Karthik Ramadurai

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“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 stop at the project boundaries,” suggests Karthik. 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.” Karthik believes in achieving client goals while designing for an improved patient and caregiver experience that focuses on wellness and sustainability. 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.”