ACEDGE from Ethos

ACEDGE was born as an offshoot to Ethos, a platform developed to equip students from the fields of design and technology to be agents of change, to lead and not just follow and to contribute towards building of a harmonious society.

Ethos, through the years has been working towards connecting students, academicians and professionals of these fraternities through competitions, workshops, quizzes and seminars. On completing 15 successful years, we launched ACEDGE to bring a new dimension to classroom education. Through our online courses, studios and ask-me-anything sessions, we hope to make information accessible and affordable to all. At ACEDGE, we use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to make ideas and experts accessible to learners across the globe. Since its inception in August 2018, ACEDGE has successfully conducted 14 e-Studios, 26 online lectures and over 10 Ask-me-Anything sessions with experts. Mentors have joined us from all parts of India as well as from Bristol, Queensland, Montreal and we have had 4000+ unique learners exploring their strengths and weaknesses to understand design in a more profound way.

Why ACEDGE?

The gaps that we are trying to fill

  • Keeping pace with changing times

    In the AEC industry, continuous change is the only constant. Our courses are updated according to the latest technology and theory.

  • Need for diverse skills

    The industry needs diverse sets of skills. Explore the non-stereotypical skills shared by our mentors and excel in what makes you unique!

  • Providing exposure

    Not bound by real, geographic limitation, this online platform can connect you with ideas and people across the globe!

  • Best-in-class mentors

    Teaching is not about giving information; our mentors nurture you to have the right values as they share their wisdom.

  • Real world learning

    Sometimes a syllabus is saddled with content that is irrelevant and non-contextual. At ACEDGE we aim to prepare students for real life situations.

  • Industry readiness

    India is a vast country with a huge scope and market for infrastructure and development. Join us if you wish to be an industry-ready Architect, who adds value to the edifices of our nation.

Team ACEDGE & Ethos

Gita Balakrishnan

Founder & Curator, ACEDGE & Ethos

Gita is the CEO (Chief Education Officer) of ACEDGE. An architect who sidestepped the profession to pursue her dreams of enabling and empowering young minds, Gita is the head and hands behind Ethos and ACEDGE. She passionately works with youngsters to enable them to find their full potential.

Sonam Ambe

Content and Course Developer at ACEDGE

An architect who pursued the social sciences, Sonam brings to life the courses and learning paths at ACEDGE. A teacher par excellence, she brings with her a very cheerful spirit and an intent learner's curiosity. She aspires to contribute to the space of architectural education through pursuits of her passions of writing and research.

Nikita Verma

Catalyst at Ethos Events

Nikita is a graduate in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and post-graduate with Masters in Urban Studies from the Bauhaus University, Germany. She has been working in the architecture and urbanism field for four years now, currently working on research projects related to sustainable urban development, urban climate resilience and an architect specializing in hill side built environments. She has worked in India, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and Russia on projects across the globe with inter-disciplinary teams and multinational organizations.

Vrinda Vijayarajan

The Motivator at Connect & ACEDGE

An architect by qualification, Vrinda feels strongly about the role that education plays in creating our reality. At Connect and ACEDGE, she explores and shapes alternate opportunities for learning and connecting. She is constantly seeking ways of working towards a just and equitable collective future.

Rama Raghavan

Pedagogy Explorer at ACEDGE

An Artist at heart and an Architect by profession, Rama is ever curious towards learning about new ways of expressing in these realms . She graduated from Sir J.J College of Architecture and dove into sustainable earth practices in Auroville, post which she worked with Accessibility and Sustainable design at Nature Nurture Architects, Mumbai. These experiences took her into a path of exploring Inclusive Design. She went on to do her post-graduation in CEPT University, Ahmedabad which nurtured her love for Research and Architectural Criticism and sparked her interest for writing and critical thinking. A trained Carnatic musician and a self-taught artist, she enjoys creatively feeding her interests into her projects through out-of-the-box story-boarding. It is this love for explorations in expressions, reading, writing, critical thinking and creative story-boarding that Rama brings together in her role as a Pedagogy Explorer at ACEDGE!

Sarah Giniwale

Pedagogy Explorer at ACEDGE

An Architect by qualification, Sarah pursued her post-graduation in Archaeology and Ancient Indian History and Culture to explore her love for History and Culture. She believes that the process of learning never ends and considers herself a life-long student. With learning not being restricted to four walls of educational institutes, she aims to design learning experience and content for the changing needs of learners at ACEDGE.

Sejal Gandhi Shah

Outreach and Counseling

"Love what you create, create what you love, and inspire the world." Sejal Gandhi Shah graduated from BArch in 2017. Her passion remains in creating an enabling learning environment for young designers. Professional Administration and Outreach excites her the most. At ACDEGE, she establishes a smooth data management system. As a counselor, she is here to help you and analyse your skill set and empower your aspirations by recommending your personal learning path.

Past supports

Abhishek Behera

Abhishek is a planner, urban designer, and architect who specializes on the integration of the public realm with the urban built environment. Over the last 12 years, he has worked in four countries and has gathered experience in the design and revitalization of waterfronts, streets, and transit corridors as assets of the community and tools for improving quality of life. He brings a unique experience of understanding the local community and culture, and integrating these elements into planning and design.

Vidhya Gopal

A professional singer and an architect by education, Vidhya spearheaded Ethos Events until 2018. Music being the core of her being, she used to set the tune for quizzes, competitions and other flagship events at Ethos. She is currently exploring her passions for singing.

Mohammed Hisham

Graphic Designer

A mechanical engineer by education, Hisham is changing gears to explore his artistic self as the graphic and web designer here at ACEDGE. A fantastic team player, this young and committed millennial has his eyes set on seriously pursuing a career in design and web development.

Rasya Kumar

Rasya Kumar is a recent graduate with a master's degree in Resilient and Sustainable Strategies in Architecture from KU Leuven, Belgium. Prior to this, she has worked for 3 years in India after completing her Bachelor's degree in Pune. Her approach towards architecture and design has always been minimal and in fact questions, the very need to build, which works in contradiction with her qualifications. During her studies in Belgium, with a primary intent to understand the perception of sustainability across the world. She learnt from her teachers and peers coming from over 20 different countries and would love to share her experiences with those looking forward to studying abroad.

Shailesh Gupta

Visualizer

Shailesh is a story-reaper who is perpetually immersing himself in vibrant scenarios for discovering the unique perspective to look at the world. As “Oscar Wilde” suggests Shailesh is thriving to be “verb” & restraining from “common noun” labels. Being a generalist gives him an edge to generate plethora of ideas and stay constantly creative. He shifts role as an architect, children’s book illustrator, blogger or activist.

Nisarga Vishwanath

Facilitator at ACEDGE

An architect, who Strongly believes in harnessing the skills of the profession to contribute towards an evolving community. She is exploring how architecture can play an important role in shaping lives, and developing Societies which will in turn have an elevated impact and growth in the future of the fraternity.

Our heart-felt and sincere gratitude to...

Naresh Narasimhan, Giri Balasubramaniam, Shravan K, John and Devaki, Balakrishnan, MK Sunil, Rajarshi Ray, Saagar Tulshan, Arun Karthik, Sneha Jaiswal and Abhilash P, Sreedhar Volety, Rasya Kumar, Panna Dutta Chowdhury, Soura Bhattacharyya, Prasanna Ponkshe, Susenjit Chanda, Poonam Chauhan, Arjun Bhattacharya, Jignesh Jain, Aravind K P V, Mohan M, Bhaskar Rao, Luvieen Alva, our mentors and our dear volunteers who are the backbone of all activities at ACEDGE! Thank you all!

Active Volunteers

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Abhishek Sharma, Adhishwar Bardhan, Akshaya Ramakrishnan,  Anurag Pandey, Apoorva Zope, Asna Siddiqui, 

C

Chandarani Saste, 

H

Himanshu Sharma, 

J

Jaya Krupa, 

K

Kanak Verma, 

R

Rakshith Jain, 

S

Sarojini Sampath, Shiva Shah, Shivam Goyal, Shreyansha Patil, Shriya Agrawal, Sonali Ranjan, Sruti Kana Saha, Sruti Pulpula, Suchandra Addya, 

V

Vinay Kumar, Vishal Sah, and 

Y

Yamini Rajput.