Neesha Mewada was born to an Indian family that has a history of association with architectural, arts and crafts industry, thus having an eye for aesthetics was a natural gift to her. Historical monuments and logical creativity excited her as a child. Hence, to lay the foundation of learning, she began her formal architectural training at University of Mumbai in 2006 and thereafter gained hands-on experience with Mumbai’s eminent conservation architect Vikas Dilawari and Brinda Somaya.
To widen her spectrum of knowledge, she paralleled with learning from museums talks, various courses and conferences that acted as intellectual grounds for self-questioning and reasoning. She also began with teaching career in 2015 holding visiting lectureship at various colleges of Mumbai University to combine her professional work with teaching and research works. As a result she co-curated first exhibition in India on Ottoman Architect Sinan’s works for Turkish Consulate and the University of Mumbai.
With a larger interest in design and spatial theories of historical monuments, her primary research area is the study of domed buildings from the early modern period. To focus further, she is interested in Islamic domed building cultures in the age of Sinan from 16th century. She navigates through the variety of ways in which the metaphysics of faith were combined in a tangible whole along with artistic traditions and materiality.
Additionally, she is also interested and is working on the least documented architectural cultures of Bombay from 1900 to 1920 which marked the onset of the ‘Indo deco’ movement followed by ‘Art Deco’ in the 1930s.