Shalmali Wagle

Shalmali Wagle

Cambridge, MA, US



Shalmali Wagle is an Architect and Architectural Writer, currently pursuing her Masters in Design Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge. She has previously received a Bachelor of Architecture from Manipal University, India, and has worked for 3 years in the field of architectural practice and associated editorial curation. Her work operates at the intersection of architecture, theory, and social psychology.


Indian Architect & Builder, Mumbai, IN, Editorial Writer

Some of the major tasks undertaken included:
- Monthly contributions (72 articles) including the curation of 2 issues of the Young Designers Special of the magazine.
- 5 Co-curated and co-authored columns under the title, ‘Ethos’, attempting to decipher elements and ideas sacrosanct to the Architecture of India.
- Worked under the guidance of Architect Charles Correa to re-master and re-store the historic document on the Architecture of India - ‘Vistara’.
- 11 Interviews with renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Sir Peter Cook.
- Part of a 5-member core team in the concept and execution of 361 Degrees: The Design Conference, with the themes ‘The New Spirit in Architecture’ in March 2012 and ‘Architecture of Purpose’ in March 2013.
- Conceptualization and execution of an Exhibition on the Interpretation of Sustainability in the Indian Context at the 361 Degrees Conference 2013.
- Part of 3-member team in conceptualization and execution of the 26th Anniversary Special issue titled ‘Practices of Consequence’.
- Coffee Table Books: ‘Earth Matters: Interpretation of Sustainability in the Indian Context’ and ‘High-Rise’.
- A part of the team organizing the Earth Matters Lecture Series: A travelling series with the theme of sustainability in architecture covering 40 Indian cities.
- Represented the magazine at the World Architecture Festival 2012, Singapore and the World Architecture Day 2012, Mumbai.

Sep 2011 - Jul 2013

Arun S. Ghosh Architects, Gurgaon, IN, Architect

- The Punihani Farmhouses, Chattarpur: As a project architect (along with the Firm Principal), working on the design and execution of a pair of twin farmhouses.
- Holiday Homes, Satbunga, Nainital: As a part of a 3 member team comprising of the Chief Architect and a fellow architect in the design development of a holiday resort on a contoured Nainital slope.
- The Nangia Farmhouse Complex, Gurgaon: As a project architect (along with the Firm Principal), working on the design and development of a complex comprising of a Host Residence, Guest Cottages and support facilities.
- Mixed Use Development Complex, Rohtak: As a project architect guided by the Chief Architect, working on the design of a mixed use commercial complex.
- Ventura Estate Villa Complex, Gurgaon: As a part of a 3 member team comprising of the Chief Architect and a fellow architect in the design development of a gated community of 8 Villas.
- DLF Magnolias (Interior Design), Gurgaon: As a project architect (along with the Firm Principal), working on the design and execution for the interior design of 3 Apartments (2 Duplex + 1 Simplex).
- Spiretec International Competition Project: As a part of a 4-member team comprising of the Chief Architect and 2 students.

Aug 2010 - Aug 2011

Opolis Architects, Mumbai, IN, Architectural Intern

- Weekend Residence, Karjat: Assistant (to the Chief Architect) in the concept, design and detailed development.
- Chowgule Residence, Goa: Assistant (to the Chief Architect) in the concept, design and detailed development.
- Bhabha House, Chennai: Assistant (to a Senior Architect) in the design and detailed development.
- Fort Kochi Boutique Hotel, Cochin: As a part of a three-member team in the conservation of an old fort and its adaptive reuse as a luxurious boutique hotel.
- Tan Tien Healing Centre, Mulshi: As a part of the four member team working on the concept, design and detailed development of the healing centre.
- KMC Office, Hyderabad: As a part of the four-member team working on the design and detailed development of a 6-storey office building.

Jun 2008 - Nov 2008


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Architectural History, Theory & Criticism

• MDes Student Research & Papers:

- Memory & Desire in the Story of a City: Fragmented Narratives of the Past & Future (Imagining the City through Literature, Film and the Arts).
- Segregated Sanities: To the Brink & Back - The Reason behind Mexico's Repetitive Crises and a Consolidation Policy for a National Urban Identity in Mexico City (Explicating Modernity & Crisis).
- Architecture through Non-Architecture: Organization, Provocation and Revolution in the Paper-Architecture of ARCHIGRAM (The Role of the Architect in History and the Evolution of Practice).
- Illicitness. Expression. Eroticism. - The Baroque Inheritance in Architecture (Buildings, Texts and Contexts).
- Ekphrasis: John Hejduk's Simultaneous Practicality and Symbolism (Buildings, Texts and Contexts).
- The (Boston) Chinatown Project (Case Studies in Critical Conservation Strategies for curating the Built Environment).
- Exploding the Myths of the Anti-Sprawl Dogma: The Suburban Sprawl Debate, Vanishing Identities and the War on the American Dream (Cities by Design).
- A Different Ornament and the Death of the Craftsman: Loss of Meanings and the Deterioration of Situational Responses in Architecture (Exploring Contemporary Architecture through Persisting Issues).
- The Real, The Unreal and the Anxieties of the Uncertain in an increasingly "Controlled" World: Explicating Power and Rationality in an Era of Psychology-driven Architecture (Buildings, Texts and Contexts).
- Points of Departure: Understanding the Indicators of Post-Colonial Syndrome in Indian Modernism (Situating the Modern: Modern Architecture & Vernacular Traditions).
- Tackling the Darker Side of the City through an Urban "Exodus" (The History & Theory of Urban Interventions).
- Masons, Monarchs, Midnight, Modernity & Millennium: The Evolution of Architectural Practice in India (Film on the Evolution of Architectural Practice)
- Masters in Design Studies: THESIS (on-going) - 'Architecture + Theory: Prescriptions against Urban Amnesia in Post-colonial India'.

Aug 2013 - current

Manipal University, Manipal, India, Manipal, IN, BArch, Architecture

• B.Arch Student Projects:

Architecture Projects:
- Correctional Facility at Trivandrum (Thesis):
Development of a secure correctional facility that detains accused and convicted individuals, to provide programs, services and supervision in a humane environment.
- DLF Township at Cochin (Live Project):
Understanding the urban context of the project and the development of a township with the use of “green inside and outside” that was demand of the average local dream.
- Ecotel at Hyderabad (Competition Project):
A competition entry for Transparence’09, the focus of the project was on eco-friendly ways of designing with glass.
- KMC Serviced Apartments and Mixed Use Complex at Manipal.
- Multi Storeyed Mixed Use Development at Karavali.
- School Design at Maravanthe.
- Meditation Centre and Ashram at Kollur.
- Student Centre for MIT at Manipal.

Interior Design Projects
- Interior Design of a 5 Star Hotel Lobby
- Interior Design of a Night Club (with Restaurant)

- Documentation of ‘The Mookambika Temple’ at Kollur: As a part of the 40 member team working for the live project.
- Documentation of ‘The Halsnadu House’ at Kundapur: An in depth analysis of its existing architecture and preparation of a professional comprehensive report for the conservation and adaptive reuse of the same.
- Documentation of ‘The Venugopal Temple’ at Manipal.

National Association for Students of Architecture (NASA), India:
- Represented the college at NASA ’05 (Mumbai) as a part of the 8 member team working for the G-SEN and Nari Gandhi Trophies.
- As a part of the 4 member team working for the competition at Zonal NASA ’06 (Hubli).
- As a part of the 8 member team for the Children’s Museum for Zonal NASA ’07 (Hyderabad).
- Part of the organizational team hosting the main NASA’07 at Manipal. Coordinated a team of 5 members responsible for the events, venues, signage and the overall itinerary for the event.
- Prepared the Report for the documentation carried out for LIK Trophy, NASA ’08.

Aug 2005 - May 2010

Areas of Specialization