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Education

Oct 2015Feb 2016

Postgraduate Certificate in Architecture (30 ECTS-credits)

Dessau International Architecture (Bauhaus) Graduate School, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau, Germany

Matrikelnummer (Student Number): GDIA-20-20152
Final Project: Ghat as a generative riparian buffer - Topographical intervention in typology of ghats
Faculty In-charge for Final Project:  Martin Rein-Cano
About: Developed computational framework in response to landscape-based parameters effecting ghats in India, under faculty supervision of Martin Rein Cano

20102015

Bachelor of Architecture [RIBA Part-II Equivalent]

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi), Jharkhand, India

Student Number: BARCH/1023/2010
Design & Research Thesis Project: Trans-boundary Interpretation Corridor for The Silk Road
Faculty In-charge for Final Project:  Dr. Satyaki Sarkar
-Performed case studies towards dissertation titled 'Transgressive Urbanism: Bi-national interfaces along territorial borders in South Asia', with professional guidance from Marjorie Van Strein (ICIMOD)
-Immersed in experiential and theoretical inquiry on construction practices and methodologies of rural communities of Lakzung and other neighbouring villages in Nubra Valley

19972010

All India Senior School Certificate/HSC + Secondary School Certificate/SSC (CBSE)

Carmel S S School, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India

Centralized examination for SSC and HSC students respectively, in India.
Subjects for All India Senior School Certificate Examination/SSC (Equivalent to UK A-Levels): Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English.

Training

20142015

Certificate Training Course in Science Journalism (TCSJ)

Indian Science Communication Society (ISCOS), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Duration: 01 year
Student Number: TCSJ/14/066
This online training course by ISCOS in science journalism focused on areas: Fundamentals of Science Journalism, Presentation formats of Science Journalism, Techniques of Science Journalism, Mass Media for Science Journalism, Specialisation in various fields of Science Journalism.
Personal Focus: Articles and projects developed on scientific data around Architecture and importance of journalism in Architectural research.

Research

Jul 2015Present

Design Researcher

Design Research Lab, nonscale co. (Japan)

Overview:
•Initiate computational design explorations on architectural and urban-scale projects
•Developed project proposal for post-disaster scenario prevalent in Japan

Jun 2015Present

Research Head (Chapter Founder - WikiHouseIND)

WikiHouse Foundation (UK)

Research title- GHAR: Grow Homes Amid Risks
Advisor/Designator: Alastair Parvin (Founder, WikiHouse Foundation)
Overview:
•Designated for research and design-development of open source building system in India
•WikiHouse is an open source project to reinvent the way we make homes
For WikiHouseIND related communications, kindly mail at wikihouseind(at)gmail(dot)com

Aug 2014Nov 2014

Research Assistant (Off-Studio)

rat[LAB] - Research in Architecture and Technology (India)

Overview:
•Assist in ongoing project of 'You're The Designer' mobile-application, towards design democratization
•Contribute through online communication to internationally-based team as per project requirements

Academic and Professional Experience

Jun 2016Present

Assistant Architect

nonscale co., Tokyo, Japan

Overview:
•Develop iterations through research on computation-led strategies for architectural and urban-scale projects
•Perform architectural design and research for projects of various scales
•Liaison on overseas project (India and Malaysia)

Jun 2016Present

App Designer + Manager

rat[LAB], New Delhi, India

Overview:
•Research, design and development of proposals and live projects in India using computational tools of explorations
•Developed illustrations and content about Amorphous Surface exhibit in New Delhi for press releases

Apr 2016Present

Guest Writer + Member of Communications Group

Architecture In Development

Architecture In Development (A.I.D.) is an initiative to re-connect sustainable development to architecture by developing a user-generated knowledge platform.
Tasks: Contributing case-study articles on community-based sustainable projects; AiD team member launching 'Buildify' through communications, graphics and textual content.
For AiD related communications, kindly mail at ankur(at)architectureindevelopment(dot)org

May 2016Jun 2016

Architect + Design Researcher

rat[LAB], New Delhi, India

Overview:
•Research, design and development of proposals and live projects in India using computational tools of explorations
•Developed illustrations and content about Amorphous Surface exhibit in New Delhi for press releases

18 Jun 201619 Jun 2016

Tutor/Teaching Assistant

[DESIGN+COMPUTE+MAKE]: Design Computation & Fabrication Workshop // rat[LAB] Delhi Studio

Tutor/Teaching Assistant at [DESIGN+COMPUTE+MAKE] Workshop by rat[LAB] EDUCATION to teach generative tools, and ways to integrate it with Hands-on Fabrication process
About: [DESIGN+COMPUTE+MAKE] Workshop was structured to teach participants the use of Grasshopper® (Generative modelling plug-in for Rhinoceros) as a generative tool, and ways to integrate it with Hands-on Fabrication process. A strong agenda on ‘geometry’ and ‘matter’ formed the focus of the studio with design experimentation through computational & parametric techniques, culminating into a manually fabricated wall panel using understanding of data-driven design during the course of workshop

Jan 2015Apr 2015

Intern Architect

Nonscale Co., Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Professional supervisor: Masaki Morinobu, Creative Designer
Overview:
•Part of obligatory internship for completion of Bachelor of Architecture, for a period of 16 weeks.
•Conducted research on technologies affecting architecture in Japan; developed detailed architectural drawings, develop 3D models and visualizations and onceptualized competition projects of architectural and urban-scale
•Managed and conducted digital fabrication for Sky Pavilion installation at Museum Gardens, U.K.
Major Projects:
1. ArchTriumph Sky Pavilion 2015 - Sundial Pavilion / Info , Museum Gardens, London
    Tasks: Study Model, Material testing and procurement, Full-Scale manual Fabrication etc.
2. HeartFelt Primary School (Cool School - BTI),  Khovd, Mongolia (Competition submission)
    Tasks: Design development, Conceptualization, Presentation board, 3D model-making etc.
Other Projects:
1. TokoMori Shopping Mall, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
2. New Concept of Shopping Mall, Mito, Japan
3. Critical Appraisal of Mazele Hair Salon, Toyosu

Nov 2014Feb 2015

Intern - Assistant Editor

ARCH2O

Senior Editor: Sushant Verma
Overview:
•Developed critically reviewed articles on wide range of themes closely linked to the built-environment, latest design-technology and urban forms for the internationally-recognized web-forum

May 2013

Photography Intern + Archivist

Siddhartha Das Studio, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, India

Overview:
•Documented through photography of heritage buildings and cityscapes in and around Delhi
•Updated photo-database for creation of catalogs; archived and digitized slides and negatives
Album: Delhi

Delegations/Selections

18 Apr 201623 Apr 2016

State Delegate at World Heritage Forum For Youth (India)

World Heritage Forum For Youth, INTACH Heritage Academy + UNESCO, New Delhi (India)

Level of Recognition: National
Overview:
•Selected as one among 36 representatives (one from each state and union territory) for 'Youth Model of World Heritage Committee'
•Week-long inquiry into role of built-heritage amid developing urban centers and their friction with surrounding urban morphology in India
•Participated in mock-up functioning of the reputed international committee
•Represented home-state of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

7 Nov 20149 Nov 2014

Student Candidate at Dwell'14 - Design for Density

Charles Correa Foundation, Goa, India

Level of Recognition: National
Overview:
•Selected as one among 24 student-candidates to explore and ideate on the issue of housing in urban densities of six major urban centers of India
•Explored the many dimensions of designing a dwelling – basic unit – in an urban context
Personal Involvement: Team Ahmedabad, mentored by Ar. Riyaz Tayyibji (Anthill)
Project: Team Ahmedabad (WorkHours' Images: 1, 2, 3, 4 , WorkHours' Video)

Honors (Individual)

Dec 2012

Zonal Winner (East)

Yuva Ratna Award for Architecture 2012 [Project: "rāgaVAT"-Low-cost Healthcare Center in India]

Project: Low-cost Health-care Center in India
Level of Recognition: Zonal (East)
Overview:
•Highly revered recognition as young and aspiring student for excellence in design by use of ingenuity in designing spaces and structures based on a theme

Jan 2012

Special Mention (National Qualification)

Journalism Trophy 2012 - National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) [Discourse: Celebrating the Past and Designing while Protecting the Future (Opposition)]

Discourse: Celebrating the Past and Designing while Protecting the Future (Opposition)
Level of Recognition: National
Overview:
•Rewarded for response to intrinsic observation into the future of India's built-environment as propositions and expressions through thoughts in the form of written matter

Honors (Collaboration)

Nov 2014

Top 16 (National Qualification)

Annual NASA Design Competition (Architecture) 2014 [Project: "Muktidham" - Architectural Intervention for Hindu Crematorium in Ranchi, India]

Level of recognition: National
Position/Role: Team Leader (Team of ten)
Professional Advisor: Sushil Mate, Consultant-Innovation & Design Strategy, MART (Rural Marketing and Livelihood Consultancy Agency in India)
Overview:
•Research and intervention-led design proposal of Hindu crematoria as urban grey zones in the city of Ranchi

Jan 2014

Participation Award (National Qualification)

National Competition Award for Best Innovative Use of Steel (INSDAG) [Project: "Antar-ang" - Super-speciality Cardiac Hospital, Kolkata, India]

Project: Super-speciality Cardiac Hospital, Kolkata, India
Level of recognition: National (Selection by Zonal win)
Position/Role: Team Leader (Team of three)
Overview:
•Focused on innovative use of steel as material-paradigm to predominantly conventional concrete-intensive built environment in the city of Kolkata
•Research and innovation-led design proposal of hospital as a core service-oriented architecture to surrounding dense urban fabric

Oct 2013 + 2014

Zonal Champions (East)

Archumen Architectural Quiz 2013 + 2014

Level of recognition: Zonal (East)
Position/Role: Team Partner (Team of two)
Overview:
•Victorious in two consecutive years/editions of highly renowned quiz
•Represented university twice for consecutive years at national level of Asia's Biggest Architectural Quiz

Publications (Print)

Mar 2015

Trans-boundary Interpretation Corridor for The Silk Road: Remembering Resilient Urbanity

Document | ABACUS Volume 9 Issue 1 (ISSN: 0973-8339)

Level of Recognition: International
Overview:
•Design thesis proposal selected from Graduating Class of 2015 for publication
•ABACUS is highly reputed Bi-Annual Internationally Refereed Journal on "Architecture, Conservation and Urban Studies"

Publications (Web)

May 2016

Hathigaon - Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants

Case Study | Architecture In Development (AiD)

Reviewer: Changfang Luo (Founder, Architecture in Development)
Overview:
•Case study initiating inquiry and design-based review of integrated housing of mahouts and their elephants, owing to their role in economic sustainablity of Amer in Rajasthan, India
•Part of content development for community-focused design by architects in India

Oct 2014

The Beauty of Architectural Structures : Elegance beyond Aesthetics

In Depth | ARCH2O

Reviewer: Sushant Verma (Formar Senior Editor, ARCH2O)
Overview:
•Published content developed from journalistic perspective on 'structuralism' and its presence around the world

Nov 2014

Emerging ‘Laboratory’ culture in architecture

In Depth | ARCH2O

Reviewer: Sushant Verma (Formar Senior Editor, ARCH2O)
Overview:
•Published content developed on research and technology-oriented arhitectural organizations taking 'laboratory' approach

Dec 2014

Bigness to Size-Zero: Measuring Architecture, rightly

In Depth | ARCH2O

Reviewer: Sushant Verma (Formar Senior Editor, ARCH2O)
Contributor: Niveditaa Gupta
Overview:
•Published content developed around pavilion architecture from around the world

Participations

25 Apr 201526 Apr 2015

Student Participant - In[FORM]ed Geometries_V1.0 Workshop

rat[LAB], New Delhi, India

The workshop by rat[LAB] EDUCATION aimed to provide a detailed insight to ‘parametric design’ and embedded logics behind it through a series of design explorations using Rhinoceros & Grasshopper platforms.

Feb 2015

International Student Participant (Conceptual Category)

Yeats 2015 Architecture Competition (by IT Sligo, Sligo, Ireland)

Overview: An International Architectural Competition open to regional, national and international practitioners of architecture and art. Submissions were invited for conceptual interpretations of WB Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’. All submissions were displayed in an open exhibition and compiled into a special publication to commemorate the event.

8 Mar 2013

Student Attendee - 361° - The Design Conference

361° - Architecture Of Purpose (2013 Edition), Mumbai, India

About: The conference aimed to provoke and rethink the reason why architecture is relevant and what is relevant architecture? Icon lecturers such as Peter Rich and Charles Correa set the premise of discussion. (Source: World Architecture News Coverage )

Dec 2012

Measured Drawing - Vyas Chhatri, Jaisalmer, India

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi), India

Architectural scale drawings of existing structures of Vyas Chhatri, Jaisalmer, India.
Other Team Members: Tarang Gupta, Lakshya Pandit, Rakesh Kumar, Jatin N. Karnani
For complete boards, follow the link: Measured Drawing of Vyas Chhatri, India

Volunteer Experiences

Jul 2016Present

Individual Member, Skyscraper Center Editorial Board

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Profile: http://global.ctbuh.org/people-profile/ankur-podder
Overview:
•Provide most accurate, comprehensive database on tall building data and information available
•Establish/improve project pages (including images) of Japan and India
•Check the validity / status of projects generally
•Assisting with quarterly data study “Tall Buildings in Numbers”

Dec 2013Present

Long-term Volunteer

Waste Warriors

Overview:
•Drive collection, management and segregation of dumped wastes
•Manage local awareness and anti-littering campaigns
•Curate weekly clean-up treks to Triund (at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges at 2,827m) and Bhagsu-naag waterfall clean-up hike

2012Present

Volunteer, Member of Branding Team and Career Counselling Team

D.R.I.S.T.I. (Directing Rural India to Social and Technological Integration)

Overview:
•Create official logo of D.R.I.S.T.I.
•Assist in photography and media campaign
•Drive thematic village-visits as career counselor to bridge information-gap between rural and urban India

20102012

Cadet (University volunteer-service)

National Cadet Corps, India (Bihar and Jharkhand Directorate)

Overview:
•Served as cadet receiving basic military training in small arms and parades, as part of university-volunteer service

Relevant Skills

Digital Toolkit

Rhino 5.0, Grasshopper Generative Modeling, Keyshot, AutoCAD, 3DS Max, SketchUp, V-ray Renderer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Maya, ZBrush, Microsoft Office

Developmental Toolkit

Laser-Cutting, 3D Printing, Analog and Digital Fabrication, Building Masonry, Crafted Model making, Manual Fabrication/Execution

Intangible Toolkit

Business Mediation, Communication, Effective Synergism, Inter-disciplinarity, Functional and Risk Management, Emcee, Multi-lingual proficiency (English, Hindi, Bangla, Japanese)

References

Academic:
Dr. Manjari Chakraborty
Professor, Architecture Department
Birla Institute of Technology
Mesra (Ranchi), Jharkhand, India
Contact: profmanjari(at)gmail(dot)com

Beeke Bartelt
Dipl.Ing.
dia coordinator
Hochschule Anhalt
Bauhausstrasse 5, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau
Contact: b.bartelt(at)afg.hs-anhalt(dot)de

Martin Rein-Cano
Dipl.-Ing.
Founder, TOPOTEK 1 (2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture joint-recipient for "Superkilen")
Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbH
Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin
Contact: office(at)topotek1(dot)de

Mr. Navin Piplani
Principal Director
INTACH Heritage Academy
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)
71, Lodhi Estate
New Delhi 110 003
Contact: pd.iha(at)intach(dot)org


Professional:
Takumi Yoshioka
Principal Architect and Founder, Plug-In Architecture
Former Director of Architecture, nonscale co.
Tokyo, Japan
Contact: info(at)plug-inarch(dot)com

Masaki Morinobu
Creative Designer
Nonscale Co.
2-10-24-JP-2 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-0061 Japan
Contact: m.morinobu(at)nonscale(dot)com

Ar. Sushant Verma
Founding Partner + Research Head
rat[LAB] - Research in Architecture & Technology
New Delhi, India
Contact: sushant.verma(at)rat-lab(dot)org

Changfang Luo
Co-founder
Architecture In Development (AiD)
Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
Contact: fang(at)architectureindevelopment(dot)org