Ms. ALAKA KAVALLUR
Alaka Kavallur completed her graduation from Amrita Institute of Arts Science and Technology, Kochi, in Visual Media, and Master's in Aesthetics and Visual Cultures from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangaluru. She has worked in different parts of India involved in book illustrations, visual designing, theatre and other heritage documentation projects led by design department at IIT Hyderabad. From 2012 to 2017 she worked as Creative Coordinator and Designer at Theatre Hut. Since 2013 she is the editor and visual designer of all the publications from the ASK Trust. Alaka also has a keen research and practice experience in oral history and Designing.In her act to explore the unknown, she considers herself to be in the process of refinement and everyday as an opportunity to identify herself through her creations.
Ar. ANJALI S. PANICKER
An architect, illustrator, freestyle writer and a critic, Anjali graduated from the University School of Design, Mysore in 2016. Post internship with Ar. Neelkanth Chhaya at Ahmedabad, she went on to work at Atulya Architects and Associates in Thrissur, and at Pragrup Architecture and Urbanism, in Bangalore. Over the course of her architectural career, she engaged in large-scale revitalisation projects including the Bowring Institute in Bangalore, Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, and the Vadakkechira Bus Station in Thrissur. Anjali excelled in the thesis in her final year, where she synthesized ‘Inhabiting the Urban voids: The stitch in the missing link’, an urban project based in Chennai which was presented at the NIASA Thesis Awards, further to be shortlisted as the top ten theses at the Zonal level. The project seeks to investigate ‘The Urban Paradox’, a paradigm that questions the state of urban thresholds and the need for envisaging a concept for reformation. The proposal, in turn, was an attempt to cater to multiple stakeholders acknowledging the social, spatial and timeline dimensions of a metropolitan urban fabric, seeking reparations to environmental transgression and its repercussions. She is currently working on an extensive research project, as an extension to her undergraduate thesis. An avid writer, she expresses her opinions through thought probing poetry and strikes a perfect balance in her career with her passion for fine art, performing arts, literature and travel.
Ms. ANSHU GEORGE, FACULTY COORDINATOR
Anshu George is a permanent faculty at Avani with a passion for teaching. Having completed her masters in Infrastructure Engineering from PSG, Coimbatore, she has handled various civil engineering related subjects at colleges in Kochi and Pondicherry. She has a keen interest in environmental engineering wherein solutions may be developed to environmental problems in the areas of public health, waste disposal, water and air pollution control. She received the University Gold Medal at bachelors level and also the Best Project Award at master’s level for her thesis on Colour Removal from Textile Effluents using Nano-technology.
Ar. ANUPAM JOSE VINCENT
Anupam Vincent earned his Bachelor's in Architecture and Masters in Architecture (Urban Design) from PiCA,University of Mumbai. He has a widely diverse portfolio as an architect at various pioneer architectural firms in Mumbai covering a vast segment of projects ranging from residential, commercial to hospitality.He did his training at Urban Expansion Observatory India which undertook the digitization of high resolution satellite imagery, in order to measure the quality of urban expansion in the fringe areas of various global cities over the last decade.Also worked for Panvel Municipal Corporation on urban renewal and transformation of villages in Panvel, Navi Mumbai. His thesis “ Vertiport City: Design strategies for cities on adopting VTOL aircraft for personal and mass air transportation“ was selected for National Final Jury of the COA National Awards for Excellence in Post Graduate Thesis in Architecture and also presented at IUDI National Thesis Seminar & Urban Design Colloquium 2018 which was held at Gurgaon.
Ar. ANURADHA CHATTERJEE Ph. D, DEAN ACADEMICS
Dr Anuradha Chatterjee is Dean (Academics), Avani Institute of Design at Calicut. She has a 5 year Dip.Arch, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi; M.Arch History and Theory and PhD, University of New South Wales. Dr Chatterjee has taught in India, China, and Australia for the past 17 years. She is the author of three books: John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture (Routledge, 2018, 2019); Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney (2015); Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques and Practices in Art, Architecture and Design (Cambridge Scholars Press 2014, 2018). Dr Chatterjee is also the Area Editor for South/East Asia for the Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015, as well as Companion to The Guild of St George; Member of Editorial Board, Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Regional Editor for Asia Pacific, Textile: Cloth and Culture (Taylor and Francis journal); Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland. Dr Chatterjee's books have been supported by prestigious research grants like the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art: Publication Grant (Author) and Research Support Grant; Stones of Venice Grant, Ruskin Library, Lancaster University.
Ms. FATHIMA JILNA
Fathima Jilna is the Wellness coordinator at Avani who is instrumental in creating a supportive and healthy environment for students. She did her Bachelors in Psychology, English and Sociology from Jyoti Nivas College, Bengaluru. Her passion for Psychology led her to pursue Masters in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Along with providing overall wellness support, she is trained to delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other evidence-based therapies to students who may face any emotional, behavioural, and adjustment issues. She believes that psychotherapy can help individuals to increase self understanding, improve decision making, to solve problems, and create paths to live the way they want. Apart from Psychology, she is interested in exploring colours and all things that are visually appealing. Her Masters thesis on “Environmental quality of institution and emotional regulation of orphans” explores her interest on the impact of environment on enhancing human emotion
Dr. K A M ANWAR, DEAN ADMINISTRATION AND RESEARCH
Anwar is the Dean of Research and Innovation at Avani. He is a Professor of History. With experience in areas of research and administration, he’s committed to ensuring exceptional standards in academic and operational areas.Previously, as the Principal and academic lead he helped build the foundation of the Nilgiri College of Arts and Science in Tamil Nadu. He’s a seasoned traveler and photographer.
Ar. MITHUN P BASIL
An architect, urbanist and filmmaking aficionado with over 4 years of professional experience across India and Europe.
Mithun was trained to be an architect from the campus of School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Vijayawada and the firm “Between Spaces’, in Bangalore.
It was during his Masters programme in Advanced Architecture(MAA), from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, when he conducted a year long research on intelligent cities in Rio de Janeiro as part of “RIO 2050 Master Plan”. This was a collaborative project with Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro,Urban Science Lab Barcelona and The World Bank. The resultant thesis titled, “2050: A Study of changing urban environ of Rio de Janeiro” explores the future of Rio and its people while re-orienting the current execution.
Apart from the thesis he has undertaken various research on digital fabrication, robotic construction, social energies, and intelligent cities collaborating with various organisations like European Union(EU), Cricursa, Ceramica Cumella, KUKA Automation company and FabLab Barcelona.
Mithun is currently researching on the ¨possibilities of data driven urbanism in indian cities¨ He is also practicing architecture with a collaborative team based out of Calicut, Barcelona ,Bangalore and Panaji.
Ms. NIMA VISHWANATHA
Nima completed her B.Tech at National Institute of Technology, Calicut and went on to pursue Masters in Urban Planning at University of Melbourne, majoring in land use and transport planning. Her research interests include planning for informal economies, potential of design to affect human behavior, active transport and urban sprawl. She brings more than seven years of teaching experience across numerous engineering and architectural educational institutions, namely, KMCT College of Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut and Government Engineering College, Kozhikode. She has also worked as an Assistant Engineer at Nirmithi Kendra, Calicut, on a wide range of works from government offices and hospitals, village offices, road works, to working with scheduled castes and tribes and identifying their needs and requirements.
Ar. RESHMA MATHEW
An architect with over six years of professional experience, Reshma graduated from the University of Design, Mysore in 2010 and started her career in Bangalore with Ar. Dominic Dube at DDIR studio. She went on to practice with Venkataramanan Associates for nearly three years and, was part of architectural teams that worked on R & D facilities, corporate offices, real estate developments and masterplanning proposals for reputed clients including Infosys, Wipro Ltd., Intas Pharmaceuticals and Bajaj Auto Ltd. During her Masters programme in Architectural and Urban Design in the University of Edinburgh, UK, she conducted a year long research in Kolkata as part of “Parasituation Kolkata: The [Loving] Metropolitan Landscape”. Her thesis, “Fluid Occupancies: A Study of Temporality and Permanence” explores manifestations of Non-Figurative architecture in an urban scape and the politics of space, questioning and reinventing an Ecosophic Urbanism, that are conceived as urban architectural interventions born out of a process of juxtaposition and adaptation. She also writes on the confluence of travel and architecture and of socio-cultural influences on human behaviour. She is currently pursuing an architectural documentation and research project in Kochi, employing surveying as a design practice that also reaches out to the public by way of story telling and exhibitions. She also enjoys film and theatre, dabbling in graphical illustrations, and is an avid traveller.
Ar. SEBASTIAN JOSEPH
After his graduation in architecture from Sathyabama University, Chennai, Sebastian started his career at Pithavadian and Partners, Chennai in 2011 and joined Blocher Partners India, Ahmedabad in 2016. During his professional practice, he materialized several commercial, institutional, industrial and residential projects spread across different parts of the country. A post graduate in Interior Design and Architecture from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, he has specialized in Indian crafts and Technologies. His research focussed on traditional wooden boat-making craft in India and its adaptability in architecture. He is passionate about furniture making and re-inventing conceptual details in the domain of frugal innovation. At Avani, he is a key member of the team that works closely with first year students as they get their first introductions to architecture. He has a keen interest in model making and miniature sculpting, and routinely takes workshops at art and design schools.
Ar. SHYAM GANDHI
Shyam Gandhi is an Architect and Urbanist; he finished his Bachelors in Architecture in 2008 from Nagpur University, India, and Masters in Urbanism and strategic planning from KU Leuven, Belgium.
Before joining at AVANI, he has practiced, taught and participated in various conferences in India and abroad. His research interest lies mainly in understanding, how different Landscape Constraints over the years has shaped the settlement, producing a different model of socio-economic spatiality.
He is currently researching on how the network of water bodies in the past played an important role in providing a concrete vocabulary to the landscape of Banglore and the change in scenario after independence when Banglore become the capital of the state, resulting into a definitive shift in land-use patterns and created a new spatial model.
Ar. TONY JOSEPH, PRINCIPAL
Tony Joseph graduated from MIT Manipal and completed his masters in design from the University of Texas, Austin, in the Charles Moore program. Interactions and travels with Moore and his views on regional architecture had a strong influence in the direction of Tony's design. He returned to India and started Stapati in 1989, which has steadily grown into a multi-disciplinary practice emphasizing values of integrity, sustainability and innovation.
Ar. THUSHARA K
Thushara is an Architect and Urban Designer, with a Bachelors degree in Architecture from College of Engineering, Trivandrum and a Masters degree in Archietecture specializing in Urban Design from The University School of Design, University of Mysore.
Her work experience covers a broad range: She has worked with Ar. Sathya Prakash Varanashi at Sathya Consultants Bangalore and has also practiced with internationally renowned firms in Dubai, UAE. She has teaching experience in India and abroad: She has taught at the University School of Design, and at Birla Institute of Technology, Ras-al-Khaimah, UAE.
At Avani, along with academic responsibilities, Thushara is a key member of the faculty team that coordinates a range of workshops and co-curricular activities for students.
Her research interests include various aspects of urban design such as reinstating the essence of city core through reinventing the public realms, sociological study of life and human interaction, humanizing cities and urban landscape. She also has a true passion for performing arts and literature.
Ar. VINOD CHOVVAYIL PANENGAL
Vinod completed Bachelors in Architecture from College of Engineering, Trivandrum in 2008.After working at Stapati Architects, Calicut and RSA+ R204, New Delhi, he went on to pursue Masters in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (2012-14). He later established his own practice at Tirur, Kerala in 2014, along with Ms. Surekha K C who is also an urban designer from CEPTUniversity, Ahmedabad. Their firm PURA- a platform for Architectural and Urban Research initiates various public projects including social housing for poor.Vinod has also taught at School Of Architecture, MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram, Kerala, as Assistant Professor, and has conducted studies on various urban settlements along the River NILA as a part of academic projects .
Ar. VIVEK P P, HEAD OF FACULTY
Vivek completed his Bachelors in Architecture from NIT, Calicut and Masters in Urban Design from National University of Singapore. An architect committed to nature inclusive & contextually responsive designs, his firm De Earth has won various national awards. Vivek also serves as Guest Faculty at many architectural institutions including NIT Calicut.He was the Vice Chairman of IIA Calicut Centre from 2015 to 2017.
Mr. USMAN PAKKATH
Usman earned a BFA and an MFA in painting from Govt. College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Calicut University and S N School of Arts and Communication, Central University of Hyderabad respectively. A winner of the 2010 and 2012 Kerala Lalit Academy Scholarships, he is an active participant of art projects, residencies and exhibitions. A selected few include “Panthibhojanam” 2017 and “Space and Roots” 2014 camps by Kerala Lalit Kala Academy; Projects include the “Baked Earth” Public Art Project and Terracotta Workshop 2015 at Parudur, Kerala, and “Las Indias” at the 2011 International Theatre Festival of Kerala at Thrissur, Kerala. A selection of his shows include, “What’s wrong with that?” 2008 and the 2010 Kerala Lalit Kala Academy State Exhibition, both at Durbar hall, Cochin, “Ace-thetti-X” 2012 at the M.N.F gallery, Edappally, Cochin, “Contemporary Contingencies” 2014 at Gallery OED Cochin, and “Art @ AVANI” 2016 Group exhibition at AVANI Art initiative, Calicut.
Ms. SUMITRA NAIR
Sumitra is a trained as an ethnographic listener with an interest in cultural modes of meaning making. As Programme Director at Avani Arts Initiative, she extends this interest to create a space in the heart of the city of Calicut where the public can engage in art, culture and research, as modes of meaning making for themselves. She brings expertise in qualitative research methods having done research with urban as well as rural communities, human-technology interfaces, and information management systems. I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology (Hindu College, Delhi University), and Masters degrees in Sociology (Delhi School of Economics) and Science and Technology Studies (Virginia Tech).
Ar. NIMISHA HAKKIM
Nimisha graduated from College of Engineering, Trivandrum with a Bachelors degree in Architecture, and completed her Masters in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.She is passionate about creating spaces with a fundamental importance to the people who occupy them, and designing cities that speak to their inhabitants.
Nimisha is the Principal Architect and Urban Designer at DAC, with expertise in urban renewal and regeneration, building restoration and architectural design. She is confident in her conviction that design is an evolutionary process and strives to establish this principle as the core of her practice at DAC.
Ar. ASHOK RAJ
Ashok Raj is the Creative Director and partner of Contour Dakshin Architects. He has completed his Bachelors from C.E.P.T University, Ahmedabad and completed his Masters from
Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He is actively engaged in academics as a Lecturer, Visiting Faculty and Juror at various architecture schools in India
Ar. ROSHAN RAJAN GEORGE
Roshan Rajan George is a visiting faculty at Avani with a keen interest in architectural sociology – a field that looks into the sociological study of built environment and
explores the changing role of architects in societies with time. He was a guest faculty in NIT, Calicut and is currently a senior architect in Stapati handling hospitality
and residential projects. Roshan completed his B.Arch from NIT, Calicut and thereafter his M.Arch from SRM University, Chennai in 2011.
VISTING FACULTY :
Mr. ABRAHAM KURIEN
Mr. Abraham Kurien pursued a course of study in the Liberal Arts, topping the Madras University in both BA and MA in English Language and Literature. He served in the Indian Police Service of the Uttar Pradesh Cadre for 36 years with distinction, prior to retirement as Director General of Police in 2005. Honours conferred on him include the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Services in 1990, the Indian President's Police Medal for Distinguished Services in 2000 and the National Police Fellowship as a research scholar with the Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad in 2001. After retirement from government service, he has handled assignments in administrative, educational and social sectors. He also helped setup the St. Thomas Academy for Research and Training at Calicut (' START') in 2006 for providing early and intensive orientation for higher services, including the Civil Services. Currently he is engaged as Director, AmalJyothi Institute for Civil Services, Kanjirappally and Director National Institute for Development of Youth (NIDY).
Ms. SUCHARITA HOTA
Ms. Sucharita Hota is a HR consultant and life skills trainer with 21 years experience in the field. A qualitative research consultant with Mars Research, Mumbai for 15 years, she has been involved in research of agencies such as UNICEF and The World Bank. She was the HOD, School of Social Work, St. Josephs College, Devagiri, Calicut for 2 years and faculty for 6 years. Currently she is a consulting faculty at Crest, Kozhikode, formerly known as Centre for Excellence, IIMK. An Honours graduate in Psychology, she completed her Master in Social Work from Tata institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has also completed fellowship programmes in HRD from SLRI, Jamshedpur and AHRD, Hyderabad.
Sujith.G.Sis an architect with a passion for writing, blogging and architectural photography. An alumnus of the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, he began his career as
an architect in Larsen & Toubro where he worked for five years on a wide range of projects. Thereafter, he joined Stapati, where he has been working as a senior architect.
He has recently authored his first book, 'Timeless Resorts', a monograph on Stapati's hospitality projects. He is a regular contributor to various architectural publications
and has been a guest jury member for several architecture schools in Kerala. A visiting faculty at Avani, he is presently researching about a monologue on Laurie Baker's
architecture. He shares his perspectives on architecture and design through his blog, 'Architecture Student's Corner.