I am currently an MSc Architecture and Computation student at The Bartlett School of Architecture - University College London.
My interest in Architecture has been its plurality, its stubbornness to the inevitability of change. Bound to place, time, and events engaging and arbitrating many disciplines, and connecting and reshaping communities, cultures and environments in its act. I have always had a strong belief in the power of design and its potential to affect change. What is clear is that I’m drawn towards social practice and resolving architectural ideas through computation and materiality.
During my education at both Sci-Arc and the Bartlett, I have produced speculative work and have been active in engaging the many installation and outreach programs. Including the design and construction of The Invisible Landscapes III Real Virtuality pavilion at the Royal Academy in London, the Central Hub, for the Opera “Hopscotch”; a participant in the teaching programs such as the Pop Arch workshop at Inner-City Arts Los Angeles; Augmented Timber Construction at Tong-Ji University in Shanghai; and a participant in the 15th Venice Biennale as part of SANAA’s project for redeveloping Inujima.
Growing up in Los Angeles, I have had the great privilege of working, since 2010, under Ravi Gunawardena and Frank Escher’s mentorship. In my time there, I was involved in a multitude of projects: ranging from cultural art productions such as The Jewelled Isle exhibition at LACMA to the design and construction of housing projects. In intermittent summers, I tried to learn as much as I could about ground-up social practices. Ultimately, working in Sri Lanka for Anjalendran, helping to produce the book” The Architectural Heritage of Sri Lanka” documenting the many unprotected iconic structures of the island.
The work I present here is theoretical and driven by curiosity, allowing for skills to develop and showing the limitless possibilities of today’s’ design tools. The world is a small place now, and the challenges that come with being a global citizen hold us accountable for… seemingly everything! With this structural shift will come an ever-increasing marginalization, as we witness the creation of larger and larger temporary accommodation furthered by automation.
Having been introduced into the world of architecture through the lens of critical social practice. I hope to be able to positively impact the lives of all those people who inhabit what I create; we may just need some alternative architecture for this overwhelming endeavour; That I am sure.