Full name

Vidhya Pushpanathan

Location

London, UK

Blurb

A compulsive obsession with site specificity, cultural overlays + adaptations of traditional forms into hybrid forms for emerging cultures.

Biography

My interests in architecture focuses on the interlaced relationships of the manifested built forms and its direct implications to the users within the context of a specific site. This has lead to a compulsive fascination into the adaptation of existing traditional forms of architecture into new built forms to accommodate the current condition of most cities that experience juxtapositions of multiple communities that generates a cultural overlay. Site specificity is critical in any architectural proposal. I am eager to achieving a balance between architectural theory and built work. My personal achievements during my education have motivated me to push forward these interests.

Having had work experience on projects under construction that entailed responsibilities such as direct communication with contractors and constant site visits has highlighted an entire field of experience that was not covered during my five years of architectural studies. This emphasized the discrepancy between the initial conceptual proposal and the various construction stages before the final built project, which has lead to my main aim of having a balance between working on projects that are on site as well as design work for competitions to align the importance of both concepts and the built form. I am looking for new challenges that will push my pursuit of architecture further towards this.

Education

AA Diploma

The Architectural Association

London, UK · September 2009 – June 2015

Awards
2014/15 Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize , The Architectural Association
2013/14 Ones to Watch - Living in the City , Design Council
Picked by Paul Williams OBE
2011/12 RIBA President's Bronze Medal , Royal Institute of British Architects
Medal Winner
2011/12 Serjeant Award for excellence in drawing , Royal Institute of British Architects
Winner
2010/11 AA Travel Studentship , The Architectural Association
Exhibitions
2014/15 Umwelt: Projects Review (Group), The Architectural Association, London, UK
2013/14 The Unbuilt: Projects Review (Group), The Architectural Association, London, UK
2012 RIBA President’s Medal (Group), The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK
2012 Challenging Political Expression in Little Havana (Group), Florida International University, Miami , Miami, FL
2012 Incubator Galleries (Group), The Architectural Association, London, UK
2011/12 Incubator Galleries: Projects Review (Group), The Architectural Association, London, UK
2010/11 Politics of Fabrication: Projects Review (Group), The Architectural Association, London, UK
2010/11 AA Prize Winners Exhibition (Group), The Architectural Association, Front Member's Room, London, UK
2009/10 First Year: Projects Review (Group), The Architectural Association, London, UK
Skills

AutoCAD, Microstation, Rhino, 3DSMax, Maya, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premier Pro, Microsoft Office, Casting – Silicone, Plaster, Resin, Waxes, Latex, 3D Printing, CNC- Wood, Foam (Pink, Yellow and Blue), Metalworks, Woodworks

Specialties

Architectural Research + Writing, Conceptual Designs, Computer Generated Visualizations + Physical Model Making

Experience

Judge for the RIBA President's Medals

The Royal Institute of British Architects

London, UK · September 2013 – September 2013

Architectural Assistant (Part II)

Wilkinson Eyre Architects

London, UK · – Present