Arun Swaminathan is a graduate from the School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad and did his schooling from Bishop Cotton’s Boys School, Bangalore. He has a wide range of interests both Professionally and Extra- Curricular. Apart from a selective Architectural Practice, he is an Academician, Writer, Children’s Cartoonist and Illustrator. His passions include amongst other things Scale Model Aircraft, Military History, Literature, the Great Outdoors and many more exciting things. His Academic Career began with teaching School Children through NIE and a Voluntary Organization called “Each One Teach One”. This led to his teaching in Architecture and Design starting with RV College (which he continues to date as the Design Chair) to many other institutions. He is also currently on the Boards of Studies of a few institutions. His most memorable period has been a 3 year stint as a School Teacher at the Rishi Valley School, Krishnamurti Foundation India. His primary teaching interest continues to be the Foundation Programme for Architecture and Design. As for Architectural Practice, he has preferred to stay away from Commercial Projects and has been and continues to be involved with projects which have a personal / social/ environmental concern. His research interest has been in Light Weight Structures which apart from working on innovative projects, he conducts workshops to enthuse the young students across the country. He is also working on his own Educational Cartoon Projects.
Archana Ramesh did her Bachelor’s program from RVCA and attained her Master’s degree from IAAC, Spain (Emergent Technologies in Architecture). She has vast experience working in Australia, Thailand and India and has been associated with Enter Projects, Sydney for the past 6 years. She is currently the head of their satellite team in Bangalore, leading a group of designers and drafting assistants. Her work includes engagement with high skilled engineering, masonry brick technology and specialists in the field of regional parametric design. She has worked for the Hampi Reconstruction project with National Institute of Design, Bangalore. She also runs a private architectural practice, Pristine Projects, in Bangalore. Beyond architecture, she finds interest in Carnatic music, cooking and travel.
Archita Bandyopadhyay is an Architect whose core interest lies at the thresholds of design, culture and the built environment. After receiving her B.Arch degree from IES, Mumbai University, she went on to work with Architect Sameep Padora for three years where she worked on several residential, institutional and cultural projects such as the Maya Somaiya Library which won the Beazley Design Award and the International Brick Architecture award in 2019. Thereafter, she received her Master’s in History, Theory and Criticism from CEPT, Ahmedabad. She has been working as a tenured faculty in R.V College of Architecture since 2017 and has co-established a trans-disciplinary design practice named Studio Liminal Play in Bangalore. Operating within, but not limited to, the realms of architecture design, interior design, art and research, the studio thinks and creates on the thresholds of multiple disciplines.
Meera Vasudev finds her interest lie at the interface of architecture and allied disciplines. An alumnus of RV College of Architecture (2002), she has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Delft in Netherlands (2006) where she worked at understanding city, architecture and placemaking through her academic research, Border Conditions that looked at interstitial spaces of conflict. This continues to inform her research in ideas that are experimental and liminal. She runs a multi-disciplinary, idea driven design space in Bangalore, studio m::riad (read- myriad) that attempts to critically explore creative responses to context and collaboration. The studio encompasses interiors, pottery and academic research that delves into fields of art, cinema, literature and critical theory. Her studio was also awarded a special mention: Young Designers of the Year in 2015. She has been a guest lecturer and invited juror across India and is associated with her alma mater RVCA, for close to a decade now. She is actively involved in mentoring students from foundation to Thesis design studios where they are encouraged to experiment and learn critical thinking through an interdisciplinary lens.
Megha Nanaiah is an alumnus of RV College of Architecture. She attained her B.Arch degree in 2010, and proceeded to work with Karun Kumbera architects and urbanists for two years, helping her achieve a well-rounded understanding of the profession with in-depth practical knowledge. She graduated from the Architectural Association, London in 2013 with an MSc. in Sustainable Environmental Design with Distinction. She went on to co-found Enviarch Studio in 2014, based in Bangalore, putting to test her passion for environmentally responsive architecture. She believes in observational learning and is very passionate about building on and sharing knowledge. She has been associated with RVCA as a visiting and then tenured faculty since 2015.