Encounters: Vineet Gupta

Go Boston 2031

Vineet Gupta

Vineet Gupta, Boston’s transportation planning director, will be presenting on how the City is implementing its ambitious plan, Go Boston 2030. He will explain strategies on inclusive community engagement, the use of temporary interventions to foster change. and the installation of bus and bike lanes, mobility hubs, and tactical plazas on city streets. 

Encounters: Sanyog Rathod

Solutions for a Regenerative Urban Core

Sanyog Rathod

How can existing urban core be upgraded to contribute toward a regenerative, resilient built environment? Drawing on decades of experience working at the intersection of historic preservation and sustainability, we will show how historic buildings and infill projects, including office and mixed-use developments, can generate clean energy, use water responsibly, and minimize carbon impacts. The presentation will discuss approaches and principles that can be applied to projects of any scale.

Sanyog Rathod Encounters

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

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.

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.

Minal Yerramshetty

Assistant Professor

Minal Yerramshetty

Assistant Professor

Interests

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

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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.

Kimaya Keluskar

Assistant Professor

Kimaya Keluskar

Assistant Professor

Interests

Specialisation: Sustainability and Energy Analyst Interests: Climate Change, Energy Efficient Building Systems, Water Ecologies and Environment, Occupant Health and Well-being

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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

George J. Jacob

Assistant Professor

George J. Jacob

Assistant Professor

Interests

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.

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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

Jamshid Bhiwandiwalla

Associate Professor

Jamshid Bhiwandiwalla

Associate Professor

Interests

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.

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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

Assistant Professor

Mamta Patwardhan

Assistant Professor

Interests

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.

Pedagogy

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.

Milestones

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