Soumya Dasgupta

preferred pronouns: he/him/his

Soumya is a Doctoral Candidate in Architecture (History and Theory) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He has a Masters in Urban Design from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Kolkata, India.

Soumya's scholarly interests include postcolonial urban geographies, neoliberalism, digital technology, urban informality, Global South, and South Asia.

Recently Soumya received the Nicholson Fellowship from the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, UIUC to attend the Summer Program 2022 at the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University. He is also a recipient of the Illinois Distinguished Fellowship.

Soumya has worked as a Teaching Assistant for graduate-level History and Theory courses in Architecture. He has served as an external reviewer in various design studios in India, South Africa, and the USA. Recently, he worked as an assistant instructor with architect Mark Raymond for analog, a collaborative graduate design studio between the Illinois School of Architecture and Unit 13, Graduate School of Architecture, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Soumya takes issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging seriously. He co-authored a successful grant proposal at Illinois that can help the architecture library to be more diverse and inclusive, co-moderated a panel discussion, and co-reflected on the experience that was featured on Ricker Report, a student-run publication of the Illinois School of Architecture.

Conference Papers

Mathews, E., Dasgupta, S. Learning Out Loud: Moving Toward a More Inclusive Architecture Library through Dialogue and Action. Collaborative Institutional Problem-Solving: Exploring DEI Initiatives and Five Case Studies Across Libraries and Museums. ARLIS/NA 49th Annual Conference, May 13, 2021.

Dasgupta, S., Chatterjee, D., Country Spirit in the Postcolonial City: Khalasitola and the Spatial Production of Counterculture American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, April 04, 2021.

Dasgupta, S., Mukhopadhyay, A., Chatterjee, D., Six Feet Apart: Urban India’s Geometric Impossibilities and the Rhetoric of Nationalist Media Northeast Modern Language Association Fifty-Second Annual and First Virtual Convention, March 10-21, 2021.

Dasgupta S., Towards an Architectural History of Informal Urban Practices: A Critical Enquiry. Space for Engagement and Epistemic Diversity Colloquium, Informal Urbanism Research Hub, Melbourne School of Design, Australia, December 4 2020 (

Dasgupta, S., Postcolonial Possibilities of Architectural History: Questions and Concerns in Reading the Urbanisms of Global South. Divergence in Architectural Research, Georgia Tech School of Architecture, USA, 5-6 March 2020

Dasgupta, S., 3/1 Sunny Park: The Lost Architecture of a Non-heritage. New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 29-31 March 2019

Dasgupta, S., Fatima, N., Imposition of Identities and Othering of Migrants: Spatial Stories of 'Blacks' and 'Habshis' in Delhi's Khirki Village. Displacement and Domesticity, KU Leuven, Brussels, Belgium, 28-29 March 2019

Dasgupta, S., How Indian is the Taj Mahal today? Emergent Myths and Distortion of Discourses. The Politics of Tradition: The Biennial Conference of The International Association for The Study of Traditional Environments, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 4-7 October 2018 (Published in the Working Paper Series)

Dasgupta, S., Urbanity and Academia: A Framework to Comprehend Flows of Students through Institution Spaces in India. Spaces and Flows: Seventh International Conference on Urban and Extra Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 10-11 November 2016

Invited Contributions

Co-moderator of Decentering the Canon in the Architectural Library Panel Discussion hosted by the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, March 23 2021

Invited Panelist at SIX FEET APART: CITY SPACE AND MASS MEDIA at Socialising Distance: Pandemic and Evolving Human Relations International Bilingual Webinar organized by Dept. of Bengali, The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata, July 31-August 2, 2020

Invited Panelist at CITIES FOR WHOM? Partnership to Co-existence? IUDI Infinitum Webathon organized by Institute of Urban Designers India on its 13th Foundation Day, June 1 2020

Featured in press at Fresh Perspectives Rethinking the Future, May 2020

Invited Contributor for Kritik Blog of Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at UIUC Professor Samantha Frost (Political Science) on Biopolitics – Response by Soumya Dasgupta October 17, 2019

Invited Speaker at Fireside Chats with Empathic Futures Lab podcast episode 32 Deep Dive on Heritage, May 2019

Invited Panelist at Love, Sex and Marriage in The Namesake & Beyond panel organized by NEA Big Read Program at Urbana Free Library, February 19, 2019


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