Nicola Antaki studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and The Royal College of Art. After graduating from the RCA, she worked for a number of years at Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture, designing sustainable schools and nurseries, where she completed her part 3 ARB/RIBA professional certificate, at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Subsequently she has been working independently on a design-led research project in Mumbai, India since February 2011, looking at how architecture can be a third teacher and developing a critical pedagogical participatory design process that includes school children in the improvement of their learning environment. The focus of this project is on learning environments for children who are from low-income backgrounds or live in informal settlements and attend municipal schools. She started a PhD on the subject in 2012 between The Bartlett School of Architecture and the Development Planning Unit at UCL. She is part of an 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.