Mahalakshmi Karnad graduated in Architecture from Bengaluru University and received her post graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She is the recipient of the ‘Narendra Juneja Gold medal’ for best thesis in Landscape Architecture in 2002. The foundations to her expertise in subject matters is built upon her work experience with several professional organisations in landscape architecture and teaching institutions before joining RVCA team in 2009. Since then, she is actively engaged in teaching, research and co-curricular assignments at the Institution. Her teaching assignments include II, III & IV year Architectural design studios and taught courses in Landscape Architecture and Ecological Architecture. Her research areas focus on Ecological planning, Landscape Urbanism and Regionalism in Architecture. Mahalakshmi has several National and International research papers to her credit on the topics of ecological and cultural landscapes, stormwater management and relating Architecture and Landscape. She is currently pursuing Doctoral research at SPA, New Delhi.
Apart from teaching and research endeavours, Mahalakshmi has successfully organised several regional level exhibitions and seminars at the Institution including the Dutch Travelling exhibition, Theses 10/10 and the one day Seminar on Comparative Landscape Commons. In recognition of her contributions to the Institution, she has been conferred with the ‘Achievement Award’ by RSST in 2014 & 2017.
Mahalakshmi is a nominated member on Board of Studies and invited Jury member for Architecture and Landscape projects at the graduate and post-graduate level at several Institutions. She has also delivered guest lectures on various topics in Landscape Architecture on institutional and professional platforms.
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