Malini Srivastava
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Research and Interest:

Registered architect with 15 years experience in professional practice; a participant on national award-winning architectural projects, with recognition for research with fellowship and grants.

Research Interests:
1. Serious Pervasive Games and Knowledge Mapping as design tools to address the energy efficiency gap
2. Design tools for wicked problems
3. Energy Efficiency as a fuel source through quantified passive design
4. Defining a vernacular through full scale additive modeling in construction
5. Building skin: Coalescing layered performance through additive modeling

Teaching Interests:
1. Cooperative learning as a design pedagogy
2. Full-scale making as a design pedagogy
3. Design/Build
4. Passive Design

Educational Credentials:

Doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture, 2014-present

Master of Architecture (m. arch.), Conferred by the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, mn. Dean’s Commendation, 1998

Bachelor of Architecture (b. arch.), Conferred by the University of Bombay, Mumbai, India. First Class with Honors, 1991

Selected Grants and Recent Awards:

2014- Bush Foundation, 2014 Fellow. 2-year fellowship to develop design-based tools for high improvements in energy efficiency in existing housing stock in an oil-rich state titled “One Block at a Time.” The Fellowship description reads “.....We seek leaders who have already demonstrated exceptional gifts, who could benefit from intensive development through self-designed or academic programs, and who are committed to making the region a better place.”

2014. American Architecture Awards, Chicago Athenaeum, (Salmela). Izzy’s Ice Cream Manufacturing + Retail Facility, Minneapolis, mn. Team members: David Salmela, Malini Srivastava, Stephanie Getty, David Getty. This award is of international significance.

2014. AIA North Dakota Honor Award for Residential Architecture (DandElab). Horizon House, Moorhead mn. Team members: Malini Srivastava & Mike Christenson. This award is of regional significance.

2012. AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award. The citation reads “for her passion for teaching and education, her advocacy for energy sustainability, and her leadership within her community.” This award is of regional significance.

Selected Publications and Recent Research:

Co-authored with Peter Atwood, Mike Christenson. “Design-Build as a Reversal of Professional Practice.” To be Published in Proceedings, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Fall Conference, Halifax, Nova Sotia, TBD. (2014)

Co-authored with Alison Kwok, Matthew Hogan and Mary Rogero. “Passive Aggressive Education: Infusing Passive House Principles into the Curriculum.” In Proceedings, Architectural Research Consortium Conference, Denver, co. 321-329. (2013)

Srivastava, Malini. “Design/Build as a University Startup.” In Proceedings, Passive House National Conference, Passive House Institute United States, Denver, co. 231-238. (2012)

Sustainable Campus Plan, University of Minnesota, Itasca Biological Station, Itasca State Park, Minnesota. Provided consulting services on all aspects of the report and energy modeling of existing structures to Architectural Alliance, Minneapolis MN. Report submitted to Elizabeth Wrobleewski, Chief Administrative Officer, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota. (2010)

Co-authored with Mike Christenson. “A proposal for a cross-disciplinary design pedagogy: Generative full-scale investigations.” In Proceedings, International Conference on Design Education: Tradition and Modernity, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 231-238. (2005)


Minnesota; India.
Certificate of Completion in Building Science Fundamentals.
Certified Passive House Consultant.
Certificate of Completion in WUFI (Wärme und Feuchte instationär)

Professional Experience:

Project Lead, efargo, Fargo’s entry to Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition, 2014 - present.

Architect and Principal, Design and Energy Laboratory, Fargo, ND, 2010-present

Senior Project Architect (Partner Track), Salmela Architect, Duluth/Minneapolis/Fargo, mn/nd (currently on sabbatical leave), 2005-present. Website

Partner, Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design (lead Inc.), Minneapolis, mn, 2003-2005.Website

Intern Architect, Vincent James and Associates (vjaa), Minneapolis, mn, 2003. Website

Intern Architect (Project Leader), Julie Snow Architects (jsa), Minneapolis, mn, 2001-2003. Website

Intern Architect (Associate), Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle Ltd. (ms&r Design), Minneapolis, mn, 1995-2001. Website

Professional Memberships:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Building Technology Educator's Society (BTES)
Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)
Passive House Association (PHAUS)

Courses Taught:

M.Arch Thesis Studio (Univ of MN.)
ARCH 771 Fifth-Year Graduate studios (NDSU)
ARCH 472 Fourth-Year Graduate Studio (NDSU)
ARCH 8251 First-Year Graduate Studio (Univ. of MN)
Summer Intensive Studio (Univ. of MN)
ARCH 271 Second-Year Undergraduate Studio (NDSU)
ARCH 4283 Second-year Undergraduate Studios (Univ. of MN)
ARCH 5281 & 5282 First-Year Undergraduate Studios (Univ. of MN)
ARCH 5351 AutoCAD (Univ. of MN)
ARCH 5381 Computer Aided Architectural Design (Univ. of MN)
ARCH 5350 Study Abroad Program: India (Univ. of MN)
ARCH 789 Seminar in Building Construction (NDSU)

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, NDSU, 2015-present

Lecturer. Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, nd, 2007, 2011.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture. Department of Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, mn, 1998-2006.

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, mn, 1992-1994.