Architect Pavitra Sriprakash, Shilpa Architects Planners Designers
A big advocate of sustainability and urban design, Ar. Pavitra Sriprakash believes that sensitivity to local ethos is crucial in designing space that people respond to. Her design philosophy focuses on innovative solutions for environmental and socioeconomic sustainability.
Following the same career path and philosophy as of her mother, Ar. Pavitra Sriprakash, daughter of Ar. Sheila Sri Prakash stepped into the world of architecture & design and in a very short period of time has earned lot of recognition.
She spent most of her childhood playing with drawing board and watching her mom sketching and designing outstanding projects. This fascinated her to enter into architecture field and show her in-built talent and creativity. Currently, the Chief Designer and Director at Global Design Studio of Shilpa Architects which is an acclaimed design house that draws inspiration from cultural values that are distinctly rooted in the sub-continent, fusing vernacular methods with modern design and construction practices, Ar. Pavitra has completed her Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University. Besides, she has done research on "Sustainable Programmatic Landscapes" and the interface between architecture and landscape design in planning robust urban spaces from Columbia University.
Having practiced urban design and planning in New York and Chicago, Ar. Pavitra has designed projects across India, and also worked on the projects in the United States of America, Norway, Japan, China and Kuwait as part of SGBL Studio, Shilpa's International Urban Design Studio. She believes that no matter what the style of architecture, the building needs to respond to its geographical location and climatic conditions in which it exists. This can be successfully done with thoughtful detailing and connecting the building to its site with a strong connection between the architecture and landscape design.
She strives to achieve holistic sustainability through design and believes that sensitivity to local ethos is crucial in designing spaces that people respond to. According to her, development activities should not harm nature rather respect it as only by saving nature and community we can create a holistically sustainable model of urban development.
Ar. Pavitra is of the opinion that for a holistic approach, a combination of social, economical and ecological factors is vital. Moreover, vernacular building techniques, local materials and the work of traditional skilled artisans need to be inventively integrated with modern design and construction technology.
The works of a Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas who is a founding partner of international firm'OMA', practising architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis, inspired her more and following the same footsteps, she is the big advocator of sustainability and urban design. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use.
Considering her knowledge pool and expertise in sustainability, she was invited as a speaker at the conference on "Go Green Puducherry", organized by CII jointly with the Government of Puducherry, in association with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), to address the first technical session titled "Architects Perspective on Green Buildings & Environment". She was also invited by IGBC to present on "Architectural Perspectives in Hospital Buildings" at the Technical Session for Sustainability Leadership in Health Care at the IGBC Green Building Congress 2013, Chennai Trade Centre. Moreover, as one of the first LEED AP professionals in the country, she was invited as a panelist at The Economic Times ACE (Architecture | Construction | Engineering) tech - Global Green Summit in Mumbai, to share her insight on "Sustainability, Society & Environment: Searching for Synergies".
Ar. Pavitra, the true lover of humanity, art, music and an accomplished Bharathyanatyam Dancer is looking to work on a dream project where effect of music, dance, culture, tradition and art can all be intervened together.