Anirban Adhya

Anirban Adhya, Ph.D.

Associate Professor




Anirban Adhya is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. He is a founding member of the synchRG systems-based think tank and an active proponent of the Detroit Studio service-learning outreach program. Adhya’s research focuses on sustainability as ecology with emphasis on well-being and social ethics in places.  This interdisciplinary investigation integrates theories and practices of sustainable placemaking and everyday urbanism through mixed-modal methodologies in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning with those in ecological theory, cultural studies, public health, environment, and behavior. His work on urban theory, public realm, and strategic regionalism in Detroit has been published in Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale (2013), Urban Design International (2013), The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs (2012), Volume 20 (Archis, 2009) and the ARCC Journal 6/2 (2009). Adhya’s research has been funded by institutes like the Coleman Foundation (Fellowship Program), American Institute of Architects (AIA Research Funding Program), and the University of Michigan (Marans Fellowship). He holds a PhD in Architecture degree from University of Michigan, a Master of Architecture degree from the University at Buffalo, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from India.

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