Amrita Mahindroo

Amrita Mahindroo – France

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Amrita Mahindroo is an architect, urbanist, and writer holding a B.Arch Hons from the University of Melbourne and Masters in Architecture and Urbanism from the MIT. Amrita is co-founder with Michel Da Costa Goncalves of DROO – Da Costa Mahindroo Architects. By engaging the human within the macro, the studio bridges urban research and design to conceive active built environments during an era of deep social and environmental responsibility. It brings together the complex strata of contexts both intellectual and physical through metrics that we all share. Questioning emerging technologies, environmental and social change in the architect’s cities, DROO works with sensitive, highly contextual projects considering adaptive reuse of heritage structures. Their practice engages with social and climatic sustainability through the notion of time by bridging the dilemma between the urgency imposed by today’s deregulations and the legacy of long-lasting projects to create a durable cultural contribution. This approach seeks to extend the life of existing and future buildings through circular reuse in both material and typological models by layering shared practices and opportunities for change. Looking closely at the social, economic, and political landscapes, each project aims at creating a sense of place where each imbricated scale is an ecosystem of users, situations, and opportunities. Amrita’s research is focused on the implications of the macro on the very tangible questions of the shape of the architect’s cities, architectural tectonics through industry and human experience. She has a breadth of experience in both private and public sector projects with a particular focus on Collective Housing projects, mixed use programs in Hospitality, Contemporary Art Museums and Urban regeneration plans. In parallel with practice, she remains invested in academia through writing and lectures, and has had the opportunity to lecture, teach and publish across the US and Europe.

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