Deepa Ramaswamy

Deepa is a Ph.D. graduate from MIT in the History Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art. Her areas of research are the history of architecture and urbanism in the 20th century in India and the United States with a focus on questions of land, landscape, legality, and territoriality. Deepa's current book project “Transactional Terrains” builds on her doctoral dissertation research that traced the urban history of the privatization of the public realm in postwar New York City. She is also working on the idea of "reclamation" in riverfront developments in India, where the water and environmental management discourse intersects planning and regulatory frameworks, and  elements of land speculation. 

Before MIT, Deepa was at the Architectural Association in London where she got her Master of Arts in Histories and Theories of Architecture (MA) with a thesis that examined the information aesthetics of slum redevelopment in Mumbai. Deepa was also a practicing architect in Chicago and Mumbai where she worked on architecture, infrastructure and urban development projects in the United States, India, and the Middle East.

Deepa is adjunct-assistant professor at Cooper Union in New York City during Spring 2019.







Areas of Interest
Law and Policy, Modern Architecture, Postcolonialism, Real Estate, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design

Academic Experience

Present - 2019
Instructor of Architecture , Cooper Union, New York
2013 - 2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology