Archita S

External Consultant | architas at iihs dot ac dot in

2017  MSc, University College London, United Kingdom
2014  PG Diploma in Journalism, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
2012  BArch, M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru




Countries:India, UK
States: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
Cities: Bengaluru, Chennai, Puducherry
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil

Archita completed her Masters in Urban Studies from University College London in 2017.


At IIHS, she is working on developing and writing cases for IIHS’s case-based learning program. Previously, she graduated as an architect in 2012 and made her foray into the field of writing and editing with a degree in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She has written articles for news media including The Hindu and The New Indian Express on topics around urban planning, civic issues, architecture, heritage and everyday lives in the city. She has also worked with communications at Institute for Transportation and Development Policy at Chennai, and as an intern at the French Institute of Pondicherry on a project in mapping socio-spatial transformation, ecology and everyday patterns of the city. With this interdisciplinary background, her interests lie in writing and editing, documentation, and finding ways to break down and present academic thoughts and ideas to broader audiences.

Other Writing

  • Jana, A., & Suryanarayanan, A. (2019, January 23). India’s missing middle: 24,000 ‘villages’ with populations greater than towns lose out on policies for urban areas. IndiaSpend.
  • Suryanarayanan, A. (2018, October 14). In Ladakh’s Turtuk village, life goes on as it has since the 15th century. The Hindhu.
  • Suryanarayanan, A. (2018, July 7). Food at the touch of a button: what does it mean for city planning?. The Hindhu.
  • Suryanarayanan, A. (2018, March 14). BV Doshi’s utilitarian craft is a boon in a time of urban chaos. The Hindu.
  • Suryanarayanan, A. (2017, March 2). GPS vs. reading your city. The Hindu.
  • Suryanarayanan, A. (2016, February). Barely keeping Afloat: How the Chennai floods affected people with disabilities. New Indian Express.
  • Suryanarayanan, A. (2015, April 13) The Madras everest odyssey: the great trigonmetric survey. New Indian Express.

Social mapping of the Grand Canal Pondicherry: a contribution to understanding of urban complexity, French Institute of Pondicherry