Status: Ph.D. Candidate (4th year)
Specialization: Architecture + Urban and Regional Planning (Rackham SIDP, interdepartmental Ph.D.)
Advisors: Robert Fishman, William Glover, Martin Murray, Scott Campbell, Matthew Hull.
Amit’s research focuses on 21st Century urbanization, and more specifically the rapid urbanization at the periphery of India's metropolitan cities. Using Delhi’s periphery as a case, he is observing patterns of change along Delhi’s radiant highway corridors connecting other surrounding emergent smaller towns and villages. In this context, Amit is interested in studying architecture or privatizing regional enclaves through the lens of commoditization, commodity circulation and related socio-material and communication infrastructure networks. Through this project, he is interested in developing deeper connections between Urban Planning and Architecture.
Amit is a registered Architect in India, having practiced with firms for over 6 years in Seattle, United States and various cities like Kochi, Chennai and Bangalore in India. He teaches surveys and seminars in architecture and urban studies, history and theory, and is an avid reviewer at Undergraduate, Graduate and Thesis Design Studios. He received his B.Arch from M.S. University Baroda, India, and M.Arch and M.S. in the History and Theory of Architecture from the University of Washington. He has been a team member of winning design competition entries at National (India), International stages and as an invited participant in design charettes. He continues to dabble with partners on projects and competitions and has keen interests in what it means to do research-based critical urban and architectural practice.
- “Delocalization—The ‘Highway’ Apparatus”, University of Washington (UW). (M.S.H.T. dissertation. 2016.)
- Forthcoming-“Morphology of the Post-periphery—An Assemblages Urbanism”; “Commodity Architecture”
- “Deruralization- Highway typologies between Delhi and Chandigarh”. Association of Asian Studies Conference, Seattle, 2016.
- Commodity Architecture, the City, and Beyond: Emerging Urban Morphologies between Delhi & Chandigarh along National Highway1: Center For South Asia Studies, University of Michigan. January 27, 2018
- Parallel highways, the virtual and real: Algorithmic montage in the Post-Periphery: The Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley graduate student conference: After Effects: Architectural Histories of the Present, November 9th-11th 2018.
- Virtual and Real Highways: The materializing locality of Sonipat (town) at the Metropolitan Periphery of Delhi, India: American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting Washington D.C. Conference Panel: Conceptualizing and Re-Creating Creative Economic Spaces: April 3rd-7th 2019.
Ongoing -Studying Marriage Halls, Party Plots and Convention facilities, Dhabbas and Trucking site on National Highway 1 and 8, Delhi and Haryana
Select Academic Awards:
- B.Arch Design Thesis Medal M.S. University Baroda, India, 2005
- M.Arch Faculty Medal and Design Thesis Prize UW 2011
- Seattle Architectural Foundation Fellowship 2014
- Wolf Family Fellowship UW 201
- Paraskevopoulos Memorial Fellowship 2017 UM
- James B. and Christine L. Newman Scholarship 2017 UM.