Dhwani Mehta

SMArchS Urbanism

Dhwani is an architect from Mumbai, India, pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture Studies and Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, affiliated with the University of Mumbai (2019). 

Her architecture design dissertation thesis was based on the city of Amritsar and the Golden Temple complex where she explored how the perceived idea of the religion is conceived spatially by various methods, giving it a tangible character, a space, a form to propagate its belief systems and the way in which it influences the practices of people and how they live this experience. Her thesis was awarded and presented on various platforms. 

She has worked at Studio MO-OF in Mumbai, Vinyas Architects, and EnviArch Studio in Bangalore. Her work includes urban design competitions, design and execution of education and healthcare institutions, and residential design projects spread across different cities in India. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant with Professor Neelkanth Chhaya for an architecture design studio for final-year students. 

Her interest lies in contributing to making cities socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. She aspires to work at the junction of urban design, research, practice, and pedagogy and sees Urbanism as a multidisciplinary field that lies at the intersection of architecture, planning, and landscape design.