Samira graduated from the Sir. J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1986 and soon after completed her Master in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign in 1988. She has worked with Don Wald and Associates and Ratan Batliboi before starting her own partnership firm RLC in 1995. In 1996, she organised her solo furniture exhibit ‘Liasons de Formes’.
In 2000, she founded her solo practice Samira Rathod Design Associates, which has grown over the years. She was involved in furniture design under Transforme Designs until 2003. She is the editor and creator of SPADE and founder and director of SPADE INDIA RESEARCH CELL which candidly deliberates, investigates and researches the condition and impact of design in India. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Kamala Raheja Institute of Architecture in Mumbai and has been invited to be a part of juries and panels all over the country and abroad.
Prem Chandavarkar is the managing partner of CnT Architects: an award-winning and widely published architectural practice based in Bengaluru, India. He received his training at School of Planning and Architecture Delhi (B.Arch., 1978) and University of Oregon USA (M.Arch., 1982).
He is a former Executive Director of Srishti School of Art Design & Technology in Bengaluru. He is an academic advisor and guest faculty at Indian and international colleges of architecture. Besides his design practice at CnT, he writes and lectures on architecture, urbanism, art, cultural studies and education.
Mahesh Radhakrishnan is the founding partner of MOAD – The Madras Office for Architects and Designers. Mahesh received his bachelors degree from National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirapalli and was an urban research scholar at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Germany. He teaches as visiting faculty for the postgraduate and undergraduate programs at the School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai. He has been a guest critic at the University of Sydney and New South Wales and several other architecture schools in Chennai. He is also involved with Urban Design Collective (UDC), a non-profit organization that works as a collaborative platform towards the creation of livable & sustainable cities through community engagement.