Aaron David Mendonca is currently enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Masters in Design Studies program, Energy and Environments track. Through a mix of research, creation and venture incubation he seeks to investigate novel agendas for energy at a range of design scales. His projects include low-cost nano surfaces for water extraction from air, carbon negative wood construction, forest dynamics, emergence as second law maximum power systems and ecology, extraction & empires.
Aaron serves as a Director at Corinthian Consortium, a professionally grouped practice that sources teams of specialist consultants and craftsmen whose breadth and depth of expertise respond to each project’s varied requirements to deliver customized solutions. The Consortium’s portfolio of projects includes diplomatic consulates, heritage restoration, government consultancy, banks’ headquarters, blood banks and religious institutions. He was awarded the National Young Designer Award, 2014, by Indian Architect & Builder for his project at Corinthian – the restoration and revival of a hundred year old chapel at Dharavi, Mumbai.
His undergraduate thesis studied the emergence of a global village where, en-route, energy and information cycles hold the potential to vitally satisfy microcosms and heterotopias. The specific focus being the proposed dedicated freight corridors in India.
Aaron’s awards include the Mangal and Prabath Lodha Fellowship, 2015; Institute Silver, Order of Merit, IIT Kharagpur, 2013; India Building Information Modeling National Championship, 2011. He was selected to design the war memorial for the Assam Regiment, Indian National Army. His essay titled ‘Ethics: The Jewels of Humanity’ is published in Published in ‘The Right, The Wrong & The Dividing Line’, forwarded by the then President of India A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
With keen attention to technical detail, aesthetic intent and community sentiments, Aaron envisions an integrated stewardship for built environments.
2008 – 2013
– Bachelor of Architecture
INSTITUTE SILVER FOR BEST STUDENT BY ORDER OF MERIT
– Minor in Civil Engineering
Graduate School of Design
2015 – PRESENT
– Master in Design Studies
– Energy & Environments
(India)Aaron David Mendonca, GSD, Harvard
(India) Sachin Bagchandani, Carp Lab, Harvard &MIT
(Spain)Gabriel Munoz, GSD, Harvard
(Poland) Thomas Kuncezwickz, Wyss Institute, Carp Lab
A few weeks ago, four of us from the Harvard-MIT community got together to design a solution for NASA’ annual competition – the largest hackathon in the world.
We addressed the space related challenge of circadian disregulation :
As an astronaut sits aboard the ISS cupola observatory, gazing out into the unknown, he witness 16 sunrises and sunsets within a 24 hour cycle. This disconnection from the biphasic stimulation of the sun, in combination with the effects of microgravity, wrecks havoc on the body clock leading to lack of sleep, cognitive impairment and serious chronic illnesses.
Circadian disregulation is an issue not just confined to space but an emerging trend in most people below the age of 65.
We conceptualised and designed a personalised tunable device that helps synchronize the body’s circadian rhythm through a play of light and sound.
Until now, man has leveraged light and sound in intuitive ways to illicit powerful psychological and physiological responses : art, architecture, music. We’ve taken it a step further by leaning on decades of dedicated research in the fields of wavelength therapy, binaural beats and vestibular stimulation. The aim is to treat light and sound as a clinical modality and reduce the dependency on small molecule drugs.
Hypnos was adjudged winner of the Boston and Tokyo chapter and has now been nominated by NASA for the ‘peoples choice award’. This means popular consensus. So, take a look at the link below. (You will have to create a quick NASA account to vote)
VOTE HERE for HYPNOS (A longer description of our project is available at the link)
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