Mr. Ragunath Vasudevan


Company Stadelschule
E-Mail
Phone +49-176-23994314
ZIP & city 60594 Frankfurt am Main
Address Floersheimer Strasse 4
Projects

Portrait

Professional Experience:

2006-2007
Vacation job as architect with CORNELSEN+SEELINGER ARCHITEKTEN, Darmstadt, Germany. Involved in 3 different projects during the short terms of employments between February 2006 – April 2006, July 2006 – September 2006, February 2007 – April 2007.

Projects involved:
1. Vivico Lehter Stadtquartier Info Pavilion, Berlin, Germany.
Worked on working drawings and details.
2. Massivholzwerk 3, Pollmeier Co. & KG, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany.
Worked on working drawings and details, including site meetings.
3. Gaestehaus, Pollmeier Co. & KG, Creuzburg, Thuringen, Germany.
Worked on working drawings and details. Designed and executed a parametric surface covering of steel sheets for a heating system.

2003-2005
Project Architect with UTTAM JAIN ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS, Mumbai, India.
Involved in various capacities on different aspects of architecture in the following major projects:
1. Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering & Technology, Yavatmal, India.
Worked on design, execution and working details.
2. Jawaharlal Darda Hostels, Yavatmal, India. Worked on design & presentation of the proposal. (Project unrealised).
3. Lokmat Newspapers Printing Press, Nagpur, India. Worked on the design, execution, working details and was main Project Architect towards the end phase, responsible for certifying work executed on site.
4. Umaid Heritage Master Plan, Jodhpur, India. Devised a system to mark out the road layout on a contoured site.
5. Hospital at Panthawada, Gujarat, India. Worked on the design, execution and working details. Architect-in-charge of the project.
6. Aga Khan School, Mundra, Gujarat, India. Worked on the design, tender formulation, working details and execution. Architect-in-charge of the project.
7. Nizwa University Design Proposal, Oman.
8. Sagar Sangeet, interior design of a flat in Mumbai.

Academic Qualification:

2005-2007
Post graduate Master of Arts (Advanced Architectural Design) from the
Staedelschule Architecture Class (Ben van Berkel Class),
Staatliche Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

2004-2005
TestDaF with an aggregate grade of 4 out of 5 (very good) and the
Zertifikat Deutsch with a grade “good” by the Goethe Institute, Mumbai.

1998-2003
Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch) (First class with honours) from the
University of Mumbai at the L.B.Hiray College of Architecture, Mumbai.

Competitions:

2007
Best Presentation for the Staedelschule Architecture Class in “Quo Vadis, Kultur Rhein Main?” by the Frankfurter Kultur Komitee (FRAKK).

2002
“21st Century Human Settlement” Design Competition by EAROPH. One of 3 best entries to represent India at the final all Asian level.

2000
Design competition for a Vocational Entrepreneurship Institute for the Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, Mumbai.

1999
First Prize in “Environment Improvement” - Project ‘Market Places’ by the
Anjuman-e-Hamidi Foundation for architecture schools in Mumbai (Bombay).
The NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture, in India) holds an annual convention where architecture colleges from India present their work as team projects.

NASA 2001 (New Bombay)
1. Team coordinator - G.Sen Design Trophy.
2. Assistant team coordinator - Nari Gandhi Design Analysis Trophy - Citation award.

NASA 2000 (Amritsar)
1. Team coordinator - G.Sen Design Trophy - Special mention.
2. Assistant team coordinator - Nari Gandhi Design Analysis Trophy - Citation award.
3. Annual Design Competition - ‘City within a structure of the future’ - Special mention.
4. On-the-Spot Design competition - “Architecture in the year 3000” - First Prize.

NASA 1999
1. Participated in the team project for the G.Sen Design Trophy.

Exhibitions:

2007
1. Guest artist - “Bombay Connections” by Sandip Shah as part of the “Bewohnte Kunst Installation” (bKi) in Darmstadt from 21st October 2007 to 15th February 2008. Contributions include panoramas and photographs of Bombay’s urban landscape. www.bewohnte-kunst-installation.de
2. Rundgang Staedelschule February 2007. Photographs from the series “Nature-Structure” exhibited. Video project “Natural Dialectics” and installation “Culture Proposal” with Michael Eddy (Simon Starling Class) of the Staedelschule.

2006
1. Solo exhibition of photographs of India in the premises of “TaylorWessing” at
Senckenberganlage 20-22, Frankfurt am Main, 5th October 2006 to 28th October 2006. The exhibition was a satellite event of the “Frankfurter Buchmesse 2006” (Guest country – India).
2. Class exhibition of study models at Gallerie Krings Ernst in Cologne, May-August 2006.
3. Rundgang Staedelschule February 2006. Study models of the Architecture Class.

Lectures & Seminars:
1. “What they hate about today’s world of design”. Panel member in a discussion moderated by Mel Byars at DesignMai 2007 in Berlin. Other panel members - Sophie Lovell (Berlin based design journalist & editor of “Wallpaper” magazine), Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (“designswarm”, interactive and industrial
designer), Georg-Christof Bertsch (Bertsch Brand Counsulting, Frankfurt/Main).
2. “Architektur aufs Dach der Welt” on the architecture of Ladakh (India) in the offices of Cornelsen+Seelinger Architekten, Darmstadt on 5th May 2006.
3. “Architecture at the Rooftop of the World” on the architecture of Ladakh (India) in L.B.Hiray College of Architecture, Mumbai on 31st October 2004.

Language Proficiency:
English, German, Hindi, Tamil (mother tongue), Marathi.

Other Activities & Interests:
Wildlife Photography (Birds, Insects and Trees), Architectural Photography, Macro-photography.
Recent photography work can be seen at - http://www.flickr.com/photo/ragunath/
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics (classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, relativity theory), interested in the link between natural sciences and architecture.
Classical music (Violin), Stone Lithography and Direct-to-Plate Lithography, trekking and traveling places.
Student Assistant (Architecture Class) (2006-2007) for the 3D Rapid Prototyping machine in the Staedelschule and responsible for developing systems to maintain and supervise the functioning of the machine.
Student Representative (2006-2007) for the student body at the Staedelschule and responsible in organizing various events in the school. This also involved representing the students during a private visit in May 2007, of the Finance Minister of Germany, Mr. Peer Steinbrueck to the school and to explain to him various aspects of work carried out in the school including a demonstration of direct-to-plate Lithography and of the process of 3D Rapid Prototyping.

Translated the website content of a Frankfurt based architecture studio “architektei mey” from German to English. (http://www.architektei-mey.de/gb_index.htm)