- About Us
Passionate about incorporating design into the betterment of the Indian lifestyle, Design Quotient Labs aims to encourage creative minds to pursue their dreams. Run by design professionals from IIT ‐ Delhi, NID ‐ Ahmedabad, University of Genoa, Brera Academy and NIFT, DQ Labs flaunts a dedicated set of Indian and international faculty committed to spreading awareness of the importance of impeccable design. They provide counselling, online as well as physical classes, seminars, workshops,
study material for under‐graduate and post‐graduate entrance exams and organise study tours to help gain exposure to marvels around the world. The institution exclusively attends to the fields of
Design & Architectureand channels individuals to go through a metamorphosis to become creatively competitive on a national and global platform. DQ Labs assures high quality mentoring and individual attention which will all be worth the triumphs and laurels of their students. Suiting to the needs of the tech – demanding era, they constantly update their methods of facilitating learning and technology to redefine the quality of design guidance.
Umesh Kumar GL (B Arch. MDes IIT Delhi)
After stepping out of IIT Delhi, as an architect specialised in Industrial Design, Umesh equipped himself with 13 years of valuable experience in Architecture, Product Design, Digital Sculpting, Animation and Model making. He gained practical experience in esteemed international design
studios (USA, UK and India) as well as cross cultural design teams of global brands. He is the astermind behind the Online Sketch Development course which is being accessed and appreciated by students all over the world. Umesh enjoys advising and mentoring students to help them identify, improve and utilise their skills in the most efficient manner.
Shaun D’Sa (MDes IIT Delhi)
With a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Production Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from IIT Delhi, Shaun nurtured his zeal for travelling and design. After having worked as a Navigational Officer in the Merchant Navy for 5 years, he began his career in design in General Motors as a Creative Digital Sculptor, and within a short span became the Program Manager of the Design team. He has visited many countries and has extensively travelled to supplement his passion for design and architecture. His artistic and inquisitive nature supports this system to help pave the way to creative liberation.
Sharduli Joshi, (B Arch. M Plan CEPT)
Sharduli is an Architect with specialization in urban and environmental planning with 4 years of professional experience. She is a gold medalist in B. Arch from Shivaji University, Kolhapur and has pursued her Masters in Environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She has an experience of working on projects of different spatial scales. She has worked with ‘Integrid design consultants’ in Pune as an Architect on residential projects. She also has experience working in environmental and rural planning in consultancy firms like ‘Srishti Eco Research Institute’ and ‘Urcon Consultants’. She has been in the field of teaching since two years and part of the DQ Labs Pune team. She is also a partner at Arc Design Studio, Pune. Sharduli adores travelling, art and photography. In her spare time she likes to engage herself in crafts.
SarveshChinagi (MDes IIT Delhi)
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, Sarvesh completed his Master’s degree in Industrial Design from IIT Delhi. He holds over 11 years of varied experience in the field of innovation and design. Sarvesh pursued design in diverse industries, which also ferried him to countries all around the world; to name a few, the automobile industry, medical devices,user experience (UX) and electrical goods. He proudly holds 3 patents for the innovation of medical devices and has majorly contributed to design, research and development in a wide range of global projects. Out of all the countries he has travelled, he claims to admire China the most for its surpassing quality of design and innovation.Sarveshis an integral part of the company’s backbone and is dedicated to bringing forward students interested to pursue a career in design.
Prof Valerio Tolve (B Arch. Italy)
Prof. Valerio Tolve Milan, holds a degree in architecture and a PhD in Architectural Design at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Milan where he teaches architectural composition. He has taught in workshops (ETSA Universitat Politècnica de València; IUAV of Venice; SDS Architecture of Syracuse) and presented papers at conferences (Venice Biennale, University of Naples, University of Genoa). He has also coordinated projects and competitions including International Architectural Ideas Competition at the National Museum of Afghanistan (2012, honorable mention).
Luca Ferrante (B Arch. Italy)
An Italian Architect with 15+ years of experience, Luca got his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Genova, Italy. His professional experience started during the academic years, working in the fields of Furniture Design, city planning and the production of mechanical components. As a student he took part in international Architecture competitions. Specialized in steel structures, with a passion for technical drawing and 3D graphics and as a freelancer, he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including houses, health residences, commercial spaces, touristic facilities, master‐plans and industrial plants.
Mafudla Fernandes (B Arch. Portugal)
A versatile, enthusiastic and energetic architect from Portugal, Mafalda is an architect and also holds a master’s degree in Interior Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura of Universidade Técnica, Lisbon, Portugal. Her passion for Sustainable Bamboo Architecture has led her to various places including Mexico and India. She speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, French & Italian – a testimony of her love for globetrotting and exploring cultures. Find out more about her on her blog.
Keerthi is an MBA graduate, specialised in HR who will unswervingly make your journey with DQ Labs as promising as possible. Her expertise and timely insights will guide you in every step and ensure a content path to your dream design school.
A. D. Sekaran (MDes IIT Delhi)
A. D.Sekaran is an Industrial designer from IIT Delhi with more than 10 years of experience in the field of transportation, medical equipment, furniture, domestic appliances, lifestyle accessories, textile and graphic design. His works have been displayed in various Indian and international design exhibitions. Being a passionate design mentor he chooses to spread his knowledge to young aspiring students through creative design exercises and workshops. Creating awareness about design education and “Humanity through Design” are his driving factors in the field of design.
Jeeva V S
JeevaVS , a Sainik School Amaravian and a Science postgraduate from Loyola College Chennai, has 12 years of R & D experience in the scientific field. He has been awarded 3 Gold medals in the field of Physics during his academics.He had worked as Scientific Officer at Tata Insititute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai & Giant Metrewave radio Telescope, Pune for three years. Later he was employed with HCL Technologies Ltd, Bangalore as Senior Software Consultant for more than 6 Years. Soon he realized his passion for teaching science and inspiring youth in creative education. He is actively involved in practical sessions.
Dion D'Sa (Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA)
Dion holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore. He has worked with companies like General Motors, Hunnebeck and Mahindra & Mahindra in both Operational and Management functions. He has traveled to over 15 countries and believes that the purpose to travelling is to appreciate food, culture and architecture
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
DQ Labs works towards facilitating career aspirants in the field of architecture and design. It aims to yield a resourceful, healthy and advanced lifestyle from the creative calibre of India. DQ Labs aims to make possible a simple, yet powerful living using cutting‐edge technology and inspired radical design.
DQ Labs envisions a generation of students who set the global benchmark in the field of design and architecture, so that they reflect India’s underlying culture, geography and technology when they infuse into the industry. DQ Labs envisages the reflection of the mettle, the ethos and the beauty that runs in the history of India in the Indian lifestyle.
WHO ARE WE?
In 2007, two quick‐witted products of IIT Delhi, whilst working for General Motors, grew a desire to guide students aspiring a career in design. Umesh and Shaun knew that DQ Labs could help provide a strong foundation to empower aspirants seeking a career in architecture and design. They brought together a group of trustworthy, adroit and accomplished people who are stanchly supporting the Indian bandwagon that is set out to conquer the field of design and architecture.