NATA Circular 2023
Exam Dates:
April 21, May 28, July 9

NATA Announcements

NATA Circular 2023

The DTE (GoM) recognizes NATA as the CET for B. Arch Admissions


Assistant Professor

Jayashree Chandrasekaran

Assistant Professor


My interest lies in creating places that are people-centric while rooting for the history and culture of that place. I am strongly inclined toward finding sustainable and innovative solutions to issues plaguing contemporary cities. My specialization has provided me with an edge to work across different scales and analyze spaces within the cities through different lenses. I treasure the influential ability of designers in creating better living environments that are sensitized to human needs. My research work has primarily been focused on creating resilient cities through an ecological approach that intersects with community-led development. My Master’s thesis titled ” An ecological approach towards shaping urban peripheries: the case of urban flooding in Chennai city” endeavored to throw light on ecological and socio-spatial transformations that have led to changing dynamics of peri-urban areas, making the city vulnerable. It focused on improving the ecology, imageability, and livelihood of communities through multi-leveled strategies interwoven to bring ecology and city within a common realm.


I am an Architect and urban designer. Prior to my association with KRVIA, I worked extensively towards participatory planning and community engagements, demystifying spatial planning process in Indian cities, large-scale urban analysis, etc. to explore the field through a combination of urban research and on-ground projects. I hold a master degree in Urban Design from School of planning and architecture, Bhopal and Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Anna University, Chennai. I believe in the power of storytelling as a mode of understanding places and people leading to a better approach to designing spaces. My approach is driven by research that is grounded and intersectional as a way to understand the everyday urbanism of cities. I would encourage students to learn from their everyday experiences which would expand their spectrum beyond classroom learning and lead to a more practical design approach. I feel that sharing ideas is the key to personal growth and better designs and hence eager participation in group discussions holds the utmost importance.


1. Received Medal of Excellence for Excellent Academic record and University Rank holder in B. Arch from Anna University, Chennai in 2018 2. My Urban Design thesis titled “An ecological approach towards shaping urban peripheries: the case of urban flooding in Chennai city” was shortlisted for the DAIDA Foundation Global Urban thesis award under the “Water and development” theme. 3. Worked with the Urban planning team of Eastern Waterfront Project at Mumbai Port Trust, Mazgaon dock, Mumbai. 4. Worked in the CITIIS program (supported by MOHUA, AFD, EU, and managed by NIUA) primarily for two projects - Haora Riverfront development, Agartala and Green Mobility Corridor, Hubli-Dharwad as part of the Urban Design Collective, Chennai team. 5. Conducted an intensive capacity-building workshop on NMT (non-motorized transportation) for municipal corporations and municipalities across Tamil Nadu 6. Article titled “Beyond brothels: More than just a caged showpiece” was published in City Observer magazine, Volume 7, Issue 2 in December 2021. 7. IGBC Accredited professional with the Indian Green Building Council since April 2022

KAA Update

KAA Update

Anubhav Borgohain

Anubhav Borgohain, M.Arch Urban Design Alumni’s article “Prevailing infrastructure of care during the times of pandemic, case of the slum communities in Mumbai,” has been published in the Book of Abstracts of the First international conference on Pandemics and Urban Form, PUF2022, Istanbul, Turkey. The detailed conference proceedings to be published by Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, Routledge, London in winter of 2023.

Encounters: Thresholds

KRVIA Encounters

Vishwa Shroff

Saurabh Mhatre

Thresholds: Design ⇌ Technology ⇌ Materiality

Transdisciplinary design involves combining knowledge, methods, and tools from various disciplines to create novel products, spaces, and processes. Its collaborative approach is extremely vital to solving
complex problems and gives rise to disruptive opportunities.

 Please click on the link in the bio to join the talk.

Saurabh is a creative technologist and an architectural designer whose innovative work spans across various
domains, including architecture, product design, engineering, and material science.

Saurabh Mhatre is a senior research associate in the Material Processes and Systems Group
(MaP+S) and the Center for Green Buildings and Cities at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
He has worked on transdisciplinary projects dealing with the 3d printing of ceramic and concrete,
deployable mechanisms, smart materials, and folding robots in collaboration with Harvard School of
Engineering, Wyss Institute of Biological Engineering and the Autodesk Build Space.

Encounters: Alumni

KRVIA Encounters

Varun Gulavne
Jaideep Mulye

Jaideep Mulye has been involved in Architectural practice for more than five years through Architecture, Interior, Urban and Structural design. My recent work lies at the intersection of architecture, parametric design and structural engineering.

The experience across the cross section of the design milieu made him aware of the varied rubrics, approaches and tools required to engage with different projects, and the way they affect the outcome. As a design sadhak, he shall be sharing some lively explorations in the making of things to mildly thrilling elaborations about collaborative, parametric, integrated processes.

Varun is a student of Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture at the Ohio State University. He joined his Master’s program with a focus on design research. He has researched the definitive architectural object with Jeffrey Kipnis. He has been researching techniques for conservation of native American mounds with Professor Justin Parscher. He has also been a teaching assistant for the past 1.5 years for the course titled Outlines of the built environment. Over the past summer he worked on high rise projects at Cesar Pelli’s office Pelli Clarke and Partners.


There has consistently been a dichotomy between humans and others. In the interior, objects are in service of humans. Architecture and landscape attempt to bend nature to their needs or sometimes reduce it to an image. Object ecologies challenges this anthropocentric world view. It aims to examine what it means to be an object and, in the process, re-contextualize these others to generate a more inclusive discourse on built form.

Encounters: Not Just Roads

KRVIA Encounters

Nitin Bathla
Klearjos Papanicolaou

Nitin Bathla and Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou will be screening their movie, “Not Just Roads” at the Encounters session.

NOT JUST ROADS is an ethnographic documentary film that narrates the story of a massive urban transformation underway in India.

Highways are being constructed at an unprecedented rate of 23 kilometers per day under the Indian government’s Bharatmala (‘Garland of Limitless Roads’) program. The program aims to open new territories for the emerging Indian middle class. Currently, the territory is inhabited by villages, working class neighbourhoods, and nomadic herders. It is criss-crossed by native trails and vital ecological commons. This film captures the story of one such highway outside Delhi, from the perspective of human and non-human actors.

NITIN BATHLA is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich, where he coordinates the Doctoral Programme at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies. Additionally, He lectures on urban studies, political ecology, and sociology and work as part of the transdisciplinary project on agri-urbanisms at the Chair of Sociology.

KLEARJOS EDUARDO PAPANICOLAOU is a Greek/Mexican filmmaker interested in ethnography as a filmmaking methodology. His films and collaborations include ‘The Seven Sisters Indoor Market’ (2016), ‘The Disappearance of Robin Hood’ (2018), and ‘Not Just Roads’ (2020). He is currently based in Zürich, where he teaches ethnographic filmmaking at the urban scale at the ETHZ.


Encounters: Data Privacy

KRVIA Encounters

Dr. Ketan Modh

Dr. Ketan Modh, (Lecturer, University of Malta, Malta) presented his talk “Data Privacy”on the 6th of January at 11:30 am (IST) as part of the Encounters at the Valecha Hall, KRVIA

Dr. Ketan Modh has a double doctorate in information policy and governance from the University of Malta and the University of Groningen. His research looks at how identity systems can be tailored to enable governance while simultaneously protecting human rights based on the specific society and goals for which the system is being implemented. He also examines individual attitudes towards such systems based on trust, cultural values and beliefs to better inform policymaking efforts. This work has led him to develop a systems theoretic approach to understanding national identification through the interdisciplinary perspectives of law, technology, trust and culture (through quantitative research).

Encounters: Tropical Architecture

KRVIA Encounters

Vandana Baweja

Vandana Baweja is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and the Sustainability Program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She got her PhD in Architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She was trained as an architect in New Delhi, India, and got a master’s in architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London, UK. She is the editor of Arris: The Journal of The Southeast Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, published by UNC press.

Urban Dialogue: Dr. Anant Maringanti

Panel Member:
Urban Dalogues 2023

Dr. Anant Maringanti

Dr. Anant Maringanti is a geographer with a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research and teaching interests center on questions of urbanization and globalization from the South Asian vantage point. He is currently the Director of Hyderabad Urban Lab, a multi-disciplinary research center. He is widely published in national and international academic journals on social movements, politics of development, and urbanization.