Kriti is an Architect-Urban Designer with over a decade of diversely rich professional experience, her research is uniquely situated at the intersection of social justice and environmental sustainability. Intimately engaged at the grassroots level for most part of her professional career, Kriti decided to rejoin the academia for bridging the seemingly irreconcilable theory-praxis gap. She can simultaneously operate at various scales, interlinking the smallest construction detail to larger policies and theories by virtue of her understanding about how social theories must inform technology and her nuanced approach to calibrating her skills between architecture, urbanism and society. She deconstructs spaces into its constitutive sociopolitical elements such as health, human safety, criminality, discriminations and deformities which are rarely examined in the academia. She has worked with reputed architectural firms and collaborated with international design firms on projects ranging from furniture design, multiplex, medical centre, residences and educational institutions. She has also taught as a Visiting Professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University and Sushant School of Art and Architecture. This built environment enthusiast is also passionate about making jewellery (KalaKritis), dot-painting, reading and loves to Salsa! She also performed the lead role of ‘Rose’ in Atelier Theatre’s adaptation of the ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.
Teaching and Research Interests
Built Environment studies and its intersection with gender, crime prevention, public health focusing on mental health, human behaviour; social and environmental sustainability, inclusive urbanism; environmental psychology.
- 2017: Position Paper on ‘Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Infrastructure’ as part of the CapaCITIES project commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) co-authored with Dr. Anvita Arora and Ashima Garg (Read here: http:// www.capacitiesindia.org/position-paper/)
- 2018: “Towards a Peaceful City: Exploring Socially Inclusive Neighbourhoods” in the Journal of Urban Design-Mental Health. (Read here: https://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/ journal-5---quality-of-life- design-rohini.html)
- 2019: “From the City of Djinns* to the City of Sins”: Research Paper on how Delhi has facilitated Mental Well-Being through its Urban Design published in the Journal of Urban Design-Mental Health. (Read here: https://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/journal-6- delhi.html)
Research Projects/Advisory Work (Selected)
- 2021: “Geography of Rage”
- 2020 onwards: “Eyes on The Street: A Look through the Gender Lens”
- 2018: “The State and Social Citizenship: Housing struggles of the Urban poor in Delhi”. Research Assistant for PhD Doctoral Project submitted to Jawaharlal Nehru University. Lead Researcher – Diksha Jha
- 2017: Advisor to Ministry of Women & Child Development (MoWCD), New Delhi for the project “Funding for Women’s Safety in Indian Cities: Action Areas to utilize the Nirbhaya Fund.”
- 2017: Advisor to Ministry of Women & Child Development (MoWCD), New Delhi for the Formulation of Manual for Women-Friendly Indian Cities.
- 2017: Advisor to Delhi Commission for Women, New Delhi for “Safe Delhi Committee”.
- 2015-2017: Program Manager with Safetipin, Gurugram conducting women’s safety audits of public places .
- 2013: Chandni Chowk Revisited: An Indo-Italian Collaboration in Old Delhi.
- 2010-2011: with Dr. Ruchita Garg on “Rental Housing Options for EWS in New Delhi”.
Conferences/Invited Talks (selected)
- 2019: Invited Speaker, Mindspace 2019: To Shape a Beautiful Mind, New Delhi. Conducted an interactive session on ‘City and Self’.
- 2019: Curator, Guftagoo by Humans of Safe Places, Delhi.
- 2017: Invited Panelist, ‘Partnering with Youth for Social Accountability’ as part of the Asian Development Bank’s Youth for Asia Event, Manila.
- 2016: Invited Speaker representing Safetipin, Special Session on Women’s Safety at New Delhi Municipal Council, New Delhi.
- 2016: Invited Speaker representing Safetipin, United Nation’s African Forum for Urban Safety, Durban. The youngest speaker and the only Indian present at the three-day event.
- 2016: Invited Panelist, Strategies on Women’s Safety and Rights, Delhi. The only Architect- Urban Designer present at the session.
- 2011: Awarded “Cities that Learn’ Award for Living Cities Design Competition with Ashok B. Lall Architects organised by The International Living Future Institute, Vancouver.
- 2007: Rank 2 for Dissertation, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi. Dissertation Title: “Imitation: The Irony in Architecture”
Dissertation Advisor: Parul Kiri Roy
- 2006: Best Overall Performance (Rank 1) for Fourth Year, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi.
- 2003: Best Overall Performance (Rank 1) for First Year, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi.
- 2003: Best Design for Second Semester’s Design Studio, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi. The same was also published in the School magazine.
Project: Sculptor’s Residence in Chamba.