Anuttama Dasgupta

Lead – Urban Practitioners' Programme | adasgupta at iihs dot ac dot in

2007    MUP University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign Urbana–Champaign, United States of America
1999    BArch Birla Institute of Technology Mesra Ranchi, Jharkhand, India


Countries: India, USA
States: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha, Gujarat, Karnataka

Cities: Bengaluru, Chennai, Dallas, Chicago
Languages: English, Bengali, Hindi

Anuttama Dasgupta is a built environment professional who understands the transdisciplinarity of urban practice and as Lead, UPP, is committed to developing reflective + reflexive urban practitioners across domains and sectors.


Her own capacity building (CB) and institutional development work is situated at the intersection of several sectors such as urban design and planning, transit-oriented development (TOD) and urban disaster risk resilience. Her current work in CB involves building CB frameworks for analysing and enabling systems transitions through institutional reforms and process re-engineering of government agencies involved in delivering public ‘transport as a service’. At the UPP, she has been the Course Director for programmes dedicated to Urban Social Aspects including planning, urban design, housing, and livelihoods. From 2016–21, she has designed, anchored and conducted over 200 capacity building programmes for more than 5000 urban officials from 11 states across 600 ULBs under the ICBP programme under the engineering & public health, town planning and elected representatives verticals.


Since 2016, she has designed and delivered CB programmes for a diverse set of organisations including the DoPT, DTCP, TN, CMI-xKDR, FNF, DRLA with TISS and George Washington University, GIZ, and currently, ADB-funded TOD study for BMRCL where she is the project coordinator for the capacity building component of the project. She also leads the activities of the Capacity Development Forum, IIHS’ annual CB event and is leading the institution’s efforts at building a community of practice for CB professionals.


Anuttama is an architect with a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she won the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2007. She has worked on site planning and architecture projects with the design wing of L&T ECC – the Engineering Research and Design Cell (EDRC). She has also worked on TOD-related urban design projects with JHP Architecture/Urban Design based in Dallas, Texas.


  • Introduction to Design, Nitte Institute of Architecture,Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Architecture, Nitte Institute of Architecture,Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Built environment, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Urbana–Champaign, United States of America
  • National Urban Missions, Urban management, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Exposure visits to Hyderabad, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Multiple, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Spatial Appreciation Skill Lab, Urban design and planning, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Contestations and Negotiations of Public Spacemaking / Placemaking, Urban design and planning, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS



  • Application of BIM software , Larsen & Toubro Ltd , Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Design of Super Tall Buildings , Larsen & Toubro Ltd , Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Capacity Building Programmes on Urban Development (DoPT), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Integrated Capacity Building Programme (ICBP), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Capacity Building Programmes for MoRTH, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Capacity Building Programme for Town Planning Officials of Maharashtra (YASHADA),Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Capacity Development Suite, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Capacity Development Forum (CDF), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • India Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellowship, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Land Use Planning (GIZ),Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Training Needs Analysis (Odisha Livable Habitats Mission), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • AMRUT Reforms Evaluation (NIUA), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Spatial Data Portal, Guwahati (FNF), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Public Procurement Systems in Water & Sanitation (CMI-FRG), Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS
  • Housing Shortage in India,Digital Blended Learning (DBL) course, IIHS

Book Chapter

  • Karhade, P., Kathuria, A., Dasgupta, A., Malik, O., & Konsynski, B. R. (2021). Decolonization of digital platforms: A Research agenda for GREAT domains. In A. Garimella, P, Karhade, A. Kathuria, X. Liu, J. Xu, & K. Zhao (Eds), The role of e-business during the time of grand challenges: 19th Workshop on e-Business, 2020 (pp. 51-58). Springer.
  • Isserman, A., Dasgupta, A., Rahe, M., & Hemphill, S. (2010). Stinging real! four essays on the transformative powers of films and storytelling in planning education. In L. Sandercock & G. Attila (Eds.), Beyond the Flatlands, Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning (pp. 287 – 315) New York: Springer.


Other Writing

  • Dasgupta, A., Karhade, P. P., Kathuria, A., & Konsynski, B. R. (2021). Holding space for voices that do not speak: Design reform of rating systems for platforms in GREAT economies. In Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 2564-2573). Manoa: University of Hawaii.
  • Bengaluru Metro Rail Project: Consultancy Assignment to Support Integrated and Sustainable Urban Development along Mass Rapid Transit Corridors in Bengaluru City
  • Training Needs Analysis for the Odisha Livable Habitats Mission
  • Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)—Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA): Transformative Scenario Planning for Bangalore’s Water Future Workshop
  • Integrated Capacity Building Programme (ICBP)
  • Capacity Building Programme for Town Planning Officials of Maharashtra
  • Land Use Planning Workshop
  • AMRUT Reforms Evaluation
  • Guwahati Spatial Data Portal
  • Study on Public Procurement Systems in Water & Sanitation