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.
Seema Anand and Prashant Dhawan
Co-founders, Biomimicry India
Biomimicry Specialty ProgramSeema 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 bachelors 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-optimised 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 lens of biomimicry to problem solving.
Dr. Jockin Arputham
President, National Slum Dwellers Federation
PhD, KIIT UniversityDr. Jockin Arputham
Dr. Jockin Arputham, a PhD from KIIT University and a winner of the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding. He has worked for more than 40 years in slums and shanty towns, building representative organizations into powerful partners with governments and international agencies for the betterment of urban living. Arputham is the president of the National Slum Dwellers Federation which he founded in the 70s and of Slum Dwellers International which networks slum and shack dweller organizations and federations from over twenty countries across the world. He was the winner of the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding and in 2011, the Government of India bestowed on him its fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri award. He has been instrumental in supporting tens of thousands of the urban poor get access to housing and sanitation.
In the Fellowship, Jockin ‘sir’ represents the perspective and interest of the slum dwellers to push the thinking on slum redevelopment and rehabilitation; and affordable housing which takes into account the actual needs of the end users instead of simply representing what would be good to do from an outsider's perspective.
Guest Professor, IIT 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. Students will be in particular sensitized to: • A few fundamental principles of Indian culture common to diverse fields • An appreciation of Indian knowledge systems and its distinctive features • An overall appreciation of India’s contributions to world civilization • The desirability of multiple sources of evidence (such as archaeological, literary and epigraphic sources) and their careful handling and inherent limitations • The unreliability of single-lens theories on Indian society and culture, in view of their complexity.
Shimul Javeri Kadri
Principal, SJK Architects
Master's in Urban Planning, University of MichiganShimul 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. The production of “sustainable” earth based construction materials has been in the realm of 'alternative' institutions - not for profit or government based research and implementation agencies like Hunnarshala or Auroville Earth Institute. The different technologies of construction and out reach methods are an amazing resource - however, they seem to be used for a combination of small scale and low cost projects. These materials therefore, remain on the margins of the construction industry.
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. Similarly 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.
The course will begin with a discussion on the effects of the construction industry on pollution, global warming and human health. It will use this as a base for the exploration of alternatives - indigenous as well as futuristic. We will then focus on successful projects across the world using sustainable construction technologies. The current limitations of the industry, its potential and its future will be discussed in the last two weeks. 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.
Dr. Renu Khosla
Director, The Centre for Urban and Regional ExcellenceDr. Renu Khosla
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.
Dr. Rodolphe el-Khoury
Dean, University of Miami School of Architecture
PhD, Princeton UniversityDr. Rodolphe 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.
Dr. Steffen Lehmann
Professor of Sustainable Architecture, University of Portsmouth
PhD, TU-BerlinDr. Steffen Lehmann
Professor Steffen Lehmann 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. Steffen will explore the notions of ‘green urbanism’ which extends the concept of the resource-efficient city to include optimising all urban material and energy flows. But the urban challenges we face are far too big for one single discipline alone (the Architect) to resolve them. New partnerships and sharing of experiences, evidence and best practice is increasingly important to ensure better decision making, and to overcome the lack of reliable urban data, and through his workshop Steffen would push Fellows to think of the future - both of cities and the processes needed to get there
Principal, RMA Architects and Chair of Dept. of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design,
Master's in Urban Design, 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 School 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 coauthored 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 Consortium
Masters in Design Studies, Harvard Graduate School of DesignAaron David Mendonca
Course The Architecture of Energy 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 are 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. By reorienting the perspective, the onus of architecture changes from one of restraint to exuberant organization. Rather than focusing on principles of efficiency, we engage architecture’s ability to amplify the powerful potentials inherent in energy flows and their captured material states. Students are introduced to field concepts that serve to unify the variegated forms of energy and the disparate disciplines that deal with them. Building on frameworks of systems ecology and nonlinear thermodynamics, and methods pioneered at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, we explore the emerging role of design in orchestrating energetic flow and transformation—towards a more ambitious architectural agenda for energy.
BIO 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. Mendonça’s research offers novel approaches to designing with while dwelling within fundamentally connected systems.
Founder-Director, Kiba Design
Bachelor’s in Industrial Design/Product Design, NID AhmedabadAbhimanyu Nohwar
Design leader with 15 years of experience in Product and UX design across verticals, including Consumer Electronics and Durables, Enterprise Software, Aeronautical and Automotive, New Product Development for startups, Education and Strategic Policy. Abhimanyu's expertise lies in systems-level design thinking, human-centered design research, and developing innovative design solutions rooted in robust design and user experience strategy. A design educationist at leading design institutes, Abhimanyu has formulated India’s new Design Innovation Policy, which is included in the 12th Five Year Plan and is being implemented by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Dr. Bimal Patel
President, CEPT University
PhD, 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., focuses 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, and columnist on design and urbanisation, Mint
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.
Senior Manager, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
MSc in Urban Planning, 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 wears dual hats as a practitioner and educator and has conducted capacity building sessions with professionals and government officials and taught undergraduate and graduate students at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, KRVIA, Academy of Architecture and the JJ School of Architecture. Sonal previously worked with reputed organizations such as the IIHS, World Resources Institute and with the late Charles Correa at the Urban Design Research Institute. She completed her B.Arch from KRVIA, Mumbai University and MSc in Urban Planning from Columbia University.