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 has worked as a freelance journalist and contributed articles for mainstream media organisations like The Hindu and The New Indian Express on topics around the city, planning and urbanism. She has also worked as an editorial consultant. Her interests lie in writing and editing, documentation, and finding ways to break down academic ideas to wider audiences.


At IIHS, she is based at the Chennai office and works with the Word Lab, on adapting research and practice material into public writing and case writing among other things.

Other Writing

  • 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