Shubhi Sonal

Senior Manager - Office of the School of Systems and Infrastructure (SSI) | ssonal at iihs dot ac dot in


2021    PhD, Urban & Regional Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts

             University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

2014    Master of City Planning (MCP), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur West Bengal, India
2006    B.Arch, School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi NCR, India


Countries: India
States: Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Telangana
Cities: Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata
Languages: English, Hindi

Shubhi Sonal is an urban planner–architect with specialisation in quality-of-life studies for urban neighbourhoods. Shubhi has considerable experience in curating, managing and delivering academic programmes and has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at various universities in Bengaluru.


At IIHS, Shubhi is a part of the core team tasked with building out the IIHS School of Systems and Infrastructure. Her core responsibilities include strategic and operational planning for the functioning of the school and facilitating collaborations with different programmes and schools.


Her recent research work has revolved around delineating and defining fluid public spaces at the sub-city scale. Her previous research projects include survey-based studies for inclusive urban transportation in Indian cities, smart housing for diverse user groups, and culture and heritage studies. She has guided student projects aimed at data collection and documentation of vernacular architecture across various climatic zones in rural Karnataka. Shubhi has delivered international guest lectures and webinars on a gamut of topics including urban data applications for quality-of-life optimisation, public space design, research writing in architecture, pedagogical advances for teaching architecture and more.


In her last role, Shubhi was working as an associate professor and Head of the Academic vertical at the School of Architecture, REVA University, Bengaluru. She also spearheaded collaborations with national and international partners and contributed towards institutional brand building and outreach.


  • Systems and Infrastructure, Urban Fellows Programme(UFP), IIHS
  • Urban Infrastructure Resilience, Urban Fellows Programme(UFP), IIHS
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Design, REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Research Methodology & Statistical Methods, REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Housing, REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Architectural Theory, History and Design, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore Karnataka, India



  • Research Writing, Faculty Development Programme at JNAFA University, Telangana, India
  • Research writing & Research methodology, Faculty Development Programme at REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Pedagogy in architecture, Faculty Development Programme at REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Heritage Stories, Faculty Development Programme at REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India