Ateya Khorakiwala

PhD (Harvard)
MSc (MIT)
BArch (Mumbai)

Ateya Khorakiwala is an architectural historian focusing on South Asia in a global context in the 20th century. She researches the infrastructural environments and ecological landscapes of the developmental Indian state with an interest in the aesthetics of construction materials such as concrete, bamboo, plastic, and steel.

Her current book project investigates the infrastructural transformation of India’s northwest in the face of protracted food shortages. It considers how architects engaged technocratic and developmental discourse to shape the emergent built environments of India’s political economies and ecologies in the cold war, globalizing world. She is completing an edited volume, Systems and the South: Architecture in Development that theorizes the diverse architectural strategies that emerged in response to developmental pressures in the post-World War II Global South.

Khorakiwala teaches classes on modern and ancient South Asian art and architecture. Seminars underscore the global and transnational links of South Asian modernism and focus on how theories of nature, political ecology, material cultures, and the aesthetics of techno-modernity have shaped aesthetic endeavors and the built environment.

Khorakiwala received her PhD from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and was most recently a fellow with the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture Urbanism and the Humanities. She was trained as an architect in Mumbai at KRVIA and studied history and theory of architecture at MIT.

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