The studio practice of Krishna Bharathi is a flexible platform used to work in multiple object typologies and planning scales with many different collaborators. That means that projects range widely – from architecture, interiors, construction management, urban design and long range planning – to research, strategic communication and consulting, event programming, installations, and artwork.
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). Additionally, Krishna was awarded research funding in 2010 by the Norwegian Research Council, and in 2014 successfully defended her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
In Scandinavia, Krishna’s research was jointly supported by NTNU’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and the Norwegian Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings. Her research focused on institutions and processes of knowledge transfer that foster learning interactions between academic and professional working groups, as well as with the general public. Her case study research was conducted within the contemporary milieu of Swiss sustainable design and building practice, and the fieldwork phase of her research was financially 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.
Krishna Bharathi design studio is currently located in Zurich.