Aurgho Jyoti is currently a Masters in Design Studies candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design with a concentration in design and technology. During his time at Harvard, he has been involved in Modular Transformable Housing System research with the Changing Places Group (formerly Smart Cities) at MIT Media Lab. He received his M.Arch.2 at AAP as a Tata scholar, mentored by Neil Denari, Asymptote/ Lise Ann Couture, and Karl Chu. He has a bachelor in architecture with distinction from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
Aurgho’s research interest lies in architectural geometry and materiality. He perceives architecture as a cultural construct with inter-dependencies of formal and performative systems, engaging evolved tectonics driven by material, fabrication, environmental, and computational logic. His current research involves multi-objective architectural design optimization as a form finding process and contemporary building system experiments through tropical materials.
Aurgho has worked for offices of internationally acclaimed firms which include Gehry Technologies, Los Angeles; Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)/ Rem Koolhaas, Hong Kong; Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto, Rome; 3 Gatti Architecture Studio, Shanghai; and Morphogenesis Architecture Studio, New Delhi.
Aurgho has served as a graduate teaching assistant at Harvard GSD for Parametric and Generative Modelling and at AAP for Architectural Drawing and Digital Media in Architecture. He has been a guest critic for the International Computational Design Workshop at University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture. As a visiting lecturer he has taught geometry at the College of Arts, New Delhi. Aurgho has been one of the Cluster Champions for Ceramic 2.0 at Material Intensities - Smart Geometry 2012. His research experience as a research assistant at Harvard GSD includes built environment material research for Material Collection and architectural parametric analysis for the Gulf Sustainable Urbanism project. His works have been published in Housing for the 21st Century (New York), Changing Lanes (Cornell University), and Better Interiors (India); exhibited at ISARC 2012 – Eindhoven, CEVISAMA 2012 - Valencia, Harvard GSD Protosurfaces, a Cornell AAP Exhibit, Urban Habitat Forum, New Delhi and selected for ACADIA 2012 San Francisco; International Conference for Geometry and Graphics 2012 Montreal; Design Computing and Cognition 2012 Austin. Aurgho has been a 2011 SOM Prize Finalist and has received a Special Mention in Evolo International Competition, New York.