Through personal, academic and professional experiences, I have become very curious about architecture's ability to impact and change society. I hope to utilise my knowledge as an architect and designer to contribute towards this interesting field of study. While I am half Italian and half Mauritian, I was born in Singapore. After highschool, I chose to spend six months in Shanghai, China, to continue studies of the Chinese language that I had begun earlier. Soon after, I left to Milan, one of the world's most significant design capitals. I spent one year studying both interior design and architecture, which allowed me to test my capabilities in two closely paralleled design fields - ultimately leading to the choice to further pursue architecture. My later decision to attend the Politecnico di Milano's Undergraduate Architecture Program is what essentially paved the way of the start to my architectural career. I concluded my studies at the Politecnico with my thesis on Disaster Relief Architecture and Temporary Housing, a topic of research I continue to explore today through the co-founding of my non-profit organisation; The Shelter Project. Our community based movement looks to provide housing to individuals displaced by natural disaster and those located in low-income areas, encouraging those affected to build, maintain and personalise his or her shelter.
Today, you can find me living in Bali, Indonesia, where I balance my time as architect and project manager, with running The Shelter Project. Along with my team of builders and network of suppliers, my role as leading both the design and construction of a project lets me practice an efficient, transparent and innovative type of architecture. My focus as a designer is to create spaces which provide comfort and aesthetic, whilst remaining in tune with nature and respecting ecological limitations. I look to local resources and workmanship to achieve results of the highest quality. I enjoy the challenge of recycling and reusing available materials and transforming them into elements that provide new functions. My interest in low waste, sustainable construction has brought me to examine the growing problem the world has with the mismanagement of trash, and plastic in particular. I am currently developing a range of decorative and building elements which take advantage of this issue to introduce new concepts which I hope can be adapted by architects and designers everywhere.