Rupali Gupte is an architect and urbanist practicing and teaching in Mumbai. She is interested in contemporary urban conditions and their inter-disciplinary investigations. She locates her practice at the juncture of architecture, art and urban research.
She has received her Bachelors degree in Architecture from the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA) and her Masters degree from Cornell University. She has also been a Fellow at the KRVIA and at SARAI-CSDS, Delhi and an Artist in Residence at the Art and Architecture Residency at Khoj, New Delhi.
She is a co founder of School of Environment and Architecture and an Associate Professor at the school. She is also the director of SEA Studio, a research and design laboratory at SEA. She is a founder member of the Collective Research Initiatives Trust through which she has undertaken multiple research and design projects.
Her works include, among others, studies of post industrial landscapes and housing types in Mumbai, a semi-fictional history of Mumbai titled ‘Tactical City, Tenali Rama and other stories of Mumbai’s Urbanism’; a ‘story map’ of the Mumbai Mill lands exhibited at Manifesta 7 in Italy; Architectural Fictions exhibited at Jugaad Urbanism, New York; an installation titled ‘Pothole City’ produced for the Art-Architecture Residency at Khoj International; ‘Being Nicely Messy’ a proposition for the future of Urban Mobility in Mumbai, exhibited with 6 other cities in Istanbul; Gurgaon Glossaries, an oblique methodology of reading cities shown at the Devi Art Gallery, Delhi, the Mumbai Art Room and at the Sao Paolo Architecture Biennale; Transactional Objects shown at the 56th Venice Biennale; R &R, design build of a community center in Mankhurd; 'When is Space?' Conversations in Contemporary Architecture, curated at the Jawahar Kala Kendra and 'Belly of the Strange' an architectural sculpture and reading room at MACBA in Barcelona. She works extensively on community housing, design, infrastructure and planning projects for various communities. She continues to research and write on architecture and the urban condition and has lectured extensively in India and abroad.