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Amit Ittyerah

Ph.D. Student in Architecture and Urban Planning

Amit’s research engages the academic fields of 20th and  21st century architecture and urbanization in international/ postcolonial geographies and South Asia. His current research examines the architectural assemblies and resulting typologies of the rapidly “urbanizing peripheries” of formal metropolitan spaces in post economic liberalization India. Often products of private investments, these typologies are found along urbanizing highways corridors taking the form of performative consumerist architecture organised around regional social trends, and commodity & labour circulation between erstwhile metropolitan cores and other surrounding urbanizing smaller towns, villages and agrarian landscapes. These architectural typologies are representative of a form of urbanization that can be contentiously claimed to have left the city.  

Wedding venues are one such prominent representative typology. Amit analyses the architecture of wedding venues in relation to the landscape and organizational structure of local wedding industries around a couple of clusters of  towns and cities. These include sites along highways between Metropolitan Delhi and Ludhiana, Punjab in North India, and between Ernakulam and the town of Kozhencherry in the South Indian state of Kerala--famous for decentralized forms of planning and governance.  Deconstructing the wedding industry at these locations Amit is interested in mapping and revealing the assembly of this still predominantly informal industry between metropolitan and non-metropolitan spaces, cultures and subjects.

Amit is a registered Architect in India, having practiced with notable firms for over 6 years in various Indian cities and Seattle in the United States. He teaches surveys and seminars in architecture and urban studies and their history and theory. He is an avid reviewer at Undergraduate, Graduate and Thesis Design Studios. He received his B.Arch from M.S. University Baroda, India, and M.Arch and M.S. in the History and Theory of Architecture from the University of Washington. Amit has individually and as a team member received several design competition awards at national (India), international professional and academic venues. He has also been an invited participant in international urban design charettes and  academic research groups engaging architecture and urban design. He continues to dabble with partners on projects and competitions developing his keen interests in critical urban, architectural and postcolonial practices.

Selected Public Presentations

  • Deruralization between Delhi and Chandigarh: Association for Asian Studies Conference, Seattle. April 6, 2016
  • Commodity Architecture, the City, and Beyond: Emerging Urban Morphologies between Delhi & Chandigarh along National Highway1: Center for South Asia Studies, University of Michigan. January 27, 2018
  • Parallel highways, the virtual and real: Algorithmic montage in the Post Periphery: The Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley graduate student conference: After Effects: Architectural Histories of the Present, November 9th-11th 2018.
  • Enclave urbanization along post liberalization highway landscapes of the “Global South”: History Theory Long Table Discussion, University of Washington, May 14, 2019.
  • Liberalization’s Urbanism at the “Periphery”: The case of the Indian Wedding industry and COVID times: Urban Planning and Policy Ph.D. Colloquium Virginia Tech, Oct 13, 2020

Awards

  • Rackham International Research Award (U of M), 2021
  • C.K. Prahalad Award, Ross School of Business (U of M), 2020.
  • Rackham International Students Fellowship/ Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship (U of M), 2018
  • Paraskevopoulos Memorial Fellowship (U of M), 2017.

 

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