In your Network: Meera Rajan
I'm interested in the relationship between the built environment and urban health issues
Please give a brief description of what you do and why?
I set up my practice Made by Me in 2014 to explore the relationship between the built environment and urban health issues. My core interest within this area is design and innovation with a clear social objective in order to create a better living, social, and working climate for all.
2) Why did you join the RSA?
I’ve been attending talks at the RSA for many years. It’s a great pace to meet to meet amazing people doing incredible things to help society change for the better. It’s a privilege to be part of it.
3) What are you passionate about?
Great design that improves lives, whether that's a product, service or space.
4) What makes you angry?
Crumbling and privatisation of the NHS. It’s something we are privileged to have and we should do everything we can to protect it. Everyone deserves to be healthy, not just those who can afford to be.
5) What would you change in society given the chance?
Equality, whether that be healthcare, housing or education. Especially for those who are vulnerable - the young, sick and elderly.
6) What is the most important lesson you’ve ever learnt?
That it’s ok to make mistakes.
7) What recent bit of news have you heard which inspires you?
I find medical innovation always blows my mind. This is something very personal to me as I had a heart transplant over 25 years ago when paediatric transplants were still uncharted territory. I’m astounded and incredibly grateful that I’m still here!
8) What would you like to connect with Fellows about?
Primarily I’d like to connect with Fellows interested in, or working in the field of design that improves lives, particularly in the area of health. Saying that, I’ve met RSA Fellows who cover a range of fields, and it’s always great to hear about what people are really passionate about.