Vidhya Mohankumar

Architect and Urban Designer in Chennai, India

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Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over 15 years of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States.

Her work is focused on creating cities that are people-oriented and centred around transit as part of a sustainable development agenda that she is passionate about. Her approach is driven by research that is grounded and intersectional as a way to understand the everyday urbanism of cities.

In 2011, Vidhya founded Urban Design Collective (UDC), a collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create livable cities through participatory planning.
With clientele ranging from state governments, ULBs, county/town councils, real estate developers, private sector firms and NGOs, her urban design projects exhibit a wide variety with master plans for cities, towns, station areas, harbour areas as well as redevelopment plans for town centres, city public spaces and brownfield sites. She has also been involved in several strategic planning projects, regional plans, local area plans, campus master plans and urban design studies for existing developments in various cities around the world.

In addition, she also mentors Smart City projects in Hubli and Agartala as a national expert on public space design under the CITIIS program with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). And for the past 10 years, she has been advocating sustainable development practices as a guest faculty at various universities in India.


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  • Work
    • Urban Design Collective
  • Education
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
    • National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli