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Deepta Sateesh

Area of Practice

Architect, Environmental Planner, Design Researcher, Environmental Philosopher


B. Arch., Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University, India

Master of City Planning, School of Design (previously Graduate School of Fine Arts), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

PhD (Art, Design & Interdisciplinary Studies), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India. Doctoral Research Title: “Reimag(in)ing the Western Ghats of India – Situated Knowledge Perspectives for a New Ground of Wetness”.

Work experience

  • Worked as an Urban & Regional Planner & Strategist
  • Experienced in institutional planning, urban design, and sustainable development policy
  • Worked as an environmental leader, planner and designer on projects in China, Korea, Vietnam & USA, in the public and private sectors
  • Worked on projects that include the Olympic Green Master Plan for the Beijing Olympics 2008, Thu Thiem Redevelopment Project in Ho Chi Minh City, and the Huangpu Riverfront Development Project in Shanghai
  • Worked with both public and private sectors with an emphasis upon ecological sensibility, sustainability strategies and cultural integrity

Interest Areas

design research; environment; socio-ecological systems; climate change adaptation; movement and migration; movement and place-making; law and policy; environmental and conservation rights; developmental and sustainability issues

Current Practice at Srishti

Dean of Research and Collaborations, Srishti Manipal Institute

Undergraduate and postgraduate research projects;  Fieldwork engagements; Art and design projects

Creative Practice and Outreach

  • Member of the Consortium of Environmental Philosophers (
  • Senior Advisor at the Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (,
  • Member of IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

Projects showcase:

Resilient Wayanad – Monsoon, Cultivation and the SDGs (PG Capstone)

A project in collaboration with FLEDGE and MSSRF
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Field work
Field work engagements


Field work interviews
Students conducting interviews on site


Splice – the Iconic Joint, a collaborative studio with UPenn Landscape Department (UG Thesis)

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project report
Outcomes of the project


Student explorations
Student explorations