Chisom Okwulehie

Chisom Okwulehie

Scholar since

Scholarship received
2022 AIA Large Firm Roundtable ARE Scholarship

Current occupation
Staff Services Architect at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Columbia University (M.S.  Advanced Architectural Design)
University of Southern California (B.Arch, B.S in Public Policy, Planning, and Management)

South San Francisco, CA

Chisom’s professional career provided her numerous opportunities to create unique scenes by thinking critically, develop creative design concepts, and translate them into working documents. Within the professional field of architecture, Chisom specializes in planning and design with an emphasis on conceptual implementation, building enclosure modeling, interior architecture, and programming. Another area of her strong expertise is photorealistic visualization, documentation drawings, design coordination, and collaboration with team members, clients, engineers, and stakeholders.

Having practiced in China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Brazil, South Africa, and United States, Chisom has been a major contributor on projects of different scales that include residential, civic, cultural, educational institutions, hospitality, office, transportation, and urban design. Today, Chisom is currently working as a Staff Services Architect at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She started with the Agency in September 2017 after working for the private sector for several years.

Chisom had always expressed interest in the relationship between public policy and architecture, which is evident in her educational background. Chisom holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University. She also received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Planning, and Management from University of Southern California.