Ajay Manthripragada
Wortham Fellow


Prior to coming to Rice, Ajay Manthripragada taught core and advanced design studios at UC Berkeley, where he also directed InArch, the post-baccalaureate program in architecture, from 2014-2016. He has been an invited guest critic at Cornell, RISD, Harvard, and The Cooper Union.
Manthripragada holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Princeton. He worked in various architecture firms in Paris, New York and San Francisco before founding his own studio in 2014. The office has completed several small projects since its inception, including a new house and art gallery in Berkeley. Manthripragada's work has been exhibited at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and the School of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 2018, Manthripragada was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Amercias Prize as an emerging practictioner. 
Manthripragada's Wortham Fellowship research takes up questions of the use of architectural precedent apart from its signifying capacities. The project seeks to devise and situate a new model for the presence of historical references in design studio pedagogy.


  • M.Arch., Princeton University
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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