Keerthana Udaykumar is an Architect with an interest in computational tool development.
In 2016, she graduated with a bachelor of architecture from Anna University (India), earning an honorary mention for a national award for best undergraduate thesis. Drawn to exploring the interrelationships between material and fabrication processes, she received a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture & Digital Fabrication fom ETH Zurich in 2019. Her master’s thesis, entitled Timber_Grammar, is a fabrication-aware design software for the robotic assembly of timber structures, developed in COMPAS.
Alongside the MAS, she was a student assistant for Gramazio Kohler Research, responsible for robotically assembling a scaled model of a timber structure exhibited at the design museum V&A, Dundee.
Working for Biome Environmental solutions in India she gained experience in sustainable urban earth structures with integrated water systems. From 2017 to 2018 she joined Sou Fujimoto Architects in Japan where she worked on projects of varied scales, including institutions, museums and art installations.
Keerthana is a Research assistant at the BRG.