DESIGN COLLABORATIVE

    Israel Gnanaraj

             'IG' obtained his degree in Architecture from the University of Moratuwa, Srilanka in 1983. He moved to Pondicherry in September 1983 and joined Auroservice D'Auroville trust as a Junior Architect. He was made chief design coordinator in 1987 and became chief of the ADAT in 1989. In 2000 he founded Auroservice Private Limited with others. He was Managing Director of Auroservice till he resigned in 2009 to start Design Collaborative. He has specialized in HealthCare facilities and Institutional design.

            He has led multidisciplinary design teams and delivered many complex projects including Townships, Healthcare facilities, Hotels, Swimming Pools, Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Stadia's, Educational institutes, University campuses etc. He is the founder President of IIA Pondicherry Center and serves as advisory consultant to many agencies. He is founder and vice president of CDD society on NGO propagating decentralized waste management.

    Mary John Kurian

            'Mary' obtained her degree in Architecture in 1984 from Kerala University, India. She gained valuable experience in leading Architectural offices in Chennai and Goa before setting up her own practice in Goa in 1990. She has designed churches, Five star Hotels, Interiors, Industrial buildings for multinational companies and commercial buildings.

            She also worked on renovation of old Portuguese houses. In 2003 moved to Hyderabad and established her practice and was a visiting faculty at JNTU, Architecture Department till she moved to Pondicherry in 2005. She Joined Auroservice and worked as Chief Architect till 2009.Presently she is in -charge of the Chennai office of Design Collaborative Private Limited.

    Karpagam Venkatraman

           'Karpagam' graduated in Architecture in 1993 from Kerala University. She initially worked with leading firms in Chennai and later moved to Pondicherry where she joined Auroservice as Junior Architect. After a 7 year stint here, she set up her own practice working on Residential, Industrial and Interior projects. Presently she is part of Design Collaborative, Pondicherry.

    Dr. Dondeti Bhanuprasad (28.05.1958 - 06.11.2010)

           'Bhanu' completed his degree in civil Engineering in 1981 from Bangalore University, India and obtained his Ph.D in Structural Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, India in 1988. He is a designer, teacher and a researcher. He has been consulting from 1988 and has taken up teaching in addition to consulting at graduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral levels since 2002. He has published papers in reputed journals. He specializes in structural designer in RCC & steel. He is a member of many professional bodies, and advisor to the Indian Navy and several organizations.

    P. Sahayaraj

           'Sahayaraj' completed his degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Guindy Engineering College, Chennai, India. Started his Career as a trainee with Bharath Heavy Electricals- India, Joined the ministry of Defence, Govt. of India and served as Manager Electrical services till 1994. From then onwards, he has been a consulting Engineer and has handled design and supervision of Electrical, Communication and data networks for campus, Industrial, commercial, Institutional and Research facilities.

    Experts Panel                                 

    HAVC                                 - Mr. Ram Murthy, Merry weather systems, Chennai
    Landscape                          - Mr. Ravikumar, Ravikumar and Associates, Chennai
    Wastewater management     - CDD, Bangalore
    Acoustics                           - Mr. Didier, Sound Wizard, Aurovile
    Grafic Design                      - Mrs. Vetry
    Specialised Interiors            - Mr. K. Tiruvengadom
    Sustainable Design             - Mr. Karthik Dondeti.