Ramya joins OKW halfway through her Master’s degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. She was lucky to find her passion for architecture in sixth grade, when she discovered during a family home renovation that she had a precocious knack for drawing floor plans freehand. Since then, Ramya has traveled far to build her skills and career. As a native of the Indian city of Mysuru she earned her undergraduate degree at the M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore before pursuing her graduate studies in the United States. She has begun to make Chicago her second home, enjoying such spaces as Millennium Park for its thoughtful design and connection to its surrounding natural elements.
When she’s not focusing on advancing her architectural pursuits, she’s feeding her thirst for adventure by adding to her mountaineering resume, which so far includes three ten-day excursions across Himalayas passes: Hampta, Sar, and Chandrakhani.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be? I would have become a gardener because I love to observe a plant’s growth. It gives me immense pleasure. I am currently growing a couple of succulents and a golden devil’s ivy.
If you could have one superpower: It would be to travel any place by just thinking about it. In that way, my dream of travelling the world will become much easier.
Favorite childhood TV show: Friends