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Biography

Nikhila works across the architecture and humanitarian development disciplines, to collaboratively create projects that shape our built and socio-spatial environments.

Through her architectural practice she creates culturally and environmentally responsive residential and public works. Recently she co-founded emerging social impact design studio Of_Substance. From here Nikhila explores research-based practises towards spatial justice in our built environment, with a special focus on decolonial and participatory methods.

In 2017, Nikhila was a recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, awarded by Australia Council for the Arts. This enabled her to pursue her passion of exploring how architecture can critically influence positive social change and equity. Part of this was through an undertaking of the interdisciplinary, field-based degree, Master of Disaster, Design and Development at RMIT.

In 2020 Nikhila was awarded the position of Monash Innovation Fellow within the Department of Architecture. Her research focusses on rethinking "community-led" recovery of built environments in the regional Victorian context, following the recent bushfires in East Gippsland / Gunaikurnai-Bidawel Country.

Education/Academic qualification

Global Development & Disaster Managment, Master of Disaster, Design & Development, RMIT University

1 Jul 201730 Jun 2019

Award Date: 1 Oct 2019

Architecture, Master of Architecture, Deakin University

1 Mar 200731 Oct 2008

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Design & Construction Management, Bachelor of Design & Bachelor of Construction Management (Double Degree), Deakin University

1 Mar 200331 Oct 2006

Award Date: 1 Dec 2006

Research area keywords

  • Decoloniality
  • Participatory Design
  • Humanitarianism
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • International Development
  • Community Development
  • Spatial Justice
  • Spatial Equity
  • Co-Creation
  • Gentrification
  • Migration
  • Public Housing
  • Urbanism
  • Design Thinking
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Post-Disaster Recovery
  • Rethinking Regional Recovery

    Nikhila Madabhushi (Director), Lucy Hammon (Contributor), Robert Lees (Contributor), Mohamed Camal (Contributor), Francesca Carr (Contributor), Haroula Karapanagiotidis (Contributor), Sithij Cooray (Contributor), Sarah Mitchell (Contributor), Chelsea Telford (Contributor), Ethan Devamulla (Contributor), Xiaoxin (Alina) Chen (Contributor), Helena Moretti (Contributor), Nicholas Florio (Contributor), Danielle Jumeau (Contributor), Udari Kariyawasam (Contributor) & Duleesha Perera (Contributor)

    1 Apr 20213 Apr 2021

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPerformance/exhibition

  • Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action Conference

    Nikhila Madabhushi (Host) & Jefa Greenway (Contributor)

    18 May 2021

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

  • MTalks Adaptive Recovery

    Nikhila Madabhushi (Host), Christy Bryar (Contributor), Daniel Miller (Contributor) & Justin Leonard (Contributor)

    28 Jan 2021

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

  • Mallacoota and Genoa Co-Creation Workshops

    Nikhila Madabhushi (Director), Robert Lees (Contributor), Lucy Hammon (Contributor), Jackson Miller-Gage (Contributor), Rebecca Williams (Contributor), Xinyu (Spencer) Mu (Contributor), Arran Roxburgh (Contributor), Caroline Bate (Contributor), Udari Kariyawasam (Contributor), Duleesha Perera (Contributor), Jennifer Aschhoff (Contributor), Chelsea Telford (Contributor), Matthew Holmes (Contributor), Xavier Renehan (Contributor), Shuo (Kim) Ma (Contributor) & Georgia Nowak (Contributor)

    26 Mar 20212 Apr 2021

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsCollaboration on community projects

  • ELRHA Learns

    Nikhila Madabhushi (Contributor) & Björn Rust (Host)

    21 Apr 2021

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

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