Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler, PhD

Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler, PhDAssociate Professor of the Practice, City Planning & Urban Affairs


Climate Change; Sustainable Development; Urban Planning; Urban Design.


PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MArch, University of Texas at Austin
BArch, Manipal Institute of Technology, India


UA 515: History Theory and Planning Practice
UA 613: Urban Design and Development
UA 617: Actionable Sustainability
UA 805: Urban Studies Capstone


Dr. Dutta-Koehler has over twenty years of experience in the field of urban planning, design, and architecture, as an educator, researcher, and practitioner. An award-winning architect and planner, Dutta-Koehler maintains her own international design practice. She is the Director and Associate Professor of the Practice at the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program at BU, and has also held academic positions at the University of Texas and Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Recently, she founded Urbanability, a non-profit organization supporting sustainable, livable, and equitable communities, where she also serves as President.  

Professionally, Dutta-Koehler has worked on various award-winning projects, which have been recognized by World Habitat, the Indian Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. She is a passionate teacher and takes great pride in challenging her students to explore critical aspects of the built environment, both from a technological and a policy-oriented perspective. 

Her work centers around understanding the impacts of urban climate change and seeking context-specific actionable sustainable solutions that address both environmental and human concerns.

Apart from her academic and professional pursuits, Madhu is deeply interested in design of all forms, and is also a teacher and performer of traditional Indian classical dance. 

Contact Information:

Twitter: @rd2resilience
LinkedIn: Madhu C Dutta-Koehler