Radha's urban planning masters report explores an element of the urban economy that is too often ignored, street vending. She recognizes that San Jose has a plan to better activate downtown streets by encouraging street vending in the Downtown Street Vending Program Area, governed by the Peddler Permit Ordinance. But the local merchants were not involved. To bring the merchants into this conversation, she interviewed the merchants of downtown to find out what they knew about the program, what their concerns were and how it might benefit their business in the future. The results of this innovative research produced various findings and options to help the city connect and activate the downtown area.Writing2015
October 2007 to March 2009
Role: Project Architect and Designer
Challenges: Collaborative work across inter-disciplinary studios for a project located in a historic site within the walled city of Jodhpur provided an excellent opportunity to showcase India internationally. Situated in the foothill of the world famous heritage site Mehrangarh Fort, Raas was provided a unique opportunity to us as designers and architects to be responsible for constructible,hands-on technical work with local and international vendors, contractors and consultants for custom and exclusive design. Architecture Detailing and development role included Project scheduling, Sustainable design, Architecture restoration, Urban planning, Prototyping, Material experiment and Technology research.
The interaction with local craftsmen to handling projects while on travel to site, specific aesthetic challenges versus the practical built environment challenges, from client satisfaction to exploration of local cultures and language to communicate design, this project has given me plenty opportunity to gain much knowledge in the design practice and its methods.Architecture, Drawing, Interior Design2013
Angsana Spa. October 2007 to March 2009
Role : Associate Designer and Architect.
Challenges: Meetings with clients in the real and virtual world. Project scheduling. Creating drawing standards for the Interior project management. Team leading role performance whilst finding grip as a team player, this project gave me new insights into micro management and also macro project management.Architecture, Interior Design2013
The process of team work, what they learnt, and how to enhance their skills.Creative Direction, Storyboarding, Writing2015
The geospatial analysis of San Francisco City was to arrive at the Outreach effort area findings for SFMTA. The focus was to find a human-centric approach to enable type of outreach using geospatial analysis. The areas with minority populations, English Proficiency, technology access, Population density, Transit and commercial nodes were scaled from 1-5 (low to high) overlayed on top of each other to find common outreach areas and type of outreach areas.
The resulting map from the overlay analysis was generated to include all the Muni Stops that were effected by these communities, presenting technologically sound data to non-technical personalities, and completed analysis for human-intensive type of outreach vs technology intensive type of outreach.Information Architecture, Writing2013
BAUHAUS KOLLEG-XII RESEARCH PARTICIPANT.
November 2010 to June 2011. Bauhaus Dessau, Germany.
Role: Research Participant of Urban Studies.
Challenges: The learning from cultures form all over the world, understanding different aesthetic sensibilities,
Team work across diverse professionals [filmmakers, curators, graphic designers, etc.].Rich insight into research methodologies and transformation of the same into knowledge.
Workshops: From Research to Concept : Marion Von Osten.
Curatorial Practices : Angelika Fitz.
Exhibition Architecture : Thilo Fuchs. TATIN.
A Multi-disciplinary team approach to research in Urban Design. Research methodology, curator workshops, exhibition architecture, research discussions and learning about different cultures from all over the world. Answers to “How to represent design differently?” was interesting in the exhibition design discussions.It has been an incredibly enriching path for me to be explore design in a new format.Architecture, Exhibition Design, Information Architecture2013
My volunteering experience with Architecture for Humanity at their San Francisco Headquarters has been highly rewarding. Although with them for just 8 months, I am grateful for the friends I made and all the inspiring people I met during my stay there.
We were half a dozen, highly enthusiastic, young women working towards an ambitious task of making 60 scale woddne models for the Football for Hope program. The highlight of the experience was when other program managers also started roping us into making competition and showcase models for the Milan Design Week.
Our most rewarding moment was when we were told that all the funders that toured the AFH HQ always wanted to visit the model shop first. :)
The best bit yet! It is from here that I learnt to brew the best cup of Cappucchino! :)Architecture, Crafts, Sculpting2014
Development of design from conceptual sketches, client requirement to construction documents. Design Detailing and material research for various scales of requirement ranging from pattern generation for motif to laser cut design work prototyping. Adaptive design in collaboration with national and international clients, contractors, vendors and consultants namely ACCOR hotels, AWA lighting Designers, Hayta, Kohler, FabIndia,The Park Hotels, Michael Foley Designs, Manjunath and Co. etc.Architecture, Interior Design, Pattern Design2013
Review of existing evaluation and monitoring strategies of TOD's in India and US as of 2014.
Information Architecture, Writing2014