Seetharam Vallabhaneni, 2017 (unless otherwise stated)
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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®.
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.
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.
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.
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
Awwwards.com, 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.
Awarded for the project 'Upside Down'.
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
www.udittoshniwal.com (Feb 4th, 2016)
www.seetharamvallabhaneni.com (Feb 8th, 2016)
Guru of the Day
Web Guru Awards, Jan 2016
Merit for Commendable Site
wwwseemless.design (Jan 21st, 2016)
www.kanikaranka.com (Jan 4th, 2016)
Muse Site of the Day
Adobe Muse, Jan 13th 2016