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SHWETA DESAI [ARCHITECT] PROFILE A t e a m p l a ye r w it h e x c e l l e n t communication skills and a c a d e m i c qualications, who has graduated with a degree in Bachelors of Architecture and Masters in Sustainable Urban Design. Possessing a proven ability to ensure projected architectural designs are functional, safe and economical and meet the needs of the client. Excellent communication skills to keep in touch with clients to ensure that the project designs match their needs easy going by nature and able to get along with both work colleagues and senior managers, currently looking for a suitable interior/architect /urban designer position. 16, Wilkinson Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2NL +447405335594 shweta5924@gmail.com

University of Nottingham 2014 – Present | Master in Sustainable Urban Design [MArch] Awarded Developing Solutions scholarship. Main Modules taken: Sustainable urban design and theory Sustainable revitalisation Reconguring a city Places and Cities BREEAM Urban Design history and theory Urban Design and Regeneration A.P.I.E.D (Gujarat, India) 2008 – 2013| Bachelor in Architecture [BArch] | Grade: Higher Merit Main Modules taken: Structures Design studio: Institutional, Contextual, Material, Urban, Housing, Interior Surveying and Levelling Estimation and Quantities Photography and Graphic design

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE October 2015- Present I Design Consultant at Dulux, UK. Part of team dedicated to Diversity’s key Dulux Account. Job responsibilities: Ÿ Amabassador for the Dulux brand Ÿ Working through all manner of projects from simple colour schemes to full design schemes including space plans, pricing plans & proposals where approriate. Ÿ Being involved in the entire design process from concept to nal design delivery and ensuring projects are effectively managed to achieve agreements for ideas, costing, and above all quality-much of the time liaising directly and collaborating closely with clients. Ÿ Meeting deadlines and targets for design deliverables, ensuring both consultations and outputs are delivered to set timescale and to a consistent high quality. Ÿ Providing full specication of relevant products including nish and material selections for window treatments, furniture, fabrics, ooring, lighting and accessories , furniture detail and spatial planning. Ÿ Proactively developing relationships with clients in order to identify, develop and maximise further business opportunities. Ÿ Participate in additional business development and marketing efforts needed. December 2013 – July 2014 | Architect at Sun Architects, Vadodara, India. I was the second most senior architect after the Head Architect. I led the team of three junior architects and two interns. I worked on several residential, commercial and institutional projects including schools, hostels and a resort [architecture and interior]. Job responsibilities: Ÿ Working closely with other professionals like surveyors and civil engineers. Ÿ Producing drawings and specications for construction teams. Ÿ Identifying customer requirements and attending meetings on site. Ÿ Helping to co-ordinate technicians and craftspeople. Ÿ Ensuring building projects are completed within budget and schedule. Ÿ Liaising with local authorities and regulatory bodies. Ÿ Helping to prepare company tender applications. Ÿ Writing design and technical reports. Ÿ All aspects of the design and procurement process. Ÿ Specifying the nature and quality of materials required. June 2011 – December 2011 | Intern architect Dipen Gada and Associates, Vadodara, India. Job responsibilities: Ÿ Preparing working drawings and details for on-going projects. Ÿ Worked solely as a designer for a restaurant project. Ÿ Worked in team for a few residential and commercial projects. Ÿ Site supervision. Ÿ Data feeding and client meetings. 38 Nbejtpo DpvsuEf sxf ouX bz- Sbm f jhi Qbsl-

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POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY 2014-2015 2014-2015 2010-2012 2009-2014

Course Representative – representing students at the Learning Community Forum Secretary at the Learning Community Forum, University of Nottingham Student Union Member [Activity Manager] Freelancer – Interior Design jobs and Graphic Designer: Posters, Calendars, and Business Cards

VOLUNTARY WORK 2012-2014 2012-2014 2012-2014

NGO OLAKH - Worked for women empowerment Held workshops for abandoned and orphan kids Desk job at the NGO

PERSONAL STATEMENT "I feel that my three greatest strengths are rstly my ability to have a clear understanding of the needs of client. S e c o n d l y t h e satisfaction I get from being involved in a building project. Finally my passion for being involved in creating buildings and cities that could last for years and knowing that they will make a positive impact on peoples lives and the environment."

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES IT SKILLS:

Procient with following softwares: Microsoft Ofce Auto-Cad Photoshop CorelDRAW In Design Illustrator 3ds Max Sketch-Up Pro Ecotect CitySim Envimet Mac and Windows compatibility

SOFT SKILLS:

Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills Able to work as part of a team or individually Ability to prioritize and plan effectively Ability to withstand a pressured team Ensuring condentiality at all times Able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing Able to resolve problems and issues that arise during construction Competent with dealing with letters, emails and telephone queries

LANGUAGES: Native Hindi and Gujarati speaker Excellent oral and written skills in English (IELTS with overall score 7.5/9.0) OTHER SKILLS: Hand drafting Modelling Drawing/painting/sketching Collages Photography Clean driving license ·

ACHIEVEMENTS 2015 2014-2015 2010-2011

BREEAM AG Graduate Certicate Developing Solutions scholarship [University of Nottingham] - I was awarded a 50% concession for my masters. The decision was based on my previous grades, a questionnaire based interview and my portfolio. Louis I Kahn Trophy for National Association of Students of Architecture, India - It was a group design for conservation of a heritage site. This competition takes place each year where all the colleges all over India participate.

QUALITIES

HOBBIES

Quick learner Enthusiastic Reliable Bright and Friendly

Music Painting Watching movies Photography Travelling Badminton

Food Books NatGeo Tedtalks

REFERENCES Lucy Fowlie, Design Manager, Dulux UK lucy.fowlie@blueyonder.co.uk +447505113426

Mrs. Amy Tang , Assistant Professor in Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Engineering. yue.tang@nottingham.ac.uk 0115 95 13110

Mr. Dipen Gada , Owner at Dipen Gada and Associates dipen317@gmail.com +91 98250 98700

Mr. Meghal Kodiya , Owner at Sun Architects sunarchinfo@gmail.com +91 265 232 3999


-Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

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We see architecture as an act of profound optimism. It is what “ we have to give and it is what we leave behind.


CONTENTS INFUSING THE CITY, BIRMINGHAM

RECONFIGURING THE CITY, SHENZHEN, CHINA

FROM NOSTALGIA TO REINCARNATION , INDIA

REDESIGNING THE LINKS, INDIA MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS


[M.Arch Urban Design Studio Academic Year2014-2015]

INFUSING THE CITY, BIRMINGHAM A CANVAS FOR PUBLIC LIFE site location | Birmingham, UK studio | Urban Design

BRIEF This module aims to enable to pull together the various strands of urban design thought- visual, social, functional, environmental and economic- which together constitute the full extent of urban design action. One of the main goals was to understand the importance of design process as a fundamental component of achieving a high quality public realm. we were expected to deliver a comprehensive urban design proposal which reects social, cultural, environmental and economic demands of urban sustainability using an ‘Integrated Design Approach’. The main focus for this module is a mixed use development in an urban context.

THE SITE The project site is located in Birmingham. It is south to Bullring Centre and surrounded by Edgbaston Street, Moat Lane, Upper Dean Street and Pershore street. The site is crucial to provide a better connection between city centre, through Bullring Centre, to south of the city, such as china town area.


[SITE LOCATION]

[MACRO ANALYSIS] KEY FACTS ABOUT BIRMINGHAM

[MICRO ANALYSIS] VISIBILITY ANALYSIS

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE

winter solstice

summer solstice

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE LANDMARKS AROUND THE SITE

solar radiation [winter solstice]

solar radiation [summer solstice]

24 HOURS ACTIVITIES ANALYSIS

FUTURE PLANS the map on the left shows the future links from London due to the upcoming Hs2 which will have a considerable economic effect on Birmingham


[STRATEGIES AND CONSIDERATIONS]

Nodes Important nodes within 10 minute radius of the site; New street station, Bullring and Hs2 station.

Visual Focus Make the connection visible from the nodes

Connect Connect the nodes to the visual focus through a safe and pleasant pedestrian route.

Activate Activate the frontages on Upper Dean street and Pershore street.


[ MASTERPLAN ]


I Multifunctional shops, restaurants, administrations and all community facilities will be shufed together providing a large section of opportunities of interactions with a wide range of activities.

Commercial: Spa, banks, post ofce, admin etc

Residential: Apartments [1,2,3 duplex houses], communal facilities

Retail: Retail shops, departmental stores, restaurants and cafes, agship stores, night clubs and pubs

Cultural and leisure: cultural centre with O f  c e : L a w  r m s , arts, sport and meeting facilities, business incubators, education, multi functional rooms, business institutions etc. gallery, exhibition hall, library etc II User time User activities throughout the day.

[ GROUNDFLOOR PLAN ]

III Maximal Functional Interaction The mixed use development allows a lot of interactions in terms of functions. Considering a common destination in the daily life, for example going to the ofce, we can list a wide range of other opportunities along the journey intensifying life and diversity for the user.


Ground Level A public realm strategy to intensify activities and interactions.

Rooftop Activating rooftops to maximise public activities.

Roof farm The green roof will not only serve as a place for social gathering, but also function as roof farm for vegetable farming.

Recreational area Green space on the ground level for relaxation and recreation.

Free up land

Daily needs For everyday shopping for daily needs/drugs, provisions etc.

RETHINKING URBAN HOUSING


SECTIONAL ELEVATION

PUBLIC REALM

PUBLIC REALM


SECTIONAL VIEW

PUBLIC REALM


INFORMATION KIOSKS

LEARNING/ EXPLORING

ORIENTATION

NAVIGATION

WALK MAPS

PHONE CHARGING

RE-ORIENTING THEME MAPS

INFORMATION SYSTEM

The furniture in the public square merges with the landscape. It allows a synergetic ow to the whole experience.

The ‘BIRMINGHAM’ sculpture in the public square can also act as an identity to the site and can draw people’s attention. The ‘IAMSTERDAM’ sculpture in Amsterdam is an example of a successful idea.


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN Precedent: Casablanca sustainable Market square In the design proposal, the sustainable contribution is two fold. First by using lowtech techniques to collect and reuse rainwater to ush the toilets, clean the market-oor and appllying evaporative cooling by the heat of the sun and the wind to freshen the air under the roof. Secondly, to be sure sustainability will be a collective agenda, negative environmental impact must be eliminated. By implementing a refuse and waste handling system for the market and using low-maintenance materials, liveability and durability will be i,provedand waste handling system for the market and using low-maintenance (Earchitect, 2015)

plan

VIEW OF THE CANOPIES

kiosks seating

FLEA MARKET

fountain planters

Design The shape of the canopy refers to nature, providing shade and shelter like a tree. The overlapping of the canopyleaves ensures the cascading drain of the rainwater and allows air circulation

SECTION THROUGH OUTDOOR MARKET

canopies

benches

stalls

planters

creepers on these canopies can also be used at times to alter the ambience


SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGY


INTEGRATED SYSTEMS APPROACH

SHADOW ANALYSIS

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

INSOLATION LEVELS

OPEN SPACE ACCESS TO SUN

WIND ANALYSIS

SOLAR DIAGRAM


[M.Arch Urban Design Studio Academic Year2014-2015]

THE URBAN ARTERY RECONFIGURING THE CITY, SHENZHEN site location | Shenzhen, China studio | Urban Design | Groupwork

ABSTRACT Our vision is to consider the expansion of public transport and its interconnection with existing and new developments. The wise use of resources, minimising additional land THE SITE take up, and the encouragement of The site is located in Shenzhen, moderate degrees of urban density; China. It is located in the Safeguarding and interconnecting Qinshuihe-Sungang region. green spaces with networks working towards quality standards and the conservation of public spaces. The assurance of social harmony and advancement of social and functional interaction, safeguarding existing jobs and creating new and innovative ones, advancing a culture of disclosures, creating long term partnerships between the community and the public and private sectors. Participation in lifelong learning process, seeing urban life in its wider c o n t e x t .


MICRO ANALYSIS AND PROBLEMS ON THE SITE

MACRO ANALYSIS STRATEGIES

the strategy includes the introduction to a new transportation system [cable system] to improve the connection, reduce the fragmentation and promote a more sustainable approach to public transport.

VISION>>>


MASTERPLAN

LANDUSE VII capsule network C & D

VI capsule network B

FIRST LAYER

V capsule network A

IV green areas

III 36-60 oor

SECOND LAYER II 11-35 oor

I 1-10 oor

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THIRD LAYER ISOMETRIC>>


NETWORK A -SLOWEST CAPSULE NETWORK -APPROX 9M HEIGHT

NETWORK C FOR TRANSPORTING GOODS

NETWORK B -FASTER CAPSULE NETWORK -APPROX 9M HEIGHT

NETWORK C BETWEEN BUILDINGS [MAIN COMMERCIAL AREA]

CAPSULE LANDING SYSTEM


MOBILITY TIMELINE>>

CAPSULE TOWER STATION NETWORK C: PRIVATE CAPSULE NETWORK This image shows the capsule tower system. more like the capsule station.

CAPSULE FUNCTIONAL DIAGRAM

This network is a private transportation network that connects the important ofď€ ce buildings in the core of the site This image shows the capsule functional d i a g r a m . .


Public realm is one of the most important feature of a successful urban fabric. - It caters to a diverse set of activities including active and passive, formal or informal, group or individual. -invites users to partake in programmed activities. -Encourages social interaction and a healthy environment which further leads to a sustainable u r b a n s e t u p.

VIEW SHOWING THE URBAN PARK

VIEW SHOWING THE SOLAR PANEL TRACK


SITE SECTIONS KEY DESIGN FEATURES

CAPSULE NETWORK

ROAD TYPOLOGIES PRIORITY TO PEDESTRIANS


AERIAL VIEW


[B.Arch Thesis

Academic Year2012-2013]

NOSTALGIA TO REINCARNATION, ADAPTIVE REUSE: NAZARBAUG PALACE, VADODARA. site location | Vadodara, India studio | Thesis | Individual work

ABSTRACT This site was one of the prestigious and important sites in its days. It was owned by the royal families which was used on ceremonial occasions by the royal family. THE SITE Nazarbaug Palace is one of the royal Afer it got abandoned its situation properties in the city of Vadodara, started deteriorating and there was India. It is located pretty much in the no conservation centre of the city. It was built in 1721. done to it. The Palace lies in its ruins and the situation is quite a mess. Its premises is being used as a ‘pay and park’ facility at present. The aim of the thesis was to redevelop the site to give back to the city an important heritage site and to let people enjoy and experience the grandeur it served in its days which inturn would also be benecial to the site making it‘s situation better and generating economy for the city as well.


THE CONCEPT AND PROGRAM

Ecological Renewal: The approach on the Nazarbaug precinct seeks to address the environmental imperatives of our generation. Speciď€ cally by the revitalization of the precinct and rebuilding of the lost connections within the area. The approach will further strive to discover a new aesthetic that reects and foresees a lifestyle in which cultural and human processes adapt and mediate the changing environment. Social Equity: The starkly differentcommunities of the Mandvi area, are dramatically under-served in the terms of access to parkland and other amenities. The inequity compounds and aggravates other social challenges. Religious cultural divide is seen. Approach is to help create a healthier and more equal society. Make this resource which though resides in the centre, as a part of the larger historic fabric, becomes a destination for the whole city. The way the resources of rest of the city are recognized and enjoyed by all. Vibrant Economy: The Mandvi cross axis has always been apotent source of economic activity and vitality. In its current state, however, it is nearing saturation and is not reaching its potential. The palace moreover, is lined with uses around, that too not provide value equal to its majestic location, including many uses that do not require a palatial access at all. Approach- Exploring the possibilities of investments in the palace to catalyse broader economic activity and convert it into a thriving resource which responds and complements the activities in the precinct and at the city level. Authentic cultural identity: Mandvi has a rich histoy and diverse cultural inuences- a thread linking generations in the relationship to the area within the fort wall as it once existed. It was a thriving settlement which encompassed many native forms of handicrafts which are under a rapid declin, presently. As the city today, has attracted an increasingly diverse population. I visualize a design to bring contemporary citizens together for the values and cultures, my city stands for.


MACRO ANALYSIS

SITE SITUATION

THE PROCESS


MASTER PLAN


GROUNFDLOOR PLAN

GROUNFDLOOR PLAN

GROUNFDLOOR PLAN

BASEMENT PLAN


VIEWS The Nazarbaug Palace is at the center of the proposed design. All new design elements and spacescreate a new experience in the presence of Nazarbaugf without disturbing its monumental structure. Reuse of the palace makes the thriving Mandvi area more interesting and will help draw more tourists and locals to provide a charming surprise location in the middle of the city.

The place for leisure and gathering: The large paved areas and landscape around the site provides and generates various public activities.

Recapturing a walking experiencing through the arcades of Nazarbaug, visitors can be directed into the basement spcaes under the open public space. These spaces will be creatively designed to give an indoor place for those who look for some cool quiet time. Open to the sky as they walk it will be a play of natural light and sky adding to the space dimensions.


VIEWS

Light and Sound show: The History to see and feel The provision of light and sound shows at night, to recapture the past. A story telling experience will be created in the setting of stone stepped amphitheatre surrounded by landscaping features. Dramatic effects of lights and sound are known in the sound are known in design of many successful heritage sites.


[B.Arch Studio

Academic Year2011-2012]

REDESIGNING THE LINKS, VIDYANAGAR, INDIA

site location | Vadodara, India studio | Thesis | Individual work

ABSTRACT An institutional area was to be redesigned in order to give a new character to the educational campus of ‘Vidyanagr’. THE SITE The site is an institutional area in the city Redevelopment of linkages- of Vidyanagar, India. It is located external and internal both. amongst a number of colleges, schools and hostels. Making the design pedestrian friendly.


spaces for cycle parking and seating areas, bicycling tracks, pedestrian pathways and lighting features on the entrance

MASTERPLAN spot details

the commercial stretch was redesigned to overcome the prevailing issues. A walkover was proposed for the people using bicycles as a way of transport.

LIGHTING FEATURE ON ENTRANCES

BARRICADES

exhibition area for formal and informal use.

SPACES FOR CYCLE PARKING AND SEATING

BICYCLING TRACK

PEDESTRIAN PATHWAY

LIGHTING FEATURE ON ENTRANCES

strategic positioning of parking for faster access to the linkages through the nearest bus stop and the nearest entrance. golf cart route provided to aid the senior citizen and physically c h a l l e n g e d p e o p l e .

green pockets

formal and informal gathering space

public gathering with a food court, waterbody and an amphitheatre


Professional Practice

MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS, RESIDENTIAL | COMMERCIAL

ABSTRACT A few pictures of the projects I worked on during my professional experience.


INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT


RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR PROJECT


COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE PROJECT


COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR PROJECT


RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR PROJECT


URBAN +LANDSCAPE PROJECT

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SKETCHES

MODEL MAKING

WALL MURALS


DETAILS


3D RENDERS- PROJECTS UNDER


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