Dilip da Cunha

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Area Head, Risk and Resilience MDes area group

Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner based in Philadelphia and Bangalore. He is Co-Director, Risk and Resilience Master in Design Studies at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and an Adjunct Professor at the GSAPP, Columbia University. Da Cunha is author with Anuradha Mathur of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore's Terrain (2006); Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009); and Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). His most recent book, The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, is forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2018. In 2017, Mathur and da Cunha launched Ocean of Wetness, a design platform that seeks to situate the past, present, and future of habitation in a ubiquitous wetness rather than on a land-water surface. Also in 2017, Mathur and da Cunha received a Pew Fellowship Grant 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. They are currently working on a multimedia exhibition titled The Ocean of Rain. Da Cunha has a masters from MIT and a PhD from UC Berkeley. http://www.mathurdacunha.com

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