Rukshan Vathupola

Rukshan Vathupola

Washington, DC, US

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Architect in training, occasional writer & portrait painter

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Othering Blackness in Design: Reflections with Walter Hood, Fri, Jul 2 '21

Mr. Hood wouldn’t let his son go to art school, so he had to find the next best thing. Going through the rest of the list of college majors—accounting, advertising, agriculture, etc.—nothing else called out to him in the same way nor made the vision of the future he wanted any ...

Othering Blackness in Design: Reflections with Walter Hood

Reflecting on America's Perception of Indigenous Architecture With Tammy Eagle Bull, Wed, Jun 9 '21

Tammy Eagle Bull, FAIA, AICAE, NCARB, is an architect and President of the firm Encompass Architects based in Lincoln, Nebraska, which she co-founded in 2002. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of ...

Reflecting on America's Perception of Indigenous Architecture With Tammy Eagle Bull


Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, US, Assistant Student Editor

Worked with Nina Rappaport, Publications Director at the Yale School of Architecture, to write and publish the Fall 2019 Advanced Design Studio - Next Generation Tourism in Bali Book

Jan 2020 - current

Yale Paprika, Contributing Writer

Wrote articles concerning the intersection between architecture, environmentalism, and the impact of legislation on public space

Feb 2019 - current

Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, Social Media Marketing Specialist

Expanded the digital brand of the Yale School of Architecture through managing social media engagement and representation on Instagram,Facebook, and Twitter

Aug 2019 - Sep 2020

Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, US, Teaching Assistant - Urban Research & Representation

Assisted Professor Elihu Rubin in organizing a graduate level course centered on analyzing the urban gaze and the representation of metropolitan communities in media

Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

Yale Urban Design Workshop, Workshop Assistant

Designed and documented an exhibition of Graduate student work done at the University of Chalmers in Gothenburg for the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C.

Jul 2019 - Aug 2019

Design for America - Yale Chapter, New Haven, CT, US, Graduate Advisor

Advised undergrad students in their design of a homeless shelter for New Haven, this included the creation of graphics, renderings, models, and floor plans

Mar 2019 - Apr 2019

Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, US, Yale Sustainability Action Plan Research Assistant

Organized the recycling of Yale Architecture student materials to encourage sustainable and economic recycling of waste goods

Mar 2019 - Apr 2019

Kenneth Boroson Architects, New Haven, CT, US, Web Intern

Published press releases and edited photos for the firm to build the company website and promote projects online

Oct 2018 - Nov 2018

Charney Architects, New Haven, CT, US, Intern

Created master plans and assisted in the modification of diagrams for project proposals on the Yale University campus

May 2018 - Jun 2018


Yale University, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2017 - May 2020

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