Srinivas M. Rao, AIA, LEED AP

Srinivas Rao is an architect, urban designer, and a building scientist. He grew up in India where he got his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Nagpur University. Raised in a culture where humans and nature coexist in interesting ways, his bachelor's thesis in the late eighties studied tribal habitats of Central India to understand the mechanism of achieving a symbiotic relationship with nature. In an attempt to decipher the science behind this relationship, he moved to the United States to continue his graduate studies. In 1989, he joined the University of Southern California where he completed his Masters in Building Science. His on-going work has been published at international conferences, and has been at the forefront of innovative sustainable planning & design.

In the early nineties, while working with the Los Angeles based AVA, Inc., Mr. Rao worked on various transit projects in Los Angeles (MTA) & Puerto Rico (Tren Urbano). Later he moved to the Los Angeles based firm, Johnson Fain, where he was involved in a wide range of projects of varying scale and complexity. Here, he played a crucial role in bringing about a major ‘digital revolution’ in design at a time when technology meant occasional use of Autocad for drafting. Some of his noteworthy projects include the Development Plan for the Central Business District of Beijing in China, Redevelopment Plan for Mission Bay in San Francisco that won the National AIA, Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, and Master Plan for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, California. Subsequently, as a Senior Associate, he was instrumental in winning several prestigious international design awards for the firm.

He has been an advocate of interdisciplinary approach to design where the lines between planning, urban design, architecture and engineering all fuse into one unified approach to the design of human habitat at large. He believes that an interdisciplinary approach is the key to innovation, holistic design, and sustainability.