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.
Ethos

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.

  • Equal opportunities to succeed

    An online platform democratises the process of learning. There are no baggages. Your marks don’t matter, your location does not matter, what matters is your interest and desire to learn and excel.

Team ACEDGE & Ethos

  • Gita  Balakrishnan

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Rashni Parichha

    Rashni Parichha

    Pedagogy Explorer at ACEDGE

    Rashni is a digital designer by day and a power yogi by evening. She has her roots in architecture. Started off as an architect but after several twists and turns in her pursuit of becoming a distinguished creative person she ended up as the designer that she is today. She has worked with and for organizations from India, Italy, UAE, USA, Singapore, Serbia, Nigeria, Philippines among many others. Even though she does not practice as a professional architect any longer she still contributes to the field from time to time in limited capacity.
  • Pooja Rajashree Srinivas

    Pooja Rajashree Srinivas

    Guru Shishya Manager at ACEDGE

    She is an architect by profession who keenly believes in design being a great form of expression and hopes to explore this form in multitude dimensions. Communicating design in its most authentic forms, from vernacular to modern has always drawn her to create an impact in the field of education and she hopes to explore her writing and communication through different forms, adding meaning to the field of architecture and design bringing out the story, the texture and the narrative between different ages and spaces.
  • Ayaz Pasha

    Ayaz Pasha

    Visualiser at ACEDGE

    Ayaz Pasha is a recent graduate in Architecture from Sri Venkateshwara College, Hyderabad. He is currently working as a freelance graphic designer and a Visualizer. His interests vary from fascination towards form, space and composition to art and literature. He is an aspiring actor, and has been associated with the theatre scene in Hyderabad for over 3 years.
  • Nisarga Vishwanath

    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.

Past supports

  • Abhishek  Behera

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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

A

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.