mathurANURADHA MATHUR  ,     an architect and landscape architect, is Associate Professor and Associate Chair, of the Landscape Architecture Department. In collaboration with her partner Dilip da Cunha she has focused her artistic and design expertise on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains, including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Bangalore, Mumbai and, most recently, Jerusalem. An underlying thread in Mathur’s work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice.
She is author with Dilip da Cunha of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Rupa & Co., 2006), and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (National Gallery of Modern Art / Rupa & Co., 2009). In April, 2011 she conceived and directed the In the Terrain of Water symposium and exhibition at PennDesign and is also directing the Terrain of Water 2 event on April 9, 2012.