Deepa Ramaswamy

Deepa is an architect and PhD candidate in the History Theory and Criticism of Architecture at MIT. She studies the history of architecture and urbanism in the 20th century with a particular focus on the mechanisms of privatization and the aesthetics of gentrification in cities. Her dissertation "The Transactional Terrain: Public Goods and Private Benefits in the Postwar City" traces the urban and architectural history of the privatization of the public realm, and assesses its genealogy as characterized in economic, social and cultural literature since the 1970s in the United States.

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 Rockfeller 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
History and Theory of Planning, Housing, Law and Policy, Modern Architecture, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design, Urban Finance, Management, and Urban Economics