Reputed Faculty and Inspirational Mentors
Some of the world's best educators, scholars, and thinkers will guide, push, inspire, and encourage you to extract principles from experience and excel in your professional responsibilities. They will expose you to macro and micro perspectives, and the capacity to make scrupulous judgements so that you can uplift the standard of our Built Environment.
Dr. O.P. Agarwal
Senior Urban Transport Specialist, The World Bank MS, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDr. O.P. Agarwal
O P Agarwal, the current CEO of World Resources Institute, is a highly respected thinker and practitioner with a wealth of experience in cities, urban transport, climate change and related development and environment issues. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director at the Indian School of Business and chaired the U.S. Transport Research Board’s Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries. He has served as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and held several positions from 1969 to 2007. During his tenure as the head of the Urban Transport division of the Government of India, he authored India’s National Urban Transport Policy, a document that outlines the priorities for sustainable urban transport at all levels of government. O.P. holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, a Master’s degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Chennai.
Seema Anand and Prashant Dhawan
Founders, Biomimicry India Lab and StudioSeema Anand and Prashant Dhawan
Prashant and Seema are the co-founders of Biomimicry India and pioneering proponents and unparalleled experts of nature-inspired design and thinking. Seema is a graduate of TVB School of Habitat Studies and a practicing architect while Prashant holds a bachelor’s from SPA and a Master’s degree from ISB and Arizona State University. They have both received training on Biomimicry from Biomimicry 3.8, the world’s leading bio-inspired consultancy.
The duo is offering the course ‘Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Integrated Thinking and Innovation’ which introduces students to the still relatively new discipline of Biomimicry that looks at nature as a source of ideas and solutions to help solve human challenges. Nature’s solutions which have evolved over 3.8 billion years can be the lighthouse to guide us to more sustainable living and to innovative, pre-optimized and tested solutions. In this lab-style course, Fellows can expect to be introduced to nature’s overarching principles, how they can be ‘mimicked’, and to learn the tools and methods of applying a biomimicry lens to problem-solving.
Padma Shri Awardee Guest Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, GandhinagarMichel Danino
Michel is an Indian author of French origin, who came to India in the late 1970s and since then has been involved in various undertakings from translating the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, to the preservation and conservation of rainforests in the Nilgiris. Danino is a prolific writer and has penned several books on Indian culture, civilization, and future. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2017. At present, he is a guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar, where he is also leading the setting up of an Archaeological Sciences Centre.
‘Perspectives on Indian Civilization’ offers an introduction to the foundations of Indian civilization and its chief cultural manifestations. Beginning with the Indus or Harappan civilization it moves on to developments in the Ganges Valley that will converge to India’s classical civilization. Its emphasis is on the socio-political, philosophical, scientific, ethical, artistic and other cultural developments, so as to build a picture of India’s cultural history
Dr. Amareswar Galla
Honorary Professor, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, AustraliaDr. Amareswar Galla
Amareswar Galla, Ph.D., is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Professor and Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen. He has worked on culture in poverty alleviation projects at several World Heritage sites and is the Editor-in-Chief of three research journals dealing with sustainable heritage development. Amar is a champion of cultural democracy, cultural rights, gender mainstreaming, inclusive and deep ecology, arts policy development, Intangible Heritage, indigenous peoples, intercultural dialogue and UN MDGs and now the SDGs.
He was the Producer and Editor of the flagship project and publication, World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, which includes evidence-based analyses of sustainable development and community benefits through good governance and for promoting integrated planning for all forms of heritage, especially tangible and intangible heritage. Amar ‘baba’ and he is fondly referred to by his students, is currently advising the AP government on the heritage city of Amravati, amidst all his myriad other projects.
Product Designer | Architect, Incubis Masters, National Institute of Design, AhmedabadAmit Gulati
Amit Krishn Gulati is an award winning industrial designer, entrepreneur and design educator with a multifaceted oeuvre encompassing new product development, healthcare, branding, built environments and retail experiences. Amit graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in 1995 and is the founder of Incubis, one of India’s well-known architecture and design companies. Incubis works with a very diverse mix of Indian and international companies. Amit is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs and working closely with start-ups. He is one of the founding investors at Barista, India’s pioneering espresso retailer and was associated with Eye-Q – a successful and fast-growing chain of eye hospitals targeted towards low-income patients in small towns. In addition to leading the team at Incubis, Amit teaches at The School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and at his alma-mater, NID. Amit is actively engaged in creating design awareness and has served on the CII National Committee on Design for several years. His course at Anant Fellowship, Integral Design, will cover the following:
- Introduction to Design Thinking – Overview of design process and creative methods
- Providing an understanding of how Integral Design can be applied using case studies
- Identify opportunity areas and create design frameworks for their resolution via user-centered approaches
- Explore contextual design, planning, and architectural frameworks around the concept of place-making
Shimul Javeri Kadri
Principal, SJK Architects MA, University of Michigan Ann ArborShimul Javeri Kadri
Shimul Javeri Kadri, a leading architect of India, studied architecture in Mumbai at the Academy of Architecture, and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Egalitarian democratic societies, a deep respect for nature and living with it, and a fundamental belief in people and their connectedness drives her world view. This translates, to buildings that sit comfortably and naturally in their environments, and in contrast to the mechanized boxes of today’s global environment, that alienate people and nature. Her interest in an architecture that is meaningful for the India of today, drawing from historical wisdom, but relevant and exciting for the vibrant Indian market, has led to an award winning practice that has commissions as varied as hotels, to a museum, to educational and research campus’s in different parts of India. Shimul also serves as a Trustee for Akshara, a Women’s resource Centre as well as for Save the Children India where she has been actively steering education and women’s projects.
Shimul’s course on ‘Earth Based Construction Materials’ will introduce the more frequently adopted technology of CSEB along with comparisons to mainstream materials like bricks or cement blocks. Rammed earth, hollow clay tiles for slabs, lime plasters etc. will be discussed for their advantages and their disadvantages, and more carefully with respect to their potential in the larger scheme of sustainable living and large scale roll outs for mainstream applications. Research on particular methodologies along with costs and feasibilities will be encouraged and a field trip to Hunnarshala in Bhuj could be organised for a better understanding of the technologies.
Chevening Scholar Masters, Space Syntax Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCLAnutosh Kanoria
Anutosh Kanoria is a Chevening Scholar and holds a Masters in Spatial Design from Space Syntax Lab at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Prior to that Anutosh graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture from one of India’s premier colleges, IIT Kharagpur. At the Anant Fellowship, Anutosh is taking a course on space. As a cross-disciplinary inquiry of sociology, anthropology, human geography, economics, architecture and spatial theory, it uses the pioneering work of Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson to raises questions on the social function of space. Existing paradigms are challenged and new ones are proposed. Subsequently, the need for a language to study space is suggested and the tools and methods of a possible language, Space Syntax, are discussed. With readings ranging from Chomsky to Urry, Turner to Lefebvre and Foucault to Harvey, an attempt is made to situate human settlements in their wider socio-cultural, economic and political context. Equipped with quantitative tools and methods, progress in the Societal and Cultural aspects of the Live Action Projects is expected from the fellows.
Dean, School of Architecture, University of Miami Ph.D. Princeton UniversityRodolphe el-Khoury
Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Previously, he was Canada Research Chair and Director of Urban Design at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Rodolphe has taught at most of the leading schools of Architecture and Design, such as Columbia University, University of Hong Kong, Rice University as well as at his almae-matres Rhode Island School of Design, Princeton University, and MIT. A trained historian and practitioner, el-Khoury divides his time between scholarship and design and has penned books on eighteenth- century European architecture, and on contemporary architecture and urbanism el-Khoury’s course offering on ‘Designing for the Internet of Things’ will focus on applications for information technology, aiming for enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and smart cities. It will consider the application of robotics and embedded technology in architecture in projects and prototypes for interactive and responsive environments, including immersive environments and multi-sensory architecture.
Principal, Lall Associates Masters, University of CambridgeVikram Lall
Vikram Lall is an award-winning architect, educator, author, and patron of the arts. He has more than 25 years of experience in architectural practice and consultancy and is the principal architect and partner of Lall & Associates. With a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Design from Cambridge, Vikram has designed several landmark buildings, such as the Akshardham temple in Delhi and the Buddha Smriti Park in Patna. His deep familiarity with both international and local ideologies has enabled him to creatively bridge the increasing gap between local and global design conditions. He has been feted by the President of India, and his projects have been extensively covered in several national and international journals. Vikram has taught at several architectural schools of India and abroad. His areas of research and interest include History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Conservation studies.
Dr. Steffen Lehmann
Professor, University of Portsmouth Ph.D. TU-BerlinDr. Steffen Lehmann
Professor Steffen Lehmann, PhD, is the Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Director of the Innovation Cluster for Sustainable Cities at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Prior to this, he was for 13 years a tenured Chair Professor in Australia, where he has held a range of senior leadership positions at high-ranking universities. He studied in the 1980s at the Architectural Association in London and completed a PhD at the TU-Berlin. He subsequently worked with James Stirling in London, and Arata Isozaki in Tokyo, before establishing his own research-driven studio in Berlin: the s_Lab. He founded his own practice in 1993 to pursue a more ethically correct practice. Since then, he has been practising as a licensed architect and urban designer first in Berlin, then increasingly worldwide including in Asia-Pacific region. He held the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific from 2008 to 2010; and was a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and a DAAD-Professor at TU-Munich and at TU- Berlin. His recent books with Routledge are concerning urban density: ‘Low Carbon Cities’ and ‘Growing Compact’. To date, Professor Lehmann has been a member of over 14 learned societies and professional associations including RIBA, UK; the UN ESCAP Expert Group ‘The New Urban Agenda’. At the Anant Fellowship, Professor Lehmann will be taking an intense 4-day workshop on ‘Green Urbanism – Sustainable Cities’ with a focus on making cities more climate-resilient and regenerated.
Co-Founder, Sumedhas Academy of Human Context PGDBA, Indian Institute of Management, AhmedabadAshok Malhotra
Ashok Malhotra is an independent HR consultant and a graduate of IIM Ahmedabad. He was the co-founder of Sumedhas The Academy of Human Context. Through his course, Exploring Indianness, he aims to impress on students that human beings are not merely a product of their unique personal context, but are also impacted by the civilization to which they belong. While all civilizations have to deal with the same human imperatives, each has its unique approach to them. Thus, one civilization may place a little more emphasis on looking at the individual as an autonomous being, whereas another may emphasise his/her belonging to a collective. However, these subtle differences have significant impact both for the individual and the systems/collectives to which he/she belongs. The intended outcome is to broaden the appreciation of the students with respect to the salient features of the Indian identity, its manifestation in our day to day personal/professional lives, and its convergence and divergence with the imperatives of living in the present day world.
Principal, RMA Architects Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design Masters, Harvard Graduate School of DesignRahul Mehrotra
Rahul Mehrotra is a leading Indian architect, urbanist and educator who is the Founder Principal of RMA Architects and is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Through his projects, Mehrotra has engaged in diverse issues, multiple constituencies and varying scales: from interior design and architecture to urban design, conservation and planning. Mehrotra is a graduate of School of Architecture, Ahmedabad and the Graduate Schoo of Design at Harvard. He is actively involved in civic and urban affairs in Mumbai, having served on commissions for historic preservation and environmental issues, is a Trustee of Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), and has taught at institutions such as University of Michigan and at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at MIT. A writer as well, Professor Mehrotra has co- authored Bombay—The Cities Within; and Conserving an Image Center—The Fort Precinct in Bombay, based on which the historic Fort area in Mumbai was declared a conservation precinct in 1995. Most recently, he wrote Architecture in India – Since 1990, a reading of contemporary Indian architecture.
Aaron David Mendonca
Director, Corinthian ConsortiumMDes, Harvard Graduate School of DesignAaron David Mendonca
Aaron David Mendonca is a registered architect and director of Corinthian Consortium, a collaborative confluence of specialist consultants and skilled craftsmen. He received a B.Arch and minor in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and the M.Des in Energy and Environments from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Studies Program. He was awarded the Institute Silver from IIT Kharagpur and the Lodha Fellowship at Harvard. Mendonca’s research offers novel approaches to designing with while dwelling within fundamentally connected systems. The incident solar gradient supplies Earth with some 160,000 terawatts of available energy annually. Humans, for scale, consume about 16 terawatts annually. It is difficult to construe claims about energy shortages in this regard. Only questions of design and organization adequate to address this enormous potential. This lecture series reckons with the epistemological limits of energy discourses in the built environment, and re-frames the fundamental terrestrial burden from that of shortage to excess.
Founder President, FLAME University, Former Dean, IIM-A Ph.D. Gujarat UniversityIndira Parikh
Prof. Indira Parikh is one of those few academicians not only known for her inspirational leadership, but also for her exemplary contribution as a teacher of management studies for over 30 years. Prof. Parikh is the Founder President of FLAME, Foundation for Liberal and Management Education, prior to which she was the Dean of IIM Ahmedabad. She has also served as a faculty member at the institute where she taught Organisational Behaviour. Prof. Parikh holds a Master’s degree from University of Rochester and was a Visiting Research Scholar at INSEAD (France) as well.
With her expertise in organisational development and design and institution building, Prof. Parikh has held various positions of excellence at IIM Ahmedabad, has designed and contributed in developing management programmes for managerial role effectiveness, issues of roles and identity, and stress and self-renewal for men and women in organisations. Being known as a visionary leader, she has also offered consulting services to various national and international organisations.
Dr. Bimal Patel
President, CEPT University Ph.D. University of California, BerkeleyDr. Bimal Patel
Amongst India’s most famous architects at present, Dr. Bimal Patel has over 30 years of professional, research and teaching experience in architecture, urban design and urban planning. He is the President of CEPT University in Ahmedabad and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. He also founded Environmental Planning Collaborative, a not-for-profit, planning research and advocacy organization. His practice, HCP Design Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd., focusses on transforming urban design and planning to make them more effective in improving Indian cities. He obtained a Diploma in Architecture from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad followed by a dual Masters and a Doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Aparna Piramal Raje
Author, Working Out of the Box: 40 Stories of Leading CEO MBA, Harvard Business SchoolAparna Piramal Raje
Aparna Piramal Raje writes regularly on business and design, workplaces, cities and urbanization. Her first book, Working Out of the Box: 40 stories of leading CEOs was published by Penguin Random House in September 2015. The book is based on Head Office, her popular monthly column in the Mint, which features the heads of organizations, and looks at leadership through the lens of workspaces and workstyles. Over 50 CEOs from India and overseas have been profiled in the series to date. She has also contributed to the UK’s Financial Times Weekend, a leading global publication, and is regularly invited to address diverse audiences on the subject of business and design.
Previously CEO of BP Ergo, one of India’s largest furniture companies, Aparna completed an MBA from Harvard Business School and read Economics, Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University. In her course, ‘The Business of Workplace Design’ Aparna will prepare Fellows to better understand the language of business, and their workplace needs, in order to be able to shape and define the design brief along with potential clients, and deliver appropriate design solutions. By taking this in-road, she also hopes to broaden the Fellow’s outlook on many prevailing issues in our built environment, such as the future of work, individual and group productivity, communication, technology, health and wellness, gender equity, sustainability and more.
Urban Planner, ITDP India MSc, Columbia UniversitySonal Shah
Sonal leads urban planning strategy, projects and policy at ITDP India. She has 12 years’ experience over a dozen cities in India, across multiple sectors and scales from city development to neighbourhood plans, transit oriented development and station accessibility planning to street design, historic precinct conservation, urban redevelopment and housing policy research. Some of her projects include co-formulating the Transit-oriented Development Policy for Jharkhand state, Reviewing the Smart City Proposal for Bilaspur, Transit Oriented Development in Naya Raipur, and Improving Safe Access and Pedestrian Environments in MIDC Marol among others. She is a member of the H8 Committee responsible for developing an Urban Roads Manual for the Indian Roads Congress. She completed her B.Arch from KRVIA, Mumbai University and MSc in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Her module on Transit-oriented Cities will expose learners to the interdependent role of transit and city form – how our travel choices are determined by the urban environment and how our buildings and public spaces are organized by transportation systems. The course will question the modern, twentieth century, automobile oriented planning and discuss the need for a sustainable transport approach – one that aims to balance the environment, equity and economy. It will draw links between theory and practice to examine how cities as diverse as Delhi, Toronto, London, Singapore, Bogota, Pune, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Ahmedabad and Ranchi have tried to create transit oriented cities.
Founder, common Ground practice MArch, Columbia UniversityPriyamwada Singh
Priyamwada Singh is an award winning architect and the founder of common Ground practice, New Delhi. She has more than a decade of experience in architecture and design with work spanning 4 continents and 13 countries. Prior to establishing her practice, she was associated with some of the top architects around the world, including Padma Shri recipient B.V. Doshi. Her design expertise ranges from master planning to high-rise residential and commercial buildings, museums and public institutions to ‘object’ design. Priyamwada has taught at SPA, Delhi and served on the juries of Columbia University, New York; CEPT, Ahmedabad; SPA, Delhi and Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon. Her research interests are the interplay of technologically advanced and traditional techniques and the social and ecological aspects of the built environment. She completed her Bachelors in Interior Design at CEPT, Ahmedabad. After a post graduate diploma in Art and Architecture from the prestigious Städelschule in Frankfurt, Priyamwada completed her Masters at Columbia University in New York where she received the Kinne Fellowship. Priyamwada Singh will be conducting an intensive 4-day workshop on building multi-use infrastructure in urban and peri-urban settings that experiments with community organization influencing potential. The workshop will first address the theoretical concept of politicized urban spaces, go on to analyze case studies of multi- use spaces and urban projects that focused on community based change and then solve a specific problem that deals with a K-12 School that acts as a hybridized time-share facility.
Founder, My Satori Path Masters, University of DelhiPreeti Singh
Preeti Singh has 18 years of experience in communications with organisations including McKinsey & Company, Indian School of Business, and USIS. In her role as manager of professional development at McKinsey, she coached several high performers on communicating with impact and enhancing their interpersonal and people skills. She has recently set up her own venture called “My Satori Path” which offers training on these essential capabilities to schools, colleges, and corporate firms.
Masters in English Literature, Delhi University Bachelors in English Literature, Delhi University
Author, The Wealth Wallahs Head, Edtech Initiatives, 9.9 Media Masters, Indian Institute of Mass CommunicationShreyasi Singh
Shreyasi Singh is currently the Director of Careers and Programme Development at the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. She was the Managing Editor for Inc. India, the Indian edition of the American magazine Inc. Her first book ‘The Wealth Wallahs’ was released in September 2016. She is now working on her first book on a successful start-up’s journey. She is a co-founder of The Foundation for Working Women, a not-for-profit which works in the areas of policy, infrastructure and advocacy to enable women to “live their choice to work”. Postgraduate in English Journalism, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi Bachelor of Arts, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.
Centre for Urban and Regional ExcellenceCentre for Urban and Regional Excellence
The Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) is a not-for-profit, ‘unthinking’ development organization working with urban, informal and low-income communities. CURE seeks to innovate and reimagine inclusive urban development. Their strength lies in a ‘communitarian approach’. CURE facilitates processes that enable people to come together, recognize their problems, articulate their needs and concerns, and plan solutions designed to improve the quality of their own lives. The module offered by CURE, ‘Community Engagement and Participatory Urban Planning’ will focus on enabling you to become an empathetic and effective social urbanist. This requires the development of five competences: a. appreciation and knowledge of community- based processes, definitions, constructs; b. suitable attributes and value systems for social urbanism and community interactions; c. skills and tools for community processes; d. capacity to design community interventions and approaches; and e. metrics to assess community process intensity. The module has been structured in five parts and designed to facilitate development of these competencies, through theory and practice