Preeti Chopra

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Preeti Chopra

Ph. D., Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 2003.
M.C.P., Department of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
M.L.A., Department of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
B.Arch. in Architecture, School of Architecture, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India, 1987
Research Interests
Modern architectural and urban history, the spatial landscapes of empire, visual and spatial cultures and the history of South Asia, material culture, postcolonial theory and cultural studies.


“A Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British Bombay.” Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Selected Articles & Book Chapters

“South & South-East Asia,” in G. A. Bremner ed., Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series, 278-317, plates 15, 16.


“The Poetics and Politics of Space: Art, Memory and Change in the Indian City,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias, vol. 2, iss. 1 (2016): 1-27. Special issue on “Asian Urbanisms and Urbanizations,” edited by Madhuri Desai and Shuang Shen.


“The Colonial Bombay Town Hall: Engaging the Function and Quality of Public Space, 1811-1918.” In City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space, Architext series, edited by Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White, 158-176. London: Routledge, 2014.


Essay entitled “‘Where are you from?’ Belonging after Partition,” published in English and Urdu in Tanqeed: a magazine of politics and culture, vol. 1, issue V: Space (August 2013). url to the issue:; url to essay:; Urdu translation:


“Free to move, forced to flee: the formation and dissolution of suburbs in colonial Bombay,” Urban History, volume 39, issue 1 (2012): 83-107.


“From part to the whole.” In Poppo Pingel, Auroville Architects Monograph Series, by Mona Doctor-Pingel, 165-168. Ahmedabad: Mapin, 2012.


“Refiguring the Colonial City: Recovering the Role of Local Inhabitants in the Construction of Colonial Bombay,” Buildings and Landscapes14 (Fall 2007): 109-125.

“La Ville Imaginée: Nommer Les Divisions de Bombay Coloniale (1800-1918).” InDivisions de la ville, edited by Christian Topalov, 125-156. Paris: Editions UNESCO: Editions de la Maison des sciences de l’hommes (collection “Les Mots de la ville”), 2002.

“Pondicherry: A French Enclave in India.” In Forms of Dominance: On the Architecture and Urbanism of the Colonial Enterprise, edited by Nezar AlSayyad, 107-137. Aldershot: Avebury/Gower House, 1992.


AH/LCA 379: Cities of Asia
AH/LCA 428: Visual Cultures of South Asia
AH/LCA 621: Mapping, Making, and Representing Colonial Spaces
AH 500/AH 800/DS 642: Taste
AH 802: Topics in Visual Cultures: The Everyday: Lives, Spaces, and Things