DOT School of Design’s Chairman, Mr. AR R Raammnath, started his career as a practicing architect having an affinity towards conservation and preservation of geographically ethnic buildings. He has also been trained under Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Pondicherry, on several renovation and revitalization projects. Leadership has always been his strong forte as a Manager, Leader and an Executive in renowned architectural firms. He also found his passion for journalism and writing which led him to explore his line of work as sub-editor for ‘Buildersline’. He has always been interested in sharing one’s acquired knowledge and believed strongly in pedagogy.
In line with the above, Mr. Raammnath always believed that ‘when provided a right learning environment, any child or a person is eligible to learn and do wonders beforehand’. This drove him to craft a creative environment for the students to learn design. He started an educational platform for all the creative and design enthusiasts to meet, explore and learn mutually, irrespective of their educational background and age. When he met designers with a similar vision, the platform grew out to be “dSchool'' in Chennai. dSchool was started to fill the gap of awareness on design and creative education in Tamilnadu. Mr. Raamnnath is currently pursuing his research on Conservation and Enhancement of Athangudi tiles.
Recognizing that a university approved certificate programme with career driven courses would greatly enhance the prospects of the students, Mr. AR R Raammnath also launched Vista Institute of Design – a branch of dSchool that laid the foundation to bridge the gap between design education and industrial experience. The courses were designed around real-life projects that provided students with hands-on experience within the design industry.
In 2020, fuelled by the success of dSchool and Vista Institute of Design, Mr. AR R Raammnath wished to build a bridge that comprehensively connected the voice of the design industry to an academic environment. He accomplished this by designing a syllabus that followed the structured characteristic akin to an academic institution, and at the same time, providing a creative environment with the right infrastructure to help students develop skill-based learning. The result of this vision is DOT School of Design – an academic institution that plays off the strengths of dSchool and Vista Institute of Design.
Professor Singanapalli Balaram is an esteemed industrial designer, senior faculty member, and Emeritus professor. He discovered a deep fascination for the captivating traditions of song and storytelling, particularly the exquisite art of Tholu Bommalata. With the medium of paper, he embarked on a remarkable journey to recreate the enchantment of shadow puppetry, enthralling the children in his neighborhood. As his love for literature flourished, he found immense joy in crafting compelling narratives, which inspired him to become a skilled author and has written around 13 books. His life took a transformative turn when he was provided with an education that broke the cycle of farming and opened doors to a world of possibilities. Prof Balaram S pursued a career as a signboard painter, eventually becoming a mechanical engineer before discovering his true passion for design. At the National Institute of Design (NID), Prof Balaram S honed his skills and embarked on a remarkable journey. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London, collaborating with distinguished figures in the field. Throughout his career, he held key positions at NID and made significant contributions to the design industry. Prof Balaram's diverse pursuits include short story writing, package design, and film criticism. He has been involved in groundbreaking projects, including the development of an affordable and comfortable bicycle, innovative agricultural implements, and architecturally groundbreaking designs. Notable among his achievements is the design of a life-saving oxygenator, which received India's prestigious National Meritorious Invention Award. With four patents to his credit, Prof Balaram S is recognized internationally for his exceptional work. Currently, he serves as the Design head of DOT School of Design. Prof Balaram's journey from a humble village to becoming an influential industrial designer and educator stands as a testament to the power of education and human creativity. His unwavering dedication continues to inspire designers worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on the world of design.
She is an Alumna of NID - Ahmedabad. She has completed her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, Chennai. She went on to pursue a postgraduate diploma course in textile design from NID - Ahmedabad. She started off her career in 2011 as the senior designer in a leading export house in Bangalore and then went on to work as an independent textile designer in the field of home textiles, fashion/apparel, costume and styling. Elizabeth is a textile enthusiast and her keen interest in design education has urged her to take up teaching. She has been teaching different design modules to students at NIFT - Chennai for more than 5 years. She is currently the DEAN - ACADEMICS & a faculty of textile design at DOT School of Design.
Yoganand VP is a Car & Transportation designer from Milan, Italy. After his post-graduation from Domus Academy in Milan, he worked with multiple international design firms including FIAT, Pininfarina, BTS - Design Innovation srl, FCA - Canada, Landini SpA and more. Yoganand expanded his design strength into Industrial, Interior & Graphic Design in the early days of his career. He worked as a Deputy Manager - Product Development in TI Cycles of India, bringing over 100 products to the Indian bicycle market successfully through brands like BSA, Ladybird, Hercules, Roadeo & Montra. He was also part of the Advance - Design team innovating various industry-first creative concepts. He has also designed various brand identities such as the logo design for TATA International’s bicycle division - “STRYDER”. With his passion for business, Yoganand pursued his MBA in International Business Management. Yoganand is the Founder & Design Head at Nix Dizains LLP, a multifunctional design studio in south India. He spread his dominance to become a successful entrepreneur having various businesses in the various fields of Design, Food & restaurant, construction and more.
Having a proven track record in project management roles, combined with demonstrated design experience, Yoganand has worked towards continuous business growth through design. With strong interpersonal & teaching skills, he has the ability to motivate & drive students to mold them into world-class designers. Currently, he is the DEAN - ADMISSION & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT at DOT School of Design.
With a BFA in Painting from Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai in 1996, and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda, in 2001, Aparajithan lives and breathes art.
A selection of his Group exhibitions from 1998 through to 2022 has to include “Human Form and Art” curated by Mr. Reddappa Naidu, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; “Similarities and Dissimilarities” - Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; ‘Space, Body, Land and Senses’ curated by Ebenezer Singh - Sarala Art Gallery, Chennai; ‘Swipe South’ - Rosebud Contemporary, New York; ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ - Karupu Art Collective in collaboration with Art Chennai; ‘The Lisp of Children’ - Karupu Art Collective, Chennai; “Fathers and Sons” - Singh and Thapar Projects; New Delhi, Painting Exhibition - Faraway Tree Art Gallery, Chennai; “Works on Paper” - Faraway Tree Art Gallery, Chennai; “Missing Links ll” - Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; “Southern Contemporaries” - Indus Vista Art Gallery, Mumbai; “Missing Links” - Gallery Sumukha, Chennai; “Major Trends in Contemporary Art” – Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.
He has been honored with the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi award for Painting in 1998 and a Junior Fellowship from the Culture Department, New Delhi, 2022. He is a frequent artist at camps, some of which are ‘Fluid Signs: Perceptions and Identity’, Artist camp, Dakshina Chitra, Chennai, 2006; International Painters Camp from the SAARC Nations, Lalit Kala Akademi, Hyderabad, 2005 and All India Painters’ Camp at CCMB, Hyderabad, 2002. Aparajithan lives and works in Chennai, where he has also been on the faculty of Government College of Fine Arts, Faculty, Dept of Communication, Dr G.R. Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore. Department of Visual Communication, Madras Christian College and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai.