Nisha Mathew Ghosh

Nisha Mathew Ghosh’s architecture practice situates itself within the larger practice of Mathew and Ghosh Architects, India which she co-founded with husband Soumitro Ghosh in 1996.

Her reflective and seemingly curatorial practice is a confluence of many strands broad ranging across Landscape, Urban readings and strategy, Architecture, and Product Design (which includes among others, the experimentation with, and commitment to sustainable upcycled textiles). Underlying these multiple strands is a commitment to IDEAS especially those at the threshold of urban settlements and ecology, critically commenting via architecture on WATER, AIR, LIGHT, ENERGY and EARTH&Brownfield.

Her built works (in collaboration with Soumitro Ghosh) include the recent private house called House of Stories which enables a mapping of diurnal light trajectories via the spatial envelope, and the seminal competition entry for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial which was based on the cleaning of the brownfield.

She is recently selected to design and curate the India Pavilion at the London Design Biennale 2020.

She is committed to Community outreach (via up-skilling projects, and education for migrant construction worker children), and inspirational advocacy for ideas in the space of environmental solutioneering in urban and semi-urban areas.

In 2017 Nisha founded a Trust that was to focus on urban and ecology thresholds of cities beginning with the city in which she lives. As with many cities in this part of the world, urban infrastructure and the ecology of a context are at loggerheads. The intention was to identify ground-up projects to set a research standard to, and evolve a participatory collaborative solution for The Mathew and Ghosh,sustainableCREATIONcare Foundation will help the communities RE-IMAGINE their city in a democratic structure that engages with people. It is a little by little, piece by piece, Small-Is-Beautiful, Local-approach to problem solving while keeping our eyes on the larger wholistic goal for the area. The first project that is underway currently is the identification of local home grown textile dyeing units that are letting out gallons of toxic dyeing effluents into an urban tank-lake to find an infrastructure architectural solution that straddles the complexity of politics, ecology, water, community, pollution and engineering. Theoretical projects being developed currently under this forum include: BROWNFIELD. Drain loves Lake, AIR. Drain loves lake and HILL to HOLE. A study of the Quarry.

The SUSTaIND (a SUStainable Textile approach for INDia) textile project is an experiment begun in 2006 to retrieve and prevent waste new textile scraps from going into landfills and eventually water bodies affecting aquatic life as fibre and chemicals break down. The desire and necessity to build a circular economy in this space is a part activist- part design role and one that has resulted in a set of ideas in home textiles that can be reproduced, tying in industry waste to community skill and design. Her work in this space has resulted in a series of textile and tapestry works.

The ANAH weaving project was set up in 2008 to train economically disadvantaged individuals the art of stainless steel weaving using techniques from basketry. The first launch collection designed by Nisha Mathew Ghosh was to be a complete table accessories range that was washable and reusable and finely crafted, and has now moved into art and sculpture.