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Krutika Shah urban design + architecture portfolio

Krutika Shah Projects


Design Guidelines

Master of Urban Design

01. Kigali Urban Sustainability, Rwanda

Urban Design 02. Revival of Urban Nexus 03. Connecting Built and Unbuilt Spaces

Architecture 04. Transnode: A Transport Interchange 05. Sustainable Housing

Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh August 2013

Bachelor of Architecture

Sir JJ College of Architecture University of Mumbai May 2011

Professional 06. Walkability Study in East Liberty 07. Research and Development Complex 08. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant

Accreditations Registered Architect

Council of Architecture India

LEED Green Associate GBCI/ USGBC

Social, Economic and Environmental Design 323 Morewood Ave Apt 23 Pittsburgh PA- 15213 (412) 692-1896


Academic Position Studio Faculty

Sir JJ College of Architecture Mumbai September 2011- May 2012 Subject: Building Technology Year: First Year B.Arch

Work Experience Research Associate

Remaking Cities Institute Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh August 2013- Present

Trainee and Junior Architect

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Arnita SEZ Consultants Pvt. Ltd Mumbai January 2011- June 2012

Urban Scale Research and Analysis, Documentation, Report Writing, Graphical Representation, Presentations, Client and Stakeholder Communications. Projects related to walkability, urban improvemnts and riverfront development. Conceptual Planning And Sketching, Architectural Designing, Landscaping, Interior Space Planning, Construction Drawings, Material Detailing, Specifications, Regulation Drawings, 3D Modeling, Physical Modeling, Presentation, Consultant And Client Communications.

Interior Designer

Freelance, Mumbai

September 2011- August 2012

Designed and implemented interior scheme for a triplex apartment measuring 5000 sq. ft.

Freelance designer

Engineer Ketan Rami, Mumbai October 2009- February 2010

August 2007

01. Walkability Study 02. Riverfront Benchmarking Study

Urban Design Master Planning Architectural Design Façade Design Interior Design Model Building 3D Modeling Construction Drawings Animation Rendering GIS Analysis

Academic Projects

Computer Skills

Urban Design

ArcGIS Revit AutoCAD SketchUP Photoshop Illustrator InDesign After Effects 3D’s MAX Archicad Microsoft Office

01. Research and Development Center 02. Laboratories 03. Healthcare / Pharmaceutical Production Plant 04. Guest House 05. Landscape Design 06. Commercial Interiors

Urban Scale Research

Assisted in structural designing of residential tower and AutoCAD drafting.

Designed and drafting of construction details of interiors for residential and commercial projects.


Surveyed and researched 45 open spaces and published in Breathing Spaces: Survey of 600 open spaces.


Research Apprentice

Ministry of Urban Development Mumbai & SPA, Delhi • May 2010

Research Assistant/ Surveyor May 2009- January 2010

Master Planning/ Architecture

Research Experience

City Space (NGO), Mumbai

Technical Skills

01. Urban Design Gidelines 02. High Density Mixed Use Development 03. Transit Oriented Development 04. Public Realm Improvements

Trainee Architect

Design Aspect, Mumbai

Professional Projects

Surveyed and researched about slum typologies for major slums in Mumbai.

01. Transport Interchange 02. Sustainable Housing 03. Public Buildings 04. Commercial Complex 05. Recreational/ Entertainment Center 07. Redevlopment of district

01. Affordable Housing Complex 02. Earthquake Resistant Hospital 03. Pedestrian Walkway 04. Night Shelter

Languages English Hindi Marathi Gujarati German

Kigali Urban Sustainability


is an attempt to recommend zoning improvements to the zoning code and design guidelines for the proposed Master Plan for City of Kigali, Rwanda.





WETLAND PARK Existing Urban Form Landlocked Parcels Minimal Vehicular Access

Proposed Land Use

High Density along Transit Tapering Density on Slopes

Open Space Network

Potential Green Infrastructure Interconnected network

The study scrutinizes the master plan at three scale: Watershed, Sector and Sample Area. After extensive deliberation and field survey, the studio identified issues in the proposed zoning to provide achievable modifications. The recommendations support Urban Sustainability issues related to urban form, infrastructure, water drainage, storm water drainage etc. The eventual goal was to incorporate Green Infrastructure into the zoning to address the issue of recurring floods and heat island effect in Kigali. Aspects like bioswales, green roofs, urban agriculture, retention ponds, wetland parks, pocket parks and living systems are recommended in the new zoning. The study was conducted in collaboration of Kigali Department of Planning, that envisions Kigali to be the next “Sustainable City in Central Africa�!

Revival of Urban Nexus


Kigali Urban Sustainability Zoning and Green Infrastructure Study Recommendation Process Simulation of Proposed Zoning

Carnegie Mellon University | Urban Design Studio Summer 2013

Kigali, Rwanda



Discontinuous Urban Fabric

Permissible Min-Max Building Height

Solar Access on Public Realm

Existing Bus Routes Walking Shed

Under utilized Open Spaces

Existing Urban Fabric

Proposed Land Use


Incremental Development

Arcaded Walkway on Commercial Street

Minimum Street Wall Massing

Zoning Simulation


Green Infrastructure Concepts

Built to Line/ Zero Setback Rules

Network of Bioswale/Detention Ponds Pocket Parks and Recreational Spaces Green Roofs and Terrace Drainage Channelizing Stormwater on Roads

Maximizing Pervious Surfaces

Capture Source Run-off

Public and Private Urban Agriculture Ecological Balance

Wetland Parks and Bio-Retention Urban Living Systems

Revival of Urban Nexus

is a design proposal that deals with interlinking of faced paced transit corridor along with relaxing recreational spaces in Pittsburgh. The transit connectivity on the corridor is currently under utilized thus, the goal of the project is to encourage residents of the neighborhood to switch to public transit. Additional amenities like food stores, urban farm, green house are planned around the bus stop to foster Healthy Living in the community. The primary planning of the transit route is based on analysis related to topography, walking shed, urban street patterns, physical attributes and environmental factors. A hub that promotes transit and food services has the potential to increase transit ridership. Improved Accessibility to transit stops with an appealing waiting experience for commuters is the need of the hour for ‘Urban Sprawled’ neighborhoods. Economic Development South (EDS) is the organization that supported the vision of making six neighborhoods in Pittsburgh ‘Walkable’!


Revival of Urban Nexus Transit Oriented Development

Pittsburgh, United States

Carnegie Mellon University | Urban Design Studio Spring 2013

Framing the vision

Multifunctional Spaces

Summer Evenings : Musical fountains and light show

Walking Shed

Slope Analysis

Barriers in Development

Street Pattern

Urban/ Suburban Pattern

Amenities Analysis

High Density Development

Parking Amenities Potential Park and Ride

Priority Transit Stops Nexus Development

Summer Afternoons : Waterpool and movie screening

Flexible Transit Stop Design Multifunctional Design Elements

Nexus Development Plan

Fall/ Spring : Outdoor cafeteria and

Inbound and Outbound Transit Stops

Winters : Skating rink and display area

open sit out

during snow


Existing Bus Routes

Connecting Built and Unbuilt Spaces

is a design project based on restructuring of Green Spaces as walakble-bikeable urban sustainability solution for a predominantly auto oriented route; West Liberty Ave in Pittsburgh.





The design holds potential to create transit oriented development that fosters Mixed-use High Density retail, commercial and residential activities around the transit stop with interchangeability between modes of transport like buses, cars, bikes and pedestrians. The usage of vacant parcels and disconnected green spaces along the corridor to form a well connected network of open spaces intermingled with pedestrian walkway. The design comprises of a landmark elevated pathway that dictates the built form around forming Connecting Link between Neighborhoods!




Connecting Built and Unbuilt Spaces Restructuring of the Green Spaces

Pittsburgh, United States

Systems Analysis

Carnegie Mellon University | Urban Design Studio Fall 2012 Long Term Vision

Existing Neighborhood Restructuring Green Spaces Segregated Transit Route Transit Oriented Development Beechview and Brookline

Using Vacant Parcels

Elevated Walkway/ Bikeway

Mixed Use Zoning

Development Nodes Structured Spaces

Design Elements

Edge: Termination of walkway Node: Diverging streets forming a nodal interchange. with structured built form.

Landmark: Visually appealing Green Spaces: Landscaped and geometrically sound. and Natural.

Development Nodes Structured Spaces

Connecting Topography; Elevated Walkway

Revitalization Plan Rezoning, reframing and reorganizing the density and uses around transit stop

Multifunctional Walkaway A destination to walk, buy, shop and live!




Transnode: A Transport Interchange

is a proposal to offer an urban solution to the existing transport infrastructure which fails to accommodate the present capacity over 0.1 million commuters at Bandra per day. The solution to the existing problem is to develop a Nexus with mass rapid transport modes which area interlinked to form an interchange. The building revolves around the concept of availability of space in the site, proposals of the local government and considering sustainable techniques of construction. The goals for design is high capacity



speed, environment friendly design, financially viable and attractive to commuters. Transnode is a link between civil, commercial, infrastructural and communicational services promoting ‘A Vision for Better Tomorrow’!


Transnode: A Transport Interchange An Intermodal Interchange

Bandra, Mumbai, India

Sir JJ College Of Architecture | Final Year Design Dissertation 2010

Site Preparation

Existing Conditions

Proposed Circulation

Demolished Structures

Informal Settlements

Proposed Stuctures

Segregation of Modes of Commute

Religious Structures Restored

A Transport Interchange

Metro Station: Linked to railway station by roads and skywalk

Interwoven Facade Details Metro Station

Vertical CarPark

Truss Details

Bus Depot: Linked to Metro station by skywalk

Bus Depot

Transit Interchange Master Plan Redesigned node to provide modal interchange between transit modes

Sectional Elevation Heights and functional spaces in the nexus

Sustainable Housing

is an attempt to revitalize old houses structures into a self-sustaining residential complex with diverse housing stock serving population of all ages and income.


The design aims Sustainability and Earthquake Resistance. Use of regional materials and passive ventilation strategies justifies sustainability. Integrating rainwater harvesting system, green terraces, permeable pavements help mitigate stormwater run off assisting flood control.



The design not only follows local codes but makes an attempt to surpass the requirements to meet LEED certification goals by acting Locally impacting Globally. The idea of creating a mixed use, high density fosters A Lively Livable Community!



Sustainable Housing Affordable Housing Complex

Sir JJ College Of Architecture | Fourth Year Design Studio 2010

Worli, Mumbai, India

Details of apartment blocks

Framing the site

Existing Bus Routes Walking Shed

Slope Analysis Barriers in Development

Street Pattern Urban/ Suburban Pattern

Amenities Analysis High Density Development

High Priority Transit Stops Nexus Development

Level 2 Townhouse Level 1 Opportunities

1-BR Apartment 2-BR Apartment 3-BR Apartment

Master Planning of Affordable Township Design refects sustainability and regional priority

Site Section Scale and density diversified

Walkability and Accessibility Study is a research project undertaken to explore walkability principles. The walkability variables are categorized as assets and issues that promote and hamper walking condition in East Liberty a neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

The study is to ascertain two high priority streets that should be revitalized immediately with minimum investment and maximum impact. Jeff Specks “ Walkable City� is the source of reference to hone on the Urban Triage Method of selection along with inputs from community. High priority streets would not only enhance the walking experience in East Liberty but also foster the commercial enterprises in the district!

Client:East Liberty Development Inc Project Type: Sustainable Urban improvements Role: Research, Data Management, Documentation, Graphics, Presentation, Client and Community Communications.


Walkability and Accessibility Study Urban Improvements

Pittsburgh, United States

Remaking Cities Institute ,Carnegie Mellon University

Walkability Variables

Urban Triage Method

Type 1: > 70% Positive Factors Active Street Condition

Highly Frequented Destinations Stores, Retail, Churches, Schools, Parks

Connectivity Transit stops and center

Safety Safe school routes, No-crime zone, Intersections

Type 1: > 70% Positive Factors

Type 2: 30- 70% Positive Factors

Spatial Enclosure and Visual Interest Active streets, Street walls, Sidewalks, Trees

Multi-Modal Streets Street widths, Traffic Volume, Bike infrastructure

Parking Parking lots and On-street parking

Type 3: < 30% Positive Factors

Research and Development Center

was a design competition put forth by BASF to design the upcoming Commercial Center in a brownfield site. The design aims at creating a LEED Gold building with Sustainable Innovative Techniques.




The Facade Design is the most important aspect of the design as client required a facade that would be a show stopper for all the buildings in Navi Mumbai. Passive and active ventilation techniques are used to reduce energy demand and recycled, reused materials are actively incorporated in the design to achieve high standards of sustainability.




Client: BASF Project Type: Commercial Offices and Laboratories Role: Site Layout, Detail Interior Layout, Facade Designing, Presentation.


Research and Development Complex BASF The Chemical Company

Arnita SEZ Consultants Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai

Turbhe, Navi Mumbai, India




Alternative Facade Option Single building with expanded footprint


Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant

was an attempt to integrate high end healthcare technology along with aesthetically designed exterior faces. The design comprises of manufacturing plant, back end office, cafeteria and support structure. The ruling concept of the design was to break free from the typicality of industrial plants with metal sidings and warehouse look and incorporate a contemporary facade with steel, glass and concrete as the building materials. Use of bright colors reflects the glee that the medicines can bring to the patient cured by it!

Client: Ajanta Pharma Project Type: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant, Offices, Cafeteria. Role: Conceptual Master Plan, Facade Designing, Interiors, Presentation, Construction Documents.



Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant Ajanta Pharma

Arnita SEZ Consultants Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai

Aurangabad, India

Proposed Faรงade Options

Front Facade of Manufacturing Facility Concept to create angular repetition to balance varying heights.


Master Plan of Manufacturing Plant Combination of immediate and future development


Back End Office Entrance Cantilevered front entrance that offers protection in sun and rains

Resume and Work sample Urban Design by Krutika Shah  

Carnegie Mellon University and Sir JJ College of Architecture

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