India is a land of diverse cultures, traditions, and values. I have been raised in a very supportive family who have let me choose a path I love and encouraged me to take up my own decisions with respect to education and career. I have had an attraction towards architecture since I was very young. To pursue this interest further, I took up Engineering Graphics as my core subject during high school. This interest motivated me to accomplish good grades in high school and channeled me to pursue architecture as my specialization. For this purpose, I joined Bachelors in Architecture in a very reputed university in India – Anna University, Chennai.
During my 8th semester, I got an opportunity to do an internship and work on a large-scale holiday retreat outside the city which comprised of a golf course and a vast landscape. This experience helped me realize my passion towards sustainable design. I participated in a competition organized by The Chennai Water Forum called ‘Embrace the Rivers’ shortly after my internship where, we had to provide design solutions for a lake which is being polluted and had lost its connection with the society. My team – myself and two other members came up with Sustainable design solutions for the landscape surrounding the lake which attracts people to interact with the lake, revive and admire it. Even though we did not win this competition, we got shortlisted for the finals of the competition and this journey helped me learn more details about the subject.
In my final year – I had to submit a thesis; ‘Dance in Form, Space, Function and time’. Dance has been a part of me for the past 7 years, and I believed I can combine both my passions to bring out something very fresh and creative. As a part of my thesis, I transformed static boring spaces into something unique and interesting in order to motivate people to use the space for activities like Dance. Technology was the major tool which helped me to deliver my thoughts and visualize spaces, this is when my interest in Emerging digital technologies reached its peak. Associate Professor Cirka John caught my interest with his current research in advanced design methods comprised of emerging digital technologies.
Architecture is generally undertaken in isolation from other parts of the wider industry, this makes it more difficult for architects to perceive their role as part of the construction industry, with many preferring to emphasize their place in the wider creative sector. The future of this profession depends on one ‘s skill and ability to design unique, executing these one finds themselves working in the often more innovative fringes of practice developing new services in related areas and opening up new markets. This prestigious university offers a perfect inter-disciplinary ecosystem to harness and nurture my skills. I would love to execute the knowledge I gain from this university in my country and forge a better future by broadening my artistic and design capabilities.