Archita S

External Consultant | architas at iihs dot ac dot in

2017  MSc, Urban Studies, 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
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil

Archita S has an interdisciplinary background in architecture and urban studies, in addition to a diploma in journalism. She has been part of the IIHS Word Lab since June 2018 and primarily works on adapting research and practice work to reach wider audiences through public writing. She provides editorial and writing support for various institutional publications such as reports, cases, policy briefs, op-eds and book-length works.


Archita is actively involved in teaching writing skills as part of the IIHS Urban Fellows Programme, and conducting internal and external writing workshops. She was a key part of the team that created a MOOC titled ‘Writing and Disseminating Grey Literature’ to be hosted on Coursera from August 2021, aimed at helping researchers and practitioners develop hands-on skills in writing across public facing formats such as op-eds, data stories, and social media posts. With members of the Word Lab, Archita co-wrote and won a grant from the Earth Journalism Network, and supported project work and publications.


Archita’s personal writing has appeared in mainstream publications including The Hindu, Mint and The New Indian Express.

Other Writing

  • Suryanarayan, A., Vadehra, N., Raghunathan, R. (2020). IIHS rough writing guides. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Suryanarayanan, A., Kumar, K., & Malladi, T. (2019, September 8). Mapping how growth in Kochi, Mumbai and Chennai made them flood and drought-prone. The News Minute.
  • Abhilaasha, N., & Suryanarayanan, A. (2019, June 10). #PeriodTalk: High time we challenge the secrecy around menstruation. The Wire.
  • Suryanarayanan, A., & Ro, C. (2019, June 5). Making Indian cities inclusive means making them more walkable.
  • 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