Anuradha Mathur & Dilip Da Cunha

Anuradha is an Associate Professor, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. She has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad. Dilip is faculty at Parsons School of Design, New York and at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masters in Housing from SPA, New Delhi, and Bachelors of Architecture from Bangalore University. They were visiting faculty at Harvard University for the academic year 2001/02.
Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha have focused their artistic and design expertise for the past decade on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Rio Grande, and Bangalore. They believe that landscapes are shifting, living material phenomena that demand an attitude of negotiation rather than unilateral control.
Mathur and da Cunha’s drawings and projects have been part of a number of exhibitions in the US and India, they have used the format of public exhibitions as a means of initiating and encouraging discourse on the representation of contentious landscapes. They have themselves designed and curated two major traveling exhibitions – Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape; and Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain.
Mathur and da Cunha’s design practice received the Young Architects Award for 2000 given by the Architectural League of New York. Their awarded projects are part of a publication by Princeton Architectural Press and the Architectural League titled Second Nature.