Kamara Projects is an architecture practice based in Kathmandu and New York founded by Miku Dixit and Laura Diamond in 2014.
At a time when the languages of South Asia did not have a word to signify the internal partition of space, the word camara travelled eastward via the seafaring lascars of the 18th century and eventually took root as kamra for “room” or “chamber” in the subcontinent. The word also serves as the basis for the camera obscura (darkened chamber) — the precursor to the modern photographic instrument. Kamara Projects straddles the realms of space and optics but also the history of cultural exchange (both maritime and overland) between South Asia and other regions.
Miku Dixit is an architect and holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in English Literature. Miku's writing has been published in Log Journal for Architecture and he has worked at Adjaye Associates in New York. He is currently faculty at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and at Barnard + Columbia Architecture in New York City teaching design studios at the graduate and undergraduate level. Miku was previously a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University and at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Laura Diamond is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and a PhD candidate in Architectural History and Theory at Columbia University. She has a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College, where she studied Art History. Prior to attending Princeton she worked in the exhibitions department at the International Center of Photography and as a studio assistant for Allan Sekula. Her writing has been published in The Avery Review, Camera Austria, and Pidgin; she also has an essay in Sekula’s posthumous book Facing the Music. As a co-organizer of Who Builds Your Architecture?, she has collaborated on the group’s installations in the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research is on architecture, infrastructures, and labor in the Indian Ocean World.
Milap Dixit holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Haverford College. He has previously worked with agps architecture, Hashim Sarkis Studios, and the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.