Currently based out of Delhi, Archana is Vice President – Projects for KPDK Buildtech Pvt. Ltd., a group which deals with many projects related to service architecture and infrastructure development. She has also been the principle architect of the firm ARCH Associates, which specializes in the intersection of the domain of design and engineering. They have designed many commercial kitchens, retail spaces and other projects across India which underscore this connection.
She is actively involved in academics and has been visiting faculty at various architecture colleges across the NCR and through her buildings and teachings tries to represent those aspects of architecture which look for the "big feelings" in the little things and explores the evolution of architectural discourse through the everyday production of space in traditional settlements. As design faculty at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprasth University (GGSIPU), University School of Architecture & Planning ( USAP), New Delhi, she spearheaded a design pedagogy which studied traditional, Sacred towns across India and resulted in 3 publications on these spaces by the University as part of student research initiatives. These studies are being reworked and republished as part of a larger body of work on Sacred Spaces in collaboration with the TFIC and an international university.
Archana is the co-founder and Director of the Foundation of The Indian Cities (TFIC), and has worked on many publications / research projects relating to studies of traditional and vernacular settlements in India. Through multiple media including films, seminars, workshops and print, TFIC attempts to create a dialogue on the contemporary urbanism of India involving not just design professionals but also citizen stake holders to create a multi disciplinary understanding of our public spaces and cities. She writes regularly for various magazines and journals and her book on Indian Public Spaces, is scheduled for publication in 2016.
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