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Curated by
Deepika Srivastava

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The study of individual architectural practices is usually approached through the format of the monograph, wherein the focus is solely on the architect, their ideology and the design of the built form. This column explores a way to approach contemporary architectural practice in India through the lens of factors influencing and determining the day-to-day operations of a practice. 

To do this, factors which influence practice, such as location, organisational structure, media coverage, external collaborators such as contractors, photographers, subject-specific experts like environmentalists, and nature of commissioning clients, will be considered and their impact explored through specific projects. Gender also becomes an inescapable lens to consider these factors. 

Such an approach situates the study of architecture within the societal landscape in which professional practice occurs. It could also help unearth the networks of architectural practice in India, and explore the tensions between global capitalism, the so-called soft power of the creative industries and the ‘on the ground’ realities of architectural practice and production in the Global South.

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Curator: Deepika Srivastava

Deepika Srivastava is an Ahmedabad-based design historian whose creative practice lies at the intersection of curation, academia, and writing. Her degrees are in History of Design (MA from The Royal College of Art, London, Sep 2019-Dec 2020, which she graduated with a distinction) and in Interior Design (B.Des. from CEPT University, Jul 2012-Dec 2017). After her MA, she has worked with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad on government funded crafts sector and curatorial projects. She is a Visiting Faculty with leading design institutes in India like NID Ahmedabad, RV University (Bengaluru), and the upcoming BITS Design School in Mumbai. She has also spoken in international conferences including the Futuring Design Education, IIT-Delhi, Feb 2024; What Futures for Design History?, Politecnico di Milano, Nov 2023 etc. Her writings have been published in various academic and journalistic publications. Her advisory roles include a Trustee position at the Design History Society.



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