T R Radhakrishnan is an architect and urban designer with professional experience across multiple scales, community-driven approaches, public space planning, and urban systems thinking. He has actively worked on projects worldwide, such as in India, Africa, Haiti, the United States, Japan, Spain, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Radhakrishnan is also an emerging social entrepreneur and his works are highly regarded in multiple forums, notably, he was selected among the Top 10 Social Innovators in India under the United Nations Development Programme - Youth Colab 2020, Government of India.
He received his Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University in 2019 where he was the recipient of the 'Best Outgoing Student' and 'Outstanding Overall Performance' in Architecture. Previously, he has worked with Sou Fujimoto in Tokyo, Vo Trong Nghia in Ho Chi Minh, and Studio Sp+a in Mumbai. After graduation, his interest in exploring transversality in the discipline led him to travel and take part in the international workshop conducted by architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta in Spain.
Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a 'Dean’s Merit Scholarship'. He believes design as a discipline to be intersectional and collaborative. His interests dive into the larger spectrum of social egalitarianism, climate justice, and circular cities having both rigorous and naive explorations of spaces, objects, and systems. In 2020, he found rad OFFICE, an interdisciplinary design practice that facilitates a collective platform for social and environmental impact.
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- Research Assistant, Critical Landscapes Design Lab at Harvard University, 2021-22
He works with Professor Gareth Doherty (Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design) in the Nocturnal housing and public spaces project in Kuwait that is investigating the issues of climate and after dark landscapes. The research is funded by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University.
- Harvard Real Estate Research Grant Recipient, 2022 ($2,000)
- MIT DesignX Impact Award, Spring 2022 ($5,000)
Judith Camilla Larocque Memorial Fund, Spring 2022 ($1,000)
MIT PKG Social Innovation Challenge Jury Grant Recipient, Spring 2022 ($1,000)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology DesignX Seed Recipient, Spring 2022 ($10,000)
- Harvard Innovation Lab Venture Program Fellow, 2021-22 ($1,000)
- MIT Sandbox Innovation Grant Recipient, Fall 2021 ($4,500)
- Archiprix World's Best Graduation Projects Award, 2021 (Nominated)
- Top 10 Young Social Innovators of 2020 by UNDP India, Atal Innovation Mission, and NITI Aayog, 2020
- Everest Industry Scholarship Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2019
- Council of Architecture National Thesis Award, 2019 (Nominated)
- Tamayouz International Graduation Project Award Shortlist, 2019
- Asia Young Designer Best Student Award, 2018
- Re-thinking Future Sustainable Award, 2017
- Enceladus Architecture Award, 2017
- SD Sharma Sustainable Design Award, 2016
- Dean’s Merit Scholarship for Master’s degree at Harvard University, 2021-23
- Padmashree Lakshman Mahadev Chitale Endowment for best Undergraduate Thesis, 2020 
- A.L. Mudaliar Prize for standing first in Undergraduate Thesis, 2020
- Anna University Award for the best student in the B.Arch program, 2014-19
- K. Narayan Endowment for the best outgoing student of Anna University, 2019
- Sakthi Srinivasan Sudarshan Pavithra Memorial Award for the best outgoing student of Anna University, 2019
- A.Venkatarathinam Award for securing the highest grades in the B.Arch program, 2016-19
- Fenn Bennet Pithavidian Endowment for securing the first rank in design, 2014-19
- Late I.Sudarshan Endowment for best overall performance in architectural design, 2019
- Lion Sesha Sankar Memorial Award for outstanding academic performance in Undergraduate degree, 2014-19
- Thiru.C.R.Narayana Rao Memorial Endowment for best overall performance in Undergraduate degree, 2014-18
- Alumni Club Award for best overall performance in 3rd year of B.Arch program, 2017
- Finalist at ULI Hines student design competition, 2022 
- Winner(2nd) at Streets for People Competition by Tiruchirapalli City Corporation, 2021
- Winner(2nd) at Covai national urban design competition, 2021
- Winner(2nd) at Ente Kochi national urban design competition, 2020
- Top 10 at Viktor Nilsen international competition in Ukraine, 2020
- First Place at ArchSharing rural school in Haiti competition, 2019
- Regional Winner at Saint Gobain Transparence student competition, 2016
- Runner-up at Indian institute of Architects student competition, 2015
- Jury commendation in green building competition by IGBC-Indian green building council, 2015
- Honorable Mention at Gwalior re-invent national competition, 2016
- Finalist at the association of Siamese architects design competition, 2017
- Finalist at the national community furniture design competition, 2018
- Finalist at Tube 8X8X300 competition in China by Daren R&D and CityX Lab, 2020
- Shortlisted for re-imagining Buckingham canal national competition, 2018
Radhakrishnan is a licensed Architect with the Council of Architecture, India: CA/2019/112314
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