Supriya Krishnan

Supriya Krishnan
Supriya is an urbanist and architect based in Rotterdam and Mumbai.

She is a doctoral researcher at TU Delft's Multi-Actor Systems group. Her research is at the interface of spatial planning and decision making principles for climate uncertainty (or how can cities start planning for long-term resilient urbanisation? what is resilience anyway?). Most recently, Supriya was part of the team designing the upcoming global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) with the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and Government of India. She was the core programme coordinator for two international technical workshops on resilient infrastructure (#IWDRI) each with delegations from 25+ countries.

Supriya is a licensed architect in India and has worked on prestigious public and private commissions with Christopher Benninger Architects and Serie Architects. She completed her masters degree in Urbanism (with cum laude and Honours) from TU Delft with a '10' score for her graduation project. Through academia, she has collaborated on risk sensitive urban planning projects in Sao Paulo, Tokyo, San Francisco and Mumbai.

In her spare time, she provides pro bono content and design services for non-profit endeavours of UN Online Volunteers, Rotaract Club, open course software projects and initiatives promoting Indian classical music and arts.


July 2019: Article "Could some Asian cities end up underwater soon?" in the Asia Insurance Review.
March 2019: Convened the Second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI).
February 2019: Presented on a panel on "Financing Resilient Infrastructure in an Urbanizing World" at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019.
March 2018: Convened a roundtable on Infrastructure Standards in India's Transport Sector (with NIPFP and IIT Jodhpur).
February 2018: Selected as an IRDR Young Scientist.
August 2015: Awarded the TU Delft Justus en Louise van Effen Scholarship.
March 2012: Best Student Award (Sir J J College of Architecture, University of Mumbai)


  • Outcome document of the Second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI), 2019 () .
  • Press release on Second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) "International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure-2019 concludes successfully"
  • Publication on the Leap Blog titled An incomplete guideline: Enabling India's health facilities to cope with disasters
  • Article published on Preventionweb DRR Voices blog on Unplanning a disaster.
  • NIPFP Working paper published on Health and Disaster Risk Management in India. co-authored with Prof Ila Patnaik
  • Blog published on the Understanding Risk 2018. "Gettin’ risky with it, blog on the Understanding Risk Forum 2018"
  • Paper on "Understanding and improving critical infrastructure resilience: essential to achieving global agreements" at GPDRR 2017.
  • Press release on International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) "India supports action on disaster resilient infrastructure"
  • Projects (P.) and publications (Pu.)

    [Pu. 04] Supriya Krishnan, Ila Patnaik. Chapter: Health and Disaster Risk Management in India. Book: Public Health and Disaster: Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (H-EDRM) in Asia, Springer, Dec 2018.
    [P. 05] Supriya Krishnan, Jiabiao Lin, Johannes Simanjuntak, Maayan Daniel. Flood Risk and Vital Infrastructure: A framework to evaluate integration of urban flood defense measures with supporting vital infrastructure networks towards long term urban resilience, Jul 2017.
    [Pu. 03] Heather Murdock, Supriya Krishnan: Understanding and improving Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Essential to achieving global agreements, Youth Science Policy Interface, UN Major Group for Children & Youth, May 2017.
    [P. 04] Supriya Krishnan, Sahil Kanekar, Yi Yu. “The Third Space”, Urban Design proposal re-qualify urban sprawl patterns in CEAGESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jan 2017.
    [Pu. 02] Supriya Krishnan, Matteo Andrenelli, Wouter Kamphuis. The New Town Travel Guide for Alamar, Design as Politics Group (Delft University of Technology) and The International New Town Institute, Cuba, Oct 2017.
    [P. 03] Supriya Krishnan, Claudia Sczeracowski, Rik Verwij, Vincent Depuydt. Buiksloterham ONE, Detailed design and energy strategy to regenerate an erstwhile industrial, Circular City initiated by the Amsterdam Smart City, Jun 2016.
    [P. 02] Supriya Krishnan. Rottacross. Non spatial strategies for increasing inter-neighborhood interactions in migrant neighborhoods, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Feb 2017.
    [Pu. 01] Supriya Krishnan, Payal Padmanabhan. ‘ReApp’. A mobile application to encourage recycling at Dharavi – Asia’s second largest informal settlement, MIT Media Lab Design Workshop, India, Dec 2010.
    [Pu. 01] Supriya Krishnan. “Dynamism of the Asian Home”: Essay on commonalities of the single family home in Asia, Arcasia Students’ Jamboree, Pakistan, Dec 2010.

    Presentations (Pr.), posters (Po.) and workshops (W.)

    [Pr. 04] Supriya Krishnan, Tina Comes. Laying the groundwork – DMDU methodologies for Urban Planning in the Global South, Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty Workshop, RAND Corporation, Culver City, USA, 2018.
    [W 01] Hackathon on Risk Communication, World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Understanding Risk Forum, Mexico City, 2018.
    [Pr. 03] Kamal Kishore, Supriya Krishnan. Beyond Global Risk Metrics – a use case for assessing displacement risk, developing early warning and understanding system failure, Understanding Risk Forum, Mexico City, 2018
    [Pr. 02] Supriya Krishnan, Sameer Pethe. The need for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure in Smart Cities, Workshop on Growth, Infrastructure Finance and Climate Resilience in Smart Cities in India by UK Department for International Development, New Delhi, India 2018
    [not attended] Supriya Krishnan, Taneha Bacchin, Egbert Stolk. The Middle Ground: Spatial Planning Under Uncertainty, International Conference on Infrastructure Resilience, ETH Zurich, 2018
    [Po. 01] Supriya Krishnan, Taneha Bacchin, Egbert Stolk. Ris-covery: Spatial Planning from recovery to resilience, Society for Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty, University of Oxford, 2017
    [Pr. 01] Supriya Krishnan. Un-divide’ on the need to reinforce the Mumbai’s connection with its sister city, PechaKucha Nights, Mumbai, 2011.

    Exhibitions and organizing committees

    Round table on Infrastructure standards in India’s transport sector. Organizer, Climate and Disaster Resilience Initiative: National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India, Mar 2018.
    International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, Programme Coordinator, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi, India, Jan 2018.
    Adaptation by Design: “San Francisco Bay Area, Resilience by Design”. Exhibitor and Organizer, Delft University of Technology and University of California Berkeley, The Netherlands, Jun 2017.
    Challenges in Flood Risk: The case of Tokyo and Rotterdam. Exhibitor and Organizer, Japan Society for Promotion of Science and Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Gallery Ten, Tokyo, Nov 2016 – Jul 2017.
    Urban Thinkers Campus: Seminar to discuss implementation of the New Urban Agenda launched at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Organizer, Delft University of Technology in collaboration with UN Habitat and World Urban Campaign, The Netherlands, Jun 2017.
    Let’s Talk About Water. Created an animated short film on resilience to climate change screened at LTAW Micro Movie Festival’, Exhibitor and Organizer, Delft University of Technology, UNESCO IHE and AMS Institute Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Feb 2017.
    20:61 Dialogues for the Future, Organizing team for symposium on future urbanization systems, Organizer, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Oct 2016.


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