Ms Ashita Gupta

Ms Ashita Gupta

Research Assistant

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Ashita is an RA at the University of Plymouth with a background in urban design and architecture and cross-disciplinary professional experience across the public and private sectors. She’s currently working on EU Urban Innovative Actions funded action research under the Green Minds project - exploring the use of a Living Lab approach as a pathway to co-stewardship-based greenspace governance in Plymouth & the AHRC Design Exchange Partnership funded - 'Digital parks in the Sea’ project - a co-design approach to design new ways for communities (with a focus on deprived communities in coastal neighbourhoods) to engage with the sea as a public space using digital tools. Ashita Gupta has an MA in Urban Design and Planning (RTPI; Distinction) and has research experience in Urban Design, Co-design, Regeneration, Digital Placemaking and Stakeholder Engagement.

Ashita received the Urban Design ‘Victoria Henshaw Prize for Contributions to City Liveability’ from The University of Sheffield 2021 for her research focused on formulating frameworks for assessing gender response in urban public spaces based on data collection through stakeholder consultation in Sheffield & extensive literature review for enhancing inclusivity in the public realm. She has experience developing digital toolkits as part of the Living lab approach and has undertaken extensive public engagement with schools in the city over a one year period. She is experienced with working across planning and design projects, understanding planning policy and development challenges and articulating complex information in accessible ways using graphical tools.


2020-2022 MA Urban Design and Planning (University of Sheffield, UK)

2014-2019 B. Arch. (Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, India)

Professional membership

Royal Town Planning Institute (Affiliate)

Council of Architecture, India (Registered Architect)