Seetharam Vallabhaneni, 2017 (unless otherwise stated)

About Me

I am an aspiring Architect with special interest in interdisciplinary design. I design provocatively optimistic spaces and experiences that challenge preconceived notions and value interaction with users. I am passionate about enabling meaningful exchanges between social and natural environments through responsible, contemplative design solutions that are informed by both vernacular knowledge and modern technology.

Personal Statement

Design for me is a way to break free from the conventional wisdom or thoughts that are an integral part of society. It gives me the opportunity to question everything and the freedom to explore. Most importantly it gives me the opportunity to try and to fail. What I love about this field is that it gives my work an opportunity to touch numerous lives and make a meaningful contribution. The most challenging thing for me is the responsibility that comes along with it - to the people, but more importantly towards the environment and how to enable meaningful interactions between the two and create mutually beneficial ecosystems.


I firmly believe that there are no fixed disciplines in this world today. I try to incorporate this fluidity in my work; be it in terms of material choices, ideas or inspirational sources. I am interested in exploring the interdisciplinary nature of today’s world and pushing the boundaries of what is possible through exploration, experimentation and collaboration. I also find the notion of vernacular vs contemporary very primitive and believe that best solutions can be achieved by learning from our past and combining that knowledge with the latest technology.


Materials, forms, phenomena, colors, textures or various combinations of these elements act as the language through which I express my Ideas. My interest in material exploration allows me to understand the material I am working with better and know its inherent properties. Later, these properties and the way materials interact with their environment translate into a key element of my design itself. I strive to find seamless answers to questions posed by our evolving lifestyles - from the opaque, clarity and rule driven post industrial era to the translucent, more organic and fluid present. I love exploring the possibilities of combining different materials, techniques and phenomena and applying them in unconventional ways to achieve my goals. Most of my work involves remixing these different elements and their contexts as we know them to come up with sustainable solutions that better serve our contemporary lifestyles and improve users’ experiences.


I also use other forms of expression like writing, installations, photography and graphic design to tell my stories.



Chicago Architecture Biennial


Model Making Volunteer, 2017

Recently worked on the final touches of PRODUCTORA'S Legacy Tower proposal for the 2017 Biennial.

Dear Design,

Chicago Design Museum

Personal portfolio, 2017

Copy writing, Layouts, Editorial Design.

Exhibit Design Intern, 2017 May - August

Worked on some interior architectural solutions.

Conceptualized the museum's participation in 'Chicago's Halloween Gathering'.

Designed & prototyped props for the same.

Opaque. Transparent. Translucent

Academic Paper, 2016

Thoughts on spatial permeability in contemporary sacred architecture.

Published on Academia.


Founder + Designer, 2015

Designed websites, logos, business cards for students and upcoming businesses.

Proposed a branding identity package for Silver Oaks School.

Boundaries of Syllabus

TEDx Talk, 2012

Was invited to speak on the topic Sustainable Education for a Sustainable Society.

SMG Design

Architectural Intern, 2015 March - June

Created presentations, storyboards,  program outlines, schematic drawings, 3D models and digital renders

Also worked on edits for construction documents (AutoCAD) of ongoing projects


Silver Oaks International School


Graphic Designer, 2013

Designed large format prints, magazine layouts and notebook covers.

Designed the school's annual assessment booklet for students titled - 'Yardsticks'.

Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Rhino Vault, KUKA | prc, Fusion 360, Maxwell Studio, AutoCAD

Illustrator, Photoshop, Muse, inDesign, Premiere, After Effects

C++, HTML,  Java Script, Arduino

Dhama innovations


Product Design Intern, 2011 May - August

Designed an indicator jacket and few speakers made out of recycled materials.

Worked with wearable electronics and globally patented CryothermicTM Nanotechnology called ClimaCon®.

Model making, Prototype fabrication, Wood & Metal fabrication, Large format printing, Editorial design, Circuit designing + building


Laser cutting, 3D printing, Robotic hot wire cutting, Heat pressing


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Bachelor of Fine Art, 2012-2017

Worked on various projects dealing with temporary pavilions, interior urbanism, urban infills, and infrastructure.

Proposed, fabricated and exhibited art installations and designed objects.

Architectural association

Diploma in Robotic Fabrication & Digital Modeling, 2016

Parametrically designed a Pavilion and collectively fabricated a 1:1 final model using a KUKA robotic arm and foamcore modules.

ESADE University


Summer Business School, 2015

Studied Entrepreneurship, Project management, Design thinking and Marketing.

Learnt to create rudimentary business plans, effective elevator pitches & funding proposals, and marketing presentations.

Two Towers

Chicago Architectural Biennial, 14th September 2017

Part of the team that worked on PRODUCTORA's proposal for the 'Vertical City' exhibit which is on display at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Design possibilities on Cermak


Group Exhibition, 2017

Year end exhibition of projects done for Paola Aguirre's Architecture studio 4 which featured 'Giga Village'.

Merit for Commendable Site

Fluid Interfaces, 19th June 2017

Adobe design achievement awards

Group Exhibition, 2017

Showcased an installation titled 'Unwrapping the fourth vernacular' that challenges viewer's perception of materials and encourages them to re-imagine materials as high performing territories.

Semi-Finalist, 2017

Awarded for the project 'Upside Down'.

Punching Baguette


HKS Design Fellowship, 2017

Recognized for my work and selected as a HKS Design Fellow for the year of 2017.

SAIC ArtBash, 2013

Was one of the 10 faculty nominations from my section of first year core studio.

Showcased a video installation 'Punching Baguette',  the piece is an exploration of stimulus & response.

Website Design Awards

Website of the Day, 2016 (Feb 4th, 2016) (Feb 8th, 2016)

Guru of the Day

Web Guru Awards, Jan 2016

Merit for Commendable Site, 2016 (Jan 21st, 2016) (Jan 4th, 2016)

Muse Site of the Day

Adobe Muse, Jan 13th 2016 (


Personal Statement



Seetharam Vallabhaneni