Koukaba Mojadidi, AIA email@example.com 347.573.6265 BIO Kouki Mojadidi is a licensed International Architect and an alumna of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Practicing architecture for 17 years, every project for Kouki implements the highest standards in creative thinking that is essential for implementing socially conscious projects in areas of conflict, natural disaster, and reconstruction. She has successfully led complex design projects through all phases of development, from concept to implementation to create an inclusive architectural practice aiming to bridge implementing partners and builders with the community. For Kouki, socially conscious design is taking architecture beyond objectification; recognizing architecture to be more than a static physical reality. She implements projects that not only strive for exceptional design and construction but also endeavors to strengthen the weakened threads of architectural practice pivotal to the fabric of society. EDUCATION • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Professional Degree, 2001 • The University of Florida, School of Architecture 1995 -1996 • The American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter Member, 2011 • Registered Architect, New York State Architecture License #034609, 2011 • National Council of Architecture Registration Board, Internship Development Program Cert. 2005 • Cooper Union Alumni Liaison 2016-17 EXPERIENCE The Department of Small Works, Present, smallworks.net Design Principal, USA and Afghanistan division: Small Works is a for purpose design firm that partners with social ventures, non profits and foundations to implement building solutions for communities in need. We work in community development, conservation and post-disaster reconstruction. The heart of Small Works is to create innovative solutions in the hardest hit areas of the world, from emergency shelter to long term sustainable reconstruction to economic development. Our work is more than talking about change, it is about building it. Our team has built in over 45 countries and have continued on projects until they are completed. We are not a start up, We are a stay through. Small Works was founded by Cameron Sinclair after two decades of building and running Architecture for Humanity. Aga Khan Foundation, Trust for Culture, Afghanistan, Nov. 2015 to March 2016 Head Design and Construction Manager: Managed the design and construction process for a 12 hector historic palace and garden named Chihillsitoon Garden. One of the first public facilities aimed to provide the public in the nations capital city, an open and public space. The construction is the first rammed earth construction in Kabul and developed to become a new type of indigenous construction method. The project is simultaneously working towards establishing social and constructible sustainability for the practice of design and construction in Afghanistan. Since 2002, AKTC has implemented a range of initiatives in Kabul and Herat, while planning new project activities in Badakhshan and Balkh, aimed at conserving built heritage, revitalizing historic neighborhoods and improving living conditions. In addition to the documentation and conservation of buildings of architectural or historic importance, this has entailed significant investments in upgrading of basic infrastructure and services, and associated planning initiatives. An important aspect of this work is the development of Afghan professionals to plan and manage urban conservation activities and on-the-job training of craftsmen. UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Afghanistan, Culture Unit, June 2014 to March. 2015, bamiyanculturalcentre.org Lead Project Architect: Spearheaded, managed and administered an International Design Competition for the design of the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan. This project funded by the Republic of Korea received over 1,000 submissions from 117 countries. Funding for cultural projects is often neglected in 1
conflict zones. This is in part because their results are usually not visible in the short-term. However, cultural rights are human rights and a sense of shared cultural attachment is arguably a prerequisite for achieving sustainable peace. The Bamiyan Cultural Centre project is a one of a kind project. International and national entities are uniting around the idea that building a nation through cultivating culture is an important way to sustain peace and advance positive aspirations for the future. Now, through this design competition, architects around the world have the opportunity to contribute to this process. International Organization of Migration and Emergency Development and Infrastructure Department Program (IOM) Afghanistan, March 2012 - Jan. 2014 50 Chief Architect: Responsible for a complete Design and Engineering office of 30 people, for over 15 institutional buildings, funded by USAID and other donor agencies, located all over post conflict Afghanistan. Managing a large team consisting of Architectural, Structural, MEP, and Estimation department responsible for all infrastructure projects from concept to construction. These projects focus on community stabilization, capacity building and the implementation of international building standards within a developing context. Achieving results when confronted with major responsibilities and limited resources. Supervision and capacity-building of a 20-plus-member team of Afghan national architects and engineers. Responsible for production of schematic design through to working drawings and final design package (drawings, specifications, design analysis, design calculations, and bills of quantities). Coordinating drawings with those of consultants, managing national designers in designing buildings that meets applicable codes and standards, resistant to earthquake motion while providing the best combination of cost, construction efficiency and system durability available in country. Conducting on-site meetings to assist in clarifying technical design elements, assuring individual project budgets and schedules objectives. • Kabul Police Staff College, Kabul. A $14.5M, 10,000SM college complex on a compact 14,000SM site, for the training of 300 male and female Afghan Police Officers, funded by the European Union. • Center for Women, Faryab. A $2M, school, library, computer lab and assembly hall for 250 women. In partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Department of Women’s Affair. This project was construction in 14 months. Koukaba Mojadidi Architects New York, Jan 2010 - March 2012 Principal Architect: Established private practice in January 2010 in New York, projects on residential and commercial building. Using Revit as a creative 3d modeling tool during the schematic phase, enabling client engagement in the design process. • Sens Production, Brooklyn, NY sensproduction.org • Alternative Health and Wellness Clinic, 224 Fifth Ave, NY • Residential Renovation Projects, 181 Sackett, 271 Sackett, 196 Seely, 79 Barrows Incorporated Architecture and Design New York, Jan 2007 – 2009 Project Manager and Designer: Effectively executed and managed complex projects though all phases of development, from schematic design to construction administration. Believes project managing is an art and not a science making strategic decisions that will ensure effective and efficient results. Demonstrated strong analytical reasoning, excels in creative thinking and problem solving and willing to make difficult decisions. An ability to maximize and achieve high productive output while maintaining high morale. • 21 West Water, 19 Unit Luxury Condominium Building, Sag Harbor, NY • Confluence Residence, Sustainable Design for a Single family residence • Meyer Residence, Residential 3,000 SF Loft Renovation • Siskind Residence, Pre War high-end 3,200 SF Condominium Renovation ROART Inc. New York, Jan 2005 – 2007 Project Manager and Designer: Managed and designed various creatively charged projects resulting in an intimate engagement with materiality and space . Designing with an emphasis on innovation and the creative process, focusing on conceptual design as the core of each project. Understanding both theoretical and practical concepts while thinking strategically. • Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, Two story addition and interior renovation. • Grand Street Hotel • Chrystie Street Hotel, 12 story boutique hotel in Chinatown. Facade designer for a glass curtain wall and stone rain screen. Meltzer Mandl Architects New York, June 2003 – Dec. 2005 Job Captain, Executed and coordinated drawing set with structural and mechanical engineers. Succeeded on drafting projects from schematic design to construction documents. Performed zoning analysis, achieving maximum efficiency with NY Department of Building submittals. • Various large scale New York residential housing projects in Brooklyn, Queens , Bronx and Manhattan. 2
Kohn Pederson Fox Associates New York, June 2003 - Feb. 2004 Designer and Drafting, • NY Jets Training Facility • Wheelock Square, 56 story glass curtain wall commercial building in Shanghai. Buro Happold Consulting Engineers New York, Nov. 2002 - June 2003 • Drafted structural drawings in a Structural and Mechanical design firm. Emphasizing that architecture is a collaboration between all trades. Worked on schematic reports; sketching, model making, computer rendering, documentation of site visits, organized and collaborated on final schematic reports, prepared and created capability statements. Shadi and Company, Versatile Metal Fabricators New York, Jan. - May 2002 Project Manager and Fabricator • Fabricated metal, wood and glass custom projects and furniture. Guggenheim Museum New York, Aug. - Nov. 2001 Architect and Installation: Built and installed supporting structures for one of a kind artwork. The artwork installed was apart of a major installation created specifically for the museums main rotunda floor. Worked with a team of individuals, stratgized to install artwork with precision and intense pre-planning. This multitask environment combining art and architecture. ARCHITECTURE COMPETITIONS International Ideas Competition for the National Museum of Afghanistan, June 2012 Part of a capacity building initiative, in Afghanistan Architects are not taught foundations in design, rather they are more technically oriented in their training. Music and Architecture Competition, May 2011 Center for American Architecture & Design University of Texas at Austin. This was a collaboration between myself and Dr. Marina Kreyn, a musician and PhD in cognition and neuroscience, composing an original score of music and architectural space in tandem. Sustainable Design Competition for Life Edited, Jan. 2011 Personal design for a environmentally conscience and forward thinking home all fitting inside a 420 SF jewel box. Practicing efficiency, adapting a large program into a small space. Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition 2009, Nov. 2008 Personal submission, a wall house in tribute to John Hedjuk. Stockholm Public Library International Competition, Oct. 2006 Project manager and designer on competition at ROART. Extension of Gunnar Asplund’s existing library. Chicago’s 21st Century Park Competition, Feb. 2003 Sugar House Pedestrian Crossing, June 2003 Two competitions completed in conjunction with Catherine Seavitt Studio. Incorporating landscape with architecture to define public space. Selected to be among eight finalist to be exhibited. World Trade Center Memorial Competition, Jan. 2002 MEDIUM Auto Desk Revit, AutoCAD, 3-d Studio Max, Adobe PhotoShop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Premiere. Metal shop, wood shop, casting techniques and plastics. Archival documentation. Video, photography and editing. Etching, silkscreen, and wood cut. Drafting in led and ink. Watercolor painting, free hand drawing.