Jha D is the Director of the Public Memory and Memorials Lab, an initiative that advances research, training, and built work around a central thesis: that spatializing memory can heal us and inspire collective action for generations to come. Project in the Lab’s portfolio include The Embrace memorial in partnership with artist Hank Willis Thomas, the Sugar Land 95 Cemetery Revitalization Project, Harris County Remembrance Project and several initiatives with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
At MASS, Jha D has also contributed to the Gun Violence Memorial Project, Franklin Park Action Plan, and the Louise B. Miller Memorial and Freedom Garden at Gallaudet University. Previously, she worked as a Designer at Sasaki Associates. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University and her Master of Architecture I from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College. In 2023, she was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment by Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey.