Priyanka Bista is the co-founder and design director of KTK-BELT studio, a participatory conservation and design project that is working to build the Vertical University project across the 8,000-meter gradient of Eastern Nepal.

Bista is currently leading the design and planning arm of the project where she’s working collaboratively with rural youth from marginalized socio-economic backgrounds. She previously held the position of senior architect and planner at CMAP, Nigeria, where she worked on participatory mapping, planning and design projects in informal settlements of Port Harcourt.

Additionally, she has worked for over three years at Diamond and Schmitt Architects in Toronto, most notably, her contributions were made towards the design of the Centre for Green Cities in the Don Valley Brickworks Revitalization project, New Brunswick Museum, and the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

Bista’s work has won numerous awards including, What Design Can Do Climate Action Challenge 2017, the Energy Globe Award 2017 and the SEED Award for public interest design 2017, UIAA Mountain Protection Award 2015, and Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2014.

Priyanka Bista WILL SPEAK ON THE MAIN STAGE MAY 25