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Shweta Suresh Chhatpar, M.Arch; completed her Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, specializing in Digital Architecture. Currently she is a practicing Architect in Mumbai, India. Her interest lies in combining Digital Design and Architecture.