Real change happens when people who need it lead it. A barrier to this is the gap between visual tools and the people they serve. I believe that as designers, it's our responsibility to involve communities and design for reflecting their voices.
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Vrinda joined MASS in 2017 and is based in Poughkeepsie Office. She was born and raised in India and is passionate about amplifying the strength of communities for collective empowerment. Before joining MASS, she received her Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). She was deeply inspired by the local initiatives within the community during the Fall Design Studio focused on Poughkeepsie and decided to return to the community to work with them. She has contributed in various local projects in Poughkeepsie including Trolley Barn, an adaptive reuse community art space and FallKill, an inclusive creek revitalization project. Her work at MASS has developed her design skills to reinforce social roots by involving the community in the discourse of design.
Prior to the U.S. chapter, she has worked in India and holds a Bachelors in Architecture from Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, India.