Melissa Smith is part of banduksmithstudio, an architecture, urban design, and research practice in Ahmedabad that she founded with Sachin Bandukwala. Their work engages processes of making through research on unique construction methods, both institutionalized and inventive, and built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction. Melissa holds M.Arch and M.C.P. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a John K. Branner Fellow. She now teaches in architecture and planning at CEPT Unversity. Her research follows how inhabitants tend to restructure their built environment over time.