I am an architect and academic based in London and Mumbai. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield (ESRC WRDTP with Professor Doina Petrescu) working on developing a civic pedagogy toolkit based on my doctoral research. I completed my PhD in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Development Planning Unit at UCL in 2019 with Professors Yeoryia Manolopoulou and Camillo Boano's supervision. I am a senior architect at Turner Works. Previously I worked as senior architect at London practice We Made That. I studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and then The Royal College of Art. After graduating from the RCA, I worked for a number of years at Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture, designing sustainable schools and nurseries, where I completed her ARB/RIBA professional certificate, at the Bartlett School of Architecture. My practice-led research is situated in Mumbai, India since 2011, looking at the links between architecture and learning, and developing a design pedagogy that includes school children in the design of their environment. 

I co-founded the Mumbai biennial Photography Festival FOCUS, and collaborate regularly with urban farming initiative Fresh & Local based in Mumbai, that works to create places for communities to grow their own food organically and improve health through gardens in the city. 

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