[Ar. Priyanka Kumar, Urban Planner, RCUES - Lucknow]
Priyanka Kumar is an urban planner in the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES) Lucknow, under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GovernmentofIndia.
Currently, she is working for central government schemes such as Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, AMRUT, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. She has also worked at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi as well as at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from Kurukshetra University where she stood first position and Master in Planning with specialization in Urban Planning (first class with distinction) from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. She also obtained a PG Diploma in Public Administration (PGDPA) from Lucknow University, Lucknow.
She has experience related to Urban Planning and Public Administration and involved in various projects of Urban-Regional Planning, InfrastructurePlanning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Reforms and Urban Governance. She has conducted numerous capacity-building programmes and research studies related to various urban schemes and policies.
She is also on the Editorial Advisory board for various journals. She has several articles/papers published in national and international journals, workshops and seminars. She has been invited as Keynote Speaker/ Guest Faculty/ External Jury Member in many conferences, Training programs, institutions and colleges respectively.
She has been an active member of different professional organizations and various NGOs. Currently, she is also researching in areas related to Urban Mobility & City Logistics. She has won the Young Achievers Award, Best Thesis Award, Urban Infra Architect of the year Award 2020, First Debate Prize by NBCC, honored by Shikshan Sansthan, Visheesh Saman by NYKS and many more.
She is definitely an embodiment of today’s empowered woman who is determined to bring about a change in the mindset of a patriarchal setup with her work ethics and professionalism.