"Knowledge is the liberator from the empire of natural forces and destructive passions; without knowledge, the world of our hopes cannot be built. A generation educated in fearless freedom will have wider and bolder hopes than are possible to us, who still have to struggle with the superstitious fears that lie in wait for us below the level of consciousness. Not we, but the free men and women whom we shall create, must see the new world, first in their hopes, and then at last in the full splendour of reality."
I am active in various social movements in Mumbai for housing rights, labour rights, sustainable mobility, environmental justice and participatory planning. I am a founder member of the Collective for Spatial Alternatives (CSA), an action research collective. I am also the co-convenor of the citizen's group Aamchi Mumbai Aamchi BEST, a citizen's forum for public transport, that has been advocating for reliable and affordable public transport in Mumbai
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.
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.
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.
For Shirish teaching and learning is fundamental to the profession of architecture. One teaches to learn and in the process learns to teach. As a full time academic and part time consultant practitioner he has chosen to reverse the status quo of professional practice.
Shirish believes that architectural education has to be deeply rooted in acknowledging the processes and systems of urban form, and ecological conditions of our natural environments. Furthermore it is this interest in urban morphology that has led him to work on projects ranging from urban conservation, housing for informal settlements, building pedagogy and conducting documentations of buildings and settlements across India within the academic framework of architectural education, to creating study material for Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) engineers on Housing through an Urban Lens, and recently working on a TATA Trust Small Grant pilot for Water and Sanitation improvement for 15 slums in Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar. He is also a co-author to the soon to be published book titled - Emergence of Indigenous Practice in India - Selected Works of Master Sathe and Bhuta - 1932 -1956.
Being a part of Terreform in New York with Michael Sorkin, and getting to attend his studio, and attending classes with Marshal Berman and David Harvey at the CCNY. Working on projects involving mapping of ecological landscapes at Mulshi, and working on a pilot to provide water and sanitation in 15 slums in Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar. Being an co-author of the soon to be released book Emergence of Indigenous Practice in India - Selected Works of Master Sathe and Bhuta - 1932 -1956.
I specialize in Urban Design, Architecture. I am interested in the study of indigenous communities, migration patterns, everyday urbanism and public life. I explore associational networks between region, people and objects and their constant shifts influencing built-forms.
I work with communities and believe that it takes collective action to build and create architecture and urban scenarios that is meaningful and conducive for living. This method is explored through my courses Building Technology, Allied Design, Architecture Design and Urban Design Studios, where the various stages and sessions are designed to create the space of incubation. The academic space learns from the lived and built realities to help further the research sphere.
1. UNESCO-Sahapedia 2018 Fellow
2. As part of KRVIA I was part of Rural Studio (Tongji University) 2017, Housing systems (TU Delft) 2017, KRVIA -University of British Columbia Exchange workshop 2017, Venice Biennale, Turning Tables 2016
3. As part of Design Cell at KRVIA I was part of Dharavi Redevelopment 2010, Cinemacity 2011, Mapping Privacy in Public Space: In association with BMW-Guggenheim Lab 2012
4. Papers presented at at the 10th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism 2017, The Entrepreneurial City, Erasmus Mundus, Cluster workshop at KRVIA 2014, at the National Conference: Geography of Change – Contemporary issues in Development and City 2012
5. Executed institutional, industrial and residential projects across the country as Consultant Architect and as Founder and Partner at ADRG
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.
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.
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
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
Specialisation: Sustainability and Energy Analyst
Interests: Climate Change, Energy Efficient Building Systems, Water Ecologies and Environment, Occupant Health and Well-being
Kimaya Keluskar holds a B-arch degree in Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai, 2006. Her MSc thesis has been published in Consultation on School Carbon Management plan, UCL Evidence prepared for CIBSE, 2009. She has been teaching in KRVIA since 2010. She has jointly coordinated projects for KRVIA Design Cell in collaboration with BMW Guggenheim LAB, Lafarge Holcim Foundation, and World Resource Institute. Her recent work on ‘Mapping livability within lower income housing typologies in the city of Mumbai’ is part of an ERAMUS funded project called BINUCOM. She is a founding member of “Water Environs, a social purpose professional services enterprise for rivers and water environment conservation. She is also practice at EdEn (Educated Environment) working on Holistic Sustainability Initiative projects, building community awareness programs along with landscape and ecology design.
1. Idyllworld Sustainable Farm at Pirangut, Botarwadi
2. Sustainable Eco-tourism Master plan for Garhmukteshwar & Brijghat and 08 eco sensitive sites in Tamilnadu, Karnataka.
3. Expert Visit: Exchange on Social City-making in Asia and Germany
4. ERASAMUS fund +: BINUCOM (Building Inclusive Urban Communities). Association with KREMS University, Austria. Research topic: Mapping Livability for lower income housing typologies in the city of Mumbai
5. Neighbourhood Mobility Improvement study in Mumbai – Funded by World Resource Institute (WRI), A Design Cell project
6. ‘Riverse’ nurturing water ecologies and urban rivers restoration and rejuvenation project
7. Habitat management and rural development programs at Shillong in collaboration with NESFAS
8. 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
With architecture and planning background my academic interest varies from sustainable building infrastructure to city infrastructural planning, economics and land policies. I am also keenly interested in working towards waste management
I have been practicing for 15 years and teaching for past 12 years. My teaching attempts to bring the crucial aspects of sustainable building and waste management in the field of architecture. It explores the role of the architects in building resilience.
I have worked with architects, planners, academician and there is learning at each such interaction. I have been practicing for 15 years and each projects has taught me several things whether it is about team work, project management, or plain budgeting. Each project has added an arc in my learning growth.
Coastal Commons, Indigenous Rights, Artisanal Fishing, Environmental Policy and Discourse, Conservation Philosophy, Urban Sociology, Political Ecology
"The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently."
I am an Urban Conservationist and Associate Professor at the KRVIA. In 2016, I co-founded the Collective for Spatial Alternatives- a Planning and Research Collective based in Mumbai and have worked with various communities and collectives in the city on urban policy and planning related issues. Since 2011, I have been engaged in ethnographic research with the fisher community in Mumbai with a focus on impacts of coastal policy on customary rights and their livelihood commons. I am currently pursuing my PhD in sociology at the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the IITB.
Vikram’s academic interests include- Conservation as a futuristic tool for natural and cultural heritage; sacred landscapes and historic pilgrimage towns; Native historic towns; Urban & Conservation Economics; Behaviour of materials and structure in built heritage; Building Science and Technologies; Urban and Settlement histories; Exploring potential of self build in Housing for All and the role of architectural pedagogy, the profession and the state in facilitating the same; Urban Rivers and water bodies; Processes of Community participation in urban environments; Role of Digital tools (GIS and ARCHICAD) and galvanising and facilitating decision making and urban environment design and management.
Vikram believes that his teaching and architectural career is demonstrative of life, academics, and practice being parallel, interconnected and interrelated process. Individuals and collectives have partially tapped capabilities to have responsible association with the planet. Pedagogy is about constantly honing these capabilities through awareness, knowledge, conscience and physical growth. Quest for a holistic growth engages one with learning from traditional wisdom of peaceful coexistence of ecological landscapes and community lifestyle, having a scientific temperament about understanding the present and inculcating an ability to envision and strive towards the future. Design thinking is a constant process and touches upon every walk of ones life. In practice, design thinking is invested in every step of conceptualising and manifesting an idea.
Authored a chapter in a publication by Routledge; co-authored paper presented at IABSE Conference 2020; Studios, workshops and professional development programs and writing for BReUCom; Developed & coordinated the 2nd edition of Mumbai University syllabus for M Arch Urban Conservation Program; Core faculty for traditional settlement documentations by 2nd year since 2009 of which four have received INTACH/ CoA DAH award/ citation;
Heritage conservation consultant to MML3 from Cuffe Parade to Worli including design of DN Road station; Retrofits and Renovations of departments at IITB; Experiments in material and eco-sustainability while design Houses & Farms; Treks in the Zanskar, West Sikkim and Himachal;
Sonal is an architect and urban designer who has been teaching at the KRVIA since 2007 .At the KRVIA she is interested in exploring the possibilities for the sources of architectural thinking within theory, art and experience in order to explore architecture and urbanism as an expanded discipline and practice. She teaches the first year design theory and drawing courses, the fourth year urban design studio as well as the final year design dissertation studios. She is also the Alumni Coordinator at the school. Through her engagement with the trajectories of individual students, is extremely interested in the building up of an idea of architectural practice that is diverse, critically formed and framed through the encounters between the self and the world.
She is a founding partner at aDRG, a practice based in Mumbai that engages in work of diverse scales and temporalities.She has been involved in architectural practice, pedagogy, research and writing on the city, art and architecture through the years. Her interests range from poetry, writing feminist theory, and drawing.
She has been Project Co-ordinator for the Preparation of an Environment Management Plan for the proposed RTDZ, in the urban peripheries, a project that framed the issues of environment through questions of livelihood and local practices, through the Research and Design Cell of the Institute in a study for the MMR-EIS. She was also the KRVIA co-ordinator for the UrbanLab+ an International network of urban laboratories addressing critical questions facing built environment education. As a project architect at CRIT, she was involved in a study on redevelopment options for slums in Mumbai, through the case of Korba Mithagar as part of a series of pilot studies for The All India Institute for Local Self government. She organised the exhibition Explorations in Representation at KRVIA, that was an extension of the work exhibited at the Turning Tables exhibit as part of the Urban Lab+ Collective at the Palazzzo Mora, Venice Biennale in 2012 . Sonal writes on art and architecture and her writings have appeared in SPADE, Domus, The Mumbai Reader, The Urban Pamphleteer and several other publications