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DIVYARAJSINH RANA

ARCHITECT | TRANSITION DESIGNER | RESEARCHER 

“We can only live the changes we wish to see; we cannot think our way to humanity. Every one of us, and every group with which we live and work, must become the model of the era which we desire to create.”

          -Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich's quote, which offers a means for reimagining and reconstructing a desirable future by choosing a life of action over a life of consumption, resonates with me as a designer. My practice as an architect turned transition designer has evolved from crafting experiences in physical spaces to experiences in digital spaces, all while being rooted in the fact of living in a time of transition, with large-scale macro shifts occurring across natural ecosystems as well as human societies. Finishing my MDes in 2022 in Reimagining Transitions, I am currently pursuing my PhD in "Reimagining Transitional Spaces: Digitally Archiving Transitional Experiences at an intersection of Architecture and Nature in Bhal region of India.” To me, being a transition designer implies embracing multiple values, perspectives, disciplines, and narratives; thus, my research-based design practice is transdisciplinary, at the confluence of architecture, nature, archiving, and digital technology. I believe that new emerging technologies have the potential to be a change agent in establishing a new system for bringing about societal changes towards more sustainable and interconnected futures. Thus, as a transition designer, I thrive to explore digital technology for its potential to provide an alternative to the current environmental and sociocultural crises and transitions.

ABOUT
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01 SKILL SET

MY KNOWLEDGE LEVEL IN SOFTWARES

Adobe Photoshop

75%

Adobe Indesign

85%

Adobe XD

65%

Figma

50%

MS Office

60%

Autocad/Archicad

75%

MY KNOWLEDGE LEVEL IN DESIGN & RESEARCH

Secondary Research

85%

Primary Research

75%

UI/UX Design 

65%

Architectural Design 

85%

SKILL SET
PORTFOLIO

02 PORTFOLIO

ILLUSTRATING PRACTICE
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03 Experience

October 2022 Onwards

PhD

Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Reimagining Transitional Spaces: Digitally Archiving Transitional Experiences at an intersection of Architecture & Nature in Bhal region of India

August 2022 - Current

Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Faculty

Information Art & Information Design Practices, Earth Education & Communication, Reimagining Transitions

June 2021 - November 2021

Living Midnight Narrative Outfit

Research Intern & Associate

Sites of Indie-Futurisms: Traditional Board Games of India

Graham Foundation Grant Project

June 2020 - June 2022

Master of Design

Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Reimagining Transitions

January 2020 - May 2020

SAL School of Architecture

Assistant Professor
Studio- Working Drawings, History & Humanities

January 2018 - December 2019

I.D.E.A., Indus University

Teaching Assistant

Studio- Working Drawings, Studio- People & Place

May 2019

Resting Place Art Installation

Production Design Assistant
Abhivyakti: City Arts Project 

January 2019 Onwards

Scan the World- India

Founder & Project Director

Digitally Archiving Cultural Objects

July 2018 - December 2018

Leo Pereira Architect

Junior Architect

Architectural Design Projects 

June 2016 - December 2016

Leo Pereira Architect

Student Intern

Architectural Design Projects

May 2016

I.D.E.A. Research Cell

Student Editor

The Tropical Wisdom: Contemporary Sri Lankan Architecture

June 2013 - June 2018

Bachelor of Architecture

I.D.E.A., Indus University

Architectural Studies

CONTACT

Email: rana.divyaraj@yahoo.in

Phone: +91 7567565773

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