Akanksha Maglani is an Architect and Interior Architect by education and a practicing museum professional. Her research and practice lie at the intersection of the evolution and experience of the museum as an institution, and its purpose in a cross-cultural frame. She is a post graduate from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, with an International Masters in Interior Architecture and Design. As part of the program, she studied at The Istanbul Technical University and worked on a variety of interior architecture projects that were rooted in Turkey’s history and culture. In her academic research, she has investigated the evolution of museums as an institution and its role in post-Independence India along with case studies analysing visual representation techniques and tools in contemporary museum design practices.
She has worked extensively with museums across India, including the National Museum of India in Delhi, the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur, City Palace museum in Udaipur, Indian Music Experience in Bengaluru, as well as Museum of Art and Photography, among others. Her work spans from exhibition design and research to community outreach and strategic development. She is currently conducting India’s first audience research for an upcoming museum in Bengaluru and developing curatorial methodologies for museums that are community-centered. She is currently curious and researching about museums and climate change, empathy in design and social sustainability..
Her teaching heavily borrows from her work and focuses on visual narratives, representation techniques and methodologies within the ever evolving design ecosystem. She teaches courses on design research, designing through narratives and exhibition and museum design.
When not at work, one will find her surrounded by books, daydreaming about setting up a public library by the seaside, and collecting postcards. She lives to play with her cat, Koshy, who is okay being part of this bio as long as she continues to pet him.