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Nissa Shahid

Graduate in Spatial Planning with Urban Design (Master of Planning)

PERSONAL PROFILE I am a multilingual graduate with 6+ months relevant professional planning experience and a strong academic background in policy, design and place-making based on economics and sustainability. Having studied and worked on a range of projects from South America, to Europe to Asia; I have developed a unique perspective on planning and design that I am always willing to expand with further work experience. I hope to achieve chartered membership at the RTPI in just less than 18 months.


PHA Communications Ltd. Graduate Planning Consultant As the resident planning specialist, I am responsible for planning applications (ranging from GPDO, LNs and Full Planning, with Design, Access and Heritage statements) for the telecommunications side – while assisting the land acquisition team in the Renewable Energy side as well.

July 2011 August 2011

Capital Development Authority Intern (Government of Pakistan) By shadowing the Planning Director, post-2010 floods, I was able to gain an insight into a planning department’s role following a recent disaster. I was asked to apply my understanding of design in planning to upcoming housing development projects and was able to identify previously overlooked issues.

July 2007 August 2007

Sustainable Development of the Walled City of Lahore Intern (World Bank) I was assigned to work with a variety of departments over the course of my placement – through which I was able to grasp the organisational structure of such a complex project. My biggest achievement was to draft a successful inhabitant movement strategy for the social mobilisation team.

August 2006 August 2010

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS Politecnico di Milano (Erasmus Exchange Student) Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, Milan, Italy MSc (ord. 270) Urban Planning and Policy Design September 2008 September 2013

Impington International Sixth Form College 1 New Rd Impington, Cambridgeshire, U.K. International Baccalaureate: Diploma Awarded Art HL; History HL; English A1 HL; Physics SL; Spanish AB SL; Mathematics SL

September 2003 June 2005

TECHNICAL SKILLS Microsoft Office Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign AutoCAD Google Sketchup GIS HTML/Web design Prezi design Database Manag.

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COMPETENCIES Language: Italian Language: Urdu Language: Spanish Report Writing Research Methods Public Speaking Spatial Analysis Policy Analysis Data Analysis Advocacy

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MEMBERSHIP Royal Town and Planning Institute Int. Society of Biourbanism Planning Aid Volunteer

Licentiate Member Standard Member Participating Member

University of West of England Cold Harbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol, U.K. BA (Hons)/MPlan Spatial Planning with Urban Design (RTPI Accredited)

September 2005 May 2007

A: 1 Hardy Close, Longstanton, Cambridge, CB24 3GU T: +44 (0) 7746 405 578 E:

Waterstones Seasonal Bookseller I worked at the bookstore chain every summer and winter vacation for four years, sometimes even during the year if I was not at university. I was trained in customer service and when given charge of the Art & Architecture section in 2009, hit above target for sales in that section.

September 2012 August 2013


Lahore Grammar School 55 Main Gulberg, Lahore, Pakistan O Levels: Cambridge Board English Lang; English Lit; Math; Art; Additional Math; Computer Studies; Pakistan Studies; Urdu; RE

ADDITIONAL INVOLVEMENT 21st July 2013 28th July 2013

Neuroerganomics and Urban Place-Making Workshop

3rd February 2014

Planning Aid Volunteer : Grovehill Neighbourhood Plan

International Society of Biourbanism (Artena, Rome, Italy) Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, U.K.


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Driving License (British) British Citizen (Passport + Birth Certificate) Willing to relocate/commute Portfolio Available at Request References Available at Request Internship Certificates Available at Request

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