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“Informing design with research, and researching the impact of informed design, makes our practice reflective, relevant and ready for the future.”
Upali has uniquely intertwined her life into a world filled with both arts and sciences. As a child, she grew up learning from her father, an eminent professor and academician who followed the mantra, “Read less. Think more.” Her mother, a homemaker and artist, shared her love of classical dance, writing and painting with Upali. “I’ve grown up balancing the arts and the sciences, so when I stumbled upon design research as a field, it felt like the perfect fit.”
Upali’s research, ranging from visual art and neuroesthetics to safety, efficiency and hard ROI studies, has resulted in more than 50 publications, and nearly one hundred presentations (including peer-reviewed conferences, invited talks and in-person and web-based CEUs. Upali regularly presents her research findings at healthcare and design conferences and has been published in architectural and medical peer-reviewed journals across the globe. Upali has studied in India, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States.
Registered Architect: India
Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC)
Ph.D. in Architecture, Health Systems and Design, Texas A&M University
Master of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Bachelor of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India
Did You Know?
Upali trained for 18 years in Odissi dance, an Indian classical dance form. She received a national scholarship in dance from the government of India, and continues to perform when life allows it.