Malavika Madhuraj

Malavika Madhuraj

New York, NY, US



Malavika Madhuraj is a student at Columbia GSAPP. She graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Architecture from VIT University, Vellore. At university, she was awarded Merit Scholarship for Best Academic Performance during all 5 years. Her thesis on the Rohingya Refugee crisis won her the Honourable Mention award in the ‘Architecture Thesis of the Year competition conducted across 104 nations.  


Roots Practitioner’s Fellowship, Chennai, IN, Research Fellow

Research Fellow under the mentorship of architects Durganand Balsavar, Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre
Selected as one of the 10 young architects to lead collaborative discourse on new processes of practice and thought regarding human-centric design.

Mar 2020 - Mar 2021

YACADEMY - Architecture for Exhibition, Bologna, IT, Architect

Selected as one of the 25 young architects from 500+ applicants for the high-level training course.
Developed project under the supervision of Giuseppe Zampieri, founder, director and partner of David Chipperfield Architects for the
design of the 2021 setting-up of MUDETEC (Museum of Automobili Lamborghini Technologies).

Sep 2020 - Nov 2020

Saveetha Architecture College, Chennai, IN, Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant to Prof. Durganand Balsavar.
Worked on the lesson plan and assisted with documental research and production of representational drawings and tutorials.

Mar 2020 - Sep 2020

Roy Antony Architects, Cochin, IN, Junior Architect

Prepared material boards, liaised with contractors and clients, and led design investigations for multi-dwelling affordable housing projects in South India.
Worked on the design and preparation of construction documents for ‘wave’ backwater residence.

Apr 2019 - Jul 2019

HUNDREDHANDS, Cochin, IN, Intern

Prepared study models and construction documents for adaptive reuse of the Rockholm Light House Beach in Kovalam, Kerala.
Worked on the design development phase of the firm’s winning entry for a new research facility for the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

Jun 2018 - Nov 2018

Stuba Architects, Cochin, IN, Intern

Conducted site study and documentation of the Wayanad region for the construction of a tourist villa.

Dec 2016 - Jan 2017


Columbia University, columbia university, MArch, Advanced Architectural Design

M.S. Advanced Architectural Design

Jun 2021 - current

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, IN, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) - 5 years
GPA: 3.99/4, Merit recipient and 2nd rank holder
Thesis: Fragmented Imaginary: Seeking Resilience for the Rohingya.

Jun 2015 - Apr 2020


Architecture Thesis of the Year competition, 1st Place

Honourable award in the 2020 ‘Architecture Thesis of the Year competition’ conducted across 104 nations.


World Architecture Award, 1st Place

2021 Winners of WA Awards 10+5+X 36th Cycle in Architecture, Student Category.


Mango thesis award, Honorable Mention

Top 15 Finalist and Special mention award at ‘Mango thesis award’, 2020.


Humanitarian Unbuilt Project, 2nd Place

First-runner up in the Humanitarian Unbuilt Project of the ‘2020 Gaudi Architecture Prize.’


Sustainability first steppers, Nomination

Shortlisted for ‘Sustainability first steppers’ competition organised by Chorus architecture, 2020.


Merit Scholarship for Best Academic Performance (Dean’s List), Award

Merit Scholarship for Best Academic Performance (Dean’s List)- in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, VIT University.


G.D. Naidu Young Scientist Award, 1st Place

2019 G.D. Naidu Young Scientist Award- First place for research that culminated in the paper ‘Effect of Logo Design on Consumers and their Affective Response
Towards Brands.’


Best out of waste, 3rd Place

Third place in the event ‘Best out of waste’ at Saarang 2016, IIT Madras.


Ideathon competition, 2nd Place

Runner-up in Ideathon competition conducted in VIT in relation to water conservation week, 2015.


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