Amita Sinha

My scholarship is focused on forms and meanings of cultural landscapes of the Indian subcontinent. I study their evolution as shaped by broad cultural currents as well as everyday social practices through ethnographic and archival research. I am particularly interested in exploring cultural ways of seeing that impact the design of the built environment. I aim to represent the phenomenology of lived experience of a site through site readings and mappings that become the basis for grounded speculations on its future. My design pedagogy is informed by my scholarship on ruptures and continuities between historic and contemporary landscapes and how conserving the past in the present can be a tool for social empowerment, economic improvement, and building cohesive cultural identities.