FACULTY

PERMANENT FACULTY:


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. Brinda Varghese

Brinda is a graduate of Bishop Jerome Institute Kollam. She started her career with Architect Thushar Vasudev at Ochre architects, Bangalore, and has also worked at Stapati, Cochin, as well as with Architect Dean De Cruz at Mozaic, Goa. De Cruz’s fearless play with the material palette as well as his romanticization of form to an extend that it almost seems artisticguides Brinda’s evolving architectural philosophy. Her curiosity in people’s perception of and reaction to architectural spaces led her researchpaper, "Psychology of pathways " published in "International Journal of Innovative Research and Development". Brinda also has a zeal for art and acting.


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

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.


Nima Vishwanatha

Nimacompleted herB.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. Rahul K Sukumaran

Rahul K Sukumaran is a practicing architect and landscape designer, besides being a full time faculty at Avani. He started his career at InForm Architects, Bangalore under Ar.Kiran Venkatesh and has worked at Design Milieu, Bangalore under Landscape Architect Kannan.S. He graduated from College Of Engineering Trivandrum and completed his Masters from CEPT University Ahmedabad. His thesis study for the post graduate program bagged the ISOLA student award 2015 for the best Landscape architecture thesis in India by the Indian Society of Landscape Architects, and the best thesis award 2015 in the Landscape Department at CEPT University. His thesis was also selected for the biennial international graduate project competition, Archiprix 2017.


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 anarchitectural 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. 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 Archietcture 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. Varun Gopal

Varun is a graduate from T.K.M college engineering , Kollam with a Masters in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He has worked with Mozaic Design Combines, Goa and NO Architects, Kerala. An alumnus of the “Architecture for Society”program formulated by Architect Aldo Rossi , Varun has been part of multiple state-funded projects across Europe that deal with society, heritage and urbanism: These include the likes of “Riformare Milano” and “Viva la Pompeii”. Apart from his widespread interests in the fields of urban sociology and place making strategies, he is currently researching on the possibilities of landscape urbanism as a “tool and cure” measure to aidsustainable development of Indian cities. Varun also practices architecture and is an associate architect with SOHO architects, Calicut.


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.


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).


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.


ADJUNCT FACULTY :


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.


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 theSardarVallabhai 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).


Mr. 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


Mr. 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.


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.


AR. Sujith.G.S

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.