Gita Balakrishnan

Architect; Founder Ethos and ACEDGE

Gita Balakrishnan is the Founder of Ethos, an organisation that works to make the architectural and civil engineering community alive to the changes happening globally. She is a B.Arch from School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi. Gita has done Practical training at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and attended aTraining Program on Stabilized Mud Blocks & other alternative methods of construction at IISc Bangalore.She worked as a shelter coordinator in the slums of Bangalore with AVAS, an NGO – and is now a trustee. Gita founded Ethos ( in 2002. Ethos reaches out to over 35000 students of architecture and civil engineering from around 600 colleges across India through interesting events. Ethos launched ACEDGE ( in 2018 – to offer online EDucation modules in the field of Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Design.Gita is currently the Chairperson of the West Bengal Chapter of Indian Institute of Architects. Gita Balakrishnan is a runner and has managed a few milestones in this activity too. Most of the above endeavours have largely been paths uncharted and forging ahead has been an exciting process of discovery.She was on the Shortlist of the top 25 People in Kolkata in the Lead India Campaign by The Times of India.



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