I’m an architect, educator and entrepreneur, and I run the experimental design and architecture studio, DesignAware, and the Fractals Workshop. I write to make sense of my thoughts and spark relevant conversations. My aim is to give back to communities through socially-relevant projects alongside architecture and interdisciplinary design research. I believe design and technology should not be confined within the bounds of a single discipline or become the forte of a select few, and I’m on a mission to make design more inclusive and democratic. I work across built and natural environments, and real and virtual worlds.
I co-founded BuildAware (in the middle of the pandemic!) to streamline construction and fabrication processes and gain better control over the quality of built spaces. I’m a part of the sustainable design and research initiative, ard. I also design virtual spaces in the metaverse on UPWorlds.
I’m associated in a teaching capacity with CEPT University, the Boston Architectural College, Digital FUTURES, Turenscape Academy, and Meta Open Arts (formerly Facebook Analog Research Lab). I’ve written for The Wire, Indian Architect & Builder magazine, Architecture Live!, the Journal of the IIA, Gulf Construction magazine, and Mvslim.
I’m intrigued by craft and different ways of making, designing and solving puzzles, speculative design/fiction/multiverses, storytelling, and the fine line between utopia/dystopia.
I’ve lived in many different places all my life, and work across borders, and I consider myself the New Nomad.
Learn more about the initiatives and organizations I’m involved in!
Hunger is a perpetual virus. Due to the lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, many construction workers and daily-wage laborers have been left without any work or source of income. In India, thousands of migrant workers are left with no option bt to walk from the cities where they work back to their hometowns on foot, a dangerous journey. Join us in raising funds to contribute to relief efforts by volunteers working alongside the government and police to provide food and rations so that the lesser privileged can sustain themselves and their families. It is so easy to #starvethehungervirus!
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