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Personal profile


“I aim to help students become critical independent thinkers by encouraging and challenging them, while creating an environment that fosters interaction, communication, and growth.”

Research profile

Sukanya Krishnamurthyis an Assistant Professor of Urbanism and Urban Architecture at the Faculty of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands). Her main focus lies at the interface of urban, social and cultural geography, where her scholarship analyses how cities can use their resources and values for better sustainable development. Within these fields, she has published on urban cultures and representation, and place-making and bottom-up approaches. She has been a PI and team member on research projects in the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Israel, UK and India. 

Academic background

Sukanya trained as an architect and urbanist in India and Germany, and received her PhD in Urban Studies and Architecture from Bauhaus University (Germany) in 2012. Her doctoral thesis investigates the relationship architecture/ physical form has with various social process within an urban environment. Prior to joining the Chair of Urbanism and Urban Architecture at the TU/e she spent her graduate studies and professional life working as an architect, designer, lecturer and researcher. In Bangalore (India) she worked as an architect with Mindspace in 2006-07. She also worked as a researcher in Aachen, Dessau, Weimar (Germany, 2007-12) and in Toronto (Canada, 2012-14), where she worked for The Neptis Foundation, a nonpartisan, urban research foundation in Toronto, Canada. 

Affiliated with

  • Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N-AERUS)
  • Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS),
  • Erasmus University, Rotterdam
  • Research and Academic Partner Constituent Group (RAPCG)
  • Research Community 21 (RC21)

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • New Institute
  • Bernard van Leer Foundation

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Research Output 2015 2019

Rituals and the participation of urban form: informal and formal image making processes

Krishnamurthy, S., 1 Sep 2016, In : City, Culture and Society. 7, 3, p. 129-138 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

public space
religious behavior

Neglected? : strengthening the morphological study of informal settlements

Krishnamurthy, S. & McCartney, S., 21 Jul 2016, "The transgressive city" : Conference Research Commitee 21, 21-23 July 2016, Mexico City. s.l.: s.n.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Architecture and the Smart City

De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (ed.), Krishnamurthy, S. (ed.) & Schröder, T. (ed.), 6 Nov 2019, London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 260 p. (Critiques : Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

Smart meters
Smart city


Child Friendly Planning

Sukanya Krishnamurthy (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Smart Cycling Futures

Sukanya Krishnamurthy (Recipient), 2016

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

urban region
applied science
urban transport

Activities 2016 2018

AHRA 2018: Smartness? between discourse and practice.

S.M. De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo (Organiser), S. Krishnamurthy (Organiser), T.W.A. Schröder (Organiser)
15 Nov 201817 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Research and Child Friendly Cities

Sukanya Krishnamurthy (Speaker)
23 Oct 2018 → …

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

ISA World Congress of Sociology

S. Krishnamurthy (Organiser)
21 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Confronting Informality

Sukanya Krishnamurthy (Organiser)
7 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Apolitical (External organisation)

Sukanya Krishnamurthy (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardProfessional

Press / Media


Sukanya Krishnamurthy


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Data Studio

Sukanya Krishnamurthy


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Aging in place: adjusting post-WWII neighborhoods of midsize cities into senior friendly neighborhoods

Author: de Groot, B., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Krishnamurthy, S. (Supervisor 2) & de Bont, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A sustainable policy response to urban shrinkage in a world heritage city: the case study of Porto

Author: de Blok, J., 26 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Roders, A. (Supervisor 1), Krishnamurthy, S. (Supervisor 2) & Druta, O. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Enhancement of citizen engagement in the decision-making process for historic preservation: Philadelphia

Author: Mercan, K., 26 Feb 2019

Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Druta, O. (Supervisor 2), Krishnamurthy, S. (Supervisor 2) & Roders, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Food to fit: linking identities in Veghel's canalscape

Author: de Wispelaere, S., 31 May 2016

Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Krishnamurthy, S. (Supervisor 2) & de Bont, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Holiday city in Parkcity: tourism outcom for shrinking regions

Author: Bulut, A., 29 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Bosman, A. (Supervisor 1), Krishnamurthy, S. (Supervisor 2) & Yegenoglu, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master