Nidhi Sohane

Senior Associate - Academics & Research | nsohane at iihs dot ac dot in


2015   BArch, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi


Countries: India
States: Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
Cities: New Delhi, Ramagundam, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Indore, Ajmer
Languages: English, Hindi, Telugu

Nidhi Sohane is an architect by training but is inclined towards urban development. Most of her work has been in understanding the housing ecosystem in informal settlements: the multiplicity of stakeholders, the dynamics that they are affected by, and their access to housing finance. At IIHS, she is working on visualising and tracing incrementality in informal settlements relating to choices and construction practices in self-built homes. She was Project Coordinator with mHS City Lab prior to joining IIHS. Her fieldwork was across informal settlements in Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Indore, and particularly Delhi. It involved interviewing masons, home owners, housing finance companies, material suppliers, and other actors in the network of housing.


Nidhi was also involved in the co-creation of ModSkool, a modular school designed to be dismantled as required. ModSkool is a crowd-funded and crowd-sourced project, constructed in response to the risk of demolition, which actively threatens the farming community in the floodplains of the Yamuna in Delhi. She is keen on employing her architectural training in co- creating viable construction techniques given prevalent practices. She enjoys mathematics, travelling, building things with her hands, and good music.

Books/ Book Chapters

  • Bhan, G., Chandola, T., Sampat, K., & Sohane, N. (2019). Building a home. Building a life: Incrementality and investment in resettlement colony. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human settlements.


Other writing

  • Sampat, K., & Sohane, N. (2023). Rental housing arrangements for domestic workers: An assessment of 103 setups in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Indian Institute for Human Settlements & Rajasthan Mahila Kamgar Union (RMKU).
  • Sohane, N., Lall, R., Chandran, A., Lala, R., Kapoor, N., & Gajjar, H. (2021). Home as workplace: A spatial reading of work-homes. Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing.
  • Bhan, G., Rai Chowdhury, A., Margosa, N., Sampat, K., & Sohane, N. (2020). Lessons for social protection from the Covid-19 lockdowns report 1 of 2: State Relief. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Bhan G., Mehra, R., Sohane, N., Vasudev, E., & Yadav, M (2020). Jahan Jhuggi, Vahan Makaan: Assessing the viability and parameters of a Delhi Government JJ cluster improvement scheme. Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Indo-Global Social Service Society.
2017Worskshop: ModSkool Hands-On Construction, New Delhi, India. Organiser, Coordinator (with Swati Janu)
2017Talk: Socially Responsible Designers through the case of ModSkool, Pearl Academy, New Delhi, (with Swati Janu)
2017Talk: Design for Change, Barsati, New Delhi, (with Swati Janu)
2016Presentation: Case of ekShelter, Skoll Social Innovation Case Competition, Oxford University case of ekShelter, (on behalf of mHS City Lab)