Awards, honours and recognition

  • Order of the British Empire for services to architecture, 2021
  • Hind Rattan award, 2021 (for non-resident Indians)
  • Drawings archived in the RIBA collections, 2021
  • Atkins Inspire Award for Inspirational leadership, 2008
  • Women Into Business Award, House of Commons, 2002
  • Ford Diversity Award, 2002
  • Londoner: making a difference, 2002
  • Marley Environmental Award, 1993
  • Queen’s award for Training, 1993
  • UIA:UNESCO International design award, 1987

Sumita is an award winning architect, teacher and writer with design practice, research and teaching based on environment, equity and ethics. She has worked in a diverse range of project across eight different countries. She has also taught sustainable design for over 25 years, and is an external examiner at several UK universities. Sumita is the author of several books on architecture and a popular keynote speaker at events.

Sumita is an experienced leader in the professional and charity sectors. She has served on many RIBA committees since 1996, including the Professional Standards panel and Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission. She is a nationally elected RIBA Councillor and the Board Trustee for Education. A passionate believer in equity, she set up Architects For Change, the Equality forum at RIBA and is past Chair of Women In Architecture. Sumita was a non-executive Director in the NHS for nine years. Sumita is a trustee of Architects Benevolent Society, Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills and Commonwealth Association of Architects; and founding director of Charushila, an international environmental design charity.

Sumita received an OBE for services to architecture in 2021.

Mural designed by Sumita Singha for St Thomas school, New Delhi, inaugurated by HM Queen Elizabeth II