Karan Rane

Assistant Professor

Karan Rane

Assistant Professor

Interests

Neoliberalism and urbanization (particularly focusing on tier-II cities of India), various discourses around gated communities, and urbanization trends in South and South-East Asian cities.

Pedagogy

Focused largely on inter-disciplinary urban studies, he has dealt with the broad subject of neoliberalism and urbanization for over four years, beginning with his M.Arch. thesis (Neoliberal Ahmedabad), through his independent research projects as part of his M.Phil. at CEPT, and into his dissertation project on gated communities in tier-II cities of India. He has previously taught courses on academic writing, communications, history of architecture, and assisted in M.Arch. studios for Architectural History and Theory at CEPT.

Milestones

He was a runner-up in his batch for his undergraduate thesis on Multi-modal transit interchange in Ahmedabad. He has briefly worked on the BRTS project in Amritsar. His M.Arch. thesis has been cited in published papers. He is also a filmmaker, and he has made short films dealing with questions around urbanization in Indian cities.

Aishwarya Padmanabhan

Assistant Professor

Aishwarya Padmanabhan

Assistant Professor

Interests

Aishwarya believes that processes of design are intertwined with the development of self, bodily experiences as well as the dynamics of the world around. She believes that design ought to emerge out of a keen understanding of people, their stories, memories, and the subjectivities that are entailed as a result of their associations with the world around them. Her approach to understanding architecture and its meaning, stems out from her interest in architectural history. History, to her, is therefore constantly in the making, transmuting with time and space, relative to individuals and leaves its traces through both tangible evidences and intangible memories/ stories associated with it. She reinstates that we ought to digress from the history of a single world and instead enter a world of histories and subsequently open up the possibility of multiple worlds, thereby being more inclusive.

Pedagogy

Aishwarya Padmanabhan is an undergraduate in Architecture from KRVIA (2009- 2014) and a postgraduate in Architectural History and Theory from CEPT University (2018-2020). She has previously worked as a Teaching Associate at CEPT University for various history courses and was a Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Gauri  Bharat for her independent research work. She is an IGBC Accredited Professional and has worked on Heritage IGBC certification projects for the CSMVS museum and the Bombay House. Her interests lay in academic research, writing as well as explorations of architectural historiographies that borrows its frameworks from gender studies, feminist theory, theories of phenomenology, tectonics and material culture. Her perspectives are also derived out of her interests in dance theory which mainly revolves around the ideas of rasa, kinaesthetic senses, and haptic theories.

Milestones

1. Recipient of the Distinguished Student Award and the Academic Excellence Award at University level for the Department of Masters in Architectural History and Theory (2018- 2020).
2. One of the contributors (title of segment of contribution – ‘Technological expressions of the Chatrams at Thanjavur’) for a Showcase/Exhibition: Walk and Talk – ‘The Material City’ at Radical City- 2nd Conference on Research of Art, Design and Culture held on 20 and 21 of December, 2019 held  at Srishti College, Bangalore.
3. Featured in newspaper articles titled (i) ‘Students document ruined Maratha structures in TN’, published in Time of India, Aug. 13, 2019 (ii) ‘World heritage week: Chawl recounts its rich life’, published in Time of India, Nov. 19, 2018.
4. Won the “High Commendation Award” in Design Dissertation Competition (2014) in KRVIA for her Fifth Year, undergraduate thesis “Dance and Architecture: Empowering Gestures”.

Dharmesh Mewada

Assistant Professor

Dharmesh Mewada

Assistant Professor

Interests

Post completing his post-graduation from CEPT University, he got placed at a corporate architectural firm in Pune, where he had an opportunity to work on interior spaces of an International airport terminal in Saudi Arabia and the proposed extension of the Versova-Bandra Sea link in Mumbai. Since, 2018 he has been involved in customised furniture manufacturing with the aid of machinery and is further exploring the same. Meanwhile, he has also been into academics since 2019.

Pedagogy

His interest lies in design of spaces in context to the making and detailing of components. A keen interest for fabrication and details have inclined him towards technical drawings. Lately, he has been experimenting with how digital fabrication is and can further aid designers achieve not only prototypes but full fledged structures. He would further associate it with academic interests where we could train students with not only drafting softwares but also computer aided manufacturing as to how a digitally controlled machine functions and also know its limitations.

Milestones

Contributed to the research on Vernacular furniture of Rajasthan done by DICRC, CEPT University, through his thesis research.
Attended the IMIAD international workshop 2016 held at Nicosia, Cyprus.
Won a jury commendation for Saint-Gobain Transparence 2012 design competition.

Swati Seshadri

Assistant Professor

Swati Seshadri

Assistant Professor

Interests

A believer in the process of learning-by-doing, Swati Seshadri is a practicing architect based in Mumbai. She received her B. Arch degree from NMIMS's Balwant Sheth School of Architecture. Her design dissertation titled, 'The City and the Explorer', focused on developing urban narratives and adding a layer of imagination in the lives of people travelling in a city. Using fiction as a tool to imagine/re-imagine architecture or a built environment, this dissertation was explored as a wearable device and a short film - that demonstrated the "new eyes" an individual was given through the intervention.

Pedagogy

Post her graduation from the institute, she has worked with various practices across India, with a short experience in Spain. She has worked at the intersection of art, architecture and planning, including detailed design of products and interior spaces, conservation architecture, schools to promote education in rural India, public projects and landscape design.

Milestones

As part of her recent work experience, she has worked with Flying Elephant Studio in Bangalore, where she was involved with large scale institutional and public projects - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Science City Museum, Patna, Schools for Azim Premji Foundation, to name a few.
Through her work experience across various scales and disciplines, she hopes to contribute to the existing landscape with sensitive interventions and a contextual approach.

Apoorva Iyengar

Assistant Professor

Apoorva Iyengar

Assistant Professor

Interests

Students arrive with different backgrounds, interests and skills, and I believe that through the mode of teaching and conversing, a safe, accessible and engaging environment can be created. I position myself as a guide and not an instructor, and as a co-learner with the students. I believe in encouraging students to value their own lives and experiences as a means to understand and engage with the subjects. This pushes them generate questions and encourages them to develop a curious mind that leaps beyond the space of a class room or school.

Pedagogy

My academic interests involve built heritage and urban conservation, material and object conservation and practices, archaeology, visual arts/ art history/ art theory, museology, architectural theory, literature, drawing and other visual representation practices.

Milestones

Chevening Scholarship Recipient (UK’s FCO) for the year 2017-2018. Articles published in architectural and city magazines.
Full-Scholarship Recipient for 2nd Academic year, and student exchange program to Shanghai, China, &
Part-time scholarship for 3rd and 4th Academic year, B.Arch., KRVIA

Ketaki Bhadgaonkar

Assistant Professor

Ketaki Bhadgaonkar

Assistant Professor

Interests

Ketaki has special interests in researching climate change uncertainties and vulnerabilities, and exploring the coping mechanisms of the indigenous communities living in urban areas. Her interests lie in the realm of sustainability through transformative initiatives. She strongly supports participatory approach in design to create transformation in the society.

Pedagogy

Ketaki is passionate about exploring the evolution and future of dense, urban neighborhoods. She believes that these neighborhoods are like organisms and need a very critical and surgical approach. She is the co-founder of the organization Bombay 61 Studio, an innovative and experimental urban solutions think tank. It facilitates urban design and research projects with public participation as the key idea. Ketaki has worked in the economically deprived areas and indigenous communities of Mumbai to understand their vulnerabilities, with a bottom-up approach aiming towards sustainability. She uses her professional experience of working closely with the communities to channelize her passion for teaching.

Milestones

- Presented the 'Versova Koliwada, Climate change uncertainties and vulnerabilities' project at the Tranformations conference 2021, Pollen conference 2021 and Gobeshona conference 2021. - Exhibition of project work for public participation at the Versova Seafood Festival, 2020 - Participatory Community Workshop in Versova Koliwada, 2019 - Presented Bombay61 Projects at ‘The Vyakhyan’, LTIADS, Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai 2019. - Conducted workshop on ‘Urban Overlaps, Gilbert Hill Mumbai’ at KRVIA, Mumbai 2018. - Conducting annual workshops in the slums of Dharavi for NYU Abu Dhabi in collaboration with URBZ since 2016, dealing with urban solutions under theme ‘Engineer’s for social impact.’ - Published a paper on the walkability strategies around the upcoming Metro stations in Mumbai for the quarterly publication of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, 2018. - Presented the project of Development strategies for Versova Koliwada at the International Conference on Humane Habitat, 2018. - Presented the project of Development strategies for Versova Koliwada at the ‘Vision Versova 2018’ organised by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. - Awarded Special mention at Volume Zero Tiny House, International competition 2018 for the project ‘House for Kalbelias’. - Awarded Second prize at the City and Water’s edge, 2017 International competition organized by KRVIA, Mumbai for the project ‘Mumbai – Versova Koliwada’. - Awarded First prize at the Dencity Shelter Global, 2016 International competition for the project ‘Mumbai – Versova Koliwada’ (Team work)

Shantanu Khandkar

Assistant Professor

Shantanu Khandkar

Assistant Professor

Interests

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.

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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.

Jude D’Souza

Assistant Professor

Jude D'Souza

Assistant Professor

Interests

Cities, Culture, Form-making

Pedagogy

Design that is Closer to Nature. This emphasises a wide range of ensuing approaches, key among which is developing the ability through design, to do "More with Less". A view of Architecture project at its core as an Idea-based discipline, with Invention as a crucial constituent.

Milestones

Principal at international award-winning practice JDAP. Lectured at multiple academic and professional institutions nationally and internationally.

Nikhil Khadilkar

Assistant Professor

Nikhil Khadilkar

Assistant Professor

Interests

Pedagogy

Nikhil holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from KRVIA (2003) and was a part of the KRVIA Fellowship Programme, Mumbai. 2004 - 2005. Post his undergraduate studies, Nikhil has taught various Design subjects in KRVIA, from the first to the final year. He has also worked as a part of the team for a project titled ‘Juhu Together’ an NGO based initiative.

Milestones

Nikhil is the founder and principal architect of De FACTO. De FACTO stands for design factory and is the story of two creators and their career spanning over twelve years. At the onset of our practice our quest was to develop an integrated design process to pursue new solutions for all types of project briefs. During this journey, we have developed an enormous variety of projects, using our design philosophy that emerges from personal perspectives and spatial engagement. We have a contemporary and flexible approach towards design and technology with no particular style and draw inspiration from walks of life, art, culture and people involved. This approach has allowed us to give expression to its essence in every project, generating a distinct quality of its own. With every project we continue to evolve our approach of creating simple and functional spaces that are enhanced with the intangible sense of human emotions. - Young interior Designers’ 2015 by IAB - Best Commercial Interiors – Acetech Alfa Awards 2016

Programs

The Kamla Raheja Experiment started in 1992 with a goal to arrest the drift in architectural education. In pursuit of an illusive profile for a new syllabus, a positive and inclusive system seemed appropriate. Without negating existing archaic courses required for redundant exam oriented teaching, K.R.V.I.A.  converted them into discourses by deconstructed university prescribed syllabus. Interactive discourses by non-tenured scholars put dynamic charge into these topics to lift them from banality into deep inquiries. These events produced a new and congenial academic environment for learning. – Sen Kapadia, Founder Director

Aditya Sawant

Assistant Professor

Aditya Sawant

Assistant Professor

Interests

My practice of urban design and planning has been mainly through research of contemporary urban India as well as cities of the broader global south. My primary interests are issues of low-income housing in urban India and also understanding the larger impact of social, political and economic contexts on urban form and planning along with understanding the role and agency of the practice of urban design in shaping the built environment in the current urban landscape.

Pedagogy

The pedagogical practice is an extension of this research where questions evolved in the research practice are further explored and debated through course work. The pedagogy is imagined as a dialogue with students, who coming from different cities across India, also enrich this debate through their own experiences and perspectives.

Milestones

As a researcher I have also worked with Non-governmental organisations like Society for Promotion of Area Resource Center (SPARC) in Mumbai on rehabilitation housing for informal settlements and was the Research Director for the ‘State of Housing India’ exhibition held by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) in Mumbai in 2018.

Programs

The Kamla Raheja Experiment started in 1992 with a goal to arrest the drift in architectural education. In pursuit of an illusive profile for a new syllabus, a positive and inclusive system seemed appropriate. Without negating existing archaic courses required for redundant exam oriented teaching, K.R.V.I.A.  converted them into discourses by deconstructed university prescribed syllabus. Interactive discourses by non-tenured scholars put dynamic charge into these topics to lift them from banality into deep inquiries. These events produced a new and congenial academic environment for learning. – Sen Kapadia, Founder Director