Sneha Mandhan is a Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) at MIT. She is an Urban Planner and Architect who has worked on several urban planning, environmental planning, and urban design projects in the US and India. She is a graduate of the Master in City Planning course at MIT, where she received the Flora Crockett Stephenson Writing Prize for her thesis on 'Designing Indian Streets as Social Public Spaces - Contextual design and planning in Bangalore'. She has a professional undergraduate degree in Architecture from the National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, India. Prior to working at the CAU, she worked at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, MA, and Integrated Design in Bangalore, India. She is interested in the integration of physical form with social and cultural forces within cities, disaster resilient planning, urban informality, community engagement, and spatial planning pedagogy.