Introducing, Sneha Easwaran!
Say hello to Sneha Easwaran, the newest designer on our Site Design team. Sneha's times in Singapore and Philadelphia were crucial in informing her perspective as an individual, designer, and artist. No matter the scale or type of project, Sneha loves the interdisciplinary aspects of design and seeing a project through from beginning to end.
July 14, 2021
My name is Sneha and I am part of Board & Vellum’s fantastic site design and landscape architecture team. I was born and raised in Singapore, a place I consider home. Growing up, the city was a great way to experience the melting pot of diverse cultures and languages. My memories are ones filled with the sweet taste of tropical fruit (longan, rambutan, and lychee), the smell of rain after a scorching sunny day, the food (chili crab, sweet shavings of ais kacang, and cendol), my mother’s delicious and comforting South Indian meals, and the nightlife, an experience of its own.
My background is deeply rooted in fine art as the city offered me an insight into a material setting for an alternative, cohesive career. I got to a point where I knew I wanted to cultivate a grounded perspective by honing my skills not only as an artist but most importantly, to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – to design. I saw the importance of design in being able to play a role in the built environment and the need to collaborate from a project’s inception to completion. The interdisciplinary aspect of this field helped me transgress boundaries and provide fresh viewpoints as I knew that the hermetic stance of the singular is no longer valued; rather, collaboration is in dire need to understand systems and their complications of the contemporary world. I took my theoretical and research-based art practice and furthered it into an art & design practice, where everything just seemingly clicked.
The first city I ever lived in the States was Philadelphia and I hold this city very close to me. It makes me very nostalgic to think about the city, as it was the first place to embrace my quirkiness and change me to being the independent person that I am today. I chose to pursue my design journey at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design mainly because I’ve admired some of the works from established faculty such as Laurie Olin, James Corner, John Dixon Hunt, Anu Mathur & Dilip da Cunha, to name a few.
I loved every minute of grad school, and I am now appreciating how much freedom we all had to expand the horizons of design. What I found coming out of this journey was that it strengthened my skillsets as a designer and sharpened them further as time went on. I went on to work with some esteemed design firms and was fortunate enough to take on work in a plethora of scales and typologies from waterfronts, to smaller public parks, private institutions, to urban designs and streetscapes. It all really came full circle, and I am really glad I made that journey from Southeast Asia to the States – it opened my eyes to a whole new world.
I am ecstatic to expand my knowledge of the built environment at Board & Vellum with such a talented group of folks. What I love most about the firm is that we work with an interdisciplinary group of people and so the involvement of what’s going on from interior design to architecture and preservation, and site design, is the silver lining. Collaboration is the key to Board & Vellum’s story, and I absolutely love it!