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Biography

Having lived, worked and studied in different parts of the world, the experience of different cultures and contexts have been very instrumental in my educational, professional and personal development. I have studied and worked in India, Dubai (U.A.E), and The Netherlands.
I graduated from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 1994 and subsequently worked with Prof K.T Ravindran, (then) Head of Urban Design at School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi.
I moved to Dubai in 1995 where I worked with an architectural firm, DUBARCH for 7 years. In 2002 I moved to The Netherlands where my inclination towards academics culminated in publications and a Masters degree in Architecture, Building and Planning from Technical University, Eindhoven.
I moved back to India in 2013 and have been associated with teaching,mentoring & curriculum development.

Education

  • Master of Science (M.Sc) in Architecture, Building and Planning at Technische Universiteit, Eindhoven (TU/e), The Netherlands (2008 – 2010). Thesis in MSc (Architecture, Building and Planning), ‘Recovering Delhi’s Red Fort’ was chosen to be published by LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany.
  • Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India (1989 – 1994). Graduation thesis was shortlisted for Gold Medal and was documented for future reference by the department of architecture at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
  • Work Experience

  • Worked extensively in India, Dubai and The Netherlands. (1996-2019)
  • Professional Work Experience in India (KT Ravindran, Architects and Urban Designers, New Delhi)(Jan1994 – Aug1995): Worked on a wide range of projects, from residential, to urban, landscape and conservation (including research and documentation) related projects. Some of the projects are: Landscape and site layout of Rajiv Gandhi memorial at Sriperumbudur, documentation and conservation of Vice Regal Lodge at Simla, workshop drawings of Chinmaya Mission Center at Lodhi Road, New Delhi..
  • Professional Work Experience in Dubai (DUBARCH, Architects and Interior Designers, Dubai) (Aug1996 – May2002): Worked on various projects of different scales and at different stages, from conceptualization to execution at the site. Also worked in close coordination with structural designers, electro-mechanical engineers and site engineers to develop design concepts into working drawings and site execution drawings and documents. To highlight a few, worked on design and conceptual stage for housing estates (villa compounds) and competitions for Emirates Resorts, Dubai. Also developed initial sketches by Carlos Ott into working drawings and site execution documents for Al Ghurair villa at Khawaneej.
  • Research work at TU/e, The Netherlands.Worked with Prof. Dr. Ir. Pieter van Wesemael (Professor of Urbanism and Urban Architecture, Department of the Built Environment, Technical University, Eindhoven) on a research proposal titled, ‘Everyday Culture of a Living Historical Quarter: Dwellings of Old Delhi, Developed and Redeveloped by Everyday People’. The proposal was to culminate in a research thesis under the chair of Urban Cultures. It is an endeavor to study the dwelling as a realm of interaction between the present living culture and past morphology in the context of Old Delhi. It addresses the significance of continuity of everyday culture in a living historical quarter by focusing on dwellings that have been developed and redeveloped by everyday people.Worked with Dr.A.S Bhalla on the research and illustrations for the book titled, Royal Tombs of India, 13th to 18th century; Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad, India; 2009.
  • Teaching Experience in India (MBS, School of Planning & Architecture, KR Mangalam University, Gurgaon) (Jan2014 – Till date).
  • Research

  • Adaptive Reuse of Historical Buildings.
  • Historical Context of Building Sites.
  • Interest Area(s)

  • I have always portrayed 2 essential concerns in my work:
  • Regard for context in any urban or architectural intervention.
  • The future of cultural heritage in the face of exponential urbanization and growth.
  • I am motivated to take these concerns further in research and academics. As I understand, an architectural intervention is much more than just a programme, space and function related activity and must be preceded by a thorough understanding of morphological and ideological context. It is this understanding and clarity that I wish to share with the present generation of Architecture student.
  • I look forward to learning and contributing to the field of learning.