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Surabhi Dhopeshwarkar, M.Arch 2020

University at Buffalo | Accredited by NAAB

(3 years OPT STEM) | AIA

B.Arch | University of Pune | COA

Designer | LaBella Associates

Past: Adjunct Instructor | University at Buffalo 

Surabhi is an experienced architect currently working as a Designer in Jamestown, NY. Before stepping into this role she was an Adjunct Instructor for the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning. Her primary interest has been in Urban Design and Sustainable Architecture. She is a recent graduate from University at Buffalo’s Masters of Architecture program (May 2020), where her work focused heavily on creatively resolving known urban glitches within a range of community topics such as water management, wetlands, ecosystem habitats, refugee housing+rehabilitation, primary education infrastructure, creative spaces, and public transport.

She received her B.Arch degree in 2013 from the University of Pune, India. Her interest in sustainable urbanization encouraged her to research transport infrastructure and propose solutions catered to future urban planning. This was the driving theme of her thesis, which was recognized and awarded in a city-wide AESA competition. She is a registered architect in India and has worked in multiple firms primarily undertaking projects related to campus and institutional planning. This industry experience enhanced her practical skills in dealing with all stages starting with conceptualization, design, and finally, execution of the project. These projects included landscape development, finding sustainable solutions for new developments, discussion & coordination with clients, committees, consultants to construction teams.

After working in India for 5 years, Surabhi intended to explore western architecture by pursuing a Master's degree in the US and getting exposed to the contemporary architecture and design philosophy of the country.

In her Instructor role, Surabhi conducted Sophomore Architecture Studio (ARC 202) ‘Fitting In’ focusing on the neighbourhood aligning the legacy of disinvestment, urban renewal, and the threat of gentrification. She was also accompanying the teaching of research electives where her major role was aligned with the application of GIS software and introduced mapping techniques to represent the urban investigation to be documented in architectural vocabulary.

Her previous experience was undertaking Graduate Studio (ARC 503/ 603) 'Collection and Collecting' with Professor Brian Carter and an Architectural Media seminar with Professor Joyce Hwang. Apart from her primary teaching and mentoring responsibilities, Surabhi is also teaching students the use of software media in architecture, thus conducting software workshops for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit Basic interface, various mapping tools of GIS, 2D & 3D modelling, and other necessary tools for design representation.  

In her current position as a designer, she is working heavily on documentation and redevelopment of existing structures, assessment and problem-solving. Understanding and resolving the design process and execution using the REVIT platform.

Professional Experience

July 2021- Current, LaBella Associates
Jan 2014- Dec 2017, Mitimitra Consultants, Pune, India (Job Profile- Architect)

May 2013- Dec 2013, Anand Upalekar Associates, Pune, India (Job Profile- Junior Architect)

June 2012- Oct 2012, Inform Architects, Bangalore, India (Job Profile- Intern)

Teaching Experience

2021 Spring- Adjunct Instructor, Sophomore Studio + UD Technical Methods Elective, UB

2020 Fall- Adjunct Instructor, M.Arch Studio + Architecture Media Elective, UB

2020 Spring - Teaching Assistant, Construction Technology, UB


Autodesk REVIT, AutoCAD, Google Sketch-up, Rhino3D, Grasshopper,

Enscape, VRay, Lumion, Podium, Bluebeam 

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Photo paint, Corel Draw

Microsoft Office: Outlook, Excel, Word

Passive Design Software: Flow Design Autodesk, Visual Lighting,

BE opt (Building Energy Optimization Tool).

Management Experience: Project Management, Construction drawing, coordination, site documentation, financial estimate, handling client and consultants' meetings along with records, coordinating team and workflow, conducting seminars for the team and other employees. 

Strength: Communication and organizational skillset, team collaboration, experience in on-site decision making and resolving issues effectively, meeting deadlines.