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.
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.
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;