Team UDC

BOARD MEMBERS

VIDHYA MOHANKUMAR | Founder and Managing Trustee
Vidhya is an architect & urban designer with 14 years of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States. Her work is focused on creating cities that are people-oriented and centred around transit as part of a sustainable development agenda that she is passionate about. Since 2015, she has also been serving on the Board of Center for the Living City, established in collaboration with Jane Jacobs to enhance the understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it, promote increased civic engagement. In addition, Vidhya has been advocating sustainable development practices as a guest faculty at various universities in India for the past 8 years.

DEVANGI RAMAKRISHNAN | Strategic Initiatives Manager- Pondicherry
Devangi is an architect and urban designer with an interest in sustainable urban development, urban poverty, and heritage conservation. Her professional experience includes design and construction management of urban riverfronts, parks, and streetscapes in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Pondicherry. She has been living and working in Pondicherry since October 2012 providing project-based consultancy to INTACH Pondicherry.

SHRUTI SHANKAR | Manager- Research and Content Development
Shruti is an urban designer and architect with experience working on the design of the built environment across a variety of scales. Her main areas of interest are in integrated design projects and collaborative methods to create innovative, lively and sustainable cities for people. As a passionate urbanist, Shruti enjoys writing and drawing about the making of cities and wears many hats at the UDC (often literally). She is currently based in California.

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CORE TEAM

ABINAYA RAJAVELU
Abinaya is a passionate urbanist, with a background in architecture and urban planning coupled with varied professional experience in India, France and the Netherlands. Her primary interest is curating interactive cities and sustainable communities, through engaging arts-based participatory methods. While she isn’t busy trying to solve all issues urban, she is either dancing or cooking away to her heart’s content or often both at the same time.

AJEETHA RANGANATHAN
Ajeetha is an architect, writer and designer who is interested in the larger impacts of design. Her interests tend towards exploring socioeconomic issues and emerging technologies, and how they impact the city.

BHARATH GANDHI PALANISWAMY
Bharath is a civil engineer with a specialization in Geoinformatics. He is an urban enthusiast and always up for the cause of better cities. He is the Director at his own firm Rajarajan Engineering Consultancy & Construction Pvt. Ltd.

MAHESH RADHAKRISHNAN
Mahesh is an architect with work experience ranging from large scale urban design to human scale interface design. He has been an urban research scholar at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Germany and is the founder of a small architectural practice with a long name- MOAD- The Madras Office for Architects and Designers.

NEHA KRISHNAN
Neha is an architect, writer and urbanist. Having spent several years practicing and teaching architecture in Chennai and Mumbai, she is now pursuing a degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Her areas of interest include informal settlements, urban history and education.

NISCHAL BUDDHAVARAPU
Nischal is an architect, urban designer, essayist, thinker, reader, feminist, adventurer and lots of other things that may not be true. He is one of the Directors at Padgro Consultants, a Chennai- based firm that offers architecture, urban design and planning services.

SIVAGAMI PERIANNAN
Sivagami is an architect with a keen interest in all things urban. She currently works as an architect at Architecure Red, a Chennai-based architecture studio.

SUNJANA THIRUMALA SRIDHAR
Sunjana is an urban designer and architect, with a keen interest in understanding the way design and research impacts our socio-economic lifestyles. After graduating from Columbia University, and with five years of prior professional experience, she founded Ud-S (United design Studio), a design practice handling urban, architectural and furniture research and design.

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INTERNS

Brandon Persico (July- August 2017)
Shravya Narakula (May- July 2017)
Gillian Yerington (May-June 2017)
P.Prashant (December 2016)
Arthisri.V (June- July 2016)
Nilima Dhamal (May- July 2016)
Priyanka Kathiresan (April- June 2015)
Dean Anthony Srinivasan (December 2014- March 2015)
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VOLUNTEERS

Nandini Ramakuru
Project/ Initiative: UDC Blog
Place and duration: Hyderabad, October 2015- Present

Sarath Chandran
Project/ Initiative: People’s Puppet Project
Place and duration: Chennai & Pondicherry, December 2014

Saroja Arunachalam
Project/ Initiative: Where is YOUR Chennai?
Place and duration: Chennai, December 2014

Yusuf Chiniwala
Project/ Initiative: Where is YOUR Chennai?
Place and duration: Chennai, December 2014

Nithya Ramesh
Project/ Initiative: Jane’s Walk, Bangalore
Place and duration:Bangalore, April-May 2014

Kavitha Gonsalves
Project/ Initiative: Jane Jacobs Walk, Mumbai
Place and duration: Mumbai, March-May 2013

Reema Gupta
Project/ Initiative: Jane Jacobs Walk, Mumbai
Place and duration: Mumbai, May 2013

Hareesh Haridasan
Project/ Initiative: Exploring Local Heritage workshop for school students in Pondicherry and Jane Jacobs Walk, Pondicherry
Place and duration: Pondicherry, February-May 2013

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