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Ajitha Anandan

Ajitha Anandan

New York, NY, US

 

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About 

I recently procured a masters degree in interior Design from Pratt Institute, which compliments my extensive five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree procured in 2011. With more than a year's worth of work experience as an intern at architectural firms throughout India, I have gained valuable practical knowledge regarding the profession of architectural and interior design. Apart from understanding the different stages of the design process and documentation, I have also had the chance to interact with contractors, consultants, vendors and clients on a several projects. Site visits were an important part of this valuable experience. Furthermore, I recognize the changing needs of this industry and have equipped myself with basic Building Information Modeling or BIM (Revit) and parametric (Rhino and grasshopper) skills. I believe in a multifaceted design approach and Pratt has enabled me to explore different aspects of design such as textile design, furniture design ( through a summer program at Denmark), Exhibition Design (alternative track to thesis) and set design (part of exhibition design program).Exhibition Design, for me, has been an eye-opening experience and an invaluable source of creative stimulation giving me a wider perspective insatiable interest in graphics, branding, weaving narratives/ story-telling and teamwork. Apart from academics, I have taken up multiple visual art classes and immensely enjoy sketching, painting and photography.

 

With time, I have discovered myself to be self motivated, hard working and a quick learner. In past experiences of working with multi-cultural teams I have been acknowledged for my communication skills and team player qualities. I have been passionate about design and visual arts since teenage and have pursued the same with fervor ever since.

 

“All Architecture is shelter. All great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts or stimulates a person in that space” -Philip Johnson.

I strongly believe in the above statement and approach design with the same outlook.

Employment 

Artes, Chennai, IN, Junior Architect

Worked on BMW workshop / showroom project, a row housig development, seashore apartments and a residential project. Nature of work ranged from spatial analysis, conceptual design, preliminary 3d massing, facade development, schematic design, sanction drawings, construction drawings, technical drawings, specification and estimation, Site inspection, fixtures procurement, client discussions and interaction with contractors and consultants.

Nov 2011 - Mar 2012
 

Vinnu Ponnappa Architects Pvt. Ltd, Bengaluru, IN, Architectural Intern

Primarily worked on Golf course Villa, Kovai Hills, India for Rakindo Developers. This highly intensive project required a model villa to be designed and constructed in a time frame of 6 months. Nature of work ranged from Initial presentation sheets, Conceptual studies and research, powerpoint presentations , schematic drawings, design development, construction drawings, interior drawings, detailed drawings, as built drawings, specification, technical drawings, bill of quantities, site visit, contractor interaction, interaction with plumbing and HVAC consultants. Also schematic design, sanction drawings, physical modeling, presentation drawings and construction drawings of an apartment and two other residences were worked upon.

Jun 2009 - Dec 2009
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Ms. Interior Design

Specialization: Exhibition Design Intensive (EDI):
An altenative to traditional thesis work, EDI is typically a year long immersion into exhibiton design. Working in teams, EDI involved strong narrative approach to developing designs. Accompanied by field trips to museums, discussions with industry professionals, the second semester involved realtime client project. Set design for a modern adaptation of the“ Wizard of Oz” was explored under the professional guidance of the Rockwell Group, Set Design Department.

Jul 2012 - May 2014
 

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchchinappalli, IN, BArch, Architecture

Undergraduate Thesis : Recreationsal Hub at Pondicherry, India
A urban scale project where the site was selected first. The site was then intensely analyzed for potential development which culminated in the design of a riverside plaza, a resort, an oceanarium and a a theme park. A master plan was proposed for the development and a detailed design was developed for both the resort and the oceanarium. Architectural styles of Colonial Pondicherry was carefully researched and adopted in the design of the resort.

Jul 2006 - May 2009
 

Awards 

Academic Proficiency, Award

Awarded academic proficiency for semesters V, VI, VII and VIII awards in Bachelors of Architecture .

2010
 

Special Mention’ for the GSEN trophy, 2nd Place

Member of team that won ‘Special Mention’ for the GSEN trophy (awarded for an adaptive reuse project) of annual NASA (National Association for Students of Architecture) convention in January 2009.
The G-Sen trophy was awarded for documenting, analysing and redesigning an old dilapidated building of significant historic importance. The team chose the ‘Kudira Vandi’ court at Coimbatore for the purpose. The fort that was once a horse stable of Tipu Sultan was later converted into a district court and subsequently into a district court by the Britishers. The proposed re-designing of the building involved the creation of a "Haat" – a centre for cultural exchange and bringing back the essence of the old culture replete with traditional art, crafts and other products.

The ideas were presented in the form of a movie at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfIRp1_icS4

2009
 

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