Srishti Bajaj (MA RCA) (FRSA)
She has an M.A. in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, London, a Royal society of Arts Fellow and a creative entrepreneur who has also been hailed as one of “The top 20 creative entrepreneur in India” by IIM and the British council and She founded DesignBait – a multi-disciplinary design & research consultancy
A multi-faceted individual, Srishti currently is Head Designer and Fisher woman at DesignBait, teaches at Sushant School of Design, conducts skill development workshops in the craft sector with ILO and most importantly is a passionate advocate of design thinking and using its tools to propagate innovation leadership, she a was recently invited to speak at TED x Delhi.
She has guided DesignBait since its inception in 2009 consulting for national and international companies like Plan Strategy UK, SeymourPowell UK, Designit UK, WelloWater, Jindal Steel, Asian Paints to name a few.
Recognized for cutting edge work, DesignBait has successfully exhibited during London Design Week several times and has been published in various esteemed global magazines like Viewpoint UK, Designing Ways, Dwell, Elle Décor UK & India, Platform, Trend Bible, Business Standard, Mint, India Today, the Telegraph, Deccan Herald, India Today, LivingEtc, Home Review etc.
Kanishka Prasad (B ARCH) (Dip Photography)
Having qualified with a Bachelor’s in Architecture 2001 he worked with architecture firms Romi Khosla Design Studio and Neeraj Manchanda Associates in Delhi and with the research wing of the Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai. In 2004, he went on to setup DESIGN daftar – a multi-disciplinary architecture & graphic design consultancy with graphic designer Shruti Singhi.
Since its inception DESIGN daftar has engaged with various projects across disciplines such as architectural design, renovation and retrofit, event as well as exhibition stall design, illustration, graphics. The events have included stalls for Penguin Books at the World Book Fair and exhibitions at the French Cultural Center (Lire-en-Fete, 2006), the American Centre and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (in collaboration with Centre for Media and Alternative Communication), for the recent Lifestyle Pakistan Fair at Pragati Maidan and also for the 10 Yr Memorial to Gujarat Genocide of 2002 held this year in Ahmedabad and Delhi. The print graphics and illustration has been done for a Discovery Channel film, a winning entry at Mofilms Ad Film competition, for SEWA Delhi and SAHMAT, Delhi. The architecture practice has dealt with a sustainable residence for Mr & Mrs Vishvjit Singh near Lucknow as well as office renovations for Monnet Ispat at Delhi and renovations to parts of Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute, Punjabi Bagh, Delhi even though residential renovations in DDA constructed flats has been the mainstay of it here.
The design language that the practice has tried to create is one that tries to mediate the Modern with the Traditional. In the Indian design landscape an admittedly cliched aim, it has been interpreted as a necessity by the firm and is seen to mean a critical reexamination and referencing of traditional methods, techniques and design elements.
An individual with varied interests, Kanishka is engaged with other initiatives as well including education (II Yr teaching at Sharda University & University School of Architecture & Planning, GGSIPU and IV Yr Dissertations at Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Ansal University), discussions on establishing a discourse in the field of Architecture with the group Griha under architect M N Ashish Ganju as well as pursuing his interest in photography. His writing has been published in the book review, obituary note and article formats by various journals including the Book Review, the Social Scientist, Combat Communalism and People’s Democracy.