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Ajitha Anandan

Ajitha Anandan

San Francisco, CA, US

 

About 

I am an experienced Interior Designer and an accredited Architect.
My passion is in creating immersive experiences through articulating physical elements and three dimensional space. 

“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 a multifaceted approach to design and have explored several avenues like set/stage design, exhibition design, sustainability, furniture design, parametric architecture and several forms of visual art.

I am new to the San Francisco bay area and am looking to connect with passionate designers

Employment 

Interspace Inc, Chennai Area, India, Architectural Interior Designer

Handled four projects and reported directly to the Principal Designer, Mr. Vikram Phadke.
• Worked with the Principal Designer on all stages of design process including concept development, space planning and determining clients’ taste, needs and expectations
• Developed mood boards and client presentations using Photoshop and MS PowerPoint.
• Prepared Project estimates using MS excel.
• Created and developed schematic drawings and design development drawings using Revit and AutoCAD.
• Developed detailed drawings (including mill work & custom cabinetry) and construction drawings in AutoCAD.
• Prepared initial drawings for HVAC, electrical, modular kitchens and poliform wardrobes and millwork.
• Reviewed vendor shop drawings and provided feedback on client requirements and expectations.
• Served as point of contact for vendors and client representatives.
• Researched and compiled information on materials, material finishes, FF&E and new technologies.
• Under guidance of Principal designer, performed material and FF&E selection, specifications and procurement.
• Developed 2d graphics and 3d renders using REVIT, Sketchup and VRay.
• Assisted Principal designer with client interactions and meetings.
• Supervised site execution for the residential project based in Chennai.
• Supervised stage set up for a social event on the behalf of the principal designer.

Nov 2014 - May 2016
 

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 - Apr 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 years 2009.2010 & 2011, 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
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills