Mod. works independently and in collaboration with an extended network of individuals and organisations.
Architect and Urban planner. Co-founder of Mod Institute. He is the Managing Partner of Venkataramanan Associates (VA), a renowned 40-year-old Architecture firm based in Bangalore. He graduated in Architecture from the Manipal Institute of Technology, and further education in Project Appraisal and Risk Management from Harvard. Naresh has led the expansion of VA into diversified markets with particular strengths in Research and development, specialized manufacturing, IT business parks, public and institutional buildings, corporate offices and realty. With a sound understanding of global trends in project planning, architectural design, urban design, and infrastructure within a sustainable framework, Naresh also has a keen interest in design theory, economic modelling and information systems. A Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects , as well as a Founder-Member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF), a public-private initiative to address the problems of Bangalore’s infrastructure. He advises urban government agencies on infrastructure development and is also Director of Janaadhar, a Bengaluru based social housing company.
Anne Katrin Fenk
Architect and Urban Designer. Co-founder of Mod Institute. Highly experienced in international research projects on urban design and urban development, especially in Asia. Since 2005 Assistant Professor at the Technical University Berlin. Managed several international research and open space platforms on urban development. Curated several exhibitions on India’s urban landscapes. She is writing her PhD thesis on modernist movement between 1950s and 1960s in India. Since 2000 she regularly worked and conducted studies in India.
A Heritage Conservationist with a background in History. Coming from a humanities background she views cities as an ever evolving tangible manifestation of the intangible cultural processes that is unique to its inhabitant. Hence, she strongly believes that while it is important to design cities for people; the result of the process can be deemed sustainable only when it creates educated, empowered and involved citizens. As a Research Associate at Mod she is exploring this very narrative involving cities and its people.
An architect and urban designer. She has graduated from the RV College of Architecure in Bengaluru and has a postgraduate degree from the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands. Interested in the architectural visualisations of cultural, social and political phenomenon, she believes in constantly exploring new formats of representation and communication that provoke new ways to understand and to design the built environment. As a designer at Mod, she is pursuing this interest, while constantly finding new practices and tools for design.
Architect and urban researcher. Rachel studied architecture at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow and the Berlin School of Art. She is currently writing her PhD thesis “Otto Koenigsberger: Bringing Modernism to India” at the Habitat Unit, TU Berlin. As well as working with German architecture firms, she has curated exhibitions on urban/art issues and created sustainable urban development projects with id22: experimentcity. She has received two INTACH research grants for architectural research in India and is a German management committee member of the “European Architecture Beyond Europe,” an European COST Action ISO904 project.