Dev Desai is currently completing his bachelor’s degree of Architecture at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies in Mumbai, India.
His research currently focuses on the application of artificial intelligence in architecture as a democratic means of design for affordable housing. Delving into decentralised methods of construction, materials and implementation, Desai’s work studies how building off the technological zeitgeist of the modern area can make architecture more accessible and sustainable for local communities, particularly in times of crises.
As a student, he has taken part in internships at Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Vietnam and at Toyo Ito and Associates, where he worked on the design and development of the Ikeuchi Shopping complex, the Ningbo Huamao School library in Japan and the Lijiang Hot Springs in China.
He was a Selected Scholar at the Norman Foster Foundation - Re-materializing Housing Workshop, supported by the Holcim Foundation and held in Madrid in 2021.