Since graduating with a masters degree in Urban Design, I have tried to expand my knowledge to incorporate learnings from other allied disciplines such as urban conservation, planning, and also transportation planning and economics. I have also been involved in independent research on urban issues and their underlying causes.
In the field of academics, I have taught students from first to final year, in various subjects from basic design to final year thesis. In my opinion, my role as a teacher is not to impose my views onto the student but to teach the student how to internalize the vast amount of information that they may be exposed to, separate the chaff and use it to shape their own views.
As a researcher, my paper entitled "Beyond Shelter: The Urban House as an Entrepreneurial Resource" won the best paper award at the 10 IFoU Conference. The paper also won the Reed and Mallik Medal at the ICE Publications Awards held in October 2020 in London.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.