Aneerudha Paul

Professor

Aneerudha Paul

Professor

Interests

He has been interested in exploring the intersection between urbanism and architecture. In contemporary times architecture is located in a complex field characterized simultaneously by the physical, the social, and the psychological. The physical constitutes of climate, terrain, built environment, infrastructures of movement, services, etc. Social comprises of peoples' cultural practices and frameworks formed of the economics and the political that embed individual and collective action. The psychological characterized by cognition and perception affects human behavior within the built environment. He explores the imagining, representing, and manifesting of architecture formed by the interaction of these dense lines of forces.

Pedagogy

Arising out of this interest, he has attempted to evolve a theory that conceives architecture as a cultural practice. It is a part of a larger manifestation of similar or allied practices that require simultaneous historical exploration to reveal the impulses for their creation. Thus the teaching technique is informed by a multidisciplinary approach that allows for the creation of new knowledge for the architectural discipline. The studio methods formulated because of this allow for collaboration within stakeholders inside and outside the academic environment to play an essential role in articulating the built environment.

Milestones

He was involved in preparing the Integrated Development Plan for the Mill land of Mumbai for the Charles Correa Committee, in the documentation and preparation of conservation guidelines for the heritage precincts of Dadar-Matunga-Wadala, and a study of Mumbai's Eastern Waterfront. In the year 2000, he was part of the team documenting the nature of spatial practices in the city of Mumbai for the Tate Modern: Century Cities exhibition in London. Through his work in KRVIA Design Cell, he has been to provide practice and research orientation for the school's architectural and urban design curricula. He has also participated and presented papers in numerous conferences and workshops organized on urbanism and architecture. He has also been actively involved in publishing in this field. He has also been a part of many advisory government committees that assist and inform in framing policies on important architectural and urban projects in the country. In July 2007, he was a part of the International Visitors Leadership Programme on "Cultural Heritage Preservation" ', organized by the Dept. of States, United States of America.