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Sobia Rafiq


Sobia Rafiq has previously worked as an Urban Planner at iDeCK’s [Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Ltd.] Urban team, focussed on developing strategies and proposals for Smart Cities (Tumakuru and Thiruvananthapuram), Solid Waste Management (Mandya District) and Lake Rejuvenation (Veerasandra, Bengaluru). Prior to this she has worked as a Fellow at the Centre for Public Problem Solving (CPPS), a think tank that focussed on addressing urban issues by working in collaboration with the municipalities and other stakeholders. Her main focus was on tackling Solid Waste Management issues in the city of Bengaluru, through introducing system thinking, strategic planning, data analytic & GIS mapping. As an architect she primarily worked in the social sector, both urban and rural, with organisations like NIVASA, S3IDF (Small Scale Infrastructure Development Fund) and Selco Foundation. She is originally from Bengaluru, India and earned her B.Arch from Manipal University and MSc. in City Design and Social Science from the LSE Cities, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK.

Ankit Bhargava


Ankit is an Architect and Urbanist who has been involved in projects relating to spatial planning, urban governance, system design, and architecture. His current focus is in engaging in public/community based projects as a researcher and practitioner. He has previously been the key researcher for the ‘BBMP Restructuring, Expert Committee Preliminary Report’ and the project lead for a bottom up planning initiative in Bengaluru called Neighbourhood Improvement Partnership (NIP), at the Centre for Public Problem Solving (CPPS). He has also been involved in the regional economic and spatial strategy for Musandam, Oman and an aerotropolis proposal in Xiamen (China) at Royal Haskoning DHV. As an independent consultant and researcher, he has been involved in various projects like  'Reinvent the Toilet Challenge' being undertaken by the Applied labs at the Industrial Design Faculty at TU Delft,  'Ecologies of the Excess' that looks at the issue of waste management as a comparative study between a rural and urban ecology and the  ‘Fort Management Plan’ which is an Urban Management Plan for Fort Area in Mumbai (the Central Business District) at UDRI. He has previously taken design studios at DSCA (Bengaluru) and KRVIA (Mumbai). He has earned his B.Arch from RV College of Architecture and an MSc. in Urbanism from TU Delft, Netherlands.

Nikita Baliga

Project Lead

Nikita is an Architect and Urbanist, with a passion for urban problem solving and social transformation. With over two years of professional experience, Nikita has been involved in projects related to urban infrastructure, transit oriented development, women’s safety, citizen participation, architecture, and urban design. Being a firm believer of inclusive growth and sustainable development, she is looking to contribute to building the future of our cities with her research-focused and outcome-driven approach. She has a Masters degree in Urbanism from TU Delft, Netherlands.

Naveen Kumar GT

Civil Engineer - Urban Planner

Naveen is a Civil Engineer and Urban Planner with an interest in Community planning and development. He believes deliberate planning can create safe and vibrant places, which are a further enrichment for the future of the cities. Understanding the dynamic potential of GIS, Naveen uses this tool to analyse and provide solutions for Sustainable Urban planning. He holds a Masters of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Mysore, Mysuru.

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Vasavi Ayalasomayajula


Vasavi is an Economist with a keen interest in scaling up sustainable solid waste management across cities. She loves building financial models thanks to her first job as a Financial Risk Analyst in Credit Suisse. She then worked as a content strategist at a data intelligence company by the name SocialCops. Vasavi holds an integrated dual degree in Economics and Computer Science from BITS Pilani.

Rohan Patankar


Rohan is an architect with an interest in understanding the everyday life in the city. He brings with him perceptive skills of listening, making conversation, drawing, and writing to make strategic interventions that lie at the intersection of urbanism, design, and architecture but bring people to the centre. He has worked on sustainable architecture, urban research, design, and strategy projects along with curating experiential urban narratives at his venture Delhi Dallying. He holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture from SPA, Delhi.

Bindu Shree

Architect & Urban Designer

Bindu is an Architect and Urban designer with a passion for Vernacular architecture and Heritage and Urban Conservation. With a keen interest in reading city evolutions, she believes that the stories of the past contributes in defining the future growth of our cities. New to the urban world, as an architect she has worked on traditional architectural designs and research projects. She has a Masters degree in Urban Design from R V College of Architecture, Bangalore.

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