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Mona Shanbhag

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

➢ DOE Solar Decathlon Design Challenge 2019 ➢ ALYA Case Design Competition - Summer 2018 ➢ Tetannga Tamantun (TTDI) - Summer 2018 ➢ Indian High Commission, KL - Summer 2018 ➢ Green Living - Fall 2017 ➢ Amphibian District - Fall 2017 ➢ Falling Water - Spring 2018 ➢ Environmental Tech - Spring 2018 ➢ Reclad 1 & 2 - Fall 2018 ➢ The Parisian, Macau - Spring/ Summer/ Fall 2016 ➢ Undergrad Thesis Project - Spring 2014 ➢ Museum Technical Drawings - Fall 2013 ➢ Internship Projects - Spring 2014 ➢ Interior Design Freelancing - Summer 2014 ➢ Models & Photography Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Design Development, Enclosure Systems, Energy Analysis University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Academic Competition | Fall ’18 Spring ‘19 Various Software

Our site is located in Hawthorne Neighborhood in North Minneapolis. We followed the Minneapolis 2040 goal which prioritizes increasing density and affordability in existing neighborhoods. Our site has three vacant lots and eMpower pocket neighborhood triples the density while maintaining the look and feel of houses on the block. All the materials & systems were intentionally selected to be sustainable, durable. Resilient, healthy and affordable. We believe that our winning solution transforms communities, buildings, lives and in that process truly eMpowers lives.

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

ALYA, an acronym for Assisted Living, Learning, Youth, and Abode is a model for a new development concept which focuses on the new growth industries-secondary care, aged care housing as well as tech incubators. The careful composition of the programs is designed to maximize synergy and form a symbiotic relationship between the various parcels. I was involved in the overall site development and the sketch-up model which was rendered by the Graphic Design team using 3D Max.

Schematic Design, Design Development VERITAS Architects KL Professional | Summer ‘18 Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop PARCEL A

Premium Apartments & Villas


Botanical Themed Apartments & Villas


Aged Care Village


Secondary Care and Rehab Centre

Parcel B

PARCEL J Youth Hub

PARCEL H Township Master Plan

Tech and Industry Incubators

Parcel J

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Schematic Design, Design Development, Energy Analysis VERITAS Architects KL Professional | Summer ‘18 Revit, Insight, Sketchup, Photoshop

The Hatch is conceptualized as the new integrated lifestyle hub for TTDI that incubates the economy of the future. Stylish retail outlets, multicultural groups and lifestyle communities shape the lively character of the township. As a whole, the development is not merely a synthesis of the three components – the plaza, podium and tower – but a creation of a great public space for civic pride, celebration of life and the human imagination. I was involved in the design development & drawings of the project and also carried out daylighting and energy analysis for Client presentation using Insight.

Rainwater Harvesting

Natural Ventilation Energy Efficient Fixtures Indoor Air Quality Recycled Building Materials Green Materials Shading

Permeable Pavers Pedestrian Friendly Travel Convenience Passive Surveillance

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Design Transition + Key Floor Plans

Design Development, Construction Drawings VERITAS Architects KL Professional | Summer ‘18 Revit, Sketchup

Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia and it is known for its mix of cultural influence. The Indian government wanted to build an iconic High Commission in KL which would complement the existing architecture. The intricate traditional patterns of the facade juxtaposes against the dynamic futurism of the Chancery building, celebrating the contrast between India’s technological ascendency and its rich cultural past. I was involved in the amphitheatre staircase development, sustainability & construction drawings which were later rendered by the Graphic Design Team.

Low – Energy Consumption Section PV Panel Green Roof Air to Water Superior Air Quality VRV/VRF Thermal Comfort Vermicompost

Level 3 Plan

Ground Floor Plan



Front Elevation

The reflective pool transforms into a stage for art performances. Since it is a High Commission the security and accessibility is planned accordingly. Public and highly secured places are taken into design consideration.

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Sustainable Development, Energy Calculations University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Academic | Fall ‘17 Various Software

To retrofit an under utilized existing structure into a sustainable mixed use building that will support healthy living and community connectivity. The focus will be on energy optimization, reuse of water, organic food production in a healthy and sustainable way. The key parameters which helped our design decisions were Improved Community Connectivity, 2030 Challenge Compliant, Water Optimization, Affordable Housing & Healthy Food. The project was a team effort of 3 members; I was responsible for Energy calculations among others.

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Design, Project Narrative, Video University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Academic | Fall ‘17 Various Software

To design an innovative green infrastructure project for the area surrounding TCF Bank Stadium that effectively manages stormwater runoff while helping the surrounding and the environment. The main goal of team is to return the water cycle to the pre-development cycle. Our design was created by retaining and storing most of the stormwater on site by adding 5 wetlands on the site. This design is aimed to create a vibrant and healthy ecosystem nestled within the U of M campus and add recreation areas and a green corridor in the heavily developed campus area. The project was a combined team effort of 4 team members.

Location Analysis


Master Plan

Currently, more than 50,000 people interact with the site on an annual basis making the site a great location to demonstrate the value of green infrastructure. The site after development adds immense social, ecological and economic benefits to the campus. It helps to serve the current issues of reducing climate change effects, reducing habitat destruction & increasing quality of runoff from site.

Section The “Amphibian District” project aims to create a habitat for diverse ecosystem by creating five new wetlands on the site. Wetlands absorb nutrients and pollutants from the water during their growth which would give improved water quality at the end of their treatment. We plan to design the wetlands using native plants and connect them via a green corridor making it aesthetically beautiful while also fulfilling the purpose of clean storm water runoff from the site.

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Recreate a project of influence University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Academic | Spring ‘18 Revit + BIM

Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier were my favorite architects and among their works “Falling Waters” was the one that most appealed to me. The organic and sustainable approach taken by the architect for the design of falling water and the story behind it is just too overwhelming. For my BIM final I decided to recreate Falling water to the best of my ability while keeping the BIM features as the important aspect. Due to the contoured site and waterfall; massing was played the most important role.

Guest – Level 1

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Level 2


Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Comparative Analysis University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Academic | Spring ‘18 Sketchup, Sefaira (Plug-In, Online)

The assignment was to study and carry out design changes to the base-case scenario to study the relationship between all factors to mitigate the conflicts to help achieve thermal comfort. Some design changes were done to the baseline to achieve net zero nature center as the final design goal. In the final design model the windows are placed taking into consideration illuminance across the space and visibility. Also, the orientation is changed by 180 degrees to gain better daylight. Horizontal shades are added on south facing windows.

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Building Enclosure & Facade University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Academic | Fall ‘18 Revit

This adaptive Reuse development seeks to re-imagine the purpose of a skyway from a structural typology that is purely thought of as a transportation device to a space that engages the user in the unique experience of the in between. Thermally Insulated channel glass was used as a replacement for the original glass type. Glazed baguette terracotta was used as exterior facade in various square widths as an instrument with a form that merges, parts and intertwines the same way as magnetic radio waves. Both the materials provide shading & privacy along with thermal performance, lifecycle, maintenance as well as sustainability.

Sections & Elevations

Partial Project Visualization

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Design Development, Construction Drawings Hsin Chong Engineering (Macau) Ltd. Professional | Spring/Summer/Fall ‘16 AutoCAD, Revit, Site Supervision

The Parisian has a half scale 525 ft Eiffel Tower as its landmark. It has approximately 3000 guest rooms,170 shops and 56,000 sq ft meeting spaces. It also has a theatre with seating capacity of 1200 people. A full 100 percent of interior and exterior lighting is LED, high performance window glazing, ultra-efficient low-flow water fixture. In addition, all the shuttle buses run on low emission compressed natural gas (CNG)The Parisian targeted LEED Silver for new construction. I was responsible for the drawings and also for the overall supervision of construction on site.

Plans & Elevational Drawings

Master Plan

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Undergrad Thesis Project Pillai’s College of Architecture, New Panvel Academic | Spring ‘14 Autocad, Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop

The main aim was to utilize the scenic beauty of backwater and design a sustainable eco-friendly resort using locally available materials for construction. It would cater the requirements of a basic resort as well as include cultural and leisure activities. It would also provide as a source of economy for the locals. The 9 acre site is located at Tavsal, near Jaigad, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, at the western ghats of India. Being a coastal area it his highly hot and humid. Site is heavily contoured and the challenge was to create a resort with minimum impact to the surrounding existing flora & fauna.

Site Plan and Individual Plans, Sections & Elevations

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Construction Drawings Pillai’s College of Architecture, New Panvel Academic | Fall ‘13 Revit, Autocad

The idea was to create a museum with a circular communication system. Basic idea while designing the museum of modern art was circulation. The galleries are distributed along a circular grand lobby so that the distribution of visitors can take place. The grand central circular lobby has space framing and translucent glass sheets which are supported by surrounding gallery columns. Museum is designed horizontally rather than vertically. This was done so that it wont break the linearity of the site and obstruct any view.

Ground Floor Plan

Centre Line Plan


Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Schematic Design Development, Construction Drawings Thakkar & Associates Professional | Spring ‘14 Autocad

During my internship at Thakkar & Associates (Architects and Interior Designers) I got a chance to assist the team in a variety of residential and township projects. I was part of a team of 4 architects and 3 technical staff members. I was part of the core design team and prepared municipal drawings and construction documents for government approval and site execution. Also assisted in preparation of working drawings and presentation for client approval.

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Interior Design, Supervision Freelancing Project Professional | Summer ‘14 Autocad, Sketchup

The project is designed keeping in mind the client’s love for ‘Traditional Goan Houses’. They wanted a feel of their village house when they enter their current house. Basic concept while designing was “Wood & Stone”. There is extensive use of woods for columns and as decorative pieces on the pillars. Stone ceiling and stone walls are also done and more wood is incorporated in the seating and flooring spaces. Murals are made in the interior as well as the exterior of the house to give it a more rustic feel.

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

Mona Shanbhag | MS Arch - Sustainable Design | | +1 612 963 8192 |

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