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Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha
Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha have focused their artistic and design expertise for the past decade on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Rio Grande, and Bangalore. They believe that landscapes are shifting, living material phenomena that demand an attitude of negotiation rather than unilateral control. Their mission is to create the ground for this attitude in design through innovative modes of visual representation.

Anuradha is an architect and landscape architect. She is Associate Chair, Landscape Architecture Department, University of Pennsylvania. She has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad. Dilip is an architect and planner. He is faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley, Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Housing from SPA, New Delhi, and Bachelor of Architecture from Bangalore University.

Ed Purver
Ed Purver is an installation artist who integrates digital media into spatial design, both physical and virtual, bringing narrative and character both to the physical structures that shape our urban landscapes, and to the information architecture that carves out our digital lives. A graduate of Oxford University and New York University, Ed is currently creating a site-specific public artwork for the Liverpool Biennial (UK), is a recent grantee of the Franklin Furnace Fund for his public artwork “A Show Of Hands”, and is a frequent collaborator with Leni Schwendinger Light Projects, among others. Ed is a winner of the Digital Incubator award (MTVu), and is founder of, a website that facilitates the exchange of gifts between strangers.

ARUP, Engineering Consultants

Mahadev Raman, Principal Mechanical Engineer
Mahadev is a mechanical engineer and serves on Arup’s main Board of Directors. He has been in professional practice for over 30 years, providing engineering design leadership for multi-disciplinary teams on a wide variety of projects worldwide. He has particular expertise in the design of sustainable, high performance, and energy efficient buildings, and has pioneered the use of sophisticated analytical techniques to improve the performance of low-energy designs.

Selected projects include the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, Simmons Hall at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United Nations Capital Master Plan, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York, Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Corning Glass Center in Corning, NY, The Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and the Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy.

Mr. Raman is a member of the faculty of Princeton University School of Architecture, a director of the Architectural League of New York, and a member of the Advisory Council for the AIA Center for Architecture. Recent public speaking engagements include a keynote address at the esim conference for the Canadian Chapter of International Building Performance Simulation Association (May 2008), a presentation for the Ecological Urbanism Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (April 2009), and an address to the AIA National Convention in San Francisco (May 2009).

Cameron Thomson, LEED AP, Sustainability Consultant
Cameron is a sustainability consultant at the design firm Arup. He develops sustainable solutions for buildings, major infrastructure, masterplanning and corporate governance projects. Cameron is focused on driving down the carbon footprint on all of his projects and has developed several Green House Gas inventories and action plans for to help organizations understand and reduce their impact on climate change. He is currently developing a Sustainability Plan for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a site that was devastated by floods in 2008. He has developed Sustainability Guidelines to integrate Sustainability into two major New York waterfront projects, East River Waterfront and Hunter’s Point South. Cameron is also coordinating a Sustainable master plan for Xochimilco Park in Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is threatened by water pollution and urban sprawl.

Margaret Garcia, Civil Engineer
Margaret is a civil engineer in Arup’s New York office. She is experienced in stormwater, rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment and water masterplanning. She has been involved in many stages of the design process from site investigation and data interpretation, grading and drainage design to site wide masterplanning in projects throughout the world. She has also worked with Engineers without Borders in Honduras and Peru.

Varanesh Singh, PE Senior Transportation Engineer
Varanesh Singh is a Senior Transportation Engineer with Arup. His focus combines areas of traffic and civil engineering, with a concentration in vehicular movement analysis. He has worked on projects ranging from traffic calming to capacity analyses and utility relocation design to pedestrian movement. He specializes in microsimulation models, traffic capacity studies, parking studies, and geometric alignments, and has worked with the implications of security on civil design. Varanesh often takes on projects in pre-design stages, requiring that studies be conducted under a fast paced schedule in order to facilitate movement to the design phase.

Additional Thanks

nARCHITECTS also thanks Matthew Herman, Associate at Buro Happold.