George has long-standing experience as a civil engineer in construction and is responsible for Uravu Eco Links’ construction management. Over the past 16 years he has executed various structures for tourism projects such as Vythiri Village, Treasure Trove Homestays in Meenangadi and Mepadi Homestays. He has worked alongside reputed architects and engineers in different parts of the country, such as Sudhakar Redy from IIT Delhi. He also has a vast experience with RCC constructions in Wayanad. George has designed and built a 100-metre bamboo bridge for the Kerala State Archaeology Department. He has worked with Uravu for eight years and brings with him innovative ideas in bamboo and other eco-friendly structures. His expertise in the technical aspects of construction and his experience with local and government construction, as well as in various other eco-friendly projects, make him a valued member of the Bamboo Grove Project team.
Jürg is an architect and a Professor of Architecture. He is responsible for our concepts in architecture and design. He has vast experience in sustainable architecture, besides photography and design, and has managed companies in Switzerland and elsewhere globally. Since 1991 he has been a Professor at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering. He is the head of the IN:CH Transcultural Sustainability Platform India, which is a competence centre in India for research, advanced training courses and the IN:CH Studio, a semester course for Indian and Swiss students in architecture and civil engineering. Given his exposure to Indian projects and much else besides, Jürg can offer invaluable help/advice to Indian partners and experts in the area of architecture. He believes that an intercultural and interdisciplinary teamwork creates a third culture, which is more successful than individual work. With IN:CH Architects and Planners in Bangalore he works on projects and execution in sustainable architecture, design and urban settlements.
Ariadna, an architect from Barcelona, Spain, works with Jürg Grunder on the design concept of the Bamboo Grove Project. She is currently working as a technical consultant and project manager at IN:CH Architects and Planners, Bangalore. A 2005 graduate of the Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), she did her Masters in Workspace Design from Escola Elisava of Barcelona (UPF) in 2007. She has worked as manager for architecture projects in Spain, India and Morocco, and developed her own projects as a freelancer in Barcelona. She has comprehensive experience in sustainable architecture, hotel design and residential projects, and is a specialist in developed-technical stage and site management. Ariadna has complementary experience managing different cultural and social events such as art exhibitions, audiovisuals and social work projects.
Pornika was born and brought up In Bangalore. She studied architecture at the Siddaganga Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2013. She did her thesis project on ‘Museum of Modern Art’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan exploring the culture and architecture of the place and researching on sustainable building methods to respond to the extreme climatic conditions. Pornika is interested in green architecture, energy efficient designing and sustainability. Currently she is interning at IN:CH Architects and Planners in Bangalore where she is working on projects involving sustainable building techniques using mud and bamboo. Presently she is involved in the design and planning works of the Bamboo Grove project together with Jürg Grunder and Ariadna Binefa.
Shoukath started working for Uravu Eco Links in 2005 as part of the construction team. He plays a vital role in our projects and is one of the construction team leaders at the Bamboo Grove project site. Shoukath was involved in various construction projects of Uravu Eco Links. He has a lot of experience in construction with bamboo and was also part of the experimental constructions undertaken by Uravu Eco Links. These include the construction of a 100-meter long bamboo bridge in Trivandrum and dome structures. After completing his +2 education, he started his career as a construction worker. He first worked in Kerala and later gained experience working three years in Oman.
Krishnan has been assisting Uravu and Uravu Eco Links for the past ten years. He and his team work in the area of bamboo cutting. Krishnan helps Uravu to collect bamboo for various purposes. He has tremendous experience and expertise in bamboo cutting and is an expert on the different bamboo species. Krishnan also works as a helper on the construction work being done by Uravu Eco Links.
Soman has been assisting Uravu and Uravu Eco Links for the past ten years. He and his team work in the area of bamboo cutting. Soman has a vast experience and knows all about the characteristics of bamboo as well as its availability in various places in Kerala. Soman’s traditional knowledge of bamboo and the biodiversity of Wayanad is a tremendous support for the project.
Lenin is working as a designer and artist for Uravu since 2003. For the Bamboo Grove project he designs lamps and is involved in the lighting concept. In the past years Lenin has designed various craft products such as lampshades and desktop items for Uravu. He also works on sculptures in bamboo, stone and terracotta, besides murals and paintings. He has trained craftsmen in various workshops and training programmes throughout Kerala and India. Lenin also does freelance art works for resorts and residences.
Rakesh comes from a traditional craftsman family that worked with temple constructions for many generations. He learned carpentry works from his father and joined Uravu in 2002. Working with Uravu he has undergone various training workshops conducted by IIT Bombay, National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, and courses by reputed designers. He is currently working as one of Uravu’s designers and craftsmen. Rakesh is also a trainer for craft workshops conducted by Uravu. He has given training in bamboo craft to more than 30 groups. He has developed various prototypes and products such as ‘The Book of Spices’, bamboo solar lamps and lampshades. Now he specialises on bamboo furniture and works closely with the Uravu Eco Links team. He is part of the furniture design team for the Bamboo Grove project.
Sadu was born and raised in southern India and is a current resident of Wayanad, Kerala. His interest in art began in childhood and he taught himself how to paint at a very young age. After receiving his B.S. in Statistics, Sadu dedicated his life to his true passion-creating artwork. Over the past 10 years, Sadu has explored new kinds of canvases – including bamboo. Drawing inspiration from nature and other artists, Sadu’s work incorporates natural beauty with a modern flair. He enjoys getting out of his comfort zone and using new techniques and using new mediums. In the future, Sadu hopes to work more with bamboo sculptures and installations in collaboration with other artists. Sadu was strongly involved in the bamboo works of the construction of the community centre.