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Who’s Theorizing Architectural Practices in South Asia and How?

Join us for a conversation with Sanjeev Vidyarthi, a professor of city design in the department of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois Chicago. He will discuss interim findings from an ongoing, long-term project studying who is building cities in contemporary India and how. Employing a pragmatist approach, the talk will share broad outlines of a sub-project that seeks to explore the nature and scope of practices leading architects and urban designers are innovating to engage with the rapidly growing ranks of India’s city-builders such as state institutions, public agencies, emergent entrepreneurs, real-estate developers, place-based communities, moneyed individuals, and religious movements.


Sanjeev Vidyarthi is a professor of urban planning and policy, senior fellow of the Great Cities Institute, and the founding director of the Masters in City Design (MCD) program at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Exploring the case of contemporary urban India, he studies who does the city planning and design work in such a massive, complex country and how. Sanjeev works with progressive scholars and professional practitioners worldwide and has authored five books and many essays published in leading academic journals. 

This event is a part of the ‘State of Architecture in South Asia’ project initiated by the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University, The South Asia GSD Student Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and supported by the Architecture Foundation, India. For more, follow
Light refreshments will be served.