Naveen Mahantesh is an architect – urban designer based currently in Bangalore, who likes to ‘intervene’. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture and Urban design from Pratt University , New York City and is currently a Visiting Faculty and critic for architectural design at several institutes in Bangalore including R.V School of Architecture and SIT Tumkur. He established AO-i in 2010-11 as a platform for collaborative practices and is currently associate architect at Cresarc , which works as an architecture and interior design practice. Naveen is involved in creative research with a cherished love for urban ecologies and an interest in providing alternative perspectives on everyday practices of the city. As City as Studio (Jan-Feb 2013) fellow at Sarai-
CSDS, he explored the concept of ‘Talking cities’ and conceived as part of the Sarai Reader 09 exhibition , an exercise in malleable layouts ‘Whats left behind’. His most recent public exchanges include a presentation, ‘Cultural Signages’ at Srushti School of Design, Bangalore as part of the conference Mediating Modernities (Jan 2013) and ‘design for change’ at TEDx R.V.Vidyaniketan (Feb 2013) Bangalore. Conceptual rigour and collaborative practice continues to guide the creative process.