Ar. Neelam Manjunath is an architect, planner, scientist, activist and theoretician, with two graduate degrees, in Science from REI Degree College, Dayalbagh, Agra and in Architecture, from Govt. College of Architecture, Lucknow in 1987. Her education, however, is much wider and includes training in several skills related to sustainable architecture, Media Architecture and Charrettee Training from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, as well as a PG Diploma in Theology from Dayalbagh University, Agra.
She is a practicing architect since 1991, currently based in Bangalore. Her architecture is distinguished for the use of low energy materials and technologies with special emphasis on Bamboo. Her passion for sustainable architecture and the use of bamboo as a sustainable material reflects in all her works of architecture
She has won the prestigious Sir M Vishwesvaraya Prize (2005) for innovative use of bamboo, the IIA-Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Award (2005) for Excellence in Rural Architecture, for design of a residential school at Gandsi, Hassan Dist. Karnataka and was nominated for the Aga Khan award for Architecture 2013 for her office project “Bamboo Symphony”.