Ar. Neelam Manjunath
“An architect is a catalyst of change in society, setting the stage for all human activities on earth. As architects we challenge ourselves to achieve a balance between Responsible Creativity and Creative Responsibility in all our projects to arrive at holistic solutions.”
-Ar. Neelam M anjunath
An Architect, Planner, Activist and Theoretician. Worked with Architects of International repute before starting private practice in Jan 1991 at New Delhi. Shifted practice to Bangalore in 1994. Has undertaken the form of designing and constructing several reputed projects in India and abroad.
My buildings have been judged to be simple and direct solutions of problems concerning the general function of the buildings, its economics, its aesthetical and adaptive to the climate in context.
In my buildings I try to be sympathetic to the immediate environment in terms of climate, statement of the building forms, local and green building materials etc. I believe that a building is a living entity that it has to have a spirit and it should be felt like a living entity by the occupants; forever changing with the seasons.
1980 -1982 – B.sc-PCM -REI College, Dayalbagh, Agra.
1982-1987- B.Arch -Govt. College of Architecture, Lucknow.
2008-2009 - PG Diploma in Theology -Dayalbagh University.
Training programme on Rain water Harvesting issues & Techniques, Bangalore. One day certificate training programme on green buildings & green building rating, IGBC New Delhi. 4-Day Training programme by Gramavidya, On Innovative Construction Technologies with Mud, Bangalore. 4-Day certificate film making course cum workshop at Bangalore.
July 2010 - Summer executive programme on” Media Architecture” at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
July 2010 - “Charrette Training” at Graduate school of design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS :
COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE, NEW DELHI.
INDIAN NATIONAL TRUST FOR ART AND CULTURAL, HERITAGE, NEW DELHI.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, MUMBAI.
FOUNDER AND MANAGING TRUSTEE :
CENTRE FOR GREEN BUILDING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY, Bangalore.
1991—1992 in Private Practice at Delhi.
1992-1993 in Private Practice at Nagpur.
1991-1992 Consultant to Dayalbagh University for university buildings.
1994—to date in private Practice at Bangalore.
BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMITTEES :
Chairman, Exhibition Committee, Co-Chair, Technical Committee Member, Organizing Committee International Bamboo Conclave & Expo - 2014
Member International Technical Committee, World Bamboo Congress 2015
Founding Member and Managing Trustee “Centre for Green Building Materials and Technology”, (CGBMT) Bangalore.
The Social Network for Sustainability: CGBMT, Bangalore since Jun 28, 2007.
Listed in the directory of service providers of NMBA – National Mission for Bamboo Applications, for consultancy services and Research and devilment.
Jury member for Architecture Competitions — Sustainable Living, 2007.
Jury member for Painting Competition — “Walk for Water”-progarmme organized by CGBMT and Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Energy and Development, Bangalore and Karnataka Science Center, GOK, and Biodiversity Foundation ,GOI.
Jury member for graduate thesis at CEPT, Ahmedabad as a Viva-Voce for Masters in Interior Architecture and Design.