In 2013 the Indian Institute of Architects elevated
Damyanti Radheshwar to Fellowship for her distinguished career in architecture.
In 2003 the Society of Indo – American Engineers and Architects recognized Damyanti Radheshwar with an award of Architect of the Year.
Damyanti “Damu” Radheshwar has practiced architecture in the in the United States since 1970. After working with various well known architects, last 3 decades with Polshek Partnership, recently name changed to Ennead Architects, Damyanti left the firm to start D Radheshwar Architect, a collaborative practice that continues to work on public projects, explores community engagement and sustainable development in public and private sector.
Damu had the opportunity to work on a broad range of building types of varied scale, from new construction to restoration, renovation, rehabilitation and historic preservation. Her commitment to efficiently integrating technologies, sustainability and conservation in design and construction, has been fundamentally important aspect of her practice. Every project that she was involved in presented a unique set of challenges and opportunities for creative solutions.
Architecture inherently requires the participation of a large number of people from the start of design to the completion of the building. In her practice, Damu has acknowledged and underscored the importance of every participant in the process, each individual recognized as a valued stakeholder in the project’s success. In a mutually respectful environment, engaging in shared goals with clear communication and encouraging feedback, Damu achieves a high level of cooperation throughout the project from client to consultant and construction team. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and has been extensively published in the United States and abroad both in professional as well as in popular press.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Damyanti Radheshwar has been Member of American Institute of Architects since 1977. Over the years, she has been an active member of AIANY; participating in several professional committees: Design Awards, Cultural Affairs, Criminal Justice, Housing and Advocacy. She was involved in organizing, coordinating and contributing towards “Jugaad Urbanism, Resourceful strategies for Indian Cities” symposia, February to May 2011, jointly planned by Center for Architecture, AIANY, and Society of Indo- American Engineers and Architects.
Damyanti Radheshwar is a Life member Society of Indo Americans Engineers and Architects since1988. She was elected to serve on its Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000. During her term as a Director she organized Award, Exhibitions, Lecture Presentations and Continuing Education learning events. She participated in organizing, coordinating and contributing towards “Jugaad Urbanism, Resourceful strategies for Indian Cities” symposia, February to May 2011, jointly planned by Center for Architecture, AIANY, and Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects.
In 2003 the Society of Indo America Engineers and Architects recognized Damyanti with an award of Architect of the Year.
Damyanti Radheshwar is a Life Member of The Institute of Indian Architects. In 2005 she helped organize National Convention of the Indian Institute of Architects taking place in Bangalore.
In 2013 she was elevated to Fellowship of the Indian Institute of Architects.
Damyanti Radheshwar is member of United States Green Building Council since 2008.
CIVIC VOLUNTEERISM AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Believing in transformative power of architecture that it can bring change to communities at every level, when appointed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to Manhattan Community Board 4, from 2009 to 2012, Damyanti took this opportunity to grasp the changing demographics and urbanization in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen area in New York City. As Co-chair on Landmarks Committee, she wrote several letters of comments and recommendation for the proposals of work in the West Chelsea Historic District. She actively participated in Quality of Life and Chelsea, Clinton and Hells Kitchen Zoning Committees. As architect on the committee, Damyanti helped the other members to navigate and understand the salient points of the New York City Zoning resolution, to understand development projects presented to the committee. Development in the Hudson Yards, Expansion of Chelsea Market and Chelsea Hotel were some of the wellknown public projects that came before the committee. She participated in review and recommendation during her tenure on the Community Board.
Presently, Along with the practice of Architecture, and as an extension of her professional work, she is involved in community outreach and participation. She is looking forward to volunteer service as a community liaison and spokesperson for the upcoming new building project for Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library on Long Island, New York.
Working with Art League of Long Island, Damyanti is involved in developing a summer course “Architecture and Spatial Design” for Long Island high school students sharing her knowledge and experience to energize and excite young minds to think visually. This program will be offered in the summer of 2016.
In 2012, Damyanti trained and volunteered as a Docent with Santa Barbara Historic Preservation Trust in Santa Barbara, California.
BUILT X WOMEN NYC 2015
Organized by Beverly Wills Architecture Foundation at Center for Architecture, AIANY.The Exhibition included The Schermerhorn House – Common Ground Community and Pfizer Plant Science Laboratory and International Plant Science Center at the New York Botanical Garden, Damyanti was involved with the projects when working with Polshek Partnership/Ennead Architects.
AAJJAA Centennial Exhibition 2013
Alumni Association of Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India Damyanti submitted a poster highlighting her professional work of three decades
Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects Exhibition 1998
Damyanti organized the first exhibition of work of the Members of the Society in 1998.