Student
Mona VijayKumar

Areas of Interest
Building Materials, Climate Change, Community Planning and Economic Development, Food Systems, Landscape Architecture and Natural Systems, Regeneration, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Sustainability, Urban Agriculture, Water Conservation

Education

2014 - 2019
Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University
2020 - 2022
Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS), Urbanism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Experience

2020 - Present
Graduate Community Fellow, MIT

Professional Experience

2018 - 2018
Architectural Intern, Junya Ishigami and Associates, Tokyo, Japan
2017 - 2018
Architectural Intern, Atto Atelier, Bengaluru, India
2017 - 2017
Architectural Intern, Architecture Brio, Mumbai, India

Awards

2020 - 2020
JK AYA Best Architecture Student of the Year , Council of Architecture, India
2020 - 2020
International Finalist, TUBE 8x8x300, Underground passageway renewal design competition
2019 - 2019
Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Thesis (Zonals), Council of Architecture, India
2018 - 2018
National Finalist (Top 20), Eyes on the canal, 'Reimagining Chennai's Buckingham Canal' by GIZ, idea competition
2018 - 2018
International Finalist (Top 5), Thinking hand- Non profit organization, Furniture design competition
2017 - 2017
National Winner, Enceladus award, Institutional building category
2016 - 2016
Winners (zonals), Transparence design competition by Ethos
2016 - 2016
National Finalist (Top 10), Gwalior re-invent design competition by Indian Institute of Architects
2016 - 2016
National Runner-up, Re-thinking traffic island design competition by Indian Institute of Architects
2015 - 2015
Jury commendation, IGBC National Green design competition by Ethos
2014 - 2019
M.G.R scholarship for academic performance, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University

Exhibitions

2019 - 2019
'An Urban Room- Empowering street children', Undergraduate architecture thesis, Exhibited at the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India
2018 - 2018
'Eri- A vernacular water harvesting system', Research project, Exhibited and presented for the Laurie Baker Centenary Event in Chennai, India
2017 - 2017
'Home for birds, a paradigm shift', Exhibited at Association of Siamese Architects in Bangkok, Thailand