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Purva Chawla

Founder and Partner

After practicing as an Architect in the US and India, Purva launched MaterialDriven in early 2016. In creating the (then) online platform, her goal was to create a space where innovative design and materials could be broadcast in an open-source format. As a partnership, MaterialDriven has since evolved into an educational and commercial interface between material developers of all scales, and applications in the architectural, interiors, product and fashion industries. As a curator, communicator, and design consultant, Purva’s focus lies on interdisciplinary design practices, products and spaces rooted in sustainable, cutting edge materials, and the makers behind them. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in Philadelphia, and the Sushant School of Art and Architecture in New Delhi, India.

Purva can be reached at purvac@materialdriven.com

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Adele Orcajada


Adele has a background in making and developing extraordinary craft accessories for fashion, working with communities in Peru and Ecuador as well as Europe and Asia. Looking for exciting material innovation has always been one of her passions. During her masters in MA Applied Imagination at Central Saint Martins she researched the relationship between materials, culture and identity, graduating with Distinction. Since then, she has been a Material Researcher and Curator at a London Material Library, developing exhibitions and presentations that support designers and architects in their material discovery. As partner at Material Driven, she supports and connects the new generations of material makers with industry leaders and suppliers.

She can be reached at adele@materialdriven.com


Utami Giles

Head of Business Development

An advocate for Sustainable Fashion and Material Innovation, Utami brings her extensive experience in business development, strategy, branding and communication to these fields. Nearly 15 years in the fashion retail sector have fueled her commitment to sustainability and environmental health, and strengthened her belief in what materials can do. In addition to her role leading business development at MaterialDriven, Utami is currently Board Advisor for Chip[s]Board and Brand Strategist for the Ethical Brand Directory. She was previously head of Sales, Marketing and Communications at Ananas Anam.

She can be reached at utami@materialdriven.com

Past Associates and Interns

Daphne Stylianou/ Abigail Ward / Josephine Harrison-Hall / Yuen-Ying Lam