Deepa Ramaswamy

Deepa is an architect and recent PhD graduate from MIT in the History Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art. She will be Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Arts at Bard College from Fall 2018-Spring 2019.

Her area of study is the history of architecture and urbanism in the 20th century. Deepa's dissertation, “Transactional Terrains: Partnerships, Bargains and the Postwar Redefinition of the Public Realm, New York City 1965-1980” traces the architectural and urban history of the privatization of the public realm in postwar New York City. 

 Deepa's works have been published in CLOG magazine, Spéciale Z Journal from École Spéciale d’Architecture, and in the forthcoming book "Neoliberalism: an architectural history" edited by Catharina Gabrielsson, Helena Mattson and Kenny Cupers. She has presented at Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Canadian Center of Architecture, Savannah College of Design and Virginia Tech. 

 Deepa's research has been supported by the Rockefeller Archive Center, Getty Research Institute and the Canadian Center of Architecture. She received the Presidential, Schlossman and Hyzen fellowships at MIT. Prior to MIT, Deepa was at the Architectural Association in London where she got her MA in Histories and Theories of Architecture with a masters thesis that examined the information aesthetics of slum redevelopment in Mumbai. She has a Masters in Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelors in Architecture from Mumbai. She has been a part of architectural practices in Mumbai, Chicago and Washington DC and has worked on architectural projects in India, the Middle East and United States.


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

Academic Experience

2018 - 2019
Visiting Assistant Professor, Division of the Arts, Bard College
2013 - 2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology