UNpacking Indian Urbanism – Mentors

K T Ravindran

Prof K.T. Ravindran is Dean Emeritus at the RICS School of Built Environment. He was earlier a Dean and Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for over two decades. He is also the Founder and President of the Institute of Urban Designers – India, a professional association of qualified urban designers. His work focuses on the development of cities, and more specifically on the inclusion and conservation of heritage buildings in modern urban spaces. K.T. Ravindran is a frequent speaker at many national and international conferences and is a regular contributor to professional magazines and newspapers in India on subjects relating to urban design, planning, architecture and urban conservation. He is also significantly involved in public decision-making sphere. He was the Vice Chairman of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee of the Government of India for the last five years where he oversaw the scrutiny of the environmental sustainability of national-scale architectural projects. As the former Chairman of the Delhi Urban Art Commission, KT Ravindran found himself at the intersection of the aesthetical, environmental and sociological ends of architectural endeavours. He is now nominated as Member of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Capital Master Plan, a five member committee drawn from around the world, advising the Secretary General of the United Nations on the ongoing UN project in New York.

Arunava Dasgupta

Arunava Dasgupta is an urban designer and architect, presently heading the Department of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. As founder member and former National Secretary of the Institute of Urban Designers – India, he is actively promoting the idea of holistic urban design proposals across the country. Arunava has been involved in multiple projects at urban scale for a range of Indian cities as adviser and consultant to various state and municipal government agencies and is a member of the Board of Studies in a number of architectural and urban design programs in Indian He has made presentations and lectured extensively in India and abroad on issues of sustainable habitats, heritage and regeneration, city futures and educational paradigms.
Within the academic arena, Arunava spearheads experimental design studio engagements that nurture exploration by students as citizen designers as well as community-centric applied research labs ranging from complex metropolitan conditions to changing rural habitations in the Himalayas.

Ananta Ganjoo

Ananta Ganjoo has a background in Architecture and Urban Design & Planning with extensive professional experience throughout India. She has been involved in design of various large scale and multi-layered urban design projects, which include Master Planning for new cities, street-scaping & urban design proposals in existing core city areas and multiple renewal & regeneration exercises in Delhi. Her multi-disciplinary approach draws on her design and research experience in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Economics and Community Participation.

Ananta has done Bachelors in Architecture and Masters in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. As a GATE scholar, she was actively involved in research work, writing, editing and compiling various department based publications. Her Studio Projects on Local Area Planning of Sita Ram Bazaar, Old Delhi; Capital City Panaji and Reading the City, Gurgaon were displayed as a part of Urban Dialogues exhibition held at SPA in February 2015. Her work on ‘City and Real Estate’ was exhibited in ‘Urban Architecture- the City as Context’, an exhibition and panel discussion organized by IN:CH studio in collaboration with SPA. She was also a part of the winning team in Community Space Design Competition was by felicitated by Korean Cultural Center for remarkable involvement in social responsibility through the field of Architecture for Project Aakar: a Capacity Co-development Center for Rag pickers in Delhi.

Vikas Pawar

Vikas Pawar is an Indian Architect and Urbanist, working to develop a new language of urban architecture that would deal with the current issues of city making, taking urban theories one step ahead. He has been speaker at TEDx Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, Kolkata and TEDx PEC, Chandigarh. He’s done his research work in parts of Old Delhi and the Informal settlements of Delhi. He’s worked on the proposal of Redevelopment of Gandhi Nagar Market, which is Asia’s largest garments market. His work ‘Eco-Skyscraper’ has been exhibited and published in several magazines and exhibitions internationally. He’s been invited by Indian Institute of Architects to curate 100 years of Architecture Exhibition on the centenary celebration of the institute. His contribution to the field has been awarded by the IIA.

His works has been recognized internationally at various platforms. He has been awarded “Innovative Concept Design Award 2010” for his innovations in Sustainable Design for “District Centre at New Delhi” by the A3 Foundation. He received the Honorable Mention for his ‘Science Centre’ at Spotlight 2010. His proposal for “Redevelopment of Vikas Marg- Arterial road of Delhi” has exhibited at first Indian Habitat Forum at I.H.C., Delhi. His research “Survival of Cities in Era of Climate Change” is awarded at National Symposium by B.V.P. Delhi.

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