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The Anganwadi Project would not be possible without the passionate, talented and dedicated Australian architect volunteers who give their time and skills to make this project happen and to make the lives our anganwadi children just that little bit brighter. The children of the anganwadis and surrounding community thank you.
Leanne is a registered Architect in Victoria, Australia and forms part of the TAP 2017 Team working on the Design and Construction of Bholu 16.
After completing degrees in Planning & Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture at The University of Melbourne and gaining work experience
in Melbourne Australia, she has spent recent years working abroad in London (UK), volunteering in Cusco (PERU) and interning and building Earthships at the Greater World Community in Taos, NM (USA) and in Kapita (MALAWI).
Her interests and passions lie in Environmental and Humanitarian Architecture which have led her to travel widely, broadening and experiencing first-hand a diverse range of cultures, natural and urban landscapes and architectural works.
Leanne’s motivation for joining TAP is inspired by her belief that education has the power to break the cycle of poverty and create real sustainable change, not only for the children but for their families and for their communities. She is looking forward to using the skills and knowledge gained through her own education to ‘pay it forward’ to those less fortunate.
Lorenzo joined The Anganwadi Project in 2016 to work on the construction of Bholu 14.
Lorenzo is an Italian architecture undergraduate from Politecnico di Milano. His passion for traveling brought him to have several experiences around Europe, India, South Africa and Australia, working on a different range of projects.
Since his first visit to India, he wanted to focus his work and personal research into slum development and sustainability. Enlightened by the TAP experience, he hopes one day to be working on inclusive and eco-friendly projects.
Lorenzo was very excited about working with TAP and Manav Sadhna, mingling with the Ghandi Vas settlement and teaching geography in Tekro community center.
Gemma joined The Anganwadi Project is 2014 to work on the the design and construction of Bholu 14.
Gemma is an architect with experience leading large teams on complex commercial, residential and education projects. Formerly Associate Director of Wood/Marsh Architecture in Melbourne, she has fourteen years experience working in architectural practices in Australia and Denmark. She has led and been a team member in projects which have been recognised by Australian Institute of Architects design awards and has also twice served as a jury member for the AIA. Gemma is a mentor through the National Association of Women in Construction and a regular critic at university level. In 2014 Gemma trained with the International Federation of the Red Cross in Shelter Co-ordination in Natural Disasters and is passionate about the application of architecture for humanitarian and development purposes.
Gemma was particularly drawn to The Anganwadi Project as the project has a direct impact on increasing opportunities for children to access health and education services. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with The Anganwadi Project and to add to the contributions made over the last 7 years by other Australian architects, Bholu, Manav Sadhna and the local Indian community.
Janelle is a Registered Architect from Queensland in Australia with over 9 years industry experience. She has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture and a Masters of Architecture with Griffith University.
Janelle’s passionate interest in the philanthropic sector came to the forefront whilst studying subjects in temporary structures and sustainability during her time at University. Inspired by the work being undertaken globally by humanitarian architects, Janelle developed a passion for assisting communities affected by poverty, war and natural disasters. The current international challenges present opportunities for architects to assist within communities by volunteering in the design and reconstruction of built environments.
During her time in India she was pleased to have the opportunity to join the Anganwadi Project in 2016 to work on the redesign and construction of Bholu 14. Whilst working on the project Janelle engaged with the community and became immersed within their culture of everyday life. To leave India knowing that TAP has provided another new learning environment for the children’s of the slums was a fulfilling and very humbling experience.
Janelle has a strong desire to continue assisting The Anganwadi Project now she has joined the commercial building sector and is continuing to make plans to return to India for her next challenge and to return to Bholu 14 to see the community benefit from her work in 2016 for the youth of that region.
Jo joined the Anganwadi Project in 2014 to help with the design and construction of Bholu 13.
Jo is extremely passionate about using her profession, as an Architect, for humanitarian purposes. She believes that design should be used as a service, before being used as a luxury. With this philosophy, Jo was eager to join the TAP team and felt that volunteering would be a hands-on opportunity to not only share design knowledge and services with those in less fortunate circumstances, but the project would also offer a truly unique experience which would be both professionally and personally enriching.
After graduating from Queensland University of Technology in 2011, Jo worked for the Brisbane based architectural practice, Aardvarc. Her time here was spent working on residential, commercial and hospitality projects where she was able to learn and apply the firms philosophy of ‘reduce, re-use recycle’. The challenge of applying these skills to a totally different geographical, environmental and social context, was an opportunity Jo simply couldn’t resist.
Karoline is a Brazilian/Finnish interior designer and architectural graduate with 8 years experience working in architectural firms in Brisbane, Sydney, and London.
Her passion lies in understanding building structure and detailing, vernacular architecture, and traditional construction methods. Karoline is excited about working with the 2015-16 TAP team in Ahmedabad, where she hopes to learn about regional construction methods, while immersing herself in the local culture and community.
Kali joined The Anganwadi Project in 2016 to work on the design and construction of Bholu 15.
Kali is a registered architect from Brisbane, Australia. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master of Architecture in 2012 and spent three years working on a variety of retail, public and commercial projects whilst tutoring design at Griffith University.
Kali is interested in understanding spaces that communities love, and believes that good design should be accessible to everyone. She is passionate about designing in response to the unique climate, culture and locally available materials of a place.
Working with The Anganwadi Project and Manav Sadhna is a unique opportunity to put these interests in action in a new geographical and cultural context, developing strong relationships with the local community along the way!
Scott joined the Anganwadi Project in 2014 to help with the design and construction of Bholu 14.
Scott is a registered architect and project manager, being involved in high end residential builds across Sydney. Scott graduated from the University of New South Wales with the RAIA UNSW Lend Lease design Ross Bonthorne Award and the RAIA UNSW Construction & Practices Prize.
Scott has extensive experience in China, speaking fluent mandarin and previously worked with Woods Bagot in Beijing & Atelier Liuyu Yang in Shanghai working on high profile projects such as the extension to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai.
Scott brings to the Anganwadi Project an impressive cover drive, a steady left arm slow and a safe pair of hands in the slip cordon.
Scott is passionate about cricket, curry and a commitment to community.
Christina is an Interior Designer who loves creating objects and experiences for people to enjoy, whether it be around delicious food, in the woodworking shed or the building site.
Christina graduated from a Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons) in 2010 at RMIT Melbourne with her thesis installation ‘Cirrus’. Her suspended origami cloud, ‘Cirrus’, flew above many design events in 2010 & 2011 and is part of a permanent exhibition at the Design Institute of Australias office in Melbourne. Since graduating she has contributed on commercial projects large and small in Melbourne and Internationally.
Christina was a part of Bholu 16 in 2017 and loved every minute of the experience. It was a dream of hers to contribute to the community through her professional skills, and a unique chance to undergo this in India. The Anganwadi Project allowed her to be a part of a wonderfully unique project that she looks forward to continue in the years to come.
Nikki is overjoyed to join the Anganwadi Project in 2014 to help with the design and construction of Bholu 14.
Nikki is a registered architect and graduate of the University of Tasmania Masters course. Her experience has been gained in commercial practices in Hobart and Melbourne on Education and Health projects.
A passion for architecture for the ‘other 99%’ began through visiting India and South Africa during University. Researching a thesis on Social Responsibility in Architectural Practice and possible work pathways reinforced this interest.
A steadfast volunteer on Children’s outdoor camps for the last decade, Nikki is delighted to be on the TAP team and be serving the children in Ahmedabad. All child-wrangling, tent-setting, bush-cooking and camp-game skills will be employed with joy and enthusiasm at the opportunity to be based in India and involved on such a rewarding project.
Susanne joined the Anganwadi Project in 2014 to help with the design and construction of Bholu 13.
During her Masters studies in architecture at Yale University, Susanne had the opportunity to participate in a design course by Architect and Teacher Samual Mockbee. Mockbee founded the renowned ‘Rural Studio’ – a workshop where students live and work with poverty stricken communities in Alabama. Susanne’s course with Mockbee included a visit to this ‘Rural Studio’. This visit left a profound impression on her; in particular, the resounding impact of the program on the community and the relationships and trust that had developed as a result.
After 15 years of working for various architects in the USA, the Netherlands and Australia, Susanne was eager to be involved with a community project that had a direct and positive impact on those in need. She was particularly drawn to the Anganwadi project for its longstanding involvement and connection to the local Indian community.
Kah-Fai is an architect with experience in various areas of architecture including education, public works, housing, health and hospitality. He has worked in different practices across Australia, in the UK and Asia. Kah-Fai is passionate about developing building and architecture to support public education at all levels.
Working on Bholu 10 has enabled Kah-Fai to further facilitate this interest in education and community participation.
He has particularly enjoyed the ‘hands-on’ approach required to complete the Bholu projects, together with developing the strong relationships with Manav Sadhna and the local community
A trip to India in 2008 with her dad was the start of Caroline’s fixation with the subcontinent. Since then she has travelled back to India, always thinking about the next visit.
Caroline graduated from the University of New South Wales and is passionate about architecture, in particular smaller buildings that make clever use of space. Her belief is that good architecture can help improve the well‐being and happiness of people or a community, and seeks to put these ideas into practice.
Her love for architecture and India has led Caroline to be part of the Anganwadi Project, and she hopes to share her artistic skills with the children and community, while looking forward to the challenge of seeing the preschools come to life.
Caroline has been back to India several times to continue to work on The Anganwadi Project and continues to contribute to the support of the organisation back in Australia.
Jesús is an architect who graduated from the University of Granada, Spain. His enthusiasm for traveling and discovering another cultures moved him around Europe and Australia to study and work in different places including Málaga, Milán, Amsterdam and now Melbourne.
He is a hard worker and his main skills are creativity and passion on everything he does. His interests lie in sustainable, flexible and affordable architecture for everyone. Jesús will be working in a team with Rafael Urquiza on sustainable building practices and inventive ways of using the Reuse, Recycle and Reduce philosophy within the community.
Jesus enthusiastic attitude and international experience in sustainable design will be very valuable to the project.
Jesus stayed in India for more than a year crossing over 2 seasons with TAP.
Jesus now resides back in Spain after other extensive experiences working in underprivileged communities in Argentina.
Ciara’s passion for sustainable design and architecture, combined with her love affair of world travel and adventure, has brought her to work for the Anganwadi Project.
After graduating from University of Technology, Sydney, Ciara initially worked in the Sydney architectural firm, Turner Associates. Ciara later joined Tektum Future Housing Solutions, a firm specialising in prototype sustainable and affordable modular housing.
Ciara’s approach to design embraces the reuse and recycle of materials, delivering innovative and genuine concepts to each of her projects.
In Ciara’s eyes, the opportunity for her to put these skills into practice and help communities abroad is an opportunity of a life time.
B Architecture (Hons 1) UNSW.
Jillian is an architect, artist and jeweller, with a passion for public spaces, education and working with recycled materials. She has recently returned from four months teaching drawing and art at a children’s library in the Guatemalan coastal town of Livingston, where she also discovered marionette making, mural art and the creative energy of children. Before this life changing adventure, she worked for 3 years at the City of Sydney Council, managing the design of a diverse range of public projects, including public plazas, libraries, town halls, youth centres and amenities. She also sells her eclectic hand made garbage jewellery and 100% recycled children’s toys in her own business, Jilded.
In her work Jillian is an innovative designer, diplomatic communicator and calm and resourceful project manager. In life she is a pilgrim, a lover of people and languages, and a keen adventurer. She lives by her own advice, to walk when she can, say yes to everything and always make time for chai. She will be volunteering in the Anganwadi project in Gujarat, India from January 2010.
Leeanne is an architect with a Masters of Architecture from Melbourne University and Bachelor of Built Environmental Architectural Studies from QUT.
She is originally from Queensland but has worked extensively overseas including London, Ireland, Canada and Melbourne.
Her interests are in sustainable building and planning, development architecture and informal settlements. In 2007 Leeanne did an intensive training in informal settlements in Indonesia.
Leeanne has embraced the role of TAP India Team Leader with great confidence and gusto and her proficient experience in AutoCAD has been proven to be a great asset to the project.
Leeanne designed Bholu 3, Bholu 4 and Bholu 5 Schools and co-ordinated the construction of these builds.
Evan is a Bachelor of Architecture graduate from UniSA. After working with a local firm, Evan sought adventure and headed north to Tropical North Queensland. Here, he led a design team for PDT Architects on various educational and commercial projects. Evan believes that great design, use of colour and sustainable materials can bring people together and promote community well-being. Evan’s passion for community has previously led him to kayak the River Murray to raise money for charity. So…to further adventure, and in the tradition of heading north, Evan is excited to be part of the TAP team.
Born in Brunei, Fahmi is an architect now based in Perth after growing up in Manila and New York, He holds a Dip Building Design & Drafting, Bach. Environmental Design, Bach. Architecture. Fahmi has traveled extensively and is passionate and inspired about offering his skills to underprivileged communities and is particularly interested in Emergency Housing. Fahmi’s skills and experience as an architect will be invaluable to this project. Fahmi designed and developed the concept for Bholu 7 School.
“It was an absolute pleasure to be part of this whole experience. To see things come together not only for us but more importantly the community was a very special moment.\”
Harrison spent 2007 based in Kisumu, Kenya working as an assistant construction supervisor on many projects including schools, a medical clinic, admin offices and homes. His love for traveling and helping underprivileged communities combined with his experience and skills in construction made him ideal to co-ordinate the repairs and renovations of the existing anganwadis. (Pictured with Head Builder “Bakabhai” )
“Volunteers need to be flexible, need to be considerate of culture and tradition, need to be aware of the social implications of their work and their actions in these communities and most of all need to be sensitive to the opinions of the communities as when the volunteers leave, as the communities must live with and uphold the projects.”
Soo Kim graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1998.
Since then, she has worked for a number of architectual firms in Sydney, Ireland, New Zealand and Canberra. Soo has completed a number of projects that range from private residential alterations and additions to educational and commercial fit out.
She enjoys the cultural exchange with the privledge of being able to travel and looks forward to continuing this life education.
Sam graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2006. He has worked for Architectural firms Troppo and Woods Bagot in Adelaide and for construction firmISIS in Melbourne. Sam has lived in Brasil and travelled extensively throughtout Asia and Eastern Europe.
Sam’s experience with green construction techniques and marginalised communities coupled with his interest in aid work and travel has guided him to the Bholu Anganwadi Project.
B Arch (RMIT) MA Arch (RMIT).
Jesse graduated from RMITUniversity in 2008. During his studies he took part in an RMITlead Design/Research project in Guadalajara, Mexico. The investigations focused around the opportunistic use of space in the realm of housing, informal commercial ventures, and the public domain. His invovement with a local NGO, who build houses in peripheral housing settlements, was an eye opener into the way we might offer our skills to improve others’ harsh living conditions.
Since returning Jesse has worked at FMD architects, while also pursuing his interest in set design, with a keen interest to continue his involvement with issues facing the developing world. Jesse will be working in a team with Lily Lim.
Adele is currently the Interior Design Programme Co-coordinator/Lecturer at the The Whitehouse School of Design in Sydney. She also is studying a Masters of Sustainable Development at UNSW and has aBA Interior Architecture from Curtin University. She is an interior designer, set designer and film maker with a passion for travel. Adele has a great sense of leadership, organization and a passion for making things happen. Adele will be making a film of the whole process from beginning to end of her time volunteering on the AWF Anganwadi Project. Adele is also the NSW AWFCoordinator. Adele designed and co-ordinated the build of Bholu 7 School.
“It was an amazing experience, that I would not trade for the world. I think everyone MUST do it! Every person has the ability to make a difference and has the opportunity to bring something new to the project with personality, interaction and communication. Thank you for allowing me to partake.”
Lily completed her architecture studies in June of 2009. She is interested in the contribution of architecture to sustainable community development.
During her time as a student atRMIT, she was involved in an Architects Without Frontiers project for housing for youth at risk in Hoi An, Vietnam. She also had the opportunity to travel to Mexico with a group of students carrying out research into the informal activities that shape the city of Guadalajara.
Karen is an architect based at Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney and graduated from University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2002.
Karen has traveled extensively, particularly throughout Latin America and Europe. and has therefore gained a broad understanding of architectural and artistic disciplines. She has previously volunteered with community projects in Argentina.
Having worked primarily on residential projects in Sydney for many years; the opportunity to work in the context of India and put her ideas of construction; sustainability; and understandings of the design process to the test was something she couldn’t resist!
Karen was instrumental to the design and community collaboration of Bholu 10 and worked in a close team with Jesus and Kah Fai to bring Bholu 10 to life
Renae is an Interior Architect with a BA Interior Architecture (Hons) from Curtin University, WA. Renae has worked with several architecture films as an interior architect and is ready for the challenge of using her skills in India. She has traveled extensively through Asia and Europe and has a passion for giving back to communities. Her interests lie in sustainable architecture and the reuse, recycle methodology. She has worked along side Adele and Fahmi on other projects so will be a valued member of the team and is skilled in Autocad. Renae designed and developed the concept for Bholu 7 School.
Simon Hearn is the Director/Founder of Sunlab Architectual Services and is a chartered Architect in NSW. He has worked for 12 years as an architect in NSW and Victoria on a variety of prestigious projects. As well as this professional experience, he has considerable practical experience, including first-hand involvement in owner-builder and alternative technology projects, previous labouring experience on various building sites, and tertiary qualifications in steel and metal fabrication. Simon designed Bholu 6 School and worked on the early development and design stages of a community centre at Ram Rahim Tekro.
Paul graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998. He then worked with several Architectural firms in Australia including Metier 3 & Synman Justin Bialek Architects in Melbourne and Jackson/Swayne Architects in Canberra. His passion for travel & experiencing other cultures lead Paul to work in India with Abhikram Architects in Ahmedabad, Gujarat where he worked on numerous projects including several heritage restoration projects dealing with traditional Indian construction & design methods. He has also worked in London with Hamilton & Associates Architects. After returning from London in 2003, Paul established his own practice in Canberra and has completed a range of residential & commercial projects in Canberra as well as Sydney, Melbourne & North Queensland.
“On my arrival to India I had expected I would simply be designing and building a school for local children in the slums of Ahmedabad. It was from my visits to the current anganwadi spaces and observing their unsuitability for learning that I began to see that my time here would be about working with the local community and providing basic needs for their children through our architecture. Working on a small scale, and allowing ourselves and the community time to understand each other gave the project a deeper level of detail and care. I was not prepared for the thoughtfulness and generosity of the local people toward us, but this made the experience more meaningful and gave us added momentum to create a beautiful space for them. I now realise that the success and sustainability of a building lies in the connection people have developed with it throughout the process of its creation. That architecture is equally about the people using the space, as it is about the physical building itself.” Caroline Kite (Architect)
“Coming from Australia, I had no idea what it would be like working in a ‘slum’ community. The result was a life affirming experience. The local community gave this project a life far beyond my expectations. Not only did they wholeheartedly support us and the project, they physically helped us build it too! Since its inauguration, the space has become much more than the modest Anganwadi/ Temple space the brief had described. It has become a voice for the community. A place to learn, and a place to listen, and a place to be heard. A place of they can proudly call their own’. Evan Drage (Architect)
”One of the first lessons I learnt working here was that the building is not about the end product but about the process. This statement is almost backwards to what we were taught at university, where often the finished product is the judgment of how successful a building is. How wrong we are back home! Working on the anganwadis has just proven to me that being in touch with the community from beginning to end (and after) makes a building, and a space the success it really is. Initially we were foreigners who came on to the site to build a building. But over time we created relationships with many members and we became a part of the community. Through these relationships we found out who these people were, their stories, what had been their highs, and their lows in life. We had the opportunity to see into the dreams of many of the children and often realizing that a good education would help fulfill these dreams. With the main design frame in place for the building the small touches that made the building were often influenced by the community and our observations of them. Utilizing their skills was possible and introducing them to new design and building technologies gave them a greater sense of accomplishment. Our relationships helped to gain respect from many members who then took pride in ‘their’ building. These projects have not just been about a building, but strengthening a community through dedication to a project and love’.\” Ciara Tapia-Toms (Architect)
“Working with TAP together with Manav Sadnna was transforming in so many ways. It actually reminded me why I chose to study Architecture in the first place and has fundamentally changed the way I think about it. It was truly a privilege to be able to work together with the people involved, including my TAP team; the builder, the welders, the recycling station owners, and most importantly the local community and neighbours around the site. The environment created by Manav Sadnna and this way of being has equally inspired and changed me forever.” Karen Erdos (Architect)
“The last four months involved with the AWF/Bholu Anganwadi project has been one of the most transformative periods of my life. I have learnt so much in this short time which has only inspired me to keep doing this work and attempting to spend my life in service of those in need. For now, my time in Ahmedabad is ending, but I feel happy that I have made a small contribution to so many new beginnings for the children in the slum communities and hope that I have been able to bring some of the life here into all of your lives.” Leeanne Marshall (Architect)
“I LOVED the experience and would absolutely go back. It definitely deeply affected me as a person and I took on new lessons in life, a lot more than I ever thought I would or could in 2 weeks. it is enriching on so many levels, yet so hard to describe and put into words.”