I am a feminist architect, historian, critic, theorist, curator, editor, author, and an educator and I have been involved in academic practice for the past 18 years in India and Australia. My scholarship is positioned across the fields of theories in architectural history; surface studies; and intersections of surface and textile readings with architectural design theory and methods. I have edited/authored three books across these fields. I also have lived experience and understanding of diverse student learning cultures through my teaching experiences in leading schools of architecture in Australia (University of New South Wales and many others), China (Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University), and India (Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Avani Institute of Design).
I have been appointed as the Dean, Faculty of Design, Manipal University Jaipur. My previous appoinment was as Dean (Academics) at Avani Institute of Design, where my role is one of institution building that involves academic quality and enhancement; thought leadership; faculty development; and other related roles and responsibilities. My recent honorary appointments include being 1) Regional Editor (Asia Pacific), Textile; Cloth and Culture Journal, Taylor and Francis; 2) Elected Companion to The Guild of St George; 3) Area Editor for South/East Asia, Bloomsbury Global Encyclopaedia of Women in Architecture; 4) Editorial Board, Cambridge Scholars Publishing; and 5) Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History, University of Queensland.
I am the Area Editor (Asia), The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015, Edited by Karen Burns and Lori Brown (Chief editors), London: Bloomsbury, 2021. I have authored three books – John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture, Routledge, 2017; Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney, COPAL Publishing, New Delhi, 2014, which aimed to reveal the expanded field of architecture in the city; and edited collection, Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2013, which demonstrated that the practice of surface is simultaneously superficial and pervasive, symbol and space, meaningful and functional, static and transitory, and object and envelope. I have authored essays on potentialities of surface as urban, and surface as a critical turn, in Routledge anthologies like Surfaces: Transformations of Body, Materials and Earth edited by Mike Anusas and Cris Simonetti (2017); and The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design, edited by Chris Brisbin and Myra Thiessen (2017).
I am currently involved in the following projects and inquiries 1) Public Spaces and Feminist Utopias; 2) Terrain Vague and Alternative Urbanities; 3) Gender and Leadership in Architectural Education.
Ducal Palace Venice Arcade
Exhibition View, Shared Territories, Xiian Jiaotong Liverpool University
Inter-act, Sydney Architecture Festival, Media Wall for Hypersurface
Scott Beer, UNSW 2009
Nigel Peck Centre, John Wardle Architects
Rethinking and Remaking the Threshold, MArch Studio, UNSW, 2011
"Critical Studio Pedagogies: other ways of proceeding," at The Apocalypse Manifesto. Kamla Raheja Memorial Lecture Series, KRVIA
Method over process; navigating, meandering over ‘arriving’; discovering, gaining ‘insight’ over ‘learning’ Where does one enter the project? How does one inhabit the project? Must everything have a stable, formal, representation or can this be a fleeting spatiality? Does one need to control the design process, product and to what extent? What is at stake in not always knowing? Is the design process embodied, physical, full of anxiety, investment? What is a successful project? Is it the formal resolution, or is it the operative complexities? Or is it both? What has been learnt, and what has been discoveredabout why and how we design?
"Nobody should be an expert, Everybody should be an expert," at All About Green Panel Discussion, Festival of Architecture and Interior Designing (FOAID) December 2020
My lecture was about the gap in architectural curriculum and why understanding of climate change, ecological literacy, sustainability should be core in architectural education, and any education, and it should not be treated as a specialisation. This is why I make a contradictory argument that we all should be experts, and that there should be no experts. The mindset of sustainability as an expertise seems to exempt other actors (non experts) from being concerned, accountable, responsible, and engaged. I also argue that these intiatives should not just be institution/curriculum driven but they should also be student initiated.
The Space of Intuition with Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee | AG 44 Archgyan Podcast - An Indian Architecture Podcast
In this episode, we speak to Prof. Anuradha Chatterjee, who is presently the Dean of Faculty of Design at Manipal University Jaipur. She shares her journey from Architecture to Academia and teaching across the world. We dive deep into the Architectural Education system in India, the various challenges it faces, integrating more of Site into Studio, tips for final year students working on their thesis, how do we teach Architectural Design, plagiarism in PHDs, Architectural Journalism, the importance of writing in Architecture, the future of Architectural Education, advice for young architects and a whole lot more.
Invited Essayist, India: Imagined and Unbuilt 2.0: Architecture of Future Collectives, edited by Maanasi Hattangadi and Rajesh Advani
What is the architecture of future collectives?
The future of home and living
The future of learning
The future of institutions
The future of production
The future of leisure
The future of the street
Opening Remarks as Dean Academics, Avani Institute of Design, Design Con 28 -29 September 2019
DesignCon is conceived upon a strong belief that good design thinking is the pre-requisite for building a progressive society and with the understanding that only through thoughtful and timely interventions on creating awareness about the positive impacts of good design, can we build and elevate the collective conscience of the community we live in. DesignCon2019 is the most interactive design conference in Kerala, where differences are harnessed to challenge convention, spur innovation and discover original solutions which render creative and unique designs.
Engaging Women in the Built Environment 2019 India, UNSW-GRIHA
Alankrita Soni | Green Housing Expert | SUNREF India Programme
Dr Anuradha Chatterjee | Dean (Academics), Avani Institute of Design
Kalpana Viswanath | Co Founder, SafetiPin
Revathi Kamath | Principal Architect, Kamath Design Studio
Professor Sanjukkta Bhaduri | Dean (Research), School of Planning and Architecture, University of Delhi
Shabnam Bassi | Associate Director & Secretary, GRIHA Council
Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla | Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, UNSW Sydney
Venue: Tamarind Room, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 17 Dec 2019 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Letters to my Younger Self | Parlour
I do not consider myself to be in a position to advise others because every life, every journey is different. Hence, I have taken a predictive tone in writing this, as a letter like this would have helped alleviate my anxieties and worries when I was younger. I grew up in New Delhi in a nuclear family, where my older brother was born into the position of lifelong privilege, and I was born into a life of neglect. While this happens to many women in India, who accept it as a way of being for different reasons, I tended to question everything from early on. While this made life at home incredibly difficult, it also made me pick up skills on how to negotiate, bargain, and get what I want. ....
WADe Asia 2018 [Women Architects and Designers Asia] Roundtable Discussion on Crisis in Architectural Education
The Roundtable discussed the issues surrounding architectural education today, which includes lack of quality faculty; new schools of architecture mushrooming all over the country; lack of basic skills sets; to the forced alignment between academia and industry; to the limited agency of the architect in government led projects to questioning how the reach of the architect can be increased in India. The roundtable discussion was framed from within architectural education, but it addressed concerns around education, profession, industry and the discipline of architecture.
Kerala Architecture Festival 2019, Panel Discussion: Academic Crisis in Architecture
Not just architecture, but any field of study should be a constant exploration, said the panellists discussing the academic crisis in architecture. At the session moderated by architect Aabid Raheeem, Dr. Soumini R, Prof. Cyriac and Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee spoke about the overrated areas of architecture and its underexplored possibilities for the future. Dr.Chatterjee also added that, '‘Obedience is not the aim of education, it is all about conversation." Stressing on the setting up of a university based system of evaluation and an apt module for performance assessment, they also focussed on the element of creativity in architecture. The role of women in architecture can change only with phenomenal structural changes in the system, agreed the panellists.
WADe Asia 2018 [Women Architects and Designers Asia 2018]
Women Leaders in Architecture and Design Education panel. Architectural education has one the greatest and the earliest impacts on the lives of women who are entering architecture. In addition, in the recent years, we are seeing more women being appointed as Deans and Heads of Schools in Architecture and Design in India and Asia. Even though, there is the stereotype that teaching is a more ‘appropriate’ profession for women, it is also a fact that academia is a form of practice, and certainly no less demanding than practicing professionally. The panel considers the opportunities for gender equity around women leaders in the educational space in architecture and design.
WADe Asia 2017 [Women Architects and Designers Asia 2017]
WADe India Awards 2017, 28-29 October (Hotel Leela, Gurgaon) is an Initiative to recognize the women led development in the field of architecture, Artist and interior designing. In this panel we discussed how Asian architecture is ‘Asian,’ because of the sheer diversity of issues and practices. She also said that innovation in architecture in Asia is defined not by the use of high technology, but by the way in which we invent new ways in which we use traditional architectural types, and push the limits of local materials. I am in conversation with Anupama Kundoo, Dorji Yangki, Kazi Shamima Sharmin, Patama Roonrakwit, and Anju Malla Pradhan
WADe India 2016 [Women Architects and Designers India]
The panel discussion – Challenges for Women Designers to start own practice in India and the ways to overcome, had Ar. Shiela Sri Prakash, Ar. Anupama Kundoo, Ar. Sonali Bhagwati, Ar. Parul Zaveri and Ar. Canna Panel on panel that was moderated by Anuradha Chatterjee. These leading women shared their stories of starting their own practise, the good and not-so-good, as well as milestones, and the points that young women should remember - See more at:
TEDX Suzhou 2014
The TEDXSuzhou talked was titled The Space of Intuition, which considered the role of intuition in innovation and creativity. The argument is that this [the intuitive] can be found in the space, gap, or the interval between two ideas, words, events, people, actions, and processes.
The word space alludes to a psychological or intellectual space, such that one is able to step back, slow down, or halt the relentlessly forward moving processes of thought and action for a brief moment, to speculate on alternative possibilities for proceeding.