Architect, Landscape Architect and Professor,
University of Pennsylvania
Anuradha Mathur an architect and landscape architect is Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her work is focused on how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also opportunities that its ubiquity offers for new visualizations of terrain, and resilience through design. This focus has guided her collaborative research, practice, and teaching with her partner Dilip da Cunha in diverse cultural milieus such as Mumbai, Jerusalem, Bangalore, the Western Ghats of India, Sundarbans, Coastal Virginia, US–Mexico border, and the desert of Rajasthan. She is author with Dilip da Cunha of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009), and co-editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). Mathur and da Cunha have received many awards in their career and are regularly invited to present their work and ideas in academic and professional forums in the US and abroad. In 2017 Mathur and da Cunha were recipients of a Pew Fellowship Grant (http://www.pcah.us/grantsnews2017). The Fellowship was awarded in recognition of their collaborative work that imagines new possibilities for design of the built environment and challenges the lines separating land and water, urban and rural, formal and informal environments, among others. The award also acknowledged their work-in-progress for a multimedia exhibition currently titled ‘The Ocean of Rain,’ and da Cunha’s book ‘The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent‘ (PennPress, 2019).