Anita Bakshi is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on Housing and Open Space Design, Visualization, and Research Methods. She is also an affiliated lecturer for the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) Program, teaching courses on Heritage and Planning in Divided Cities and Cultural Heritage and Community Organizing. She has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California – Berkeley. Following several years in architectural practice in Chicago, California and the Foster+Partners Istanbul field office, she received her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Cambridge University. Her PhD research with the Conflict in Cities Research Programme focused on space and memory in divided cities.
Her research has focused on questions of mapping and representation for contested environments, and she has exhibited maps and drawings that document ethnographic research in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She engages in design research that explores new forms for monuments, memorials, and other commemorative structures. Current research investigates the role of landscape architecture and design in the Anthropocene era through a design proposal for a memorial that marks and describes environmental losses and enables collective mourning and healing. Recent publications include “Urban Form and Memory Discourses in Contested Cities” in the Journal of Urban Design (2014), and “Trade and Exchange in Nicosia’s Common Realm” in ‘Post Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict’ (2016).