Himanshu Burte


  • Designation : Associate Professor
  • Specialization : Urban Studies, Architecture, Urban Design
  • Research Areas :
    • Politics of urban spatial transformation
    • Informal housing and housing policy
    • Streets and public space
    • Critical practice of contemporary architecture in India
    • Sustainable architecture and urbanism
    • Space and theatre
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    Himanshu Burte, an architect and urbanist. He has a B. Arch from Mumbai University (1990) and Ph. D. in Urban Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad (2018). He was a Fulbright Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and Project for Public Spaces, New York, over 2008-09. He has practiced architecture in Mumbai and Goa for over a decade and a half, and has also published extensively across the professional, popular and academic press for almost thirty years. His latest book (co-edited with Amita Bhide) Urban Parallax: Policy and the City in Contemporary India (Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2018) gathers diverse disciplinary perspectives to deconstruct urban policy in India. His 2008 book, Space for Engagement: The Indian Artplace and a Habitational Approach to Architecture (Seagull Books, Kolkata) proposes an alternative conceptual framework for architecture and public space centred on the act of dwelling. He has guest edited a special issue of Marg (forthcoming 2019) titled 'Infrastructure as space: Development and its (dis)contents'. Active for long in building critical discourse around architecture and urbanism in India, Burte is a co-founder of Gubbi Alliance for Sustainable Habitat ( a network of architects practicing sustainably in India. His current research interests include urban transformation, critical practice, urban infrastructure, and sustainable urbanism. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of Marg Publications, Mumbai, a premier arts and culture publishing house. Prior to joining IIT-B, he taught for eight years (2011-2019) at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.