Indian Institute for Human Settlements | Ruchika Lall

Ruchika Lall

Consultant - Academics & Research | ruchikal at iihs dot ac dot in


2017    MSc, Building and Urban Design in Development, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK

2010    BArch, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Gurgaon




Countries: India, UK, Italy, Myanmar, Sri Lanka
States: Delhi, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra
Cities: Delhi, Silvassa, Mumbai, London, Yangon, Colombo
Languages: English, Hindi

Ruchika is an architect and urban designer with nine years of experience on a diverse range of urban projects. These include winning entries in national competitions, interventions in housing and waste management in informal settlements, and action-oriented design research. She completed her Master’s degree in Building and Urban Design for Development, as a Chevening Scholar at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. She has been visiting faculty at the School of Architecture and Planning at GD Goenka University. She has worked on housing, spatial inequity and policy research with several non-government organisations in India, UK, Italy, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.


At IIHS, Ruchika is assisting with research for the KNOW project including curriculum benchmarking, pedagogic ethnographies, and tracing alumni trajectories.

Journal Article


Books/ Book Chapters

  • Lall, R., Mitra, S. & Sakuma, S. (2018). In C. Ortiz & B. Lipietz (Eds.), Grounding Development: Reflections on community-based practices in Sri Lanka and Myanmar. London: The Bartlett Developing Planning Unit.


Other Writing

  • 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.
  • Lall, R., Kombe, W., Kyessi, A., & Mtwangi-Limbumba, T. (2021, April 21). Reflection from KNOW annual workshop, 2021. Know Blog.
  • Lall, R., Lakhan, A., Shakeel, A., & Selva, I. A. (2020, August 12). Thinking about Covid-19 relief and recovery in India. KNOW blog.
  • Lall, R. (2018, 28 September). Reflections on waste, informality and scaling up. UCL blog.
  • Lall, R. (2018, 28 September). Finding spaces for longitudinal learning & institutional reflexivity. UCL blog.
  • Lall, R. (2016, January 01). As the Govt. Continues to ignore Delhi’s homeless, this citizen initiative gives hope.
  • Anand, G., Lall, R., Wesely, J., & Allen, A.  (2022, February). One amongst many: Higher education institutions in an ecosystem of urban knowledges. Paper presented at the Future of urban equality: Knowledge, partnerships and pathways in action. Knowledge in action for Urban Equity.
  • Anand, G., Lall, R., & Mehra, R. (2022, February). Learning for and from participation: Reflections from engaging with citizens on Master Plans in India​. Paper presented at the Future of urban equality: Knowledge, partnerships and pathways in action. Knowledge in action for Urban Equity.