Simran Kaur Bhinder Urban and Regional Planner
Simran Kaur Bhinder
Urban and Regional Planner

4 years of experience in urban and physical planning, Simran is a researcher and author on universal accessibility.

Have conduct access audits   with primary areas of interest – Environment, Transport and Urban Planning.

Received Graduate Merit Fellowship for the year 2016 from the Graduate School and the Department of Urban Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Awarded Certificate for Spring 2016 Immersive Learning Project for Thomas Park-Avondale Neighborhood Action Plan, Muncie, Indiana

Participated in ULI Hines Student Competition – Urban Land Institute, 2016

Professional Experience:

August 2015- Present : Ball State University, Department of Urban Planning, Muncie, IN 

Graduate Assistant- Assisting Prof. Lohren Deeg in research , grading and organizing information Graduate Assistant- Assisted Prof. Lohren Deeg in research , grading and studio critics Graduate Assistant – Assisted Dr. Sanglim Yoo in literature research

June, 2016-August 2016 – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. 

Responsibilities Accomplished: Interview specific benefactors and write their story; Research and build a profile of each fund founder Prepare story and marketing pieces including, but not limited to fund founder story, fund profile and short biography for use in public presentations; Upload prior year grant applications electronically to database Research and scan additional documentation to support certain applications in database

April, 2014-May 2015 – Samarthyam- National Centre for Accessible Environments 

Research Associate and Physical Planner
Accomplished three major projects in fostering ‘Enabling Environment’:

Co-Authored Universal Accessibility Guidelines for Walkability, Non-motorized Vehicles and Public Transport Usage, MoUD, Shakti, Samarthyam, India, 2014 Schools for All, UNICEF, Government of Odisha, Samarthyam, India, 2014 Gender Just World, Samarthyam, India, 2014

Responsibilities:
Research and compilation of guidelines for Government of India; Graphic and auto cad representation of de- sign proposals Organising and leading focus group discussions with diverse user groups and stakeholders Accessibility audits for UNICEF of 30 school buildings in urban, semi-urban and rural settings. Planning and design for gender inclusive and safe infrastructure in urban cities.

May-June, 2013 – Planning Intern, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE), Delhi 

Sanitation plan for slum in New Sanjay Amar Colony, Ward-226 (Vishwas Nagar) under ‘Swachh Delhi Swastha Delhi project’ with Water Aid, CURE, India, 2013

May-June, 2012 – Planning Intern, UTTIPEC, Delhi Development Authority, New Delhi, India 

Audits to confirm street design, pedestrian safety and women safety along Vikas Marg in ITO Delhi, UTTIPEC, Delhi Development Authority, 2012

 

Skills:

Computer: Proficiency in AutoCad 2d, Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), Sketch-up, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, among others), basics in GIS

Graphics: Proficient in charrette drawings, hand and computer rendering

Community planning and development: Experience in public participatory and interactive PLA tools to design and develop with diverse community members and leaders in slums and other neighbourhood projects.

Communication: Experience in working, communicating and presenting productively with government and private stakeholders, clients and colleagues; knowledge in professional writing and experience with team work and field research

Language: Fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi

Other Skills: Photography, creative designing (brochure and pamphlet layouts, toolkits and guidelines cover pages, etc.), interior and fashion designing.

Study Abroad Experience:

Studied CAP Asia Program, 2015 (conducted by Ball State University) in Penang, Malaysia; Changsha, China and Singapore, Singapore, under the direction of Dr. Nihal Perera. Performed eleven week long group field study in Transit homes, Penang, Malaysia and three week long individual field study (observing a family with 50years old son having multiple disabilities) in Danwei community, Changsha, China.

Volunteer Experience:

Participated and assisted in One Billion Rising-South Asia Campaign with Samarthyam- National Centre for Accessible Environments and Delhi Metro, New Delhi, India, to promote safe and dignified environment for women (December,2014). Awareness raising and sensitization through campaigns, social media and seminars/ conferences for CBM, India, and Samarthyam, New Delhi, India, 2015. Moderator in training workshops for school education departments through disability simulation and audit presentations, Mumbai, Odisha and New Delhi, India, 2014

Awards and Achievements:

Received Graduate Merit Fellowship for the year 2016 from the Graduate School and the Department of Urban Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana Awarded Certificate for Spring 2016 Immersive Learning Project for Thomas Park-Avondale Neighborhood Action Plan, Muncie, Indiana Participated in ULI Hines Student Competition – Urban Land Institute, 2016