Vishnu Uppalapati

Vishnu Uppalapati

New York

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I am a practicing Exhibit Designer & Interior Architect with a master's degree in Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor's in Industrial Design from DJ Academy of Design, India.

My work bridges the possibilities between architecture, story-telling and industrial design by working on interpretive, interactive and experiential spaces that aim to expand the visitor's experience through curiosity.

As a designer, I base my work on design research and psychology to come up with spatial engagements that are articulate and tangible to represent the ever-growing plural, collective stories around us.



Thinc Design, New York, Exhibit Designer

As an Exhibit + Experiential Designer, I work with Architects, Interpretive Planners, the clients, contractors and communities to realize a collective vision of
interpretive spaces in the form of galleries, museums and aquariums. My responsibilities span from concept development to producing working drawings for 3D assets, installations, environmental graphics and construction drawings.

Sep 2019 - current

Studio Endo, Providence, RI, US, Interior Design & Revit Consultant

Design liaison between Interior Design clients and Studio Endo in design projects. Produced a catalog of the existing product models in Revit.

Skills Employed :
Adobe Master Suite

Oct 2018 - Jan 2019

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Asst. Exhibition Designer - Interior Architecture Triennial Show

Assisted Prof. Wolfgang Rudorf in the design, execution and installation of the Triennial Show 2018 for the Department of Interior Architecture.

Skills Employed :
Faro 3D Laser Scan
Adobe Master Suite
MDF and Metal Fabrication
Installation with tension cables

Sep 2018 - Nov 2018

Samosa Labs, Hyderabad, IN, Lead UI/UX Designer & Information Architecture

Took charge of the 3rd phase of design development with brief and information provided by inhouse data analysts and engineers.

Skills Employed :
Sketch (Design Software for iOS)
Adobe Master Suite

Jul 2015 - Jan 2016

ThinkWell Ads, Hyderabad, IN, Production Designer

Handles the art direction for a feature in the local language, Telugu. This included coming up with location-specific set design and construction.

Skills Employed :
Google SketchUp Pro
Adobe Master Suite

Aug 2014 - Apr 2015

Design Flyover, Mumbai, IN, Industrial Design Intern (Udaipur Palace Museum Project)

Designed different interactive systems specific to different galleries in the Udaipur Palace Museum.

Skills Employed :
Solid Works
Google SketchUp Pro
Adobe Master Suite

Dec 2013 - Apr 2014

The Hindu, Chennai, IN, Interaction Design Intern (Frontline Magazine App)

Designed the information architecture, digital publication workflow and interaction for the digital version of the socio-political bi-monthly, Frontline magazine.

Skills Employed :
Adobe Master Suite

Mar 2013 - Jun 2013

Thota Tharani, Chennai, IN, Production Design (Apprentice)

Assisted as a CAD 3D model builder learned the material sourcing and the process of execution for a feature film.

Jul 2010 - Dec 2010


RISD INTAR Department of Interior Architecture, Providence, RI, US, Masters, MDes. Interior Studies - Interior Architecture

Jun 2016 - Jun 2018

DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, IN, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Jun 2009 - Jun 2014


Dorner Prize, Award

RISD Museum's annual design award and grant for executing a site-specific installation.

Team : Ramkumar Rajendran & Vishnu Uppalapati
Installation : Kolam


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