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Architecture Talent Spotlight #08: Amritha Murali
July 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM
by Vaishnavi More
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Archslate: Tell us a little bit about your background and what made you choose Architecture

Amritha Murali: I have always had a penchant for design, sketching, and craftworks since my childhood. The constant propensity towards this field could be owed a little to my inquisitive nature as I tend to question the origin and making of things trying to understand them. Every design is unique and interesting because it poses a constant change according to individual perception and solving it opens up new possibilities that help in achieving the best output. Though I am the first-generation Architect in my family, my unrelenting passion stimulated an interest to pursue further studies in order to be able to make a mark in this field.

Archslate: What are some of your biggest achievements?

Amritha Murali: My biggest achievement to date would be my Masters’ thesis. I struggled a lot to bring the concept into a physical form that can serve as an example for projects with similar ideas and theories.

"Though I am a first-generation Architect in my family, my unrelenting passion stimulated an interest to pursue further studies in order to be able to make a mark in this field."

Archslate: What types of projects do you see yourself working on?

Amritha Murali: I would like to work on projects that push the limits of the human mind. I love to be a part of a futuristic project even if at the conceptual level. My Masters' thesis is an example of that. It's titled “Entering the Symbiocene.” I also would love to work on projects that closely reflect the culture and context of its locality and spaces that bring meaning to people’s lives. An example of that is my undergraduate thesis.

"entering the symbiocene"

Archslate: How do you describe your design style as an architect?

Amritha Murali: My projects are closely connected to nature, context, culture, and the people. They try to push the limitations of existing technology and knowledge.

Archslate: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Amritha Murali: I would love to design, lead and see the completion of a project that can make an impact on the lives of people and the world.

"I am looking for a firm where I can learn and grow as an architect in all aspects. A firm that does not fear to break boundaries and is willing to go extra for the success of the project. Practically finding a firm according to my aspirations is very difficult."

Archslate: Which is your most favorite project in your portfolio and why?

Amritha Murali: That would be one of the Masters’ projects which is an elementary school in China. The aim was to design a school that would negotiate between urban and rural so that the boundary between these two spaces became a space in itself.

school of architecture, san antonio, TX

Archslate: When searching for internships or jobs, what are you looking for?

Amritha Murali: I am looking for a firm where I can learn and grow as an architect in all aspects. A firm that does not fear to break boundaries and is willing to go extra for the success of the project.

Archslate: What are some of the hurdles that you’ve always faced for securing the right job for you?

Amritha Murali: Practically finding a firm according to my aspirations is very difficult. And even if I find one, there are no openings for fresh graduates without much experience.

"A firm that does not fear to break boundaries and is willing to go extra for the success of the project. Some firms which I admire the most include Renzo Piano Building Workshop: RPBW Architects, BIG, and Studio Gang. "

Archslate: Which firms do you admire the most that make it to your list of ‘Dream job’ 

Amritha Murali: Some firms which I admire the most include Renzo Piano Building Workshop: RPBW Architects, BIG, and Studio Gang. The projects they are working on currently are amazing.

Check out Amritha's Portfolio on Archslate here

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