Nandita is an Architect, Academician and Architectural Journalist. She engages in industry relevant research and design consultancy in Architecture and Interior Design.
Nandita graduated in Architecture from Bengaluru University and received her post graduate degree in Interior Architecture from University of Oregon, USA. She has also supplemented her writing skills with a Diploma in Print and Broadcast Journalism. Nandita acquired work experience in many leading architectural firms and MNCs in India before proceeding for her post-graduation. After garnering valuable teaching and work experience in New York, USA, she returned to India and set up her own practise while renewing her teaching assignments in India as well.
Nandita has contributed many articles on architecture and interior design in leading newspapers and was penning a column on architecture in Times of India in her undergraduate days. She was also the correspondent for the leading architecture magazine A+D for a few years. She has written over 40 articles for design journals & national newspapers in India. She has authored two books on architecture 080 Transform : Contemporary Architecture in Bangalore & Project Files 02 : Sai Spiritual Center, Bangalore. She was part of the Think Tank of InCITE, an organisational initiative dedicated to the cause of Contemporary Architecture in India. Extending her writing beyond the print medium, she has scripted and hosted many television shows on architecture.
Nandita has been awarded the A3 Foundation Architectural Journalism Award 2013 – 14, a national level award for achievement and contribution to the field of Architectural Journalism in the Professional Category. She has presented many research papers in national and international conferences. Her research on Architecture and Typography presented in IDC, IIT Mumbai in 2015 as ‘FONT : FORM : FUNCTION : The Unstated Identity of the Built Word’ was acclaimed to be pioneering. Her research paper ‘Glocal Contextualisation of Typotecture : Situating the Type in A Built Form’ presented at Typoday 2017 International Research Conference on Typography and Diversity held in Colombo Sri Lanka in Feb 2017 by DID, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka was well received.
In her crusade to empower architects with written expression, she conducts architectural writing workshops for students, faculty and professionals apart from offering it as a 16-week elective course as well. She has been selected as the Resource Person for faculty induction and training programs undertaken by COA – NIASA.
As an extension to this effort, she has co-authored many papers with her students in several conferences, which has been appreciated worldwide. The papers ‘Urban Bishti : an architectural memoir of water systems’ was presented at the international conference ‘Cumulus Mumbai 2015: In a planet of our own – a vision of sustainability with focus on water’. She presented the paper ‘Appropriating Urban Heritage: Spatial transliteration of Lansdowne Building, Mysuru, India’ at the International Conference ‘Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage’ in Taipei City, Taiwan.
Under her guidance, RVCA students have won many national awards for their architectural thesis projects like COA-NIASA National Award for Excellence in Architectural Thesis, NDTV Grohe Student Award, A3 Foundation Award for Interior Design and the Park ELLE DECOR Student Contest in the Lighting category for light fixtures designed as part of Interior Design Studio that she teaches. In 2015 alone, her students won 13 national awards. Recently, under her mentorship, RVCA students qualified as finalists for the International Refugee Marketplace Competition ‘Place and Displacement’ hosted by Ideation Worldwide (IDeA). These students were among the 25 finalists selected from 300 designs and policy proposals submitted from over 700 participants in 43 countries and 150 universities around the world.
At RVCA, Nandita’s core areas of engagement has been in teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th year [Thesis] Architecture and Interior Design Studios as studio coordinator and faculty. She extends her contributions to RVCA in many other roles ranging from administrative support, conceptualization, execution, co-ordination of events and exhibitions, content development for RVCA website and brochure and graphic design for RVCA brochure, event posters, invites and fliers. The Annual Exhibition at RVCA which she put together for the first time in 2007 is having its 10th run this year. She has also co-organised Theses 10/10 exhibition of COA award winning thesis projects from RVCA. As the Creative Head & Co-ordinator of Publications at RVCA, she has put together FOLD: RVCA Student Periodical in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust [RSST] has in recognition of her contributions rendered to RVCA conferred the honour of ‘Recognition of Achievement’ in 2014, 2015 and 2017 to her.
Apart from this, Nandita extends her creative practice to varied mediums like graphic design and furniture design as well. She curates and has put together many architectural workshops and exhibitions which she envisions as a spatial narrative of her written expression.
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