Chitra Chandrashekhar is an independent communication designer, design educator and researcher, with a keen interest in visual storytelling and design thinking. She believes design is a religion worth spreading creatively.
Since 2013, she has been a visiting faculty and external examiner in design and architecture colleges in the NCR, such as University School of Architecture and Planning (GGSIPU), Sushant School of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics (Jamia Milia Islamia), Pearl Academy NOIDA, School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (Ambedkar University Delhi) and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She acknowledges the value of expeditionary learning and tries to practice the same. Her paper, 'Expeditionary Theory: Bridging Teaching and Learning for Aesthetic Development' was published in the proceedings of the Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID), 2015, Osaka, Japan.
Chitra graduated as an architect from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (2007). After gaining invaluable experience in the Terminal 3 development mega project at Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd, she went on to pursue her true passion, graphics and animation. She received a Masters in Visual Communication from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay (2009-11).
In 2011, she started up with Mographies. It is her work-in-progress creative venture, offering customised communication design services and more, as she is innovating its business model and processes. Mographies has led her to work and collaborate with designers, architects, start-ups, educational and cultural institutions, multinational corporations and non-profits such as, Bain & Co, Persistent Systems, InterGlobe Technologies, Elsevier India, Pratham Books, Medicine Sans Frontier India, TARA, Pathways Global School etc.
Chitra thrives on creative cross-fertilisation. She has worked as a spatial-graphic-audiovisual designer in the intersection of crafts, exhibition and art installations at Siddhartha Das Studio. She has been a guest speaker with 'Animation: Made in India' (2013) and 'Musings on the International Women's Day' (2013) for the All India Radio’s General Overseas Service. She was also a speaker at the 8th International Conference on The Inclusive Museum, 2015, New Delhi, presenting, 'See Change: Search for a Twenty-first Century Diorama'. The Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi Government's cultural wing, appointed her as a Director for a Children's Summer Art Workshop conducted in MCD government schools. She conceptualised, curated and displayed her center's works titled 'Nazariya', at the AIFACS Gallery in June 2015.
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