Soumya Dasgupta

preferred pronoun: he/him

Email: soumyad2@illinois.edu

Instagram: @soumya.dasgupta


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. His scholarly interests include postcolonial urban geographies, neoliberal developmentalism, 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, and noted a reflection here. He is also a recipient of the Illinois Distinguished Fellowship.

Soumya has worked as a Teaching Assistant for graduate-level history, theory and design 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.

Identifying as a person of color in the USA, 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 in Ricker Report, a student-run publication of the Illinois School of Architecture. He also serves on the Membership Committee of the Society of Architectural Historians since 2022.