FACULTY

MR. TONY JOSEPH

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.


MR. Aabid A Raheem

Aabid A Raheem is Head of Faculty at Avani and brings to the institute, his international and national experience in architectural practices and academia.
A post graduate of The Bartlett at University College London and a graduate from MESSOA Kuttipuram, Aabid has worked with renowned practices such as those of B.V.Doshi, Suhasini Aiyer, Andre Hababou and Spacelab in London.
He has won IIA and IIID Awards for Architecture Writing and Design. He has also published research papers and has presented his work at international and national conferences. Aabid is invited to speak at architecture events in the region as well as a Juror and to do design workshops at other schools of architecture.
He heads [ar&de], an architecture practice in Calicut. His architectural interests cover a wide spectrum, however key areas of research include space syntax based analysis, evidence based design, cities, spatial cultures and architectural theory. At Avani, his personal mission is to make visionary thinkers and designers out of Avani graduates.


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. Edwin James

Edwin James is an Assistant Professor at Avani. Apart from his varied interest in the fields of graphic design, photography and exploration of the arts, he has a deep interest in the psychology of spaces, and how design can influence human perception. In the past he has worked with VastuShilpa Consultants and Bluwud, Ahmedabad. Edwin graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, in 2014. His thesis project was shortlisted for NIASA at the zonal level.


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.


MR. 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.


MS. Anjana Bhagyanathan

Anjana Bhagyanathan is a visiting faculty at Avani. A graduate from School of Architecture and Planning Chennai, she completed her Master’s from Centre for Environmental Planning and Design (CEPT Ahmedabad). She is currently pursuing PhD at National Institute of Technology Calicut. She is a landscape architect with an interest in the intersection of nature, culture and design. An ecological designer, she places aesthetics on equal footing with ecosystem considerations. Her research offers strategies for basing ecological design on cultural insight and science. Her design pedagogy is informed by scholarship on rifts and connections between historic and contemporary landscapes.


MS. Anshu George

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.


MR. Bavith Balakrishnan

Bavith Balakrishnan is an architect driven by an industrial designer’s spirit, who completed his graduation in Architecture from TKMCE, Kollam and Post-Graduation in Industrial Design from SPA, New Delhi. His expertise across the unique fields of Retail Design, Product Design and Architecture, along with his experience in working with companies like Videocon, Quetzel and Foley Designs have honed him into a highly multidisciplinary expert who adopts the finest of professional practices in his domain. Bavith is currently full-time faculty at Avani pursuing his architectural practice.


MR. 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.


MR. Murali Cheeroth

Murali Cheeroth is an internationally acclaimed visual and performance artist and educator who believes in alternative education system. He has worked extensively with possibilities of printmaking, theater, sound and performance art, and now primarily works on painting, video art and performance. His works refer to a wide variety of sources in the cultural sphere and contain within them a deep conversation with the history of representation in visual media, fine art, cinema, music and architecture. His current explorations include the architecture of the city, urbanization and urban cultures. He looks closely at the ideas of re-construction, infrastructure, technology, speed and change, intersections of local and the global, multiple layers of urban identities and so on. Murali situates each work within larger thematic explorations in humanities, social sciences and in visual art media.
A recipient of many prestigious awards including Kerala State Lalit Kala Academy award 1997-98, Kanoria Scholarship for Print Making 1997, highly recommended certificate, Govt. of West Bengal state exhibition 1992, he has also been awarded Junior Fellowship, research in fiber art 97-99, and cultural scholarship (93/95) by Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.
He has also taught in School of Architecture and School of Interior Design at CEPT, Ahmedabad, Kanoria Centre for Art, Ahmedabad, and National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore and Chennai. His engagement with this broad range of institutions is evident in his conceptual and figurative concerns. Some of his major exhibitions include ‘Passage to India’ – the New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen collection in UK (2009); Indian Art summit in New Delhi, SH contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, Chicago Art Fair and London Art Fair in 2010, Indian Art Fair, Colombo Biennale, 2012 & 2016, Chalo India – A group show of Contemporary Indian Artists at Basel Art Centre, Basel, Switzerland, Feb 2014, Hotel Maria Kapel
 Korte Achterstra at 2a1621 GA Hoorn NL, 2015, Art fair in Torino, Italy 2015, the second International Art Exhibition of the Silk Road, Shanxi Art Museum, China, 2015.
Murali currently spends his days between the cities of Calicut, Kerala - where he teaches at AVANI and heads the Avani Art Initiative and Bangalore where he is engaged with his art practice.


Prof.Kerstin Frick, Principal

Born and raised in Germany, Kerstin completed her undergraduate and post graduate education in architecture at the internationally renowned TechnischeUniversity at Berlin, Germany. Herresearch work as student was based in Spain as well as India. She has won numerousprestigious scholarships including the Government of India Scholarship for Research, and the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship. As Dean, Kerstin was instrumental in building and heading the architectural post graduate programme for Hindustan University, Chennai.

Over two decades, Kerstin has built a formidable body of architecture and design practice ranging from healthcare design, educational institutions, and residences to name a few. Her designs have been published in national architecture magazines.

She has also headedDevelopment aid projects in Indonesia and Lao PDR and served as consultant architectin developing countries andconflictzones like Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Kerstin has been instrumental in incubating and building academic programmes nationally. She published on national and International level and travels internationally to lecture on and sustainable design and smart city development.

As Principal, her vision is to expand its activities into new areas, encourage academic research and build exchangeprogrammesfor AVANI’s students.Her aim is to enable young architects to have access to an open minded holistic architectural education with international exposure who are able to respond to the challenges of the future.