Monika Thadhani, AIA, NCARB, Architect, Designer and Urban Planner, Adjunct Professor at College of Architecture, IIT Chicago. She has been also teaching and lecturing at International Architecture Workshop in Venice at IUAV, working on a conceptual projects such as “Mose”, “Sea Scraper”, “Venice Towers", “Inverted Urbanism” and “Urban Innovation”. She has also taught and lectured at Summer International Architectural Workshop, 2017  "Architectural Innovation-Inverted Urbanism"  at ETSAB in Barcelona. She is a Founder and Principal of MoNa Architecture, Design and Planning and an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also a Founder of “Education for Future” non-profit organization focused on providing access to education in the 3rd world countries by funding, designing and building school facilities in distressed areas. She is also an expert of the International Architectural Organization, Laka Reacts, which connects the practice of Architecture from all over the world in developing relevant and authentic solutions to specific social issues. She received her Master in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and another Master in Architecture from the University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland. She has over 16 years of professional experience in Architecture. She was recently recognized with BD+C (Building Design and Construction) 40 under 40 award as “Influential Individual” for her achievements and strong design leadership in architectural design along with her influence in creating dialogue between practice and academia.