Karthik Ramadurai

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“Doctors take the Hippocratic oath; I believe the time has come to hold architects to the same level of responsibility,” suggests Karthik. “I seek to create resilient designs that do no harm—designs that respond and give back to the community and earth in some way. Our work as designers does not have to stop at the project boundaries.” That means ensuring projects are “relevant to their context,” he explains, “whether that involves minimizing carbon footprint, exploring alternative methods to generate power, preserving on-site wetlands, or providing a space for a farmer’s market in a food desert.” He loves "leading large, complex, multidisciplinary design teams that must answer to a lot of different stakeholders." An avid runner, Karthik tries to complete at least four marathons a year, “so I am constantly in training mode, dreaming about my long runs on Saturday morning.”