Chandana Rao

Chandana is originally from India, but has recently lived in Ann Arbor to pursue her Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Her graduate thesis was centered around using machine learning and AI to create an instant plan generation tool to design houses in contested areas and different geographic landscapes. Always finding new inspiration, Chandana is intrigued by how various fields of design intersect. However, she is particularly interested in the intersection of architecture and technology, especially with the pulse of innovation today.

Because she just can’t get enough of design, Chandana enjoys the 99% invisible podcast. A design podcast that explores all the unknown facets of design and architecture that shape everyday life.

Q. What do you like about your industry?

A. Architecture allows for the expression of creativity and design thinking. Architects have the opportunity to create visually stunning and functional structures that shape the built environment. It molds the way people perceive societies and realities. As a ever evolving industry, new technologies, materials, and sustainability practices are constantly emerging. Architects have the opportunity to engage in lifelong learning, staying up-to-date with the latest trends and incorporating innovative solutions into their designs.

Q. What is your favorite podcast?
A. I really like listening to 99% invisible. Its a great design podcast that has a unique outlook into all the unknown facets of design and architecture that shape everyday life!