Soumini is the founding partner and Director of research at Studio Commune, a collaborative de-sign studio in Kerala. In her academic career she attempts to see design beyond a linear narrative, and as an ongoing process of co-evolution encompassing dialogue and negotiation between society , culture, and environment. She has an undergraduate degree from the College of Engineering Trivandrum (2006), a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University Ahmedabad (2008), and Ph.D. from CEPT University Ahmedabad (2016).
Since 2008, she has collaborated with various national and international organizations including NGOs and academic institutions to further her industry practice, research, and academic interests. Her current research intersects feminist architectural pedagogy, urban ecology, and the nature of exclusions. She is also a canine activist and a trained kathakali artist.