ALOK V. VYAS
4205 Springlake Dr., San Leandro, California 94578 Phone: 510/858-3325 (C)
E-mail: 
alokv@cyberspace.org, Home: http://alokv.tripod.com/

CAREER OBJECTIVE:
To offer the best of my Urban Planning & Design and Architectural abilities and at the same time recognize the significance of team spirit and constructive criticism
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Sept. '98 - May '00 Master of Urban Planning. NAAB accredited 2-year program from A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Areas of Concentration : Physical Development and Urban Design. Special Interest in Transportation Planning
June '92 - April '97 Bachelor of Architecture. First Class with Honors in the accredited B. Arch. Examinations of the University of Bombay. Submitted the Design thesis, 'Center for World Music Studies' to Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Bombay in November '96
LENGTHS OF WORK EXPERIENCE:
Professional 3 years and 7 months (in Sept. 2001)
Academic 8 months
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCES:
June '00 - present Urban Planner & Designer with Calthorpe Associates, Berkeley, California.
Projects: Richmond Transit Village, CA; Smart Growth Twin Cities, MN; Austin Ranch Devlopment III, TX
Tasks: Working with Principal on New Urbanism projects. Worked on architectural (urban) design and site planning drawings for RTV and Austin Ranch III. Analysed/ Prepared public workshop regional maps (GIS) for Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul for SGTC, MN.
Feb. '00 - May '00 Transportation Planner with Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Detroit. SEMCOG is a coalition of 7 counties in Michigan entrusted with regional planning through federal funds
Projects: Transportation in the 21st Century Plan (T21); Traffic Survey Management (TSM)
Tasks: Worked on GIS (ArcView) analysis of Traffic Counts, and compilation of regional transportation funding requests to SEMCOG
June '99 - Aug. '99 Architectural Designer at MCA Architects, PC, Portland, Oregon
Projects: US West, OR; UAL Aircraft Hanger, Chicago; City of Gresham, OR
Tasks: Worked on technical design, renovation and addition drawings
Feb. '97 - July '98 Project Architect with a leading firm, Pheroze Kudialavala Architects Consultants and Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Bombay
Projects: Mahanagar Telephone Nigan Limited (MTNL) - Telephone Exchange and Residential Building
Tasks: design and development of contract drawings & issuing them on construction sites, client meetings, consultant referrals, site meetings, etc. Prepared complete scheme for final Municipal approval
Dec. '96 - Feb. '97 Trainee Architect with same firm, Pheroze Kudialavala Architects Consultants and Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Bombay
Projects: MTNL, State Bank of India, Wockhardt, NABARD, Bank of India
Tasks: Worked on design and construction/drawings
TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Jan '01 - May '01 Part-time Instructor for 'IAD 613 Design & The Built Environment' with Academy of Art College, San Francisco, California
Tasks: Design critic for Master;s class of 10 students. Supervising their design development, class grading, providing feedback & overall guidance
AWARDS:
Jan. '99 - April '99 Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) with Michelle Barnes for Great Lakes Center for Truck and Transit Research (GLCTTR) at the University of Michigan
Tasks : updating and re-organizing the official website for GLCTTR -
http://www.umtri.umich.edu/glcttr
Sept. '98 - Dec. '98 Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) with Prof. Jonathan Levine for Transportation and Society Seminar in winter semester 1999 at the University of Michigan
Tasks : making logistical arrangements for the successful staging of seminar and ensuring its smooth continuance
February '98 Tuition Fellowship of over US $5,000 for fall '98 semester from the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan
April '96 Jehangir C. Shroff Scholarship award for securing Second rank in the University of Bombay B. Arch. Examinations. Topped design of semester 8 in the University of Bombay
COMPUTER SKILLS:
Proficiency in - Computer Aided Design/Animation/Renderings (AutoCad R14, Form-Z, 3d Studio 4); Geographical Information Systems (Arc View); Graphic Design (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator); MS Office; SPSS for Windows; Internet Web Design (Go Live Cyber Studio, MS Frontpage, Claris Home Page) Macintosh OS
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCES:
December '96 Successfully completed the extension of my own residential building in co-operation with an appointed Architect in Bombay
Tasks : complete design scheme with their architectural details, including supervising the actual construction. Observing construction methods and working with the contractor and his laymen to achieve the desired design results
January '95 Worked as a freelancer on interiors of the JNJ group of Companies for Architect Udai Dighe at Bombay
Task : computed assisted animations/walkthroughs for presentations
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
December '96 Participant in Loius Kahn trophy presentations for the Annual Convention of the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) at Nagpur
January '94 Took part in design workshop - Prakalp (scheme) hosted by the Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay
Attendee at various talks and seminars conducted by the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and leading Architects of India
Architectural and personal study tours of India
Adventure sports: White water rafting, hiking
IMPORTANT COMPLETED COURSES IN PLANNING:
Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (ArcView)
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills
Principles and Practices of Urban Design I
Principles and Practices of Urban Design II
Land Use & Physical Planning Studio - 6 credits
Land Use Planning & Design
Planning Theory
Qualitative Planning Techniques (Urban Design Group)
Public Economics for Urban Planning
Quantitative Planning Methods I
Quantitative Planning Methods II
REFERENCES:
USA Prof. Jonathan Levine (jlevine@umich.edu, phone: 734/763-0039)
Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Prof. Aseem Inam (aseem@umich.edu, phone: 734/936-0201)
Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
Michelle Barnes (mbarnes@umich.edu, phone: 734/647-5492)
Senior Engineering Research Associate, GLCTTR
INDIA Prof. D. P. Joshi (phone: 011-91-22/642-9934)
Architect and City Planner