Shikha Doogar // founding partner

Founding Partner, r+d studio (www.rdstudio.net)
Visiting Faculty, Sushant School of Art & Architecture
MSAAD, Columbia University, City of New York
MArch, M. S. University, Baroda, India

Shikha Doogar co-founded r+d studio, r + d studio a Delhi NCR and Dubai based Design collaboration dedicated to innovation in architectural practice through exploration of process and production.

A practising architect for 15 years, Shikha spent over 4 years of her career as a Project Architect and Senior Job Captain at Gehry Partners, where she worked alongside world renowned architect Frank Gehry & his design partner Craig Webb in developing a process and formal language of architecture through rationalization of complex design ideas.

During her tenure there, Shikha lead and co-teamed many noteworthy projects that range from Brooklyn Atlantic Yards proposal and Lehi Master plan involving over 8 million sq ft of built space to designing a play space for children at Battery Park. Her project New World Symphony, Miami, an experimental music venue, on which she played a key role, and has received rave reviews from world’s leading architects and critics.

Prior to Gehry Partners, Shikha worked as the lead designer on many of the residential towers that dot the Manhattan skyline, while working at Costas Kondylis and partners. Shikha set up her practice r+d studio in 2008 in India. She also holds a visiting faculty position at Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon, India.

 

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Shridhar Rao //  partner

Partner, r+d studio (www.rdstudio.net)
Visiting Faculty, Sushant School of Art & Architecture
MSAAD, Columbia University, City of New York
MArch, M. S. University, Baroda, India

Shridhar Rao has over 15 years of experience in the field of architecture. During his tenure at Gehry Partners, Shridhar worked on many noteworthy projects that range from 6,500sqm Museum Fondation Louis Voiutton, Lehi MasterPlan, a 40,000sqm Gugenheim Abu Dhabi. His project Brooklyn Atlantic Yards Masterplan over 22 acres got implemented in the New York City planning design guidelines.

Prior, to his time at Gehry Partners, Shridhar worked on many mixed use and commercial projects with NBBJ in New York such as Fairfield Metro Center which involves redevelopment of a brownfield site with offices, hotel, retail and commuter terminal; Al Babtain Tower in Kuwait, The Sail Residences in Singapore, Yanlord Plaza Mixed Use in Chengdu.

In 2009, Shridhar moved to India to join Studio U+A, where he grounded his Indian experience by leading large scale high end residential projects like Vatika Sovereign Next and mixed-use retail and office complexes like Vatika Town Square in Manesar, Gurgaon.  Shridhar Rao co-founded r+d studio, r + d studio a Delhi NCR and Dubai based Design collaboration dedicated to innovation in architectural practice through exploration of process and production.

Shridhar holds a visiting faculty position at Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon, India.

 

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