Ajay Manthripragada

Padma Dorje Maitland

Position Assistant Professor
Phone contact via email
Email amanthri@calpoly.edu
Office on leave Winter/Spring 2022
Website www.manthripragada.net


Ajay Manthripragada joined the faculty in fall 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Design and Representation. His practice and teaching focus on the operativity of geometry, history and context in constructing buildings. He was previously the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Visiting Critic and a Wortham Fellow at the Rice University School of Architecture. He has also taught at California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley and Rhode Island School of Design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

Manthripragada founded his studio in 2014 after working in various architecture firms in Paris, New York and San Francisco. Based in California, the office’s work has been exhibited at MoMA, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and the School of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 2018, he was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize as an emerging practitioner.


Educational Credentials:

Master of Architecture, Princeton University

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Experience:

Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Visiting Ciritc, Rice University, 2019-2020

Wortham Fellow, Rice University, 2017-2019

Visiting Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design, 2019

Lecturer, UC Berkeley, 2011-2017

Lecturer, California College of the Arts, 2010-2011

Professional Experience:

Principal, Manthripragada, 2014–present

Principal. Jermyn Manthripragada Architecture, 2012–2014

Designer, MAK Studio, 2010–2012

Designer, Aranda/Lasch, 2004–2006

Designer, Oualalou + Choi, 2003–2004

Selected Publications and Exhibitions

  • Co-guest editor (with Piergianna Mazzocca) of Cite 2020, journal of the Rice Design Alliance (forthcoming)
  • "On Off-Squares" in PLAT 8.0: Simplicity, 2019
  • Exhibition of work at Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech (Group Show, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, K. Michael Hays and Andrew Holder, curators), 2018
  • Publication of Page House in Not Interesting: At the Limits of Criticism in Architecture (Andrew Atwood, San Francisco: ARD), 2018

Selected Awards

  • Ceramics of Italy Architecture Prize, Confindustria Ceramica, Bologna, 2019
  • Nomination, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (Emerging Practice), IIT Chicago, 2018
  • Third Place (with Michelle Chang), Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, Tokyo, 2017
  • Honor Award, AIA East Bay, Berkeley, 2015

Selected Activities

  • Academic Lead, In-Arch Summer Program UC Berkeley, 2014-2016
  • Assistant Director, Berkeley Connect Mentorship Program, UC Berkeley, 2013-2015


Updated 1.13.2022

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