The studio practice of Krishna Bharathi is a flexible platform used to work in multiple object typologies and planning scales with varied collaborators. That means that projects range widely – from architecture, interiors, urban design and long range planning – to research, event programming, strategic communication and consulting. At its core, the studio practice is interdisciplinary.
Having completed separate apprenticeships with a seamstress and horse breeder, Krishna also earned a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Chicago (1997, Honors) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington (2004, Tau Sigma Delta). In 2010 she was awarded research funding by the Norwegian Research Council and The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings, and in 2014 successfully defended her Ph.D. titled, ‘Sustainability in PRACTICE.’
Her doctoral research analyzed how Swiss energy, planning and building policies are impacting its construction and design industries. The specific focus of the study was on institutions and processes of knowledge transfer that foster learning interactions between academic and professional working groups, as well as with the wider public. The fieldwork phase of her research was supported by ETH Zurich.
Awards have included visiting positions at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (2012) and Columbia University in New York (2013). Krishna has also served as a critic for architecture and urban design studios at the University of Washington, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.