Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee - RV University

Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee

Professor and Dean, School of Design and Innovation

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Dr Anuradha Chatterjee is an Indian-born Australian academic practitioner in architecture and design based in Australia and India. She has over twenty years of experience in research, teaching and administration gained through various academic positions in Australia (University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of Tasmania, University of South Australia), China (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), and India (Manipal University Jaipur, Srishti Manipal Institute of Art Design and Technology, Pearl Academy and Sushant School of Architecture), where her focus has been on developing critical and research-based pedagogies in studio and history and theory subjects. She has held prominent academic leadership roles in India as Dean, Faculty of Design, Manipal University Jaipur; Dean Academics, Avani Institute of Design; and Head, Research and Innovation, Pearl Academy where she was responsible for institution building, establishing cultures of academic excellence, enhancing internationalisation initiatives and research outputs, and driving a high-performance culture based on inclusive and embodied leadership. Dr Chatterjee has also worked in professional practice in Australia, as Senior Research Executive at PTW Architects; Senior Architectural Researcher and Heritage Advisor at Cracknell and Lonergan Architects; and Guest Curator, Customs House, Sydney. She has an active and diverse research record, and her publications speak to an expansive field of research inquiry. Dr Chatterjee is Regional Editor Asia Pacific, TEXTILES: Cloth and Culture; a Registered Architect at the Council of Architecture, India; and an Associate of Australian Institute of Architects.

Dr Anuradha Chatterjee: Transnational academic leadership in architecture and design

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  • Anuradha Chatterjee, ed, Architectures of Ageing in Place. London: Routledge, Hardback (Contracted, Forthcoming 2025)
  • Anuradha Chatterjee (Area Editor, Asia, 98000 words), Karen Burns and Lori Brown (Chief Editor). The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015. London: Bloomsbury, Forthcoming April 2022
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture. London: Routledge, Hardback 2017, Paperback 2019
  • Anuradha Chatterjee, ed. Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Hardback 2014, Paperback 2018
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney. New Delhi: COPAL Publishing, 2015

Catalogues and Proceedings

  • Anuradha Chatterjee, Madhavi Desai and Kush Patel. Instant Proceedings: Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India Symposium (Digital). Calicut: Avani Institute of Design, 2020
  • Anuradha Chatterjee, Marian Macken, and Thomas Fisher, eds. Shared Territories: Design Research Exhibition Catalogue. China: Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, 2014
  • Anuradha Chatterjee, Stuart King, and Stephen Loo, eds. Proceedings of Fabulation: Myth Nature and Heritage: The 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Launceston, 05-08 July. Launceston: University of Tasmania, 2012
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Interaction: Sydney Architecture Festival, Exhibition Catalogue.” Customs House, 2012
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “From Form to Formless,” Exhibition Catalogue. Customs House, October 2010

Journal Issues

  • Anuradha Chatterjee. Special Issue: “Life, After Life: Textile Crafts in India and Communities of Practice.” Textile: Cloth and Culture (ISSN 1475-9756), vol 20 no. 3, 242- 424, September 2022. The Special Issue was focused on discovering stories of emotional, economic, social, and physical resilience of individuals and communities involved in traditional textile crafts in India, with the context of disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Anuradha Chatterjee and Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, eds. The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today (ISSN 2049-3215) Issues 1-10, 2008-2018

Journal Articles

  • Anuradha Chatterjee. Received, in Shadows and Silence Review of Do Ho Suh Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, November 4, 2022–February 26, 2023
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Decolonizing Architectural Pedagogies.” Seminar: The Monthly Symposium, edited by Vidhu Gandhi, no. 750: 53-56, February 2022
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Life, after Life: Textile Crafts in India and Communities of Practice.” TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture vol 20, no. 3, 245-251, 2022
  • Anuradha Chatterjee and Saurav Sharma. “Rasam Pagdi: Performing Textile Masculinities.” TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture, vol. 20, no. 1, 33-38, 2022
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “‘I am Damned If I Do and Damned If I Don’t’: Architecture, Academia, and Gendered Homelessness.” [IN]SIDE: Journal on Architecture and Design, vol. 2, no. 2: 166-173, 2020
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Putting Her in Her Place (Not!).” Veranda: Journal of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, vol. 2, 85-94, 2020
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Between Colour and Pattern: Ruskin’s Ambivalent Theory of Constructional Polychromy.” Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 18, 11-23, 2017
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Birth, Death, and Rebirth: Reconstruction of Architecture in Ruskin’s Writings.” Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 13, 92-99, 2013
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. Review, Architectural Identities: Domesticity, Literature, and the Victorian Middle Classes by Andrea Kaston Tange. Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand, vol. 21, no. 2, 133-140, 2012
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. Review, Post-Traumatic Urbanism, Architectural Design edited by Charles Rice, Adrian Lahoud, and Anthony Burke. Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand vol. 20, no. 1, 128-138, 2011
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Tectonic into Textile: John Ruskin and his Obsession with the Architectural Surface.” Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture 7, no. 1, 68-97, 2009
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “John Ruskin and Female Body as the Theoretical Precondition for Architecture.” Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand 19, no. 1, 140-61, 2009

Book Chapters

  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “In between Fiction and Space: Feminist Studio Pedagogy (of Letting Go).” In Architectural Education: Catalysts and Tensions, edited by Kasia Nawratek, Routledge, May 2022
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Notes on Literary Futures in Architecture.” In Unbuilt 2.0: Architecture of Future Collectives, edited by Maanasi Hattangadi and Rajesh Advani, 135-139. Delhi: ArchiSHOTS, 2021
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Ungraspable Criticality: Surface in Architecture.” In The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design, edited by Chris Brisbin and Myra Thiessen, 257–277. London; New York: Routledge. Paperback, 2020; Hardback 2018
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Vital Surfaces and the Making of Architecture.” In Surfaces: Transformations of Body, Materials and Earth, edited by Mike Anusas and Cris Simonetti, 116-138. London; New York: Routledge, 2020
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Wearing the Soul: John Ruskin’s Theory of Ideal Dress.” In Ruskin’s Good Looking!, edited by Sarah Casey, 16-19. Lancaster University and Brantwood, 2019
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Surface Typologies, Critical Function, and Glass Walls in Australian Architecture.” In Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design, edited by Anuradha Chatterjee, 151–168. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Hardback 2014 Paperback 2018
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Introduction: Surface Potentialities.” In Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design, edited by Anuradha Chatterjee, 1–12. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Hardback 2014 Paperback 2018
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Ruskin’s Theory of the Ideal Dress and Textile Analogy in Medieval Architecture.” In Persistent Ruskin: Studies in Influence, Assimilation, and Effect, edited by Keith Hanley and Brian Maidment, 117–136. UK: Ashgate, 2013
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Travelling the Surface: John Ruskin and the Production of the New Theory of the Adorned “Wall Veil.”’ In Ruskin, Venice, and Nineteenth-Century Cultural Travel, edited by Keith Hanley and Emma Sdegno, 167–186. Venice : Le Bricole, Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, 2010

Conference Papers (Refereed)

  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “A Brief History of Feminist Collectives in Architecture in India.” Activist Energies Conference, Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA), 28 November – 30 November 2022 Melbourne
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Assembled: John Ruskin’s Architectural ‘Ideal.”’ In Proceedings of Quotation, Quotation: What Does History Have in Store for Architecture Today? The 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2017. University of Canberra, 05-08 July, 35-44, 2017
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Poetics of the Wrapped and the Skinned: Deep History of the Architectural Surface and Projects by Lyons.” In Proceedings of Fabulation: Myth Nature and Heritage: The 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Launceston, 05-08 July, 202-218, edited by Stuart King, Anuradha Chatterjee and Stephen Loo. Launceston: University of Tasmania, 2012
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Touching the Surface, Looking for Substance: Architectural Surface and Contemporary Australian Practice.” In Conference Proceeding of 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA), Geelong, 18-21 September, 171–179. Geelong: Deakin University, 2011
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “New Ways of Looking: John Ruskin’s Visual and Textual Strategies for Writing a History of Architecture.” In Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia, and New Zealand, Brisbane, 7-10 July, edited by Deborah van der Plaat and Antony Moulis. Brisbane: State Library of Queensland, 2011
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “John Ruskin’s ‘Wall Veil’: Celebrating the Dressed Body in Architecture.” In Celebration: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Napier, 24-27 September, 73-78, edited by Andrew Leach and Gill Matthewson. Napier: SAHANZ, 2005
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Dress as the Sexualised Limit of the Body: John Ruskin and the Walls of St Mark’s.” In Limits: Proceedings from the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, 26-29 September, 99-104, edited by Harriet Edquist and Helene Frichot. Melbourne: SAHANZ, 2004
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “The Body of History in John Ruskin’s Theories.” In Progress: The Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, 02-05 October 2003, 56-61, edited by Maryam Gusheh and Naomi Stead. Sydney: SAHANZ, 2003

Professional Journals

  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Rural Habitat: Sydney Architecture Festival.” Australian Design Review, 30 October 2013
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Review of ‘Home of the Future’: Exhibition by LAVA.” Studio International, 09 May 2011
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “From Form to Formless: Exploring Non-Linear Space for Five Decades.” Architectural Review Australia, December 2010
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Review: Green Void: An Installation by LAVA Architecture.” Architecture Australia, May/June 2009
  • Anuradha Chatterjee. “Review: Stitching the Void: An Installation by Patrick Keane.” Architecture Australia 103, March/April 2008

  • John Ruskin and Architectural Theory

    My PhD (published as journal articles and a peer reviewed book John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture, Routledge, 2017) reveals and constructs Ruskin’s ‘theory’ of the adorned wall veil, which positioned architecture as a dressed female body. To this end, the adornment was a low-relief polychromatic ornamental veneer that followed the principle of composition observable in draped figures and woven and knitted fabrics, and it was always disconnected from that which it concealed, physically as well as symbolically. In architectural theory, the analogy between architecture, body, and dress is a well traversed terrain. Ruskin added to this a spiritual dimension, as he argued that good dress evoked the soul, by subduing the contours of the body through its taut lines and seamless surface, and through vivid colours that created a luminous counterpart to the blushing colour and tonal variations of the female skin. These ideas could be seen echoed in the planar walls sheathed with polychromatic, low relief inlaid work in key Gothic and Byzantine buildings in Venice. Not only does Ruskin advance a different disciplinary definition of architecture as surface (going against spatial and structural ontologies of the discipline), but he also provides a unique and competitive alternative to existing theories of architectural polychromy (Hittorf, Labrouste, Semper, Jones) and textile analogy (Semper, Viollet-le-Duc). Ruskin’s advancement of architecture’s disciplinary definition of architecture as surface, along with the ‘surface turn’ in critical theory and design practice, prompts a parallel track of inquiry. Surface and Deep Histories and my other publications have explored the varied articulations of architectural surfaces, arguing that surfaces are simultaneously superficial and pervasive, symbol and space, meaningful and functional, static, and transitory, and object and envelope.


  • Feminist Readings in Architectural History and Theory

    Feminist philosophy was at the centre of my graduate design project on housing for migrant mine workers, which proposed a distinctive hybrid organization of row housing and cluster as an argument against the separation of public and private realms. Extending this to the reading of architectural texts, my master’s dissertation, in the tradition of the feminist architectural theorists like Diana Agrest and Jennifer Bloomer amongst others, mounted a feminist critique of Adolf Loos’s attack on Art Nouveau, using Luce Irigaray’s Speculum of the Other Woman, and Elizabeth Grosz’s incisive reading of Irigaray. My PhD (and associated journal articles and book, John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture) took this line of thinking further as it engaged in a poststructuralist inter and intratextual feminist readings of Ruskin’s texts across the different volumes in his oeuvre, saying that which Ruskin and his text were not willing to say, demonstrating the debt that his architectural theory owed to the female body. Furthermore, the parallel track of research on surface that the PhD/book generates is deeply feminist. Considering the act of looking past, looking through, or not looking at surface at all, constitutes it as a blindspot—an architectural unconscious. Thinking of this through Irigaray, and Walter Benjamin, surface is not just a threatening presence but it also has potentiality—in its ability to narrate other histories, provoke alternative spatial possibilities, and allow new knowledges and practices to prevail.

  • Architecture in Asia: Gendered Histories and Agencies

    Moving beyond re-readings of texts to gendered histories, I contributed as the sole Area Editor for Asia with Chief Editors Karen Burns and Lori Brown on The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015 (April 2022). This project has allowed me to be part of a critical reference publication that focuses on intersectional and transnational feminist histories of women in architecture, which provides insights into the role of women pioneers, and the significance of institutional changes, organizations, awards, events, and critical theoretical research in increasing women’s participation and recognition in the field of architectural practice and academia. In challenging the canon, my work on the Encyclopedia has highlighted how women architects in Asia have played an important role in shaping key ethical, political, and contextual projects in the region. Building on this— in the context of institution building in Asia and the urgent regional need of capacity building, self-determination, research, and epistemic decolonisation—I led and co-convened the Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India symposium (with Madhavi Desai and Kush Patel, 2020). The symposium examined the engagement of women and persons of minoritized genders and sexualities in the construction of the academy, architectural knowledge, professional identity, and academic practice, looking for alternatives to patriarchal conventions of leadership, as well as positions of power sanctified by institutional designations that may be mobilized and inhabited differently.

  • Practices of Resilience and Decolonization

    Building on Ruskinian ideas of textile tectonic, creative labour, and my knowledge of intangible textile heritage of India, I have guest edited a special issue titled “Life, after Life: Textile Crafts in India and Communities of Practice" for TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture. The issue looks at the effects disasters (including the ongoing pandemic, as well as systemic stresses as a result of colonisation, industrialisation, and modernity) have had on traditional communities of practice. These inquiries are also relevant to the built environment as they speak in a timely manner to the emerging discourse around migrancy and politics of production in South Asia, and decolonising labour relations. Building on the urgent need of decolonising the curriculum, my essay for Seminar Magazine (2022) issues a call to action, consisting of six points–feminist paths to decolonization; climate change, environmental degradation, and ethical practice; liberatory thinking; imagine new pasts, new futures; challenge the canon, generate new knowledge; and dismantle architectural representational histories. This is highlighted further in Responsible Pedagogies in Architecture: Combating Climate Change edited by Madhura Yadav, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2023 (to which I was co-editor till 2021, and in charge of the writing the proposal), which seeks to point out systemic gaps in curricula with respect to integration of sustainability and ecological literacy, as well as document a micro-history of climate leadership undertaken by a higher education located in the hinterland of Jaipur, Rajasthan.

  • Critical Studio Pedagogies

    My scholarship in architectural history, theory and humanities, and interest in feminist and anti-patriarchal approaches to design epistemologies, undergirds my scholarship of teaching and learning. This current field of inquiry is indicated by two recent book chapters for Routledge collections, “Ungraspable Criticality: Surface in Architecture," in The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design, edited by Chris Brisbin and Myra Thiessen; and “In between Fiction and Space: Feminist Studio Pedagogy (of Letting Go)," in Space and Language in Architectural Education: Catalysts and Tensions, edited by Kasia Nawratek (2022). The attention is on undoing dominant knowledges, hegemonic structures, and the orthographic gaze; discovering other ways of arriving at, inhabiting a project; and deferring quick, comprehensive solutions in favour of pleasures of meandering, celebrating the unfinished. While the (Re)thinking and (Re)making the Threshold: Red Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney (discussed in “Ungraspable Criticality") built upon my surface scholarship to unpack the potentialities of deep surface into a new organizational order, the Narrative, Sense and Space: Cultural Interpretation Centre, Mahé studio (discussed in “In between Fiction and Space") used a historical-political fiction as a point of entry into site and context. In search of other temporalities, beyond the sequential progressions deployed in design studios, we progressed through overlapping literary, graphic, and tectonic terrains; and uneasy synthesis of fragments, architectonic assemblages that captured the essence of key moments, and stories within stories, from the novel.


    In addition to the five strands of research inquiry that I have been pursuing for the last two decades-John Ruskin and Architectural Theory; Feminist Readings in Architectural History and Theory; Architecture in Asia: Gendered Histories and Agencies; Practices of Resilience and Decolonization; Critical Studio Pedagogies-I also research and write on the ontological questions of the discipline; and search for alternative forms of practice in textiles as well as literature.

  • AMPS Routledge Pedagogy Award, 2023 https://amps-research.com/routledge-pedagogy-award/

  • Funding for Appointment of Research Associate, The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015, School of Architecture, Syracuse University, 2020

  • ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme (for outstanding women researchers in the humanities) The University, 2019

  • Architecture Theory Criticism History Research Centre, University of Queensland Travel Grant 2018

  • Visiting Academic, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, 23-27 September 2018

  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art: Research Support Grant, 2013

  • Research Development Fund, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, 2013

  • David Saunders Founders Grant, Society of Architectural Historians Australia, and New Zealand, 2008

  • Education Arts and Social Science Early Career Researcher Support Program, University of South Australia, 2000 AUD, 2008, two awarded per year

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