Please tell us about yourself. How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and cool career?
Coming from a family of engineers and architects, I knew what I wanted to become when I grow up! I got admitted to Architecture school and under the guidance of some distinguished professors, I started developing my interest in sustainable architecture. I delved deeper in the vernacular architecture of India varying from Haveli architecture of deserts to stone architecture of timeless monuments spanning throughout the country. I researched how passive design strategies were used in different climatic
regions to keep buildings comfortable and thus ageless.
I worked part-time while studying for my B. Arch and got exposed to various project types. The one I enjoyed working on the most was the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi, India. It was the first-ever
model Green Venue built with the latest green building technologies.
Built over an area of 16,000 square metres, the Thyagaraj Stadium has been built with the latest green building technologies and eco-friendly material. It is the only stadium in the country constructed on the ‘green building’ concept.
Not only the stadium has been constructed using fly-ash bricks, it also boasts of features like water conservation through use of recycled water, rainwater harvesting system The idea behind all of this is to leave behind minimal carbon footprint.
The turbine, which was imported from the United States of America and assembled in Switzerland, costs Rs. 19 crore and piped natural gas (PNG)-run turbines will generate 3.5 megawatt power to run the entire stadium.
Currently solar energy is being used for lighting purposes. Solar energy will also be harnessed and used on a large scale. The broad roof of the stadium (107X185m) enables generation of no less than 1MW of solar energy, which will be used within the building and also put into the grid.
The stadium’s green aspects are several and varied. From specialised double-glazed glasses that allow high light transmission but low heat transmission, to brick walls that have cavity to act as acoustic and thermal barriers – there are several firsts in the stadium.
The sports complex has a parking for 450 vehicles. The multi-purpose Air Conditioned Indoor stadium has a seating capacity of 5,823. The stadium has been built at a cost of approximately Rs. 300 crore.
The stadium would be handed over to the education department after the Common Wealth Games will over, this stadium can be used to host badminton, table tennis, basketball tournaments.
The stadium has even applied for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification. The application is for the gold certification, while the goal is to attain the platinum.
Tell us about your career path
After completing my B. Arch I further wanted to continue my research in Architecture and joined the Master’s program with a focus in Sustainable Design at NJIT where I worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Building Knowledge. I performed an analysis of energy consumption in educational buildings and developed learning modules and web-based tools to analyze and monitor energy usage with ENERGY STAR Benchmarking program.
Currently, I’m working with AECOM as an Architectural Designer focusing on sustainable, transportation and educational projects. With the help and guidance of my co-workers, I focused even more on sustainable design and got LEED and WELL accredited.
What are your future plans?
I strongly believe that we need to act upon the global warming crisis. With the help of sustainable architecture advancements and lessons learned from traditional and vernacular architecture, we can significantly reduce our energy consumption and build a better tomorrow for future generations.