Fusing design and research, Buscada brings together organizations and communities to foster more just cities.

About Us

Fusing design and research, Buscada brings together organizations and communities to foster more just cities.

Led by Kaushik Panchal and Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Buscada is rooted in collaboration across disciplines, between people, and between communities. In our own interdisciplinary work, we bring a unique capacity to foster these collaborations.

Our services to help organizations hone their missions, improve work culture, and engage communities. We combine arts, design, and multidisciplinary research in unexpected ways to create new platforms that help understand the complexity of places and to initiate vital public dialogue.

Partners in life and work, we thrive on collaboration, and look forward to finding ways that our services and way of working can build something new with your organization or community. 

“Buscada are some of the most creative scholar/practitioners in the public humanities."
Marci Reaven
New-York Historical Society

Capabilities 
+ Value-driven visioning
+ Strategic organization planning
+ Community and audience building
+ Urban & oral history research


+ Exhibition design & curation
+ Digital design & curation
+ Public & educational program development

A certified NYC Minority / Woman Business Enterprise

Gabrielle Bendiner Viani

Founder

A native New Yorker, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani has 20 years of experience working to understand people’s relationship to city spaces, and a PhD in environmental psychology. She is the author of Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (University of Iowa Press, 2018). She uses participatory research, creative visual practice, community engagement, public humanities, creative placemaking, and the creation of innovative urban exhibitions to create spaces for dialogue. An experienced leader, teacher and public facilitator with cross-cultural and multimedia literacies, she often consults on innovative teaching and learning in community-based, K-12, and higher education spaces. In addition to being founder of Buscada, she is a professor of urban studies and public art at the New School in New York and was previously Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Culture at the International Center of Photography and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Kaushik Panchal

Founder

A Londoner who’s adopted New York, Kaushik Panchal is a designer and strategist with over 20 years of experience creating simple, compelling, tactile experiences for a wide range of media including interactive TV, web, print and exhibition design. Kaushik brings his strong design process to every project, employing a clear design methodology to understand the specific questions a project seeks to address, and to create innovative solutions to communicate the project goals. He has worked with a wide range of companies including large corporations such as the BBC, Apple and Yahoo, as well as arts / education and non-profit organizations like MIT, Scholastic, PBS, the SVA and the Center for Architecture. See more of his experience here.

Gabrielle and Kaushik live in New York with their 7-year-old son, who plans to run for president one day on the platform of “More trains, not less!”