Lecture Series: Neeraj Bhatia
Neeraj Bhatia is a licensed architect and urban designer from Toronto, Canada. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is an Assistant Professor at the California College of the Arts where he also co-directs the urbanism research lab, The Urban Works Agency. Prior to CCA, Bhatia held teaching positions at Cornell University, Rice University, and the University of Toronto.
Neeraj is also founder of The Open Workshop, a transcalar design-research office examining the negotiation between architecture and its territorial environment. In 2016, The Open Workshop was awarded the Architectural League Young Architects Prize. Select other distinctions include the Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence, Graham Foundation Grants, The Lawrence B. Anderson Award, Shell Center for Sustainability Grant, Odebrecht first-prize Award for Sustainability, ACSA Faculty Design Award, and the Fulbright Fellowship. He is co-editor of books Bracket [Takes Action], The Petropolis of Tomorrow, Bracket [Goes Soft], Arium: Weather + Architecture, and co-author of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling — Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism. His articles have appeared in Volume/Archis, Thresholds, Manifest, MONU, Places, Footprint, Domus, Onsite Review, Scenario Journal, PLAT, Avery Review, Field Journal, ARPA, GAM, and Yale Perspecta. He has worked for Eisenman Architects, Coop Himmelblau, Bruce Mau Design, OMA, Lateral Office, and ORG.
Bhatia received his master's degree in architecture and urban design from MIT, where he was studying on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Prior to that, he attended the University of Waterloo, where he earned his Bachelor of Environmental Studies and his Bachelor of Architecture. He is an NCARB-registered licensed architect.