Hello folks! I’m Divya Natarajan and I’m super excited to be the new intern for sustainability advisory services at SIS.
Coming from Ithaca, New York to Raleigh-Durham has been an awesome change in terms of weather <brr,winter!>. Moving from grad life to work life has been a very fun process because of the lively startup culture at SIS – I am also in love with the awesome business incubator environment and the beautifully renovated American Tobacco campus. As a student of sustainable design research from Cornell, I have a passion for good design and more importantly, great sustainability – put together, design that has a positive impact. My move here is not only to pursue my passion for sustainability research but to flex my skills in a way that has real world consequences and it has been an amazing time to find that my passions are shared by the company I work for.
My love for sustainability began fairly young in an organic manner, and until it snuck up on me while I was studying architecture in India, I didn’t have a name for what I called meaningful design. I’ve always been a passionate seeker of information, stumbling from topic to topic in a quest to understand the whys and hows of things that are and what they could be. As an intern and architect, I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the creative atmosphere of design, but soon realized I felt stifled by being bound by conventional considerations of how design practice works where it is easy to experiment with aesthetics but tough to experiment with functionality and processes. After working as a researcher for sustainability technology and design for a whole, I realized that research and practice was the way I could move up to where I wanted to be – gathering information and creating strategy that could potentially help improve the world.
This quest led me to the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell, which is a great community for exchange of ideas and interdisciplinary collaboration. I began to view sustainability through various lenses such media, architecture, human factors, management through my learning experiences, all of which helped me in understanding the tangible and intangible benefits of seeking sustainability and how I could enable and communicate this to stakeholders.
At SIS I believe that my internship will be a great learning experience, not only in working on varied projects with multiple clients, but more importantly how to make the business of sustainability sustainable. I’m fascinated by the practical process of taking on a real-world challenge and believe that my education and experiences will enable to combine my skill sets from various fields of research, design and organizational management to develop sustainability solutions in a challenging work environment. I am looking forward to building my own expertise and contributing to the dynamic team at SIS in our shared quest for business solution development with a sustainable human-centric focus.
About the Author (Author Profile)Divya Natarajan brings a background in sustainable design and architecture to Sustainable Industrial Solutions. She is completing her Masters in Human- Environment Relations focusing on Sustainable Design Studies from Cornell University. Divya is a researcher, designer, writer who is passionate about enabling people-centred design & experiences in a holistic, sustainable manner.
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