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Divya Chopra

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, School of Design, Ambedkar University, Delhi

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Affiliation

Assistant Professor, School of Design
Associate Member: Institute for Urban Designers, India (IUDI)
Registered Architect: Council of Architecture (CoA), India

Education & Research

Divya Chopra is an architect from T.V.B. School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi. She did her Masters in Architecture (M.Arch.) with specialization in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

She is currently teaching and researching with specific interest towards contemporary urban issues and their manifestations in cities within the South Asian context. Another core area of her ongoing research lies in transforming rural Himalayan settlements where her engagement spans for more than ten years, first as a student of architecture and later as a design consultant towards formulating development guidelines for future directions of growth and change within these settlements. She has had the opportunity to participate in various international and national conferences, workshops and design charrettes.

Her present research revolves around notions of hybridity and manifestations of growing scenarios of fractured urbanism in the Indian context. She would like to engage within a multidisciplinary discourse to define possible directions for future urban spaces and the idea of public engagement in the city, through ‘art’ as one of the primary connected creative imaginations.

Past Employment

January 2014 to December 2015:
Visiting Faculty, Department of Urban Design,
Visiting Faculty, Department of Architecture,
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (SPA)

January 2014 to June 2015:
Visiting Faculty, University School of Architecture and Planning (USAP),
G.G.S.I.P. University, New Delhi

Jan 2015 to Oct 2015
Research Associate, Cluster Asia Excellence, Heidelberg University
Project: Rethinking Art: Emerging Artscapes in South Asia, under Prof. Christiane Brosius

January 2014 to June 2015:
Urban Design Consultant,
Institute of Urban Designers, India (IUDI)

Urban Design scheme for Khandeshwar Railway Station Precinct Development for CIDCO
Urban Design study and Guidelines for President’s Estate as part of Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for Rashtrapati Bhavan

January 2012 to December 2013:
Assistant Professor, University School of Architecture and Planning (USAP)
(Full Time) G.G.S.I.P. University, New Delhi

July 2011 to Dec 2011:
Visiting Faculty, Department of Architecture,
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (SPA)

May 2008 to Dec 2011:
Project Associate,
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (SPA)

  • “Assessment of Built Heritage and Design Directions for Rural Redevelopment of Tribal Areas in Himachal Pradesh” (Urban Design Department)
  • “Development of Hooghly Riverfront, Kolkata” (Urban Design Department)
  • Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) Project entitled: “Alternative Approaches to Master Plans” (Urban Planning Department)
  • Ganga Expressway New Township Project: Dhaurhara Site, Varanasi
  • National Urban Design Competition for new campus of School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

August 2008 to June 2009:
Visiting Faculty, University School of Architecture and Planning (USAP),
G.G.S.I.P. University, New Delhi

Sept 2007 to December 2008:
Research Associate
48°c: public.eco.art (www.48c.org)

A collaborative public art project between urban designers, artists, environmentalists and city authorities
Additionally conceptualized, designed and coordinated production for exhibition of 48°c Festival commemorating 50 years of Indo-German Development Cooperation held in September 2008 at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

June 2007 to April 2008:
Research coordinator
TVB School of Habitat Studies

Research and documentation of vernacular architecture in village settlements of Kalpa, Sangla and Kamru in Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh.

October 2005 to February 2006:
Research team member
Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC), New Delhi

  • Urban Design study for the Renewal and Up-gradation of Roshanara Road, New Delhi (North Delhi Task Force)
  • Urban Design study for the Redevelopment of Shamnath Marg, New Delhi (North Delhi Task Force)
  • Urban Renewal study for the development of Khirki Village, New Delhi (Urban Villages Task Force)

July 2004 to December 2004:
Architectural Internship with Mani Chowfla Associates, New Delhi

Publications

Papers

  • Paper entitled ‘Collective imaginations for everyday realities: City building through ‘creative’ cooperation” presented at the Amsterdam Workshop: How to build the city in a cooperative way? as part of 51st ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) International Congress: “Cities Save the World – Let’s Reinvent Planning” Netherlands, Belgium, Germany October 2015
  • Paper entitled ‘’Towards Compact Cities: in-between zones as resource. Case: Delhi’’ presented at 44th ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) International Congress: Urban Growth without Sprawl: A way towards sustainable urbanization, Dalian, China, September 2008

Reports

  • Report on “Study of Built Environment” and “Design Guidelines for Redevelopment Areas in Village Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh”, for Department of Town and Country Planning, government of Himachal Pradesh
  • Report on “Study of Built Environment” and “Design Guidelines for Redevelopment Areas in Village Sangla, Himachal Pradesh”, for Department of Town and Country Planning, government of Himachal Pradesh
  • Report on “Study of Built Environment” and “Design Guidelines for Redevelopment Areas in Village Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh”, for Department of Town and Country Planning, government of Himachal Pradesh
  • Report on “Alternative Approaches to Master Plans”, for Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India

Accepted abstract

  • Accepted abstract for paper entitled “Public Art - Towards new forms of Civic Engagement within Politicized Urban Spaces” for an Interdisciplinary Symposium titled ‘The Personal is Political Revisited: Investigating Notions of Place and Space’ at the School of Arts, University of Northampton, October 2012
  • Accepted abstract for paper entitled “Urban Thresholds of Diversity, Contestations and Negotiations Case: Delhi” for the Annual RC21 Conference, Amsterdam, July 2011
  • Accepted abstract for paper entitled “a place specific approach towards: Re- imagining interface areas of urbanism’’ for the 5th Great Asian Streets Symposium (GASS): ''FUTURE | ASIAN | SPACE'', Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 5 - 7 December, 2008.

Invited Talks

  • “Exploring the notions of in-between: Reading an Urban Interface” presented at workshop on ‘Reading the City’, organized by Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 22nd February 2011
  • “Exploring the notions of in-between: an Urban Interface” presented at T.V.B.S.H.S, New Delhi, India: Seminar on Reading Architecture: “Exploring the Third Space”, March 2007 (Co-presenter: Brinda Sengupta)

Professionl Activities/Awards

Professional Activities/Awards

  • Invited Young Planning Professional (YPP) for a workshop at the 51st ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) International Congress: “Cities Save the World - Let’s Reinvent Planning” Netherlands, Belgium, Germany 16 - 18 October 2015
  • Invited Young Planning Professional (YPP) for a workshop at the 44th ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) International Congress: Urban Growth without Sprawl: A way towards sustainable urbanization, Dalian, China, prior to the congress, 16 - 18 September 2008
  • GATE Scholar (2005 – 2007) (M.Arch, School of Planning and Architecture)
  • Best Architectural Thesis Award, 2005 (B.Arch, TVB School of Habitat Studies)

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