School of Architecture College of Design

Ritu Bhatt, Assistant Professor

Ritu Bhatt Assistant Professor

E-mail: Telephone: 612-626-7536


Ph.D. History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, MIT


Ritu Bhatt's teaching and research interests include history and theory of modern architecture, environmental design research, socio-cultural factors in design, aesthetics, design process and cognition, and cultural theory. She has published articles in Journal of Architectural Education; Visible Language; Threshold, Architecture + Design; Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review; and Harvard Asia Pacific Review.

Prior to joining the department, she held the Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley and taught in the Departments of Architecture, Comparative Literature and Rhetoric.


Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2009

Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley, 2000–2002

Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, Princeton, 1998–99

Henry Bromfield Rogers Fellowship for Outstanding Graduate Woman Student, Dean of Graduate Education, MIT, 1998–99


  • Arch 3711: Environmental Design in Socio-Cultural Context
  • Arch 3250: Design Workshop: An Exploration and Analysis of Everyday Spaces
  • Arch 5446: History and Theory Seminar on Architecture Since World War II: Post-War Experimentation: Aesthetics and Politics of Architecture 
  • Arch 8450: Architectural Research Methods

Selected Publications

“Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language: An Alternative Exploration of Space-Making Practices” in The Journal of Architecture (to be published in December 2010)

“Aesthetic or Anaesthetic: A Nelson Goodman Reading of the Las Vegas Strip,” in Relearning from Las Vegas, UMP, 2009, pp. 19–30.

Ritu Bhatt and Julie Brand, “Christopher Alexander: A Review Essay,” Design Issues XXIV no. 2, Spring 2008, pp. 93–102.

“Aesthetic or Anaesthetic: The Competing Symbols of Las Vegas Strip,” Visible Language, Special Issue on Learning from Las Vegas 37, no. 3 (2003), pp. 248-265.

“Indianizing Indian Architecture: A Postmodern Tradition,” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments XIII, no. 1 (2001), pp.1-9.

“The Significance of the Aesthetic in Postmodern Architectural Theory,” Journal of Architectural Education, MIT Press (May 2000), pp. 229-238.

“A Plan too Far: Chandigarh—A Lost Utopia,” Harvard Asia Pacific Review 3, no. 2 (Summer 1999), pp.33-35.

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