Shweta Wagh

Associate Professor

Shweta Wagh

Associate Professor

Interests

Coastal Commons, Indigenous Rights, Artisanal Fishing, Environmental Policy and Discourse, Conservation Philosophy, Urban Sociology, Political Ecology

Pedagogy

"The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently." -David Graeber

Milestones

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 Pawar

Professor

Vikram Pawar

Professor

Interests

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.

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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 Sundararajan

Associate Professor

Sonal Sunderarajan

Associate Professor

Interests

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.

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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

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.

Dr. Binti Singh

Dean,
Research & Academic Development

Dr. Binti Singh

Dean- Research and Academic Development

Interests

Research, writing and teaching

Pedagogy

Dr. Binti Singh is an urban sociologist and holds a Ph.D. (in urban studies) and an M.Phil. (in Planning and Development) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), Mumbai, India. She received the prestigious UGC-NET Junior Research Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2003 to pursue her advanced studies. She received her B.A (with second rank) with a specialization in Sociology and Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta,1999 followed by an M.A degree (with distinction) with specialization in Sociology from Calcutta University,2001. She is currently Dean of Research and Academic Development at KRVIA, Mumbai. She is engaged in diverse international research programs and guides PhD. and Masters students in various international universities like University of Virginia, USA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) USA. She is Book Series Editor on Urban Futures with Routledge, UK

Milestones

Invited Lectures/Talks
1. Urban Stories of India, talk delivered at the Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, Londaon 4th November 2022
2. Work visit to the Department of Deisgn, Architecture and Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 2nd November 2022
3. Discussion of research ideas and collaboration at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge, UK, 31st October2022.
4. Invited as jury member for design dissertation and research volume at the Aditya College of Architecture, Mumbai and the Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai in October 2022.
5. Invited talk The Smart City in India: Urban Laboratory, Paradigm or Trajectory? as Part of Planning the Post-Pandemic City Online Lecture Series by Queens University Belfast Planning School,UK, 14th October 2021
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planning-the-post-pandemic-city- online-lecture-series-tickets-104763640870
5. Invited panelist for multiple session in the International Forum on the Urban Form, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK, July 2021
Books
1. Book Series Editor on Urban Futures with Routledge https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Futures/book-series/UBF
2. Book Negotiating Resilience with Hard and Soft City https://www.routledge.com/Negotiating-Resilience-with-Hard-and-Soft-City/Singh-Berger-Parmar/p/book/9781032440378
3.Resilience and Southern Urbanism Towards a New Paradigm
https://www.routledge.com/Resilience-and-Southern-Urbanism-Towards-a-New-Paradigm/Singh-Parmar/p/book/9780367563523
4. How Will India Fix Her Urban Future? https://books.google.co.in/books/about/How_Will_India_Fix_Her_Urban_Future.html?id=IkYAEAAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y
5. Smart City in India: Laboratory, Paradigm or Trajectory? Routledge,
https://www.routledge.com/Smart-City-in-India-Urban-Laboratory-Paradigm-or-Trajectory-1st-Edition/Singh-Parmar/p/book/9780367374044
6. The Divided City Ideological and Policy Contestations in Contemporary Urban India
https://www.amazon.com/Divided-City-Ideological-Contestations-Contemporary/dp/9813226978.
7.Culture, Place, Branding and Activism
https://www.amazon.com/dp/9383419687/ref=rdr_ext_tmb;
8. http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/author/Guest-Author/Dr.-Binti-Singh-85194/
Course Modules
Online self-paced course on Urban Sociology and Urban Planning, an initiative of Ethos and ACEDGE available at https://www.acedge.in/courses/sociology-urban-planning
Research Papers
1. Singh, B. (2020). Democracy, Governance and Movement: Civil Society, NGOs and Middle Class in Bishwajit Ghosh (Ed) Social Movements: Concepts, Experiences and Concerns, Sage Publications, New Delhi https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/social-movements/book271853#contents
2. Singh, B. (2019). Citizens, Spatial Practices and Resurrection of the Idea of Place in Contemporary Lucknow. In Interdisciplinary Unsettlings of Place and Space (pp. 165-181). Springer, Singapore.
3. (2019) B. Singh, Social Media, Cultural Activism and Place-making in Contemporary Lucknow. Society and Culture in South Asia, 5(1), 1–18.
4. Parmar, M., & Singh, B. (2019). Integrating Design and Planning in Informal Settlements. The Academic Research Community publication, 3(3), 38-49.
5. Singh, B., & Parmar, M. (2017). Unravelling 8 redevelopment in the megacity context of India. Trends and Issues in Housing in Asia: Coming of an Age, 185.
6. (2016) The Heritage Arc and After-An Exploration of Recent Policy and Practice To Promote Tourism in Contemporary Lucknow, Urban India, Vol 6 (Issue 2), National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi
7. (2014) Urban Governance in Contemporary India, Contemporary India, Vol.4, 28 February, NIHU Program Contemporary India Area Studies (INDAS), The Center for the Study of Contemporary India, Kyoto University, Japan
8. (2013) Governance, Citizens and New Civil Society in Contemporary Urban India, ORF Issue Brief, Issue Brief #54, June
9. (2012) Changing Contours of Solid Waste Management in India, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol 5, No. 3 Taylor and Francis, UK, 333-342
10. (2012) Parallel Structures of Decentralization in the Megacity Context of Urban India: Participation or Exclusion ?, Volume 16 (1), Special Issue : Asian Cities in an Era of Decentralisation, Space and Polity, Taylor and Francis, UK 111-127
11. (2012) Initiatives in Participatory Governance: Recent experiments in Mumbai, Urban India, Journal of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, Vol 32, Issue 1, New Delhi
12. Singh, B., & Parthasarathy, D. (2010). Civil society organisation partnerships in urban governance: an appraisal of the Mumbai experience. Sociological Bulletin, 59(1), 92-110.
Featured Articles
1. (October 2021) The Serendipity Mindset Meets the Urban
http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/article/The-Serendipity-Mindset-meets-the-Urban/12-10-2021-408298/
2. (May 2021) 15 Minute City: Utopia or Reality?
http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/article/15-Minute-City-Utopia-or-Reality-/19-05-2021-390221/
3. (May 2020) What Happened to our Great Cities? in Business World Smart Cities
http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/article/What-Happened-to-Our-Great-Cities-/18-05-2020-192455/
4. (May 2019) Climate Change Risks and Cities: The Need for Climate Action Plans in Business World Smart Cities
http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/article/Climate-Change-Risks-and-Cities-The-Need-for-Climate-Action-Plans/16-05-2019-170611/
5. (November 2019) New Frontiers of Urban Theory A Global South Perspective
https://www.oxfordurbanists.com/magazine/2019/11/8/new-frontiers-of-urban-theory-a-global-south-perspective
6. (February 2019) Post Industrial City, Immaterial Labour And Cultural Industries
http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/article/Post-Industrial-City-Immaterial-Labour-And-Cultural-Industries/10-02-2019-167016/
7. (January 2019) Rethinking Urban Mobility With Alternative Experiments
http://bwsmartcities.businessworld.in/article/Rethinking-Urban-Mobility-With-Alternative-Experiments/07-01-2019-165882/
8. (2018) The Saga of our Inner Cities in Business World Smart Cities ( https://bit.ly/2uqATfE )
9. (2018) Ethnography, Place and Place Making in Domus India ( https://bit.ly/2GRyEuH )
10. (2018) Peri Urban Reality in India in Business World Smart Cities ( https://bit.ly/2qlJfpu )

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.