Aneesha Dharwadker is an educator and practitioner interested in global urbanism, design research methods, and design representation. She is founding principal of Chicago Design Office and founding editor of Transect Magazine, a quarterly journal of design criticism. Her research areas include urbanization in South Asia, colonial and postcolonial spatial practices, and links between urban environments and literacy. Her work is connected by new understandings of the term “history”: what it means, how it is produced, and how it affects the future of design practice.
Dharwadker is a 2016-2017 Designer-in-Residence in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master in Design Studies degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has practiced architecture in the United States and Canada and has taught previously at the Boston Architectural College.