Kamara Projects is a research-driven architecture collaborative based between New York and South Asia and was founded by Miku Dixit and Laura Diamond Dixit 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 — the precursor to the modern photographic instrument. Kamara Projects thus straddles the realms of space and optics but also the history of cultural exchange (both maritime and overland) between South Asia and other regions.
Kamara Projects works in all mediums from drawing, video, and installation to built work at the architectural scale.
Miku Dixit is an architect and holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in English Literature. His writing has been published in Log Journal for Architecture and he has worked at Adjaye Associates in New York.
Laura Diamond Dixit 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.