For the Future of Rural Communities

In my work, leading the Design for Community Resilience program in the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research. I work with communities across Minnesota in assisting the design and implementation of their sustainable futures.  It is very rewarding work on many levels, not the least of which is the connection to the work…

Exploring Portraiture

I’ve been fascinated by faces ever since I can remember, seeing beauty in every face including in those that are not considered conventionally beautiful by a culture.  My first memories of drawing portraits are from eighth grade in a summer hobby art class in India where I was born and raised. Since then, I’ve been…

Empathy

I can’t say that I recall hearing the word empathy often while studying and practicing architecture in India or the United States. That said, any design project from my experience started with an immersion in understanding a client’s needs. For the design of a home the focus was on who was going to live there,…

“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”

Today, on the topic of communication and blogposts, a respected client-colleague mentioned Eleanor Roosevelt’s practice of writing a newspaper column everyday. It made me pause and think that for phenomenon that seems so contemporary –  of writing and ‘posting’ everyday – Eleanor Roosevelt had it covered back in the 1930s. Roosevelt has always inspired –…

Firmly delightful ‘Architecture’

After a long time, browsing through the Francis D. K. Ching’s classic, ‘A Visual Dictionary of Architecture.’ Fun to reminded of the many concepts/ideas and disciplines that architecture is connected to – art, aesthetics, beauty, taste, environmental design, urban design, city planning, landscape architecture, interior design, space planning, technology, technics, tectonics, architectonics, engineering, behavioral science,…