Rohit Raj Mehndiratta graduated from School of Architecture CEPT, Ahmedabad, India and received a SMArchS degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) in 2002. Among other accolades, he received the Merit Recognition Award for the years 2000-01 and 2001-02 in M.I.T. His work experience includes an initial training at Frei Otto’s Institute for Light Weight Structure in Stuttgart, Germany. He went on to work for 5 years in New York with Davis Brody Bond (DBB) and Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects (EKLA). In DBB he worked on The World Trade Center Memorial, New York and Nicolas Grimshaw’s Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center in RPI, Troy, NY State.
Vandini Mehta is an architect and independent urban researcher. She received her undergraduate degree from School of Architecture CEPT, Ahmedabad, India (1997) and an MS in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, USA with a specialization in Environmental Design in Developing Countries. With a base in non-profit community based development and architectural work, early in her career at Seva Mandir, Udaipur, she worked for five years in New York. First at McBride & Associate, a small design firm and later at Magnusson Architecture and Planning, a firm specializing in social housing solutions in partnerships with the community and developers, for mixed use and mixed income housing and planning projects.
Studio VanRO is an independent multidisciplinary design and research organization based in New Delhi that works in the domain of architecture, urbanism and art. Founded by Vandini Mehta and Rohit Raj Mehndiratta in 2007 the firm is currently involved in projects of various scales from airports, industrial facilities to smaller non-profit works and interior deisgns. The firm’s work has been widely published, exhibited and awarded. Their project Solar pavilion was nominated for the Aga Khan Award in 2012. Studio VanRO believes in optimized high-design solutions that balance the rigors of functionality with aesthetics that emerges from conceptual play.
Their research interests in urbanism has led presentations in a number of national and international conferences. They have recently co-edited the monograph titled “The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj” published by Park Books, Zurich. Rohit has been a part of expert panel committees on Public Arts initiatives at the Delhi Urban Art Commission while Vandini currently serves on the Executive Council of Seva Mandir. They have both also been actively teaching for the last eight years either at the Urban Design Program of SPA (School of Planning and Architecture), New Delhi or at the Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon.