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Ujjvala Krishna

An urban researcher Ujjvala (she/her) works in policy research around the built environment, climate change, and housing. A question that constantly aggravates her is how do people with the ability to negotiate with built environments, become critical voices in the socio-cultural urban setting. She is keen to explore connections between the built and policy, and negotiations between various systems involved in the process of design.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Policy & Urban Research

Research Consultant (Nov 2023 – Jan 2024)
HeatWatch Project, Mira Fellowship

Research Consultant (Jun 2023 – ongoing)
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore

Research Associate (Dec 2022 – Mar 2023)
Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), New Delhi

Research Associate (Sep 2022 – Oct 2023)
Indian Habitat Forum (INHAF), Ahmedabad

Research Consultant (Apr 2022 – Aug 2022)
Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi

Research & Teaching

Guest Lecture: Rental Housing for Blue-Collared Workers  (Jan 2024)
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore

Teaching Associate (Jan 2022 – May 2022)
CEPT University
• Course: Histories of Making - Indian architectural history through the lens of labour, technology, & aesthetics.

Teaching Assistant (Jan 2021 – May 2021) / (Jul 2020 – Dec 2020)
CEPT University
• Course: Tectonics - History of architectural forms focusing on materiality & the processes of making.
• Course: Paradigms - Processes of production of architectural works which are stylistic, place, time, or regime-based.


Architecture & Design

Co-Founder & Architectural Designer (Jun 2022 – ongoing)
blurck21, India.

Publication Designer (Sep 2022 – May 2023)
Indian Habitat Forum (INHAF), Ahmedabad.

Visual Designer (Dec 2022 – Feb 2023)
Alterformat, Mumbai.

Architectural Intern (Jun 2019 – Dec 2019)
Abari, Nepal

Writing & Editing

Editorial Assistant (May 2021 – Jul 2022)
Abhikram, Ahmedabad

Architectural Journalist (Jun 2020 – Aug 2020)
Rethinking the Future


CONFERENCES & PUBLICATIONS

8th International Network of Tropical Architecture: 

Climate Justice & Resilience: (Upcoming Feb 2024)
Bhan M., Krishna U. (2023). Built Environment & Hyper-local Climate Action: Understanding Heat Stress in Marappanapalya Ward, Bengaluru. ATREE.

Centre for Development Policy & Practice: 

Women in the Workforce - Gender & Inclusion: (Upcoming Mar 2024)
Urban ARC 2024 | Unpacking Marginalities, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) Jan 2024
International Conference of the Built Environment, JSAA Sep 2021

Krishna U. (2021). Servant Quarter Housing in Apartments: Understanding their Design & Manifestation. CEPT University.

Sustainable & Inclusive Urban Development in Global South, New Delhi (Aug 2023)
Housing Studies Association, Sheffield (Apr 2023)
Modak O., Marella S., Krishna U. (2023). Rental Housing for Blue-Collared Workers in Bengaluru

Research Thesis: Undergraduate Capstone Project (Jan 2021 – May 2021)
Krishna U. (2021). Servant Quarter Housing in Apartments: Understanding their Design & Manifestation. CEPT University.

Article: LiveWire (Sep 2022)
Accepting the Acceptance of the Chai Tapri Uncle.

Article: Unmute Biannual Print Magazine (Feb 2019)
Fictional Waters: Bangalore City & Arrakis in Dune - Cases of Water Scarcity & Crises



EDUCATION

Urban Fellowship Programme (Aug 2021 – May 2022)
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore, India
• Internship with Urban Team at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
• Research Project titled Rental Housing for Blue Collared Workers


Bachelor of Architecture
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad, India (Jul 2017 – Jun 2021)
RV College of Architecture, Bangalore, India (Aug 2015 – Jul 2017)
• Recipient of Excellence Award (Top 5 Projects) - Spring 2019
• Co-Convenor: Kurula Varkey Design Forum (2021)


Study Abroad Programme (Jan 2020 – Jun 2020)
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), Spain

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