Ms. Teresa McWalters
Specialization: Architecture
Home institution in US: Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, Maharashtra  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Teresa McWalters earned a B.A. in art history with a focus on the history and theory of architecture and design from Stanford University, California in 2008. She received her M.Arch. in architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 2012. While at Harvard she studied abroad at ETH Zurich in Switzerland where she participated in a focused research and fabrication lab with the architects Gramzio and Kohler. While on exchange, she investigated geothermal and hydro technologies at a seminar in Iceland. Back in the U.S., she helped lead a collaborative GSD/Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) design for a self-sustaining living community outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her proposal to incrementalize and break down the scale of slum rehabilitation into manageable design solutions gained recognition from Harvard’s Business School and was featured in SLUM Lab. She will teach a GSD summer studio before she begins her Fulbright fellowship.

Ms. McWalter’s Fulbright research project, “Local is the new global: reframing urban form through incremental design solutions,” is a two-part research and implementation proposal that critiques the state of urban design and architectural preservation and development in Mumbai, India. The first segment will investigate the current urban planning and design practices in Mumbai by cataloguing past and current urban renewal projects and slum rehabilitation strategies. The second segment will analyze these methods and propose alternative strategies of urban renewal that involve local markets, indigenous craftsmanship, native material resources, and small-scale urban and architectural interventions. The ultimate goal of this project is to establish a broad framework in which local and individuated design interventions may take place.