Q: Where are you from?
It’s hard to say where exactly I’m from as I moved around a lot. I was born in India but moved to the US when I was a year old. I lived in the South Bay till the end of 7th grade when my family had to move back to India. I was in Hyderabad for 5 years and Chennai for the other 5 before I moved back to the US.

Q: Where did you go to school?
I received my Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai, India.

Q: Tell me about your family.
I am an only child. My parents are from Vizag (a small coastal city in India). My parents were the first in their family to move to the US. My dad is a software engineer, and my mom is an ayurvedic (alternative medicine from India) practitioner. My husband is a first-generation aspiring physician. His husky is the youngest member of my family.

Q: How did you get your start in architecture? What kind of projects are you most drawn to?
When I moved to India, I was intrigued by the rich palatial and temple architecture. I always used to think about how amazing the life of the royals and others living in Palaces would’ve been. When I started architecture school, I learned more about the vernacular architectural styles of India and appreciated the “tropical modernism” style. Looking back, I was always drawn to residential architecture.

Q: What is the last show you binge watched?
I binged season 1 of Lupin, Alice in Borderland, Manifest.

Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?
I started learning to play the violin, in the Indian classical style. I was also able to spend more time experimenting with digital art at the beginning of the pandemic.

Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?
A trip to Norway for the Northern lights, learn to surf, design my own house (even if it’s a weekend house).

Q: Favorite SF hidden gem?
This is definitely not a hidden gem, but I love Strawberry hill at Stow Lake.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?
I love water bodies and would want either a lakefront home or framed ocean views. I always wanted a courtyard to be the central space in my home. I feel they bring in the perfect amount of outdoor into your enclosed/indoor space. I would want an art studio, a large bookcase for my collection of architectural books and fiction novels, and a Chihuly sculpture.

Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?
It’s been a while since I travelled outside of the country, but I’m really looking forward to my trip to Greece next summer. It will be a great mix of architectural sightseeing and relaxing at the beaches.