Ms. Sannihita Takkallapalli
Specialization: Art and Architectural History
Home institution in US: At-Large, Mississippi
Host Institution in India: Centre for the Science and Technology for Rural Development, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Sannihita Takkallapalli earned an M.Arch from University of California (UC), Berkeley and a B.S.Arch from the University of Virginia. As a student, she also studied architecture in Japan and Italy, and did an externship at the Rural Studio in Alabama. Her graduate dissertation, entitled “Domestic space under market capitalism in Bangalore” was supported by a fellowship from the UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. As an architect with Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco, Ms. Takkallapalli worked on many of the firm’s important civic and affordable housing projects that have received regional and national recognition for design excellence, historic preservation and sustainability. She balances her work as an architect with her sadhana of music--she is trained as a Hindustani classical vocalist.

Ms. Takkallapalli’s Fulbright research project, “Affordable Housing Technologies in India: Integrating Vernacular Building Craft with Globalized Production Systems,” will allow her to join experienced architects working collaboratively with teams of engineers and master craftspeople to study the following aspects as they apply to affordable housing: How are local materials (vernacular) being used along with more industrial products like concrete, steel, glass, etc.? How are high-tech engineered systems combined with low-tech building crafts? How does a process of flexible and continual on-site problem solving among architects, engineers, master craftsmen and owners create opportunities for affordability? How are the local building craftspeople adapting their traditional building crafts to keep pace with imported modular and prefab models?