Jamshid Bhiwandiwalla

Associate Professor

Jamshid Bhiwandiwalla

Associate Professor

Interests

By way of qualification as well as Professional Practice, my interests lie with History, Culture and Heritage studies thereby involved with the Institute's Masters course in Urban Conservation, however since the last 20 years I have been guiding students in field of Technology and Design Dissertation as part of the Undergrad Bachelors program.

Pedagogy

Pursued the understanding of Heritage Conservation through the concept of Urban Continuity opposed to the western idea of conservation through Isolation. Other than being involved in numerous historic core studies and its urban renewal projects, recently have been given the opportunity to study urban water systems in historic cities and how they help in building City resilience. As part of the undergrad technology program the pedagogy largely associated has been the traditional, build a strong theoretical base and create a better understanding through hands on assignments and experiments involving a wide range of materials from bamboo to tensile structures.

Milestones

Professional practice since the last 15 years in Heritage Conservation for numerous institutions like Fire Temples and Convalescent homes for the Parsi and Bohra community, both in Mumbai and Gujarat. Specialize in adaptive reuse of Heritage structures to Memorial Museums and have converted the Birthplace of both Sir JJ as well as Sir Jamshedji Tata into Memorial Museums in Navsari, Gujarat. Have been appointed as Architect By Gujarat Tourism for the development of the Heritage town of Udvada, Gujarat, as well as on the panel of the Heritage Conservation Committee as an expert for the Udvada Area Development Authority.

Mamta Patwardhan

Assistant Professor

Mamta Patwardhan

Assistant Professor

Interests

Mamta Patwardhan holds a B.Arch degree (First class with honours) from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, 1993, M.Arch in Project Management (1st Ranker) from Mumbai University Climate change impacts, environmental risk assessment and disaster reduction constitute the areas of her recent academic focus that encouraged her to complete a certificate course on Climate Change and Urban Environment from CEPT, Ahmedabad in 2012. She also takes keen insterest in organizing the KRVIA lecture series called the Encounters.

Pedagogy

She believes in the inculcation of reflective teaching practices and in the demonstration of thoughtful scholarship as well as a commitment to her ongoing professional development. The teaching of design is itself a critical act, and that effective methodology at every scale from curriculum planning to classroom techniques can and must be formulated and discussed. Design Education has unique educational strategies; and should be the subject of substantial trans-disciplinary interest.

Milestones

She has been involved in a design-charette with the renowned Plater- Zyberk for the design of Koramangala at Bangalore while working with Thadani-Hetzel Architects. She has shared her professional expertise with many architectural firms like Ratna Dharia, Ved Segan Associates, Frischmann Prabhu and her experience involves working on landscape projects, conservation documentation, preparation of international financial and technical bids and is currently managing a residential redevelopment projects under Cove Architects and others.

She embarked on her research as part of the EU funded BInUCom project that deals with assessing climate change impacts on the health of the slum inhabitants, in 2016. Her research interest led her to present a poster at the Columbia University NY in 2017 that explained the vulnerability of coastal informal communities to sea level rise and extreme rainfall events.

She has also recently presented her paper, “Debating Sustainable Resilience: A Case of Gazdar Bandh”, co – authored with Shantanu Khandkar (Core faculty, KRVIA), at 12th Conference of The International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU): Beyond Resilience held at Tarumanagara University, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2019.

She believes that different courses should be designed to bring the research to the classroom and has been involved in developing an elective “Resilience by Design” with the Bachelors Programme that deals with the question, “Can Design and Planning Inform Adaptive Strategies to Climate Change Impacts in Vulnerable Communities,” for the last 3 years.
This year she has revised her course to address the pandemic and it deals with the relation of urban form and pandemic resilience

Sanaeya Vandrewala

Assistant Professor

Sanaeya Vandrewala

Assistant Professor

Interests

Specializations- Disaster Management, Stained glass conservation, 20 C Modern Heritage, Management Plans, WHS Nomination Dossier, Project Management, Historic Building Restoration Interests-Theological Studies, Existential Feminism, Philosophical Studies

Pedagogy

Sanaeya Vandrewala is a Conservation Architect working in the field for the past 14 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Conservation Studies from the University of York, UK, and a Bachelors in Architecture (First Class with Honors) from the University of Mumbai. Sanaeya has been associated with several practices in both UK and India. She is a J.N.Tata fellow and has received training for the restoration of stained glass at York Minister in the UK, with Attingham Trust related to Study of Historic Houses in the UK and ICCROM training in Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites. Before joining KRVIA she was an Associate Conservation Architect at Abha Narain Lambah Associates and was the project architect for various prestigious historic landmarks around the country including Raj Bhawan- Nainital, Municipal Headquarters-Mumbai, MJP (Crawford) Market-Mumbai, Grant Medical College- Mumbai, Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex- Chandigarh. She also specializes in Management plans for heritage sites such as Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya, Ajanta Caves to name a few, and also World heritage nominations, the most recent being the inscription of Mumbai on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Sanaeya has also been a consultant for IIT Roorkee on Heritage Conservation. Sanaeya has recently joined the Editorial Board of an International Sage publication on Collections- A journal for Museum and Archives Professionals. She is an ICOMOS member and part of the ICOMOS India- National Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness and 20th Century Modern and also a founding member for DOCOMOMO India chapter and currently working on an inventory of modern heritage in Mumbai.

Milestones

1. Restoration of Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court, Fort, Mumbai
2.Restoration of the Raj Bhawan, Nainital
3. Facade Restoration, Illumination, Conservation, and interior designing of MCGM HQ, Mumbai
4. Comprehensive redesign and up-gradation of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule (Crawford) Market, Mumbai
5. Restoration of Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai- Winner of UNESCO Asia Pacific Award
6. Restoration of The Architectural Works of Le Corbusier - UNESCO WHS of Capitol Complex and Management Plan, Chandigarh
7. Site management plan of UNESCO WHS of Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya
8. Ajanta Caves UNESCO World Heritage Site Management Plan
9. The Victorian & Art Deco ensemble of Mumbai for UNESCO as a World Heritage Site- Inscribed as world heritage in June 2018
10. Consulting Conservation Architect to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee for the restoration of a temple structure in Varanasi
11.Energy Efficiency within Historic Buildings: A Mumbai Based Study of Occupant Comfort and Energy Mapping, ICOMOS India publication Awarded with top 5 honors at ICOMOS scientific symposium 2020. Co-authored Kimaya Keluskar and Sanaeya Vandrewala
12. Borrowed Notion of Authenticity: Viewing Authenticity of Historic Houses in India Using a Western Lens- Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals-Sage Publication, 2019

Ginella George

Assistant Professor

Ginella George

Assistant Professor

Interests

My research and academic explorations engages with historic areas and their relevance, functionality and transformation in present time. Through my work I constantly examine history and its engagement with heritage discourse with a focus on communities.

Pedagogy

Every student has a different learning curve and interest. I try to ensure that the teaching content and process enables at least one takeaway for each student. In the classroom space I see my role as that of a guide and hope to urge students to go beyond basic outlined learning through visual material and discussions.

Milestones

Independent Papers presented at the following conferences: History & Conservation: As if people matter, CEPT University; 2017 International Conference: i-Mumbai- Identity and Heritage on the fringes of a metropolis, 2016 Filling the gaps: World Heritage and the 20th century, ICOMOS conference, 2013 International conference: Spatial Questions - Banaras Hindu University, 2012 National Conference: Geography of Change – Contemporary issues in Development and City - August 2012 Workshops conducted: Indo Franco German Exchange; 2019 Aga Khan Trust for Culture; 2018 i-Mumbai ; 2016 Bhau Daji Lad Museum; 2017 West Heavens-Tongji University: SAME-SAME; 2013

Neha Parulekar

Associate Professor

Neha Parulekar

Associate Professor

Interests

My interest lies in various Urban issues with the highlight of Conservation in urban and sub urban historic precincts. Urban placemaking and designing urban infrastructure with the help of Site Management, Visitor management and facilitation, risk and urban infrastructure design is my forte. I enjoy working on UNESCO sites, for making Nomination Dossiers and Site Management Plans. Along with teaching since 2014, I am a working professional in the field of conservation for 8 years. I also conduct City heritage walks for various agencies such as No footprints for international tourists, and Kala Ghoda Festival.

Pedagogy

The Lens of conservation studies and projects now involves a more urban angle, given the ever changing landscape leaving behind traces of the past. My interest lies in extracting these layers and amalgamating them with modern yet sensitive design solutions for urban infrastructure Infills in these historically important landscapes. As a working professional in the field of Conservation for the past 8 years, I’ve been lucky to formulate many such Site Management plan, visitor management plans for historic as well as UNESCO sites. I also have an interest in making Detailed Project Reports for various monuments and heritage buildings and urban precincts. Along with my deep interest in Urban issues in historic landscapes I also enjoy restoring heritage buildings and have been working as a Conservation Associate with Abha Narain Lambah Associates for the past 7 years where I have been a part of various restoration and museum design projects.
I also have my individual works where I am restoring modern heritage. I also enjoy writing about Urban issues and policies that govern, make and break cities.

Milestones

1. Part and project architect for the Team under Abha Narain Lambah Associates for the Restoration of the KENESETH ELIYAHOO SYNAGOGUE, Mumbai awarded the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit in 2019.
2. part of the team for the Team under Abha Narain Lambah Associates for the Preparation of the Nomination Dossier and Site Management Plan for the UNESCO world heritage site of the Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai nominated in 2018.
3. Part and project architect for the Team under Abha Narain Lambah Associates for the Restoration of the KENESETH ELIYAHOO SYNAGOGUE, Mumbai awarded the HUDCO award for the best conservation project 2020.
4. Conservation Consultant for Le Corbusiers Sanskar Kendra Museum, Ahmedabad, with Karan Grover Associates.
5. Team member as Architect with Abha Narain Lambah Associates for Preparation of Site management Plans for UNESCO world heritage sites of the Amber Fort Rajasthan, Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya etc.

Rohan Shivkumar

Dean, Research & Academic Development

Rohan Shivkumar

Dean: Reasearch

Interests

Rohan believes that architecture and the city are the powerful indicators of culture. In them are represented the values system of a society, the aspirations it has for the future, along with its successes and failures. He believes that the academic space is a space to critically examine the role that it plays’ and be able to suggest modes to recalibrating the modes in which it is practiced. He strongly believes that such a critical examination can happen through rigorously reexamining of some of the presumptions that architecture assumes. Multidisciplnary encounters between architecture, visual art, literature, cinema, sociology and other disciplines can create spaces where new and relevant conceptions of the ethical and aesthetic role of architectural practice can emerge.

Pedagogy

Rohan teaches Architectural Theory and Design Studio at the KRVIA at different levels in the Masters and the Bachelors courses. He has also headed the Design Cell of the school for many years. He has also conducted many courses and workshops in other institutions. Besides his work as a researcher and an academic in the school, Rohan has an independent practice as an architect, has worked with non governmental and research organizations as an urbanist, and has written extensively on architecture, urbanism and culture. He is also part of many architecture and art collectives like Collective Research Initiatives Trust (CRIT) and Collaborative Design Studio (CODES). Rohan is also a filmmaker, curator and has worked within the visual arts.

Milestones

Some of the main urban projects Rohan worked on include the Churchgate Revival Project and the Tourist District Project; and other projects with the Design Cell of the KRVIA including ‘City in the times of Ambedkar’, Dharavi Project and the Cess Building Project.
Rohan is the co-editor of an interdisciplinary research and art collaboration- ‘Project Cinema City’.
His writing has also been the recipient of awards including the Architectural Book Award of the DAM (Deutsches Architektur Museum) for Hybrid Modernisms, 2017 and Printed Book of the Year at the Publishing Next Industry Awards for Project Cinema City
He also is the curator of the monthly film programme at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum. His film work include ’Nostalgia for the future’ which won the Best Documentary of the year at the ISDFFK, ‘Lovely Villa’, and ‘Squeeze Lime in Your Eye’.
Rohan is also the recipient of the best teacher award from the Upanagar Shikshan Mandal 2018.

Pinkish Shah

Dean, Academic Affairs

Pinkish Shah

Dean: Academic Affairs

Interests

Pinkish completed his M.Arch Degree with Distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA, with emphasis on Urban Design. He also attended the Post–Professional Program and Travel Fellowship chaired by Dr. Charles Moore at the University of Texas at Austin. His B.Arch is from Sir J. J. College of Architecture where he was a Gold Medallist of the University of Bombay.

Pedagogy

Pinkish has been Teaching at KRVIA since 2002- primarily guiding Architectural Design Studios and Design Dissertation Projects. His ability to bridge Academia and Practice has led him to be invited to several other institutes and organization’s as a Juror, Reviewer and for Lectures. He currently also serves on the Board of Studies for Rachna Sansad’s Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. Areas of interest range from Dwelling and Domesticity, Educational & Public Institutions, Material and Tectonic Explorations, Interior Architecture, Design Thinking and Understanding Beauty.

Milestones

Pinkish is a Founding Partner and Design Principal of S+PS Architects that he co-founded with Shilpa Gore-Shah in 1997. They are engaged in the study, reflection and practice of Design, Architecture and Urbanity. S+PSa design approach is that every project is unique, and that the design should evolve through the particular characteristics of each project. Their work is influenced by their interest in History, Pedagogy, Travel and Common Sense. They projects range from Urban Design Schemes, Housing, Institutional Projects, Interiors and Installations.

Ainsley Lewis

Dean, B.Arch.

Ainsley Lewis

Dean, B. Arch.

Interests

Housing in informal settlements Architectural Pedagogy Architectural Conservation Architectural Manifestation BInUCom Erasmus Plus Program

Pedagogy

As an academician for over two decades, Ainsley Lewis has taught several design and technology courses at the institute. The pedagogic philosophy is to find a synergy between architectural research and the resultant manifestation. He believes in an iterative process of design that is anchored in semantics and phenomenological aspects of architecture.

He has been a juror for design projects at various architectural schools. He has lectured on Architectural Design, Informal Housing and Conservation and conducted teachers training programs for the Council of Architecture. Professionally, his firm’s primary concern has been the exploration of varied spatial nomenclatures, using three-dimensional studies, including large-scale models and computer-generated animation. Ainsley Lewis has his work published in professional architectural journals. He has won several awards nationally for architecture and interior design. The most recent being an international award, the UNESCO Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Merit, 2019.

Milestones

UNESCO Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Award of Merit 2019.
Indian Institute of Interior Design Regional Winner Award for Public and Social Spaces in West 1: Mumbai And Thane region. (Feb 2013)
‘Pubic / Institution award for design’ for the Archdiocesan Heritage museum at the Aces of spaces awards, Architect and Interiors India magazine published by ITP publishing group. (Dec 2012)
Award for best design at the “Notions of a Nation” design Competition hosted by Indian Architect & Builder and Tata Structura. (Aug 2007)
“The Recreational Architecture Award”. Architecture + Design & Spectrum Paints Architecture Award (Dec 2006).
“Institutional & Office Building Design” Award. Architecture + Design & Spectrum Paints Architecture Award (Dec 2005).
“Jindal Stainless steel innovation” awards Innovation in Interiors - Professional category - Runner Up (2004)
“Future of Kala Ghoda Precinct ” Invited Urban Design Exhibition hosted by UDRI & Indian Architect & Builder for the Kala Ghoda Festival. (Jan 2002).
“Unbuilt Future of India” Award in the Ideas & Experiments Category A Traveling Exhibition hosted by Indian Architect & Builder. (April 2001)
“Young Designer Award” for entry in the Office Design category. Competition hosted by Indian Architect & Builder. (February 2000)
“Aga Khan School at Vapi” Award. School Project Awarded by the Aga Khan Foundation - (March 1999).

Manoj Parmar

Director

Manoj Parmar

Director

Interests

His academic interests include theoretical writing on Architecture and Urbanism.

Pedagogy

His academic interests include theoretical writing on Architecture and Urbanism.He has been in private practice of architecture, urban design since 1992. He has worked on numerous private and public housing/ institutional commissions across the country. His work was discussed at UDRI and CEPT Ahmadabad. He has contributed chapter writing (co-author) on “Unraveling Redevelopment” in book “Trends & Issues in Housing in Asia” published by Routledge, UK. He has co-authored two books. “Smart City in India, Laboratory, Trajectory or Paradigm” & "Resilience Paradigm and Southern Urbanism, published by Routledge UK.

Milestones

His academic interests include theoretical writing on Architecture and Urbanism.He has been in private practice of architecture, urban design since 1992.
He has worked on numerous private and public housing/ institutional commissions across the country. His work was discussed at UDRI and CEPT Ahmadabad.
He has contributed chapter writing (co-author) on “Unraveling Redevelopment” in book “Trends & Issues in Housing in Asia” published by Routledge, UK.
He has co-authored two books. “Smart City in India, Laboratory, Trajectory or Paradigm” & "Resilience Paradigm and Southern Urbanism, published by Routledge UK.

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