Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Sushant School of Art & ArchitectureTanvi Agarwal
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible and Suddenly you are doing the impossible”
Tanvi Agarwal is a graduate from Sushant School of Art & Architecture, with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. She is known to be an upbeat, self-motivated team player. After the completion of her course she got a project to build the campus for the Indian School of Development Management which involved everything from designing to getting the project in place. It has helped her understand the ground realities of executing a project and moulded her as a complete architect.
She learnt the importance of communication and understanding the requirements from all the stakeholders, and self-training for the execution of the project with the quality, aesthetics and cost. Anant Fellowship struck her as a great way of working with a diverse cohort who would bring new ideas and thoughts which would be a great way of uplifting herself in this diverse field of architecture, design & planning to be equipped for the future. A challenge that she sees today is that while the rich are building their homes without any respect for the environment, the professionals of the future will need to take responsibility to build sustainable habitats.
B. Arch, Vastu Kala Academy Of Architecture, New DelhiAditi Goyal
Having spent six years of her childhood in hostel in Dehradun and Noida, Aditi learnt responsibility and independence at an early stage. Far away from the comforts of her home, her friends and teachers became her family, and together they went for excursions along the deep valleys of Dehradun often. During her undergraduate studies in architecture from Vastu Kala Academy of Architecture, her projects were shaped by aspects of climatology and the force of nature: how shafts of light illuminate a room, the direction the wind blows in a space. Her core design philosophy is driven by environment sustainability, and she wishes to contribute towards sustainable rural habitat in India. She is excited to connect with like-minded people at the Fellowship, and sees it as an extension of her larger goals. Her hobbies include painting, cooking and reading.
B. Arch, Veer Narmad South Gujarat UniversityNitika Banhani
Having spent some of her childhood in Dhulia, a district in Maharashtra, and been later brought up in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Nitika has changed various schools over years, but finally finished High School from Emerald Heights International School in Indore. Growing up, being an Architect was a dream for her, but it wasn’t easy to pursue it. But after striving hard for some time, she did Graduate as an Architect from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. Along the way, there had been a lot of people and places that have inspired her to be what I am today. The biggest inspirations have been Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Sacred Groves in Auroville, where she interned. They have changed her way of perception of life in general and architecture. Her writings on architecture have been published in eminent journals and magazines. At Anant Fellowship, she looks forward for the unconventional method of learning and the diversity of cultures during the course of fellowship. It is a bridge for her to ultimately be an ecological and a sensitive architect, consciously aware of the environment and surroundings. She also sees herself traveling and discovering architecture of various places in and around the world and try and bring out the lost heritages. Her hobbies include reading, writing and traveling, whenever possible, and exploring both the new and old.
Favourite Quote: “It is the possibility of having a dream come true, that makes life interesting”- Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist
B. Arch, College of Architecture, Gujarat UniversityShazaman Saiyed
Shazaman’s learning curve has had its fair share of ups and downs. Subconsciously, he has always been a rational being and his innate qualities were improvised due to process and programming. Fortunately for him, his parents inspired him to understand the importance of looking inwards. His mathematics teacher Rizwan Ali has been an important mentor for him who has always inspired him to chisel his way out. His childhood moulded him into a highly sensitive, sentimental, and simultaneously subversive, critiquing, honest and a minimalist person. Above all, nature is his only guide through his internal and external adversities. He finds Anant Fellowship to be a very unique and carefully fabricated structure wherein there is a diverse set of individuals from freshmen to highly qualified exemplary leaders. The prospect of finding all of them under one roof for the same purpose excites him to end. He believes that in the contemporary practice of the so called sustainable design, a single unit may perform well within its limits, but they fail to do so for its respective context. He also feels that it is necessary to find solutions for the problems humans have mulled over and presented it with euphenic means. For him, nature is the only conscious between humans and humanity, hence, if anything prevents us from being aware of our role in the natural order, he takes it personally. He wishes to be a part of the regained ecological chain link which has been tampered in the past few years. He enjoys discussion and debating, learning, experimenting in the lab and in the kitchen, sports and can often be found pondering over natural and supernatural matters.
Personal Motto: Let go off anything which brings you stress and sorrow.
Masters in Design, National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad B. Tech, KJSIET, MumbaiJinal Doshi
As a child Jinal has always been friendly, smart, adaptable and creative. Inspired by her mentors, and her family, she pursued Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from K. J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology. After graduation, she worked with Accenture as a Quality Assurance Engineer in both manual as well as automated testing. In search of a more zealous and academic environment, she enrolled into a Masters in Strategic Design Management from National Institute of Design. She looked forward to join Anant fellowship and believes it will help her in becoming a Strategic Solutionary and would her with the lens to see beyond what the world perceives as the Built Environment. Through multifarious Mentors, Faculties and Governing body, she is excited to learn, question, evaluate, invent and ultimately redefine equitable and sustainable Built Environment. She wants to hone her people skills like empathy, collaborative abilities and Creative Problem Solving. The fellowship has a professional as well as personal connect for her as she believes such qualities lay a foundation to make the world a better place to live in. When not designing, Jinal enjoys reading, water-colouring, sports and trying new cuisines.
Personal Motto: Never Quit and explore different perspectives of everything Favourite Quote: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust
Masters in Photography Design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad B. Com, Loyola College, ChennaiJoseph Rajini
Joseph was born and brought up in Chennai, and graduated with a degree B.Com. After that, Joseph worked with Amazon.com for five years and dealt with content and catalogue management and eventually was promoted to the position of a programme manager. He constantly felt like a misfit while growing up as his thought and vision aligned towards sustainability but the travails of growing up in a middle class setting did not allow him to pursue his calling. He finds God, not in temples and churches but in inanimate things and tiny details that go unnoticed. A purist at heart who feels that interfering with nature has its own long term repercussions, he believes that we as humans have initiated a butterfly effect on “progress” and “modernisation” that has led to present consequences that are seen as design challenges. To ensure that the present world is made more aware of this so that we equip ourselves better is his personal and professional goal. With Anant, the key words, sustainability, environment, and design drew him quickly and as he read further upon the same it seemed like the right call to be making to be a part of this course. The one thing he would want to do before he dies is to make at least one person see what he sees through his eyes, heart and mind in its entirety to understand the beauty and importance this universe carries for us.
He likes talking to people, driven by making someone’s life a little better than what it was for them until they met. He learns from people and from books equally because it brings in theories and practicalities together. He enjoys art, music, poetry and everything that is done through passion.
Personal Motto: “To understand the universe, one has to understand himself. And to understand oneself, he has to accept himself. Self-awareness is the greatest tool to bring out your purpose in your life.”
B. Tech (IT) JNTUK, KakinadaSanjana Verma
Being born as the first child, that too in a joint family, Sanjana had the first mover’s advantage and was pampered to no end by her grandparents in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. In her school days, she was fascinated by the world around her—airplanes, automobiles, electricity, cell phones and even a bottle of water – everything artificial that was designed by someone. After pursuing the science stream, she enrolled into Bachelors in Information Technology in an effort to automate tasks easier for people and impact lives in the community. During her college she embraced community service through Make a Difference (MAD), a youth-driven initiative wherein young adults design and implement amazing programmes to mentor and teach less privileged children in shelter homes. The fact that ‘built environment’ is the bedrock of Anant Fellowship excites Sanjana. She believes that although the human race is making rapid progress which directly involves a space in which people live, work, and recreate on a day-to- day basis, and this is irreversible, it is our task to recognise dangers and control them. People, infrastructure and ecology are at risk from the impacts of climate change and urban pockets already face a range of weather-related risks such as heat waves, air pollution and flooding—all three a common phenomenon in Vijayawada, the city where she lives. She understands that there is a need for creative path-breaking techniques for future buildings, urban drainage and water supply systems in the smart cities that the Governments are planning. Playing a constructive role in this key sector excites her. The Anant Fellowship, as she sees it, will help her acquire education that crosses disciplinary boundaries and groom herself into a well-rounded, highly educated individual. With a degree in such interdisciplinary studies, my career options are bound to be significantly broader than if I were to pursue a normal post-graduation in a specific area. She wants to contribute her mite in making this world a better place to live in, and wishes to live a life of purpose beyond individual needs. Her hobbies include drawing, dancing, and spending time with kids.
Personal Motto: Inculcate good habits for a great life ahead Favourite Quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. – Aristotle
B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA UniversityAkhil Reddy
During Akhil’s school days, it was his physics teacher who helped him think using fundamental principles of physics, which he used to not only ace academics, but also in his everyday life. Having a strong inclination for the mechanics part of physics, he pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sastra University. Through the internet, he explored different fields and completed online courses in all types of subject – both related and unrelated to my college degree. He worked with Tata Consultancy Services in the Engineering and Industrial services domain as a Design Engineer (New Product Development). He derives his inspiration from Prashant Bushan, Elon Musk, Jimmy Wales. At Anant Fellowship, the encouragement to set up his own enterprise excites him. He would like to streamline his skills related to product design and logistics into the building of smart cities, transportation and product design. Five years down the line, he wishes to start an organization to make a positive impact on the society. His hobbies include reading blogs/magazines such as W.E.F, The Economist, HBR etc.He also likes to delve into politics and taken a liking for traveling.
Favorite Quote: “If you know the why, you can live any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche
B. Arch, Academy of Architecture, MumbaiAkshay Salunke
Since his childhood, Salunke has been keen on exploring and learning about places, and started to read about world history to learn the ways of this amusing world. He developed an inclination towards strategic games which helped him understand various empires and dynasties, as well as the various elements needed for a town to flourish. During his walks in the city, his mind used to keep on churning with new ideas about how the streets and roads could improve. These simple details formed the platform of creativity which was streamlined into design later on. He was admitted into the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai where his learning growth was exponential. He participated and won various national and international design competitions like ‘Municipalika’ design competition and NASA competition. After a rigorous academic experience, he worked at Associated Architects for a year to gain hands-on experience.
Always inspired by the Built Habitat, he looks forward to learn how to solve key challenges through environment- friendly techniques like: the use of renewable sources, smart grid integration, and innovation, through the Live Action Project at the Fellowship. Through discussions with guides and peers, he is open to his ideas evolving to do good for the society. One of his major dreams is to play a pivotal role in shaping the infrastructure of the country and transforming the transportation system of India. His hobbies include photography, reading, traveling and watching movies.
Personal Motto: I believe in whatever happens, it happens for the best and should work hard towards the goal to be achieved. Be that initiative maker who could bring the possible change.
Favourite Quote: Action is the foundation key to all success. – Pablo Picasso “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
BSc. Renewable Natural Resources, University for Development Studies, GhanaMichael Biney
For neither of Michael’s parents had the opportunity to attend college, the value of education and a love of learning has been instilled in him since his childhood days. Because of this, he has been relentlessly devoting time and energy necessary for academic accomplishment. From his basic education where he was awarded the title of the best student in his school to his undergraduate education, he has consistently maintained an outstanding academic track record. While studying, he tutored for four years and established an Environmental Club to help create the awareness of environmental sustainability among children. He worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana in the Department of Natural Resources where he was part of a team responsible for Aquatic Species Management, Urban Trees Management, and Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLMWP). He also worked with Ecobank Ghana, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) – Ghana, Tamale Metropolitan Assembly-Ghana, and Sognaayilli Ecovillage in Tamale, Ghana. His late father, Mr. Kingsford Biney, has always been his inspiration. Leading a team to plant trees on the N1 High Street remains a significant moment in his life. At the fellowship he is excited to tackle real-life challenges deeply embedded in the community and believes it will serve as a platform to nurture solutionaries in India. He wants to be a professor of Environmental Sustainability and believes that the fellowship will accurately align to his professional goals of being a professor of sustainability and personal goals of promoting safe built environment for all. His hobbies include creative writing, painting, surfing, reading, shopping, cycling, and fishing.
Personal Motto: Creating a generation of possibility thinkers.
Favourite Quote:Whatever the mind can conceive and believe can be achieved” – Napoleon Hill
Marian Gyamera Asante
BSc. Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, GhanaMarian Gyamera Asante
Construction they say is a field for men and the strong’, but as a young lady, Marian developed her love for construction and innovation at the early stages of her childhood. Ridiculed by her peers for aspiring to be a construction expect, she was fortunate enough to have encouraging parents who showed her suitable role models who even as women have had tremendous impact in society as civil engineers. That in fact motivated her to pursue a Bsc in Building Technology. Admission to study this construction based course did not come to me on a silver platter, involving repeated failures and painful experiences. Her daddy has been that pillar and stronghold during such trying moments in her life.
Being an adventurous person who loves to explore and find solutions to problems that face humanity and the society at large, it was more than a mere coincidence that those were the exact objectives of Anant fellowship. This fellowship aligns with her goals of building herself up as a professional. She is enthused with the life projects she would be handling and the opportunity to solve daily problems facing humanity in the built environment.
In the long run, she sees herself as a professional in construction and sustainability having in-depth ability, knowledge and skills in the built environment. Looking forward to collaboration, she wants to form a modern consortium which provides expertise advice and consulting services to private clients. Her hobbies include reading, taking walks, traveling and meeting new people.
Personal Motto: Where there is no giving, there is no commitment.
Favourite Quote: “Money may buy stuff, but a good mentor buys a better future. Consequent to this advice and mentorship is more precious and valuable than money. She believes Anant Fellowship is a good mentorship program that would equip we fellows with the skills and capabilities in our various professions to be problem solvers and leaders in society and that is far better than monetary rewards.
B. Arch, BRAC University, Dhaka, BangladeshAliza Mehnaz
If Aliza were to put her precept towards Architecture and her work into words it would be ‘To update is to grow, as to adapt is to evolve’. Her metamorphosis from a mere individual to conscious-individual began with one decision: getting into Architecture. This ongoing pursuit as an aspirant architect, art-enthusiast and above all a conscious being has become her life’s motivation. She completed her bachelors in architecture in 2014 from Dhaka, Bangladesh. After her graduation she has consciously chosen her field of work to pursue the same, working in the context of India and Bangladesh while motivating herself to adapt with the unconventional. From experiencing life in a bustling city to humble townscape, living in concrete jungles to verdant green hill tracks throughout her childhood, her passion for architecture grew, not just as a profession but as a lifestyle. Back in 2012, while interning in Delhi and exploring the city all on her own, she realized her true passion for Architecture. She worships the works of Le Corbusier.
She is interested about sustainable built environment due to its significant impact on her day to day life as well as its effective implication to realms that remain unexplored. She believes proper research, communication and involvement with contemporary built fabric will help us to design better and rectify the past mistakes that we suffer today in our unorganized metropolises. The scope to develop the imaginative empathy with a broader perspective of real life impact and explore entrepreneurial skills in the real context of built fabric acted as the catalyst for her to apply for Anant Fellowship. Her pursuit of happiness is the combination of architecture, travelling and photography. She looks forward to involve herself with Anant Fellowship to explore diversity as well as strive for pushing artistic, functional and vernacular dimensions to practice something that can resonate with her soul.
B. Arch, JNAFAU, HyderabadVivek Rakotu
Being a single child, Vivek loved solitude and grew up as an introvert. His mother is an artist and advised her to give architecture a shot when he revealed to her that he is not up for the engineering courses. Architectural history has always been an area of huge interest for him. Volunteering and internships gave him a whole new outlook of how things work on ground. During his undergraduate courses, he felt that he had only touched upon the figurative and materialistic perspective of architecture, and the socio-political, cultural or historical aspects were largely overlooked. The very idea of imbibing them a diverse panel and a chance to apply them on a live action project is quite exciting to Vivek. He sees himself guiding students towards sensible design, social responsibility and community in the future, as his way of giving back. He wants to live as carbon neutral as possible and if possible inspire others to do the same. His hobbies include writing, debating, cycling, cooking and reading occasionally. He loves to get lost in the alleys photographing street life and understanding the contextual ethos.
Personal Motto: ‘LOVE would make this world a better place to LIVE in’
Diploma in PR & Advertising, YMCA, Delhi BBA, JIMS, New DelhiAnurup Gulbani
From his childhood, Anurup has been an ever evolving person, constantly changing and flowing with the circumstances and situations. Growing up made him understand the importance of human behaviour both at individual and at social levels, and he graduated in business administration and post graduated in advertising and PR, later to work in various marketing domains trying to influence human decisions. Realising the need to understand humans and everything we affect, he joined a self-designed learning program at Swaraj University, that made him the sustainable manav.
He was able to do this as his parents believed that living free was part of his learning experience and enabled me to make my own life decisions. Long periods of interactions with the natural environment made him receptive towards the lives of other beings and thus learn beyond basic understanding of their co-existence.
To Anurup, Anant Fellowship feels like a platform for transforming ideas into practical reality. He has been working on ideas of creating sustainable free living spaces, the practical aspect involves building and maintaining the environment for it. Also, his inclination towards realising the true needs of individuals and society at large, and my curiosity to appreciate the purpose behind existence of everything can be well taken care through focused learning. He sees myself building self-sustainable structures that meets the needs of various living beings. He also sees himself exploring and learning from sustainable community spaces all across the world, gaining wisdom from their dynamics. Apart from living and being in nature, his hobbies mostly involve people: gazing at them, conversing with strangers, collaborating with them to create art and music.
Personal Motto: One Universe. One Planet. One Existence
B. Arch, K.R.Mangalam School of Architecture & Planning, New DelhiArchit Thapar
Since a very young age, Archit has been passionate about the spaces that he has occupied. In the 6th grade, his enthusiasm in his house that was undergoing a complete makeover/renovation made him realize the happiness that he gets in creating/designing spaces. This event formed the genesis of the idea that he must pursue architecture and beget change in people’s lives. After pursuing graduation in architecture from K.R.Mangalam School of Architecture & Planning, New Delhi, he worked in ARCOP, Delhi for 3 years now.
He has thoroughly enjoyed this journey and wishes to embark on the new path of Anant Fellowship. While working, his knowledge graph took a steep upturn and his boss has been more of mentor that guided when required and left him figuring things out when it was best suited. Leading the team that designed the Convention Centre of Pragati Maidan Delhi was nothing short of a precious prize to him. As the designer of the tallest twin towers in Delhi under Transit Oriented Development Project, Trilokpuri improved his ability to solve complex problems and also helped develop a macro vision towards life. His excitement for Anant Fellowship stems from the fact that it unifies disciplines like design, planning, sustainability, socio-economic context and our rich cultural heritage to deliver/ produce path breaking and relevant built environment. He feels that most of the upcoming built form in India seems to imitate the west in the worst possible fashion, and the fellowship solves this lacuna by creating solutionaries that will further create built form for the future while being specific to our context and society.
He is passionate about transforming cities and built environment that humans inhabit by designing relevant built form and by teaching/ spreading awareness to young minds about his learnings. His hobbies include traveling and reading.
Personal Motto: Every person is defined by his/her choices towards life. Our paths and routine are laid on the foundation of our choices, therefore it is imperative that we all become able enough to understand various perspectives of life to make wiser choices.
Favourite Quote: ‘There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain It.’ -George Bernard Shaw.
B. Arch, SPA, New DelhiLakshmi Chaitanya
Having spent her entire childhood in Hyderabad, growing up in a household that values a conscious and responsible way of life, Lakshmi’s family has been her greatest teacher until she left home to study architecture in Delhi. For five years hence Delhi played her muse, allowing her to observe and live all that she learnt at school. Considering all its imperfections, the city has taught her a lot and made her realise her interests.
She is excited about the opportunities that Anant Fellowship promises in engaging with ongoing projects related to her sphere of interest. Having explored subjects like housing crisis, sustainable urban growth, construction activity in cities, the role of social architecture and other related themes which the program at Anant concerns itself with, she wishes to be a part of this interdisciplinary endeavour that empathises with her views. She believes that the fellowship will be an enabling process, necessary for her to be able to contribute towards a better future and sensitive built environments, which is the kind of work she sees herself doing in the years to come.
Her hobbies include reading and travelling. She likes sports, and dabbles in badminton, swimming and athletics. She is also interested in philosophical musings and is best described as a cinephile, intersectional feminist and a new-found yoga enthusiast.
Favourite Quote: “Adventure is out there! – Ellie, Up (2009)
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.– Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness (1943)
B.Arch, Acharya N R V School Of ArchitectureUjjwala MG
Ujjwala’s biggest influence has been that of her father who taught her to work smarter and give her fullest to whatever she is doing. Every summer break on family trips she was keen to go on top of a mountain, to choose unconventional paths, and do something that’s adventurous or even trespass something. This helped helped her be courageous and emboldened her to handle things that she wasn’t prepared for. Her 11th and 12th classes were the turning point of her life where she met friends who were genuinely concerned and formed her support system. Each day of her college life was a mystery box that taught her about life and made her stronger.
Her internship taught her practical learning and her mentor molded her. She learned to be a strong individual and felt like an architect who could handle projects on her own, interact with clients and vendors. Her next work experience pushed her into the far end of the pool, she worked on multiple projects, different types and parts of it. Anant Fellowship seems to her like a new idea and she is curious thus about earning from faculty, new people with different ideas and working in a diverse environment will be a pleasure. In the bigger picture, she feels that we have ruined earth and failed to communicate with it, exchanging it for a fancier building and unwanted luxury. Since she wants to follow sustainable practices, it very well aligns with her personal goals, this will be the first step for her professional goals and may help her for further studies as well.
Her hobbies include reading, dancing, listening to music, trying out new cuisine, and traveling.
Personal Motto: We all have three parts; what we are, what we want to be and what we want to portray ourselves to others. Most of us won’t really know who we are. What I want to be a happy and a successful architect. Who is strong and Independent. I think we should follow our passion, live life to the fullest, give our best in everything we do and contribute as a better person.
Favourite Quote: “Have courage and be kind”.
Renuka A. Sampagaon
B. Arch, Marathwada Institute of Technology, AurangabadRenuka A. Sampagaon
Hailing from Aurangabad, the city of historic importance, titled as the ‘city of gates’ and tourism capital of Maharashtra. She has always been fascinated by the construction techniques of various monuments especially ‘Bibi ka Maqbara’, replica of ‘Taj Mahal’ where the monument is crowned by a dome pierced with lattice works and accompanying panels decorated with flower designs.
It is often said, ‘if you carry your childhood with you, you can never become older.’ This thought has inspired her to pursue architecture. Four years of academics and a year of professional practise helped develop her passion. The idea of live projects at Anant National University and the opportunity to share a platform with practitioners excites her the most. Apart from architecture, music and dance lightens up her mood. To travel and explore every corner of earth is her ultimate goal. Also, an architecture practise at Aurangabad inspires her to work for development of small cities. The profession of architecture gives her the opportunity to serve for mankind which she intends to do by providing a residential school for children in need.
Personal Motto: ‘Reasons can answer questions, but imaginations have to ask!’
B. Arch, SPA, MysoreGloria Xavier
Gloria was brought up in a small town called Thrissur in Kerala. Being the cultural capital of Kerala, the town had a lot of unique festivals like Thrissur Pooram. Growing up there, she has seen how a Christian family prepares the ornaments & decorations for a temple festival. Having travelled & lived in a few places around in India, she is proud of her town that welcomes new people & ideas and the respect that they give for all humans.
The school she studied in, Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi School, Thrissur, was founded by Nalini Chandran. She was like a fairy to her, that dream woman she wanted to be when she grew up. “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.” The students had to speak in English in school not because it was an English medium school, but because she always reminded them that tomorrow they were going to fly wherever their passion took us. “You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” – John Ford
Anant Fellowship was an unexpected turn of events for her. She was hunting for a course that could inspire her more and teach her more than a semester project in college. In her life, a personal touch, an inspiring moment has happened & stayed with her the most when she was there experiencing it, walking through it, rather than a photograph or an essay or a view on-screen. She is excited to meet Anant Fellows who have felt the same & taken it forward.
B.Tech, Civil Engineering, Sikkim Manipal Institute of TechnologyManita Sharma
Born and brought up in a small place named Pakyong in the tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim, most of Manita’s childhood days were spent doing literary activities. She has always been passionate about her mother language Nepali which helps me put forward her thoughts in the form of poems and articles. Her secondary education was the transforming phase of her life. Her teacher Mr. Shyam Sundar Khatiwara belief in her led to her being awarded first place in various competitions. She has been a constant performer in academic and other activities and was awarded with the “Best Student Award. While pursuing B.Tech in Civil Engineering at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, she held the position of class representative for three years and brought up tremendous change in the way the labs were taken also the labs were updated with latest equipments. It was then that she realized that her undergraduate education has provided her with what is only a glimpse of this field and there is so much more waiting to be explored and created in this industry.
At Anant Fellowship, Manita hopes that her academic career will receive much required exposure which will help me to hone her technical skills by gaining a deeper understanding of herself and be an effective change maker. She hopes to not only get a chance to brush up her technical and core skills in design, planning but also be trained to think broadly and deeply by gaining a deeper understanding of herself and nurture imaginative empathy that transcend immediate boundaries. Her idea of remaking old traditional discarded houses by using modern technology with the concept of sustainable development resembled Anant Fellowship’s idea of Sustainable ‘Built environment’. With this idea, she feels that Anant Fellowship would provide her a platform to work upon her ideas.
She would like to pursue further studies in Structural Engineering or in Quality Control Engineering. With this knowledge, she wants to guide the upcoming generation whereby they can contribute to the society. She would like to work on the key challenges of civil engineering that appears during the construction activities in field i.e. contradiction in theoretical and practical approach of civil engineering. Development versus conservation has been a topic to dwell about. She looks forward to open up her own consultancy working on design of structures which can help people to switch back to build their traditional houses with the modern construction technology. Furthermore this will help her to conserve traditional structures and contribute to the society with the idea of sustainable development. Manita spends most of her time teaching kids, making them understand the real scenario of today’s world. Helping them gives her immense happiness. She also loves to play with them which reminds her of her childhood days. As said, variety is the spice of life, cooking is the thing she’s fascinated about. Reading Nepali novel is one of her favourite pass time.
Personal Motto: Never quit, have faith in yourself and confidence in your ability, you can overcome any hurdle.
Favourite Quote: You have to dream before your dreams can come true- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, NNRESMourya Teja
Mourya’s early childhood was a bit adventurous, with his family moving a lot, to different cities, different homes, different schools. With his father’s work ever transient, made a great impact on his life. Over time, he lost some friends, made many more, later. That’s how he learnt to socialize at a very young age. In a strange event during his 6th grade, he lost all his toys, he sobbed and sobbed and realized, never to bond with materialistic things. His school life, was quite a ride of wisdom, with some of the best teachers teaching him in school. He inherited their traits of personality and wisdom. There was an English teacher, Mr. Suresh, who influenced him in many ways, gave birth to a part of his lifestyle, then there’s Henry David Thoreau, with his greatest work, “Walden”, that changed his whole life. He sees himself as a non-conformist and individualist. Although his career goals are unconventional, he works efficiently in everything he does. His work experience as a HVAC Engineer, in a short span, was nothing less than phenomenal: working in various places, in a luxurious office, in the middle of a desert, on site next to the Arabian Sea, in workshops, in far-away towns, in industrial laboratories, and in private houses.
Anant Fellowship is explicitly designed for various disciplines to work together, and that’s what excites him the most. The idea of sustainable Built Environment is just as revolutionary as it sounds. Architects, Planners, Designers and Engineers, together, solving the real-time problems with effective solutions, is what makes our habitat sustainable. In his field of work, while execution, he has seen many discrepancies in co-ordination of work among disciplines, and he believes that Anant Fellowship would solve these issues.
His regular hobbies differ with time, but the ones that always stay, an inexpressible love for art, his unfulfilled drive for music. He likes classic art, from Da Vinci to Dali, as well as modern digital art. Most of the time, he likes music psychedelic, Shpongle being his favorite. He has an eclectic musical taste ranging from Beethoven to Daft Punk.
Personal Motto: “Get busy living or get busy dying.”
Favourite Quote: “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”
B.Arch, MAM School of Architecture, TrichyNavin Selva
Navin was born and brought up in Chennai. With his parents both being entrepreneurs and him being the only child, he ended spending most of his childhood in either of their offices and started involving himself in their industries in his teens. He developed administration and leadership skills at very early stages of his life. Always having a profound love towards buildings, monuments, and doodling, his friends suggested him to pursue architecture and his father quickly realized that and allowed him to venture into it. Hence, he pursued his Bachelors in Architecture from MAM School of Architecture, Trichy (TN). Wherein, initially he was totally naïve and the first couple of years taught him that architecture isn’t about brick and mortar alone, there is a soul and a purpose within each building. The next couple of years made a paradigm shift in his thought process, when one of his professors asked him to question the mere existence of a building. That’s when; he started to deconstruct the thought process to the initial point and established his design from there. This led him to a greater understanding of context and the significance of the design. This further led him to venture into parametric architecture, which helped him create significant and sustainable designs. His work experience varies from an intern to an architect and even to a freelance graphic designer.
At Anant Fellowship, the thing that excites him the most is the humanitarian aspect of the programme, where emphasis is on the built environment rather than the building alone. These adaptations will educate him to design better as well as provide a new perception of his life on the whole. This will further define the work he does for the society. I His hobbies include playing tennis and football. He is also a violinist who loves travelling, hobby photography and pets.
Personal Motto: “Be better today than yesterday – I improve to enrich.
Favourite Quote: “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. – Frank Gehry
B. Arch, CEPT UniversityHarshil Parekh
Harshil was born and brought up in a family where parents themselves love what they do and as their first teachers they taught them the same through their work. With the lessons that he learned from them and in his hometown Bhavnagar, he started his architectural study in 2009 at CEPT University-Ahmedabd, a school of thoughts who again trained him to do what he loves and made him optimistic. With great mentorship from professors who taught him to remain a student forever, he graduated in 2015. He continued his schooling through working and volunteering in different work environments like private firm, underprivileged communities with support of NGOS and villages with support of government.
Harshil feels that sometimes circumstances often forces us to work only in certain way, which may not align with one’s values, and he sees Anant fellowship as an opportunity to explore with one’s own learnings and values. He sees a chance that fellows will be able to train themselves for valuable work in society; built-environment in any circumstances and they will learn to balance among all personal and professional responsibilities. Harshil would like to keep serving people with constant emerging knowledge through architectural practice and keep supporting his family and himself in every way till he is alive. Besides family and friends, his bicycle and his flute are his great companions. He feels fortunate that he is receiving so many opportunities that allows him to practice one of his favorite quotes, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,- Mahatma Gandhi
B. Arch, SPA, New DelhiRamya Khare
Ramya was born in Varanasi and her childhood was spent in a lot of different cities in North India. Having always imagined about contributing to the Urban landscapes, she chose to equip herself with an architectural education. In June 2017, she graduated from the Bachelor of Architecture program at the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. Studying as an architecture student called into action her perception of spaces and involved on-site experiences which became primary sources of being familiar with the inequalities that prevail in urban environments. She has interned at COSTFORD, Kerala and the curriculum based internship at Auroville, Tamil Nadu, places that are trying to restore the balance in their own way.
She has presented her dissertation at the Utopian Urban Futures Conference organized by the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in June 2016. It was a humbling experience to share the stage with established doctoral and post-doctoral scholars and to partake in the scintillating world of Academia. Anant Fellowship seems like an interesting opportunity to investigate the various ways in which one can engage with the built environment in a constructive manner. She looks forward to the process that would enlighten her on what being an ‘Urban Practitioner’ and ‘Solutionary’ actually entails and would set her on the path to becoming one.The most important objective for her is to identify the particular niche that she wants to work in. This involves figuring out how she can positively impact the lives of the population of this world, particularly in the Global South. The top items on her bucket list are to travel the world, become a polyglot and to write something of value.
Her hobbies include travelling, reading and ruminating about the observable universe. She is an avid cinephile, drama enthusiast and a fan of many such creative endeavours. She also enjoys philosophical debates, novice-level palmistry and computer gaming.
Being greatly influenced by an essay of Georges Perec, L’infa Ordinaire where he asks us to question the habitual and the banal; “What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us. We live, true, we breathe, true; we walk, we open doors, we go down staircases, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down on a bed in order to sleep. How? Why? Where? When? Why? My favourite quote is also from the same essay which presents the entire argument in the simple words; “Question your tea spoons.
B. Tech in Civil Engineering, KIT's College Of Engineering, KolhapurRohan Chougale
Born and brought up in the princely town of Kolhapur, the abode of goddess mahalaxmi in southern Maharashtra, Rohan completed his graduation from KIT’s College Of Engineering, Kolhapur in Civil Engineering. He is the recipient of the KIT Pride Award twice and has been awarded the title of the best outgoing student from St. Xavier’s High School, Kolhapur. He believes that civil engineering would offer him a wide spectrum of exciting opportunities and excellence in this field requires a perfect juxtaposition of creativity and management skills. Out of his impassioned interest to develop and nurture both these skillsets, over the past 4 years he has been involved in many technical and non technical events and has won 25 prizes till date in 45 participated events at National, State and District levels. He has been the Vice-Chairman and Secretary of Indian Society For Technical Education Students’ Chapter (ISTE) which organized college events, workshops etc including their flagship national event Pioneer. Working as secretary of Civil Engineering Students’ Association (CESA), he got the opportunity to work towards betterment of the civil dept. Overall, he has been part of organizing 20 different events in college. His most remarkable exposure to the beauty and scale of civil engineering was during his 21 day internship at Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) on the site of Cable Stayed bridge across Mandovi river in Panaji. He has always been intrigued by topics such as sustainability, smart cities, green technology which he believes is the future of the built environment and construction sector. Working as president of Indian Green Building Council Students’ Chapter in his college and participating in different competitions has consolidated his interest in these areas. He is particularly interested in solving problems related to water management, solid waste, traffic planning etc. He believes Proper and Seamless integration of IT, design and civil engineering concepts can result in breakthrough solutions for these real world problems. He likes to be in touch with latest technologies, ideating and creating new things through several platforms. His idea of ‘Smart and Resilient Pune’ won 3rd prize in Metropolis event at Mindspark, COEP and he received the ‘Best Fabrication Award’ for a bridge design he made in a competition by Civil Simplified in association with IIT-BHU Varanasi He is convinced that technology is an enabler for driving social transformation and radically changing lives of people around us. His final year project titled ‘Watershed Management Using QGIS and SWAT Modelling’ gave him an insight on how technology can be weaved with community engagement and proper implementation to make positive change in the environment and triggered in him the passion to go out in the field and learn new things and implement those. He feels the time is perfect for him to go on a year long journey of continuous self-discovery by learning new things and applying them for the betterment of our surroundings.He believes that the beauty of Anant Fellowship lies in bringing together people from diverse backgrounds but with a common vision of transforming the spaces we live in, people who have at the tips of their fingers and in their passion the latest understanding of how technology can be used to solve real life problems. He likes to paint in his free time. Personal Motto : the more you give the more you receive. The true journey of fulfilment and learning can be completed only along the path of Giving.
B. Tech (IT), College of Technology and Engineering , UdaipurSharvari Mehta
Growing up as a single army kid, Sharvari did her schooling from DPS Bhopal and earned her graduation from CTAE Udaipur. She has been a AIESEC’er and the organization has had a big impact on who she is today. Interning in Egypt has changed the way she sees things in the world, broken a lot of stereotypes, and has helped shape her goals in life. In Egypt, she learnt and accepted her privilege. The experience has left her a better person. At her own startup VIROKART, she sells customized products. The prospect of learning to make existing surroundings better and more inspiring excites her about the Fellowship. The whole concept of sustaining the currents and future built environments would be a key change maker in the coming years. She wishes to take the sustainable built environment concept to rural planning & development and align it with her own venture. Wanting to create positive change in the society, she sees herself contributing to the development and modernization of rural areas. Her hobbies include reading, writing – both poems and stories, traveling and street shopping.
Personal Motto: An idea can change lives.
Favourite Quote:To travel is to Discover that everyone else is wrong about other countries
B. Arch, BNCA PuneRutvi Ashar
Growing up as the youngest of 3 sisters, Rutvi has always pushed herself to be better. Having constantly looked up to her older sisters, she strives to be a better professional as well as a human being. It became apparent to her teachers, parents and peers that she could equal if not exceed the reputation her sisters had created.
While all three of them started off at St. Mary’s School, Pune, each of them went on to follow their interests. After completing her 10th (ICSE) board exams, she chose to study science & went on to pursue architecture. The intensive 5 year course (2010-2015) at Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture (B.N.C.A.) -Pune University has equipped her with the knowledge she requires to step out into the field as has her training under the team at Prashant Deshmukh & associates & Ground 11 Architects, Pune . Before the fellowship, Rutvi was working as an Architect at Karia Builders, Pune and freelance writing for Architecture & Design magazines. She comes from a big Gujarati family with relatives and cousins whom she has emulated. Her family is her biggest support & also her worst critic. The way each person around her goes about their day inspires her to work harder and push the limits of ordinary living.
Working for 2 years has made her realise that just by working as an architect she would not be able to feed her hunger for knowledge and bring about reforms at a larger scale. The constantly changing scenario in the country needs to be planned and haphazard development will need to be redesigned. The Anant fellowship is a unique platform bringing a panel of experts as well as a mix of fellows coming from diverse backgrounds. She is excited to collaborate & share ideas and hope to come closer to my goal of being a constructive contributor to a cleaner, safer and inherently user-friendly pattern of living environments.
Having always intensely planned her future and had small term goals that ultimately help her achieve the larger things in life, Rutvi’s current goal is to create a rich pool of knowledge so that she can make a value addition to the growth of the community and country at large. In a span of 5 years she hopes to be at the forefront of change and be an active member of an organisation that shares the same vision as her.
Before she dies, she hopes to have made a difference, however small, for those in her country currently struggling to live in healthy environments; she also hopes to have travelled to different parts of the world so as to understand living patterns.
She has been a part of organizations like I Lead India, Meals on wheels & Rotary Club, Pune which have allowed her to venture out of her comfort zone and care for those in need. In her free time she enjoys cooking for her family and friends, reading about travel destinations, writing articles and painting.
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.She has always been fortunate enough to be in a setting where she has donned the role of someone who others look at for guidance and support; leader is a strong word so she’d like to put it this way: her motto is to constantly inspire & in turn be inspired. To lead by example but to also follow; as learning is an unending cycle she hopes to continually gain knowledge.
B. Tech in Electronics and communication, Roorkee Institute of TechnologyManisha Bisht
Born in Nainital, Manisha spent a lot of time with her grandparents, close to nature, wandering in the lower Himalayan jungles surrounding her ancestral house which is in a village in Nainital district. She completed her Bachelors in Electronics and communication from Roorkee Institute of Technology after which she worked for Headstrong capital markets in Delhi and Societe Generale in Bangalore in IT/financial consulting domain.
Her biggest achievement is to be blessed with few amazing friends in her life whom she can count on anytime. At the Fellowship, she is excited to learn from industry experts and the live action project to understand the challenges in implementing ideas related to sustainability. She believes life has a bigger purpose and we can’t plan things, however, she wants to be able to travel to different places and learn about different cultures and communities. Her hobbies include dancing, learning about new cultures, folk stories, slow/solo travel to remote places.
Personal Motto: Be kind and humble!
B. Arch, Acharya’s NRV School of ArchitectureSanjana Mahesh
Being a lover of the mysteries of life, 23 years of Sanjana’s life have gone by crawling, turning, walking, jumping, and running and so on every day with something new to learn. From the very first day at Sophia High School to Mount Carmel College to her undergrad at Acharya’s NRV School of Architecture has been a great journey with all the mischiefs and fun in classes and gaining knowledge on her subjects.
Sanjana feels that the world is going through a drastic change and will continue to, the built environment has affected natures form. As an architect it’s her duty to give her best back to the environment. The world is a huge place where the number of proposed and upcoming buildings are lesser than the living buildings. The thing that excites her the most of this program is how we can understand the problems faced by the environment because of the built form, by understanding and giving a solution to how it can be tailored to its environment and meet the social needs, we can make the upcoming buildings sustainable and make the living buildings a better place to live in. Her hobbies include learning new things, shaping clay into forms (terracotta), play with paper and pencil to sketch and fold and travel to see the beauty of mother earth, it gives her new energy and peace of mind.
Favourite Quote: Be the change you wish to see in the world. –Mahatma Gandhi.
B. Arch, CEPT UniversityNeha Arora
Having been brought up in Ahmedabad where she studied at Maharaja Agrasen Vidyalaya, which played an important role in building up her character and developing her interests towards art and science. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture from CEPT University where she learnt the most about people, culture, building and environment. The six years at the institute helped her understand herself as well as the world in a better way. She has always enjoyed amidst beautiful landscapes and did her practical training at Prashant Pradhan Architects, Gangtok where she worked on various projects ranging from vegetable markets to resorts in natural setting.
Her research thesis was on ‘ Terrace as a living space: Its spatial resolution and human responses’ where her concern was to focus on an underused resource which is an asset in every building. She was looking at meaningful design interventions of terraces in traditional and contemporary architecture. Discussions and inputs of her guide, Architect Yatin Pandya helped her look at things deeply. Her journey was further endowed by working at Inscape under Architect Sohan Nilkanth where she learnt to pay attention to minute details to save material and increase efficiency in housing projects. For a long time she has been looking for a programme which actually gives a chance to learn from the pioneers and at the same time allows to practically apply the learnings. She was fascinated with Anant Fellowship Programme that is giving chance to people belonging to diverse disciplines to interact with each other and find practical solutions. She looks forward to getting exposure to building design in which environmental aspects remain as important as spatial aspects. Implementation of cost effective sustainable solutions can be the only way for continuation of life on earth. Her long term goal is to find practical ways of implementing eco-friendly solutions through research and design. She wishes to contribute towards the betterment of environment and earth in every possible way.
She enjoys painting with different mediums, baking and exploring places. Occasionally, she writes poetry and like to work with ceramics. During her B. Arch, she was part of various workshops such as paper making, clay and ceramics,and textile which helped her understand different materials and their properties by practically working with them.
Personal Motto: I believe the only luxury on the earth is nature which needs to be respected and enjoyed.
Favourite Quote: ‘Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived’- Sidney Sheldon.
B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Anna UniversityNeha Arora
Gokulram has always had a true passion in solving complex problems and Anant Fellowship just lightened his spark. Built environment is the right platform to showcase our problem solving abilities. “We have entered into a trap where our own built environment cause huge mess and we need to get out of the trap”. Making sustainable built environment is the future. The Anant Fellowship is an unique opportunity for him to collaborate with different minds and to became a solutionary by creative problem solving. He sees himself as an entrepreneur and the Anant Fellowship will sure enhance his entrepreneurship skills. Start-ups are his future ambition. The thing grabbed him for the Anant Fellowship is it works with different diversity of people and with many creative minds which is an essential part of critical thinking and change-making. The real him loves working out, books, bikes and music. He likes being optimistic and expanding his consciousness and more!
Personal Motto: “Be you! Believe yourself” “Don’t be serious, Be sincere”
Favourite Quote: “We have so much emotional energy each day, just don’t spend it on things that doesn’t matter or ain’t productive. Be discerning” Inspiration: Elon Musk (Tesla, inc.), Steve jobs (Apple, inc.)
B. Arch, NIT CalicutNeha Arora
Born in Kerala and brought up in Karnataka, he was introduced to multiple cultures at a very young age. His inherent fascination with buildings coupled with his ability to sketch were the root to his desire to become an architect. Five years of academic study in Department of Architecture, NIT Calicut transformed his instinctive excitement about architecture into comprehensive understanding and knowledge. Both in school and college he was fortunate enough to have a diverse group of friends with multiple cultural backgrounds, which had a profound impact on widening his perspective.
He has always chosen my path based on the experience rather than quantitative accomplishments. This has enabled him to expand his horizons while diversifying his interests. Three months back he got an opportunity to make a documentary on Cheruvayal Raman, an organic farmer from Kerala. He was moved by the man and his way of life. Here was a man who produced all his needs (food, water and shelter) from just 1.5 acres of land. Raman’s way of life had a profound impact on Abhijit’s understanding of sustainability. It enabled him to question all his previous conceptions about sustainability. He was forced to rethink his contribution as an architect. The film went on to win the Thanmaya student competition. The film-making experience was pivotal in making him realise his path as an architect.
To him sustainability is not just the need of the hour, but the only way ahead. Ever since choosing architecture he has been concerned about the impacts of the built environment on its surroundings. I believe that the Anant Fellowship would offer him the opportunity to explore his field of interest while engaging with real life problems. He cannot wait to be in a community of experts and like-minded people who have the knowledge, experience and resources to guide him in the right direction. Through the Anant Fellowship he hopes to take the first steps towards building a better tomorrow. He believes that with the right approach and tools, the construction industry has the ability to enhance environmental health, biodiversity and quality of life.
He aims to practice and propagate sustainable architectural design in its true essence and promote green practices that can build better communities. He would like to leave the world a better place than when he entered it. He likes to call himself the quintessential film nerd. He loves good cinema and spends a good amount of time watching and discussing films. He is also an avid reader and an experimental cook.
Favourite Quote: “If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world. ― Noam Chomsky
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