Sarosh Anklesaria is an architect and educator based in India and the United States. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at The Pratt Institute and a Senior Architect at Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, New York. He is also a panelist on Architecture + Design program for the New York State Council of the Arts.
Sarosh has been an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and a practicing architect since 2002. He has worked extensively as a professional architect with offices in Switzerland, the United States and India and has produced a considerable body of built work. He was the founding partner of the firm Ant Hill Design, a collaborative practiced based in Ahmedabad, founded upon winning the Mahatma Gandhi International University design competition. Sarosh is currently a senior architect at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, NYC. He has also collaborated with Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago and was the project manager for Herzog and deMeuron’s Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMoMA), a landmark 500,000sqft art and cultural facility which is currently under construction. He has been an invited juror at Syracuse, Cornell, UPenn, The Pratt Institute and Temple Universities. He is currently on the Architecture and Design Panel of the New York State Council of the Arts. His work with the artist Vasudha Thozhur has been exhibited at the Kunst Museum in Berne. He earned a post-professional master of architecture from Cornell University where he was conferred the John Hartell Award and the Telluride Scholarship (2008); and an undergraduate degree in architecture from CEPT University, India. .
Sarosh's research interests lie in the vast spectrum of architectural production that happens without architects. Although a billion people in the world live in informal settlements, the urban informal as a subject remains relatively underrepresented, under researched and under theorized. If growth in the developing world must also allow for a reduced carbon footprint and accommodate higher densities, then the sites of the urban informal offer a fantastic opportunity to develop a truly alternative model of the contemporary city. The research considers the role of temporal, hybrid and networked architectural strategies that generate spaces of empowerment. In keeping with these interests, Sarosh developed a Thesis Research Studio titled ‘Informal Redux’ which investigates ways of meaningfully engaging with urban informality in developing world contexts – specifically South East Asia and Latin America.