Aneerudha Paul

Dean, Research & Academic Development

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.

Ainsley Lewis

Dean, M.Arch.

Ainsley Lewis

Dean, M. 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).

Rohan Shivkumar

Dean, B.Arch.

Rohan Shivkumar

Dean: B. Arch.

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.

Shantanu Poredi

Dean Academics

Shantanu Poredi

Dean Academics

Profile

Architect, urbanist, academician and the founding partner of MO-OF Architects/ Mobile Offices in Mumbai, Shantanu Poredi, studied at the School of Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad (1995). After a brief professional training period with Anant Raje, he worked with Architects Combine, Mumbai for four years after finishing from Ahmedabad. He further pursued his Masters in Architecture & Urbanism on a J.N. Tata Scholarship during 1997-1998 at the Architectural Association, London. In 1999-2000 he worked as an assistant architect at Terry Farrell and Partners, London. In 2001, he founded MO-OF along with his partner Manisha Agarwal in Mumbai.
He is currently faculty at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai where he has been teaching since the past 23 years. He has been invited to lecture and also present the firms work in Amsterdam, Berlin, Russia, Shenzhen, Singapore along with several other cities and towns in India. His areas of interest and concern are design of educational institutions, office environments, healthcare institutions, and exhibition design and art collaborations. He is a founding member of ‘Ar-Critique’ which engages with online Architectural criticism for fresh graduates works across schools of architecture.

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.