Hanisha began her career as a Dream-Catalyst in Dream:IN, a grassroots project in India organized by Parsons School of Design, focusing on handicraft revival and transformations in the Indian subcontinent.
After graduating as an architect from the School of Planning and Architecture in India she founded her own firm to add practice value to spatial inquiries, approaching spatial design with an aim to stage stories. Her firm explored the engagement of physical reality and conceptual possibility, with narratives including residences, housing, and community spaces. She is also an educator, advocate for construction labor rights, and worked as a researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Hanisha’s journey into interior architecture was a structured advancement in the field of art, inquiring into its stories and its relation with society. The intensive design studios at Rhode Island School of Design helped her see design as a solution to questions that govern societal wellbeing, quality of life, and critically, interpersonal relationships. Her thesis, Indo Arabian Nights, questions how one reimagines yesterday’s symbol of war to tomorrow’s symbol of peace that is entangled in the complexities of colonization, religious intolerance, struggle for freedom, and genocide. Design solutions to such questions were recognized and her thesis project received RISD’s 2020 Award of Excellence.