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Ishita Shah

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Trained as a designer and historian, Ishita is a research-based practitioner invested in curating initiatives for cultural and historical preservation, community engagement and creative interpretation. During the pandemic, she has been conducting online engagements on constructing personal archives with an intention to further creative possibilities for archiving in India and the Global South. Currently, she is working as a consulting archivist and historian at the Pattani Archives, Bhavnagar and mentoring the Britto Art Trust Archive, Bangladesh. She is also pursuing research on architectural history of 20th Century India through the perspective of women practitioners as a Graham Foundation Grantee 2020; and exploring subversive frameworks for community archiving projects through Futura Tropica Fellowship 2020. Prior to this, she has curated documentation and dissemination projects in collaboration with Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd., National Centre for Biological Sciences and The Courtyard in Bengaluru. She has also conducted learning engagements with INTACH, been an educator and the coordinator to the UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat and Sustainable Development at Srishti-Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, been the founding archivist and oral historian at CEPT Archive: for architecture, planning and design in India, and worked in editorial capacities with RIBA, INSITE Magazine, SPADE India and DICRC.