Lipika Kosambia, a graduate of Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture at Mumbai University in India (2016), has a strong interest in the current state of the construction industry and the environmental factors contributing to carbon emissions. Her professional practice is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach that combines research, design, and media experimentation.
Lipika gained practical experience by working at KSA Architects and Mo-of (Mobile Office) for a period of two years. During this time, she was involved in a range of projects, from small-scale interior designs to large-scale residential and healthcare architecture. However, she observed a lack of consideration for important factors such as CO2 emissions, labor exploitation, and the use of recycled materials, which contribute to environmental hazards. This realization motivated her to join The Royal College of Art (RCA) as a significant opportunity to study and develop a promising portfolio that takes these factors into account.
In her first year at RCA, Lipika participated in AD07: Out of thin Air - Politics of Atmosphere. During this project, she constructed handmade CO2 bricks that can be used to build residential houses in rural areas of India, utilizing CO2 emissions from local cement industries.
This year, in ADS05: Joining, Binding & Completing – What Do You Mean?, Lipika is working on creating an AI software that calculates and evaluates various factors, such as material costs, forms, CO2 emissions, material availability, and other considerations that are essential throughout the design and project completion process.