My work broadly addresses the politics of representation and knowledge production via the built environment. In my current research I examine how various stakeholders control and govern diffuse objects like dust and other aerosols.

critical spatial practices ० political ecology ० environments ० knowledge infrastructures ०  modeling practices ० participatory design ० free +/ open source knowledge production

My work is informed by my engagement with the fields of Architectural and Urban Studies, Political Ecology, and Post|Decolonial and Feminist STS.

Samples of my work can be found here
Contact me at  asivakum [at]
twitter: @moredustings
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I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Communication and Science Studies at the University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA. I am also a part-time lecturer in the Architecture program at the University of San Diego

I co-lead the Xcolonial Design Group, a working group on postcolonial and decolonial design. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SMArch.S- Architectural Design, 2017 (w/coursework in Cognitive Science) 
    : Arthur Rotch Special Prize for Highest Academic Achievement
    : Graduate Women of Excellence Honoree, 2017
    : CAMIT Grant, 2016
Washington University in St.Louis
Masters of Architecture, 2012
    : Faculty Book Award, 2012
    : Laskey Fellowship, 2010

: Lecturer, University of San Diego, current
: Architect, Flying Elephant Studio, Bangalore. 2013-2015.
: Lecturer, Washington University in St.Louis, 2012.