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Ami Varia

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Albany, NY

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Work Experience

Research Support Specialist

The Research Foundation, The State University of New York
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Albany, NY
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February 2010 to May 2010

* Worked with the Department of Geography & Planning on analyzing the use of trip generation statistics and its sources available as part of the ‘NCFRP 25 Freight Trip Generation And Land Use’ project led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Assistant Editor (Consultant)

Regional Plan Association
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New York, NY
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October 2009 to January 2010

* Worked as Project Assistant with SUNY, Albany for Production of Proceedings of the Conference: "Revitalizing New York: Building a New Economy through Sustainable Development" held on October 7, 2009 
Link to Document: http://www.empirestatefuture.org/upload/2010/01/Revitalizing%20NY%20Proceedings.pdf

Transportation Analyst (Intern)

New York State Department of Transportation Region One
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Schenectady, NY
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May 2008 to September 2009

* Assisted the Planning and Program Management group with data analysis, evaluation and scheduling of proposed capital projects 
* Worked on Adirondack Park Stakeholder Communication plan which involved creating a GIS based database to ensure that consistent data is shared among all stakeholders within the Park 
* Worked on maintaining and updating the GIS based Inventory for Rustic Guiderailing on a regular basis 
* Worked on Adirondack Park Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan ensuring inter-agency understanding of the work within the Park in order to minimize environmental impacts and to be consistent 
* Involved in preparation of maps and graphs by analyzing data for American Disabilities' Act Transition Plan

Graduate Assistant

State University of New York at Albany
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New York, NY
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January 2008 to May 2009

* Worked as a lead in the Department's Bus Rapid Transit Study contract for collection of ridership census 
* Assisted the Department with its Planning Accreditation process with research and analysis 
* Worked as a teaching assistant for the 'Introduction to Urban Geography' undergraduate class

Assistant Interior Designer (Volutary Work)

Schopfer Architects LLC
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Syracuse, NY
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June 2006 to August 2006

* Proposed creative planning alternatives for various commercial as well as health care facilities

Senior Interior Designer

Associated Architects India Pvt. Ltd
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Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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December 2002 to October 2005

* Work ranged from conceptual designing of any particular site to its final execution 
* Worked as a lead on major interior design projects 
* Assisted in detailing and execution of architectural work for high-rise apartment community 
* Involved in facilities designing and planning for housing community 
* Worked on preservation of a haveli and redesigning the interior spaces for commercial use

Design Intern

Jami Jambusarwala & Associates
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Mumbai, Maharashtra
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January 2000 to June 2000

* Involved in designing of commercial spaces like office spaces and showrooms 
* Assisted in architectural work for residential and office spaces

Junior Designer

Thakkar Associates
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Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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June 1999 to August 1999

* Worked on designing and planning of spaces as well as interior detailing of offices and boutiques

Education

Master's in Urban & Regional Planning

State University of New York at Albany -
Albany, NY

January 2009

Diploma in Interior Design

Shri Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design -
India

January 2002

Skills

Microsoft Office Products, Professional Writing, Communication Skills, GIS (9.3), SPSS, AutoCAD, Google SketchUp, MapInfo, Architectural Desktop, Adobe Photoshop

Additional Information

Research Paper (Jan 2009 – May 2009) 
- Research focused on issues related to planning and transit oriented development as a potential solution 
- Performed an in-depth analysis on transit oriented development with case studies on bus and rail transit systems  
Transportation Technologies Practicum (Jan 2009 – May 2009) 
- Performed an analysis on the current traffic volumes for each bus stop on Western Avenue, Albany from BRT data collected  
- Prepared graphical presentation of the analysis using Microsoft Access and Traphic Tool (a combination of GIS and Access) 
- Presented the procedure and findings to the Planning Studio to be able to incorporate in their project 
Planning Studio (Aug 2008 – Jan 2009)  
-Studio focused towards developing a public arts program, public open space program and creating an online community resource and for Arbor Hill in Albany, NY consistent with its Neighborhood Plan  
- Developed a community mural project to be executed at the Arbor Hill Community Center with the assistance of the stakeholders 
- Responsibilities included research, communication with stakeholders and community, fostering their partnerships  
- Participated at the grand celebration for the Mural with the community  
Planning Studio (March 2008 – May 2008) 
- Studio focused on preparing alternative proposals for redevelopment and revitalization along portions of Central Avenue in Albany focusing on making it more pedestrian friendly 
- Responsibilities included research, architectural description, documentation of existing conditions and recommendations for proposals