annual Student Case Competition, 1st Place

This year’s teams were required to conduct a financial analysis of a complex, realistic but fictitious hotel deal on an upper upscale property in downtown Amsterdam. Their job was to recommend an investment approach, starting with an estimate of a proper offer amount, and then analyze of the deal’s risk profile, brand strategy, and structure, complete with an exit strategy. As part of the competition, judges also gave consideration to the teams’ creativity and presentation.

2017
 

Prize winner for Cornell Architecture annual competitions: York Prize Spring 2014, Baird Prize Fall 2014, Honorable Mention

2014
 

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