Portfolio Sukruti Gupta a selection of works in architecture, design, and environmental sustainability
M.S. (Sustainable Design Studies) 2018, Cornell University Major: Design and Environmental Analysis Minor: City and Regional Planning B. Arch. 2016, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal LEED Green Associate email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com phone: +1-607-280-0643 address: 100 Newkirk Street, Apt. 5A, Jersey City NJ - 07306
CONTENTS 1. The Blue Box 2. Graindrop
architectural programming of a study-work space
urban resilience against climate change, biomimicry global design challenge 2017
3. Cornell Abroad
workplace strategy and office redesign
4. Project E-Bazaar
conceptual design strategy, china
5. Water-conscious Mixed Use Building 6. Research and Teaching
research, graduate thesis, and teaching
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architectural programming of a study-work space
THE BLUE BOX An architectural program and design brief was developed for the mezzanine space at Mann Library, Cornell University. â€˜The Blue Boxâ€™ is the new identity given to the underutilized space, re-imagined as a small-group work and study space for graduate students. Research, in the form of interviews with the client and students, and extended observations, informed the design recommendations. A detailed space program was proposed to achieve eight design goals. Furniture specifications and performance requirements were stated to inform the design. A prioritization method was developed as part of scenario planning. The programming document concluded with a suggested layout and budget. (Full report available here.)
DESIGN BRIEF The mezzanine space of Mann Library is currently underutilized, and its few users report dissatisfaction. The program for redesign of the space is aimed to assign a new, desirable identity to the space.
STRATEGIC PROBLEM-SOLVING The identity of the Mezzanine will be redefined as the Blue Box. It will be a graduate-student only collaborative space. Immediate changes can occur at a minimal cost through rebranding and rearranging furniture. More permanent changes with new furniture and technology will involve a more significant financial investment.
Location of Mann Library on Cornell University Campus
Location of Mezzanine space within Mann Library
Details of the Mezzanine space
RESEARCH PROCESS Pros
Space feels large and open More natural light than graduate study space Better ventilation Segregated space makes students feel exclusive
Cons Specific kinds of distracting noises Wayfinding is difficult Intended use is unclear (confusion regarding quiet/loud space, graduate-only space)
The Blue Box Graduate-only collaborative space
PROGRAMMATIC REQUIREMENTS Problems Identified • Opportunities for intervention
Lack of defined function
• Defined, unique and innovative functions
Difficult to find the space
• Branding, signage, and wayfinding
Inaccessible upper mezzanine
• Ensure universal accessibility
Dissatisfaction due to noise intrusion
• Propose alternate compatible space use
PROPOSED REBRANDING A place to practice presentations
mobility of spatial arrangements
A place to study in small groups
TETHERED / FIXED
type of interaction - behavior
A place for creativity, ideation and collaboration
MOBILE / FLEXIBLE
STRATEGIC DESIGN Defining design goals through detailed performance requirements
To create a unique identity:
• Possible color schemes • Unity - From 6 Principles of Design
Dedicated dynamic space:
• Flexible furniture configurations • Toolboxes that can facilitate creativity
Accessible to all graduate students: • “Graduate Students Only” • Accessible approach to mezzanine
Facilitate presentation rehearsals: • Requirements for presentation area • Dimmable lights
Calm, comfortable, and soothing ambience: • Combined illuminance • Thermal Comfort Range
Current and future technological needs: • Connect, Display, Adapt • EPEAT certification
Spaces for small groups : • Workstation group size • Rationale for desk size
Relevant for at least 10 years:
• Levels of Cornell Green Office Certification Program • Product life-span
ARCHITECTURAL PROGRAMMING AND BUDGET: Space use “Present” Sq. Ft. No. of people
140 Per station
Number of stations
~300 lux, adjustable
70-75 °F 1 no. electronic screen
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment
Total Remodelling Budget
4 nos. chairs for audience 1 no. acoustic barrier
1 nos. high chair for presenter 1 no. mini sound system
1 no. movable podium
Chairs - cool color pallette Desk and podium surface - warm color palette
Power outlets and charging points
Partial enclosure to contain light and sound
Item Table Chairs Presenter Chair Podium Electronic Screen Acoustic separation Sound system
Number 1 4 1 1 1 3 1
Total cost $1,751.00 $2,508.00 $811.00 $670.00 $2,568.00 $5,841.00 $700.00 $56,188.00
LAYOUT AND DETAILS
3-D View of Proposed Layout
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment
urban resilience against climate change, biomimicry global design challenge 2017
GRAINDROP Designed as a biophilia-oriented solution to urban climate change resilience, Graindrop is a strategic systems solution that incorporates strategies of food recycling, water management, and inter-species cooperation. The biomimicrybased system of interconnected bioswales draws inspiration from the benthic food cycle. The design was awarded Honorable Mention; it was placed among Top 8 student entries in Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2017. (Full competition entry available here.)
THE BIOMIMICRY DESIGN PROCESS 1. DEFINE
Identification of a question: Here, the impact of climate change on water availability and food production
Design Question: How might we help farmers achieve food stability? Functions: stabilize food amounts
Context: Farm, farmers,
and quality, help farmers in planting
unpredictable foods’ amounts and quality due to climate change
Benthic communities in and on the bottom of the ocean floor.
Biologized Questions: How does nature … • •
Provide food for species? Keep the food cycle stable?
Finding solutions in nature for the identified question: Here, the stability of food cycle
Transfer of nutrients
Diversity in organisms
Phytoplanktons and other organisms in sunlit regions
Vertical water columns
Deposit and Filter Feeders
Ideation of a systems design inspired from nature to solve for the identified question: Here, the systemic recycling of nutrients among oceanic species
Translation of solution found in nature to the design thinking process: Here, the nutrient cycle is deeply analyzed and its design parallels are developed
Adaptation and replication: Here, the food cycle and water cycle in the built environment are re-designed using biomimicry principles to achieve urban resilience to climate change
THE DESIGN SOLUTION: â€œGRAINDROPâ€? How Graindrop works:
Graindrop gets its inputs from organic food waste, rainwater, and greywater
Waste and water are upcycled into fresh food through urban agriculture in swales. Swales conserve water and nutrients within a closed loop, as observed in benthic communities
The network of swales is maintained by the community, giving them quality open spaces for recreation and restoring natural habitat
SALIENT FEATURES OF GRAINDROP Stakeholder involvement:
Graindrop is powered by an app that measures, regulates and rewards contribution to this system of bioswales
Regenerative and Resilient:
Closed loop Self-sustaining Reuses Waste Conserves resources Diverse actor organisms Rewards cooperation
Reviewing design against nature for relevant characeteristics: Here, Graindrop meets and exceeds expectations
workplace strategy and office redesign
CORNELL ABROAD A workplace strategy was developed for Cornell Abroad, the responsible body for international education programs at Cornell University. Its renovated office was expected to support the diverse functions and needs, accommodate future growth, and project an exciting, welcoming, and professional image. Fragmented nature of the office space (3 disconnected rooms on 2 floors) was the biggest design challenge. Interviews, observations, space use data, and workflow patterns were analyzed to inform the design. The proposal was chosen as the preferred solution by the client, out of 4 presented solutions. (Full report available here.)
The creation of a cohesive space for Cornell Abroad that supports the diverse functions and needs of staff, students and visitors and accommodates future growth while projecting an image that is exciting, welcoming, and professional.
ADJACENCY DIAGRAM Suite 300
Room 282 Outreach Coordinator
Education Abroad Coordinators
Travel Safety Coordinator
Visiting Students Program Coordinator
Director Associate Director
Accounts Coordinator Data Steward
The adjacency diagram is based on work type and communication. Work areas in Cornell Abroad are divided into three categories: Administration Area (blue bubbles), Flexible Office Area (green bubbles), and Advising Area (yellow bubbles). The adjacency lines, bolded and dotted, both represent primary (inperson meetings) and secondary (via phone or email) communication respectively.
SUITE 300: OPTION 1
The wide and articulate circulation path also gives a more welcoming and “easy come, easy go” atmosphere.
SUITE 300: OPTION 2
Cosmopolitan: The open plan with
areas encourage visitors to sit aroun about Cornell Abroad.
h wide lounge-seating nd and find out more
ROOM 282: OPTION 1 Due to the separation from the 3rd floor, this area will provide modern amenities and innovative room configurations for the staff.
Just what we need:
ROOM 282: OPTION 2 Here, we bring the staff physically together in a way that encourages collaboration and spontaneous interaction.
Out of the box:
conceptual design strategy for corporate workplace, research, and amenities, china
PROJECT E-BAZAAR Project E-Bazaar is a futuristic workplace strategy for Zhejiang Overseas High Level Talents Innovation Park (ZOTP) in Hangzhou, China. Aimed at attraction and retention of talent, reducing urban-rural divide and facilitating digital markets, this proposal has Chinese e-commerce industry at its heart. The business needs of various stakeholders in e-commerce industry were analyzed and translated into spatial needs to inform the design. Project E-Bazaar provides integrated services for incubation, and facilities for remote connections. The conceptual design draws inspiration from West Lake, and transforms the current workplace model while promoting ideals of equity, environmental stewardship, and sustainability. (Full report available here.)
FORWARD-LOOKING WORKPLACE STRATEGY FOR A TECHNOLOGY PARK What can we do to address social equity in the future, through a workplace strategy?
How do people communicate with each other while working remotely?
Evolving work pattern
How do we translate these abstract ideas of social equity and remote working into design and strategy?
Attributes of companies currently located in ZOTP Technology Park 26% - Companies at ZOTP with > 50 employees
Small businesses 11%
NGOs and Collectives
74% - Companies at ZOTP with < 50 employees In China and internationally, trends in company size show an increasing number of small companies, with remotely working employees.
LOCATION- AND INFRASTRUCTURE-BASED NETWORKING Service Users
Small businesses Big businesses
NGOs and Collectives Start-ups
Extending the idea of workplace strategy beyond rentable workspaces, the design proposes opportunities to share knowledge and infrastructure between diverse businesses.
THE BIG IDEA: Design spaces as interconnected and integrated platforms to support diverse businesses. Small and remote businesses receive knowledge and infrastructure. Big businesses, aided by NGOs and collectives, fulfil CSR obligations at minimal logistic cost.
TRANSLATION OF BUSINESS NEEDS TO SPATIAL NEEDS: Ensuring future affordability of space Business Needs Expansion opportunities Consultation with experts Attracting investors Developing collaborative relationships Meeting with service providers Learning market trends and new technology Recruitment Assessment of competitors Acquisition or getting acquired CSR and Engagement
Spatial Needs Physical Workspace Display and Exhibition Meeting spaces Hospitality Warehouses Short-term rentals Long-term lease Access to facilities
Work & NetWork KnoWledge
Cognitive Thinking & Collaborative Learning
Knowledge and Skills as a Shared Resource
Learning and Facilitating Cognitive Processes
Auxiliary supporting spaces such as commercial (cafes & restaurants) services (storage, pantries, facilities).
Auxiliary supporting spaces such as transitional (lobbies, outflow spaces (washrooms, storage).
Workshops (Maker Spaces) & Studios (Virtual Studios, Traditional Studios)
Amphitheatres, Auditoriums and Lecture Halls
Display and Showcasing as a ValueAdded Resource
Exhibition and Experience Spaces
Auxiliary supporting spaces such as commercial (restaurants, retail) & service (washrooms, storage).
Conceptual Site Plans
s) & service
Hospitality & Accommodation
Creating an Environment for Remote Businesses to Come, Stay, Learn and (Net)Work. Mixed-use approach towards hospitality and accommodation
Auxiliary supporting spaces such as reception spaces, experience spaces, & services
Storage Warehouses Services – Parking, HVAC, Admin & Management
Supporting Services and Storage as a ‘Common’ Resource Provision of Storage Warehouses and Services
Auxiliary supporting spaces such as circulation and transportation, workspace.
Cultural and natural elements in design
SECTIONS: Programmed Spaces
E: Experience and Exhibition
C: Thinking and Collaborative Learning
PASSIVE CLIMATE CONTROL
• Promotes social equity through a small-to-large business model. • Expresses culture through organisational framework and architectural design. • Alleviates urban migration by enabling remote working. • Provides access to quality infrastructure for small enterprises.
• Putting Profits Back Into The Cycle As Per CSR. • Generates posibility of increased revenue gains. • One-stop solution for all business requirements. • Redistributes revenue from urban areas to remote locations.
• Local is resilient. • Biophilic and human scale-based development. • Water is the main communication channel for information, goods and people.
undergraduate architecture thesis
WATER-CONSCIOUS MIXED USE BUILDING Designed for bachelorâ€™s thesis project, this mixed-use project has a total builtup area of 24,200 m2, and consists of retail, office, and residential floors. The project site is located on the watershed of a large urban lake, and the building was designed as a low-impact, water-efficient building. Through a number of strategies, 48% water savings were projected in comparison to a conventional building. The design process included conducting case studies, developing designs, construction and presentation drawings, and research-based water use calculations. (Details available here.)
A polluted urban lake
Hussain Sagar lake was built as an irrigation tank in 1562-75 A.D., joining the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, providing water and historical aesthetic beauty to them. The economic incentive to encroach upon a polluted waterbody is high in this dense and overpopulated downtown area.
Water crisis in the city
Hyderabad faces increasingly worse water shortage with each passing year due to rising temperature, heat waves, drought, and exhausting water supply. The drop in groundwater level has worsened as a result of increased runoff and reduced infiltration caused by construction and urban sprawl.
Health of a lake is dependent on the treatment of each land parcel in its watershed
To achieve absolute water efficiency, a complex, integrated approach is required. A systematic, integrated approach would be one that links all water-related activities to one another; it would explore connections between water supply, rainwater, stormwater and wastewater. Along with water security, water-sensitive design supports green landscapes that significantly enhance ambiance, help to cool urban environments, and improve the health of waterbodies while providing opportunities for community engagement and recreation.
WATER-CONSCIOUS DESIGN DECISIONS
Landscaping: • use of native plant species • vegetation and waterbodies to enhance micro-climate • minimizing hardscapes • raingardens along site perimeter
Orientation and Wayfinding: • waterbodies at key circulation locations • private, shared, and/or public access to lakeviews • community engagement with water
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT Massing options were evaluated on their performance on zoning bylaws, building orientation (with respect to sun path and dominant wind direction), structural grid for different building uses, passive climatecontrol affordability, and aesthetics.
Passive Cooling: • climate-sensitive design and building materials • openings for cross-breeze and stack ventilation • shading and evaporative cooling
Rainwater Harvesting: • rooftop rainwater collection • systems for storage, filteration and reuse of rainwater • managing stormwater runoff
Retail Floor Plan showing Atrium
Office Floor Plan
Residential Floor Plan
Mixed-Use: Sound Building Decision Mixed-use development integrates commercial and residential uses to support quality urban design. The natural surveillance of people coming and going at different hours (office, retail, housing) maximizes utility and provides security. The location of the project boasted stores, offices, residences, public services, and recreation spaces within walking distance, making mixed-use development a sound programming decision.
Front Elevation Residential
Side Elevation Residential
LOOPED WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF WATER CONSUMPTION BEFORE AND AFTER* WATER-SAVING MEASURES Water consumption by use volume of water used (lpcd)
Reduced freshwater consumption
Before measures After measures
per capita consumtion * compared to conventional buildings
Making invisible water visible through design: Concept image of atrium
social science/environmental research and studio teaching assistantships
RESEARCH AND TEACHING Rigorous research is an important component of strategic and evidencebased design. At Cornell University, I was part of numerous research studies that contributed either to design guidelines, or furthered the understanding of how people interact with their environments. These research projects included conference papers, pre-design research, term-papers, and the M.S. thesis project. I was also awarded Teaching Assistantship for two studio courses: Visual Design and Literacy (Fall 2017), which is an introduction to design freshman studio; and Design Immersion[s] (Summer 2018), which is a basic design course for high school seniors.
LITERATURE REVIEWS AND CASE STUDIES
Skilled at gathering relevant information from existing literature. Compiled literature reviews on various topics in sustainable design, human-environment relation, and social sciences. Conducted and analyzed case studies to distill key features.
FOCUS GROUPS AND INTERVIEWS
Expertise in conducting and moderating focus group discussions and structured interviews for design research, inlcuding compilation of key takeaways after sessions and providing summaries.
Urban Migration as a Water Issue - Case Studies from India: Presented as EDRAShorts at international 48th Annual Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference and published in proceedings.
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Quantitative statistical analysis using linear regression, multiple regression, and general linear models. Proficient in working with spreadsheets and software like Minitab and SPSS. Qualitative data analysis using Atlasti software.
Support of Sustainable Urbanization: collaboration project with University of sented to the U.S. Consulate, Hyderabad.
WRITING AND PRESENTATIONS
Experienced in writing papers, structured essays, detailed reports, and research abstracts for academic purposes. Developed and delievered presentations with graphic visual content for conferences, competitions, and client communications. Composed blog posts and book reviews for a citizensâ€™ sustainability collective.
Spaces To Grow In - A Comparative Study of Two Orphanages: Won second prize (3500 USD), Berkeley Prize Essay Competition 2014, endorsed by Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley.
M.S. THESIS PERCEPTIONS OF INDIAN CONSUMERS TOWARDS PHARMACEUTICALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
The increase in access to and use of medication worldwide has led to ubiquitous, and persistence presence of pharmaceuticals in the natural environment. Major risks from environmental contamination due to drugs include death of organisms, habitat loss, mutation, and rise of antigen-resistant microbes. India has suffered enormous regional ecological damage from pharmaceutical contamination. Green chemistry approaches and environmentally-friendly pharmaceuticals exist, but they currently do not enjoy popular support from the pharmaceutical industry or the consumers.
RESEARCH DESIGN: NON-EXPERIMENTAL SURVEY Independent Variables Environmental Concern Self-Estimated Knowledge
Age Gender Education Level
PARTICIPANT DEMOGRAPHICS (N = 141) 62% 47%
STATISTICAL ANALYSES: GENERAL LINEAR MODEL Table 5 Associations from General Linear Model analysis of each independent variable with dependent variable, consumer intention R2 (adj.) df β SE β P F Model 1. Environmental 63.79% 1 0.81 0.05 238.81 0.000** Concern – Consumer Intention Model 2. Self-estimated 14.51% 1 0.38 0.08 0.000** 23.92 Knowledge – Consumer Intention Model 3. Risk Perception 47.00% 1 0.96 0.09 120.71 0.000** – Consumer Intention Note. *p < 0.05, **p < 0.001
General Linear Model analyses to test for interaction independent variables and consumer intention Models R2 R2 (adj.) df Model 1 67.14% 66.39% Environmental Concern 1 Education Level 1 Environmental 1 Concern*Education Level
effects on associations between the β
0.73 1.08 -0.16
0.06 0.33 0.06
169.80 0.000** 10.66 0.001* 8.66 0.004*
Model 2 No significant interactions were found Model 3 51.84% 50.75% Risk Perception 1 0.77 0.10 Education Level 1 1.20 0.37 Risk 1 -0.30 0.10 Perception*Education Level Note. Education level encoded as -1 (low education), +1 (high education) *p < 0.05, **p < 0.001
By conducting a public survey in Indore, India, this research attempted to understand whether consumers would support environmentally-friendly pharmaceuticals. Statistical analyses indicate that environmental concern, self-estimated knowledge, and risk perception are each positively correlated with consumer intention. Results show that most people demonstrate environmentally-friendly consumer intention, and environmental concern has been found to be its strongest indicator of consumer intention.
58.41 10.65 8.54
0.000** 0.001* 0.004*
KEY CONTRIBUTIONS 1. Relationship between environmental concern and pro-environmental behavior, attitudes, or behavior intention
2. Associations between environmental knowledge and behavior or behavior intention
3. Risk perception studies
4. Relationship between behavior intention and the actual behavior
AURA: Final Exhibition of Studentsâ€™ Work
COURSE SUMMARY: DESIGN IMMERSION[S] In the three-week studio session, students learnt how designers think, solve problems, and improve our world. The course enabled a better understanding of design principles and their application to definitive fields in a way to creatively solve problems. The process involved conceptualization of an abstract value of the student’s identity, and developing a luminaire to express that value. Further, they developed a logo, branding, and packaging for their luminaire. All the luminaires were collectively exhibted at the end of the session. Earth Art
Contributions: • created and edited course syllabus and structure • presented opening lecture “Design Inspiration from Nature: Andy Goldsworthy” • conducted small-group crit sessions • managed logistics of each session, including grading and updating online platform
Restricted abilities to understand universal design
Egg Drop Challenge
Design Disciplines Introduced:
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graphic design universal design product design interior design architecture appreciation exhibit design
Guest lecture and tour
rapid prototyping 3-d modeling sketching and visual representation design conceptualization universal design principles sustainability concepts
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a selection of works in architecture, design, and environmental sustainability