Areas of Expertise
Commons based systems thinking , Community engaged art and urban regeneration , Collaborative governance
Torange Khonsari is the Co-Founder and Director of the urbanism, public art, and architecture practice Public Works since 2004, an inter- disciplinary practice working on co-production methods in performative art, architecture, urbanism, and props for events.
Her strategic design practice focuses on transformational design, design as a form of inquiry, and design intervention as forms of new imaginary. Her projects directly impact public space, working with local organisations, communities, government bodies, and stakeholders. Torange has had 21 years of academic teaching in architecture and design. She is currently teaching on the course she wrote MA Design for Cultural Commons at London Metropolitan University where she is its course leader. She has taught at international universities such as UMA school of architecture in Sweden, a unit leader at Royal College of Art – London as well as a visiting professor at Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is currently a visiting professor at the International University of Barcelona on the MA – emergency architecture. Torange recently delivered a TEDx talk on Harnessing the power of Civic Commons. She just completed being a consultant on the five-year framework on the Mayor of London’s Specialist Assistant Team for community engagement in regeneration.