In 2013, Aahana Miller graduated with Honors from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. At RISD, she participated in a study abroad program to Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan for four months, where her study of architecture was integrated with a practical housing-rehabilitation project for Tsunami victims. In 2013 she visited Costa Rica where she conceptualized, designed and built a prototype for a sustainable classroom for rural schools. She also completed designing and building furniture for a homeless shelter in Woonsocket, Rhode Island where she developed a system with a focus on the production of architectural effects through the design and fabrication of storage solutions.
After RISD she worked for two years in Mumbai at Somaya and Kalappa and at ABM Architects, before returning to graduate school.

Presently, Aahana is a graduate student doing her Master of Architecture at University of Pennsylvania (PennDesign) with a certificate in Historic Preservation. At PennDesign she is the Director for Penn Student Design, liaising with designers to produce creative materials and marketing projects such as flyers, posters and print design campaigns. She is the graphic design chair for PennDesign Women in Architecture a group whose purpose is to increase the incidence and visibility of women in architecture.

(She is also a freelance graphic designer creating posters, logos, branding materials and websites.)


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University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA
Master of Architecture | 2018
Certificate in Historic Preservation
3rd place winner of the Schenk-Woodman Competition | 2016 January
Courses in: Revit, Construction, Professional Practice, Environmental Systems, Historic Site Management, Structures and Visual Studies

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) | Providence, RI
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture | 2013
Graduated as an Honors Student

Courses in: Revit, Lighting, Scheme Detailing, Graphic Design and Drawing

RISD Design Build | Winter Session in Costa Rica | 2013 January-February

Kyoto Seika University | Kyoto, Japan
Semester in Architecture | Study Abroad | 2012 Spring

Brown University | Providence, RI
Program in Introduction to Logic | 2012 Fall
Program in Introduction to Mind and Behavior | 2011 Spring

Professional Experience

BLT Architects | Philadelphia, PA | 2017 May – 2017 August
Worked on the 90% Construction Documents set for a casino project in Philadelphia.

WSA, Modern Ruins | Irvington, NY | Intern Architect | 2016 June – 2016 August
Developed schematics for multiple architecture and historic preservation projects, including the adaptive re-use and restoration of buildings in New York City.

ABM Architects | Mumbai, India | Interior Architect | 2014 March – 2015 July
Designed and executed designs for commercial and residential spaces, with an emphasis on sustainable design and historical preservation. Coordinated with contractors and furniture and lighting consultants for cohesive design documentation.

Somaya & Kalappa Consultants | Mumbai, India | Interior Architect | 2013 July – 2014 February
Conceptualized and prepared presentations for a range of projects from residential to university campuses.

Work Experience and Internships

Director | Penn Student Design | Philadelphia, PA | March 2017 - Present
Creative Operations Manager | Penn Student Design | Philadelphia, PA | March 2016 - Present
Liaises with designers to produce creative materials and marketing projects such as flyers, posters and design campaigns.
RISD Office of International Programs | Providence, RI | Office Assistant | 2010 – 2013
Assisted with data entry, organizational administration and basic graphic design.

Julian Marshall LCC | Pawtucket, RI | Intern | 2012 January – February
Collaborated with other RISD students to design and create the entire set.

SJK Architects | Mumbai, India | Apprentice | 2011 July – August
Assisted with furniture design for hospitality projects, specifically for bedrooms and common spaces; also worked on AutoCAD drawings, layouts and renderings.

ABM Architects | Mumbai, India | Intern | 2010 July
Familiarized myself with basic architectural and interior design assignments.


Computer skills | AutoCAD 3D, Revit, Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Cinema 4D, Vray, Maya, Adobe Suite, Web design (css and html). Ability to learn programs quickly and adapt them to studio needs.

Art and Design skills | Experience with prototyping, 3D printing, laser cutting, model making and basic wood shop tools; trained in mixed media - acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pencil, charcoal, pen and photography. Familiar with a broad range of graphic design skills for creating layouts and logos.

Organizational skills | Exceptional organizational abilities and time management skills; resourceful, detail oriented, self-disciplined, hardworking, problem solver.

Languages | Fluent in English and Hindi; familiar with Marathi, Gujarati

Design and Volunteer Activities

PennDesign Women in Architecture Graphics and PR Chair | Philadelphia, PA | Fall 2017 - Present

PennDesign Women in Architecture Subcommittee Member | Philadelphia, PA | Fall 2016 - Present

Volunteer for Rebuilding Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | Fall 2016

Volunteer for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival | Mumbai, India | 2013 October – Present | 2007 – 2009

Designed and built furniture for a homeless shelter | Woonsocket, RI | 2012 September – 2013 March

Constructed a sustainable classroom prototype for rural schools | Costa Rica | 2013 January - February

Assisted with a housing rehabilitation project for Tsunami victims | Tohoku, Japan | 2012 July

South Asian Student Association Member - 2009-2013

President of the South Asian Student Association - RISD - 2010-2013

Art Camps and Exhibitions:

'GO AA’ Art Camp at Kerkar Art Complex - Goa, India - June 2010

'GO AA' at Gallery Beyond - Mumbai, India and Kerkar Art Complex - Goa, India – July 2010


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