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Tanu  Sankalia

Tanu Sankalia

Associate Professor

Tanu Sankalia is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco where he has been teaching since 2006. Beginning Fall 2014, he will be directing a new interdisciplinary program-a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies.

Prof. Sankalia's research interests cover areas of architecture and urbanism from the local context of the San Francisco Bay Area to the global perspective of India. He is co-editing a collected volume of essays, Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island, forthcoming from the University of Hawaii Press. The book examines future plans for Treasure Island in the context of global, large-scale land development, seen against the backdrop of the island's seventy-year urban history. He is also completing a book manuscript called The Urban Unseen, which examines historical, theoretical and design themes related to interstitial spaces in San Francisco's historic urban fabric. The Urban Unseen has been the subject of exhibitions, conference papers and published articles. Other research projects are related to the urban design of public space in India.

Prof. Sankalia is co-founder of the University of San Francisco faculty reading group El Circulo, which meets every week to read and discuss critical theory.


Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
Master of Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley

Administrative Appointments

Chair, Department of Art + Architecture

Courses Offered
  • ARCD 195 First Year Seminar: San Francisco Urbanism
  • ARCD 101 History of Architecture 1
  • ARCD 120 Architecture Studio 2
  • ARCD 204 History of Architecture 4
  • ARCD 350 Architecture Studio 5
  • ENVM 680 Processes of Urban Planning and Design

Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island, Lynne Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia (Eds.), University of Hawaii Press, Forthcoming.

Perception and Exploration of Interstitial Space: Slots in San Francisco, book chapter in, Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale, Manuela Mariani and Patrick Barron Eds. Routledge. p.77-85, 2014

Wish Images for Twentieth Century (American) Cities, Review Essay, Journal of Urban History, 39 (2), 348-356, 2013

The Optical Unconscious: Interstitial Space in San Francisco, Nordic Journal of Architecture, Vol. 1, p. 90-95, 2011

Excavating Minutia: Identity, Memory and Interstitial Space in San Francisco, 99th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Conference Proceedings, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Anne Cormier and Annie Pedret, Eds. ACSA Press, Washington DC, p. 550 - 561, 2011

From Facade to Interstitial Space: Reframing San Francisco's Victorian Residential Architecture, Working Paper Series, Center for Environmental Design Research, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), Series Ed: Nezar AlSayyad, Vol. 213, p.25-80, 2009