Ajitha Anandan

Ajitha Anandan

San Francisco, CA, US

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I am an internationally trained Interior Designer and 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 interested in hospitality and commercial Interiors.


ARCHITECTURAL DIMENSIONS, Oakland, CA, US, Intern Architect (Junior Designer)

• Developed pre-liminary Test Fits & guest-room layouts as per brand standards/prototypes.
• Assisted with drafting & updating existing DD set, entitlement packages and CD set as per red lines /guidelines from job captains, including architectural detailing.
• Researching and summarizing CBC Title 24, City Ordinances and other information to support the team in design development and LEED documentation.
• Contacted vendors for material samples requests & assisted with updating and maintaining physical material samples as well as product specification packages for projects.
• Assisted with development of material boards, presentation boards, initial conceptual and detailed sketchup models

Jul 2017 - current

Interspace Inc, Chennai Area, India, Architectural Interior Designer

Handled 4 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 developed relevant design drawings and contract documents including project estimates and custom cabinetry drawings.
• Assisted the Principal Designer in determining clients’ taste, needs & expectations through client interactions & meetings. Developed mood boards & presentations for the same.
• Prepared initial drawings for HVAC, electrical, modular kitchens, poliform wardrobes and mill-work. Reviewed vendor shop drawings, provided feedback on client requirements and expectations. Served as point of contact for the vendors and clients.
• Researched and compiled information on materials, material finishes, FF&E and new technologies .Under guidance of the Principal performed materials & FF&E selection, specification and procurement.
• Supervised site execution for the residential project based in Chennai and a stage setup 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


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

DIS Study Abroad, Copenhagen, DK, Design-Build Workshop

Attended the Scandinavian furniture design program, covering history, theory, key works, and current expressions of Nordic design.
Fundamentals of furniture design and furniture production were explored via theoretical as well as relevant field trips.
A solid wood chair was designed and produced at the wood workshop utilizing the knowledge imparted.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

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


Academic Proficiency, Award

Awarded academic proficiency for years 2009.2010 & 2011, in Bachelors of Architecture .


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


Areas of Specialization