UK-India Perspectives on Planning and Architecture Education
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering


Dr Sunil Aggarwal

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Prof. Jamal H. Ansari

Prof J.H. Ansari is a Town and Country Planner and the former Director of SPA Delhi.

Dr Pushpa Arbindoo

Pushpa Arbindoo initially trained as an architect in India (1989-94) and as an urban designer at Pratt Institute, New York (1994-96) she worked in the urban design and planning sector for several years in New York and London before enrolling for a part-time PhD in Planning at the Department of Geography, London School of Economics. Since completing her PhD in 2008, she became a lecturer at UCL Urban Laboratory, sharing her appointment between the Department of Geography and Development Planning Unit, the Bartlett.

Combining her training in architecture and geography, she adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to understand better the multiple and complex ways in space is imagined, produced and consumed in the contemporary urban condition, primarily in the cities of the global South, with a focus on South Asian cities.

She continues her dual role as both an academic and practitioner in the planning sector, combining her research knowledge with practical experience to develop innovative design and policy-based solutions to problems in urban planning. As a practicing urban designer and planner, she offers consultancy advice to both public and private sector organisations in UK and India. Her recent professional appointments in the UK, include the CABE Enabling Panel, South West Regional Enabling Panel, and a design review panel member at Places Matter (Northwest Development Agency), Opun (East Midlands Development Agency) and Integreat Yorkshire (Yorkshire Forward).

Prof. Dr. Sanjukta Bhadur

Prof Bhaduri (Ph.D., MCP, B.Arch.AITP ) is Professor of Urban Planning in the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

Prof. Neelkanth Chhya

Prof. Chhya is Dean, Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University in Ahmedabad.

Prof. Anurag Chowfla

Anurag Chowfla is a partner at Mani Chowfla Architects and Consultants, New Delhi and a visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is a member of the visiting juror at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Delhi. Anurag Chowfla is also an advisor to Delhi Urban Arts Commission. His work is regularly published in Indian Professional magazines, such as Architecture and Design, Architect and Builders, Indian Concrete Journal and Journal of Landscape Architecture.

He is a graduate of Rice University, Houston, USA and M. S. University, Baroda, India. Previously he worked at Stein Doshi and Bhalla, New Delhi; Daniell Mann Johnson Mendenhall, Houston, Transit Consultants; Spencer Parsons Architects, Houston; Rice University Centre for Research; and Patel and Grover, Baroda, India. Formerly he was a visiting international professor at Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Rhode Island, USA.

Mr. Abhimanyu Dalal

Mr. Abhimanyu Dalal is Principal Architect with Abhimanyu Dalal Architects, New Delhi

Dr Geraint Ellis

Geraint Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Environment and Spatial Planning and a board member of the Institute for a Sustainable World at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB). He is a graduate of the Universities of Cardiff, Birmingham and Reading and began his career working for community and environmental organisations in the east end of London. During the mid-1990s he worked as a planning and community development advisor to the Government of Lesotho in Southern Africa, after which he returned to practice in urban regeneration in London.  He joined QUB in 1998.

He is a member of the UK Sustainable Development Panel, an advisor to the Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) and was a member of the NI Sustainable Development Think Tank. He is also active a Board Director of Sustainable NI and Belfast Healthy Cities and has external examining posts at Cardiff University, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and Leeds Metropolitan University. He is an editor of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.

His main research interests include sustainable development, environmental ethics and equality issues in planning. He has published on a range of topics that has included Travellers and planning, third party planning appeals and the nature of public opposition to wind farms. He was awarded the European Planning Studies Prize in 2002 and QUB awards for excellence in teaching in 2002 and 2006.

Dr. Arunava Dasgupta

Arunava Dasgupta is an architect and urban designer, his research over the last two decades focuses on human settlements in transition. He teaches in the School of Planning and Architecture and formerly TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi. He is a founder member of the Institute of Urban Designers, India.

Prof. Kavas Kapadia

Prof Kapadia is Dean of Studies and Professor in the School of Urban Planning at SPA, Delhi.

Dr. S.K. Kulshrestha

Dr. S.K. Kulshrestha is the Founder Editor, Spatio-economic Development Record and Member, Urban Advisory Group of the Association of Municipalities and Development Authorities (AMDA)

Prof. Ashok Lal

Ashok Lall graduated from the University of Cambridge U.K. in Architecture and Fine Arts and obtained the Architectural Association Diploma in 1970. His architectural firm Ashok B. Lall Architects (established in 1981) is committed to an architectural practice based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. His firm has won a range of awards in architecture and notably three of the firm’s projects have been nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The firm’s projects have been published in professional journals and books of special interest in low-energy sustainable architecture. He has engaged in architectural education since 1990, developing curricula and teaching methods to address environmental issues. He is currently professor and Dean of Studies at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He has published many articles and presented papers on environmentally sustainable design. Ashok Lall is presently chair of the Jury for the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, Asia Pacific Region.

Prof. Manoj Mathur

Manoj Mathur is a Professor of Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Director of Mathur and Kapre Associates.

Prof. Dr.  Meenakshi Dhote

Meenakshi Dhote is Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Planning and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Co-ordinator of the ENVIS Centre on Human Settlements. She has a B.Arch,  M.LArch and PhD from SPA.   She has 20 years  of professional, research and teaching experience in the field of  Environmental Planning, with  areas of special interest, including conservation of biodiversity in urbanized environment and hill area development. She has undertaken a number of major projects, including: Environmental factors of urban development around  lakes and their catchments, case study of Udaipur 1990, MoEF; Sarawati Ghat Development, Allahabad 1987, Ganga Action Plan; Environmental Assessment of Mayur Vihar District Centre, Delhi  1989; Dwarka sub-city, Delhi Development Authority 1990; Regional Environmental Assessment of Watersheds in Siwalik Hills; IWDP and World Bank 1998; EcoCity Development Plan, Puri , CPCB  and GTZ  2004, Techniques for sustainable development of Mountain Settlements, MHRD, 2005, EIA of  New Townships LIDA, UP 2006. She has written 25 technical papers in National & International journals, national and international conferences and seminars.

Prof. A. G. Krishna Menon

Krishna Menon is an architect, urban planner and conservation consultant who has been practicing and teaching in Delhi since 1972. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and Columbia University, New York. In 1990, he co-founded the TVB School of Habitat Studies and was Director from 1994–2007, when it was introduced into the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, as the School of Architecture and Planning. As a Conservation Consultant, he has undertaken many pioneering urban conservation projects in India on behalf of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), and authored several documents setting guidelines for conservation practice in India, including The Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in India, 2004. While maintaining an active professional practice he remains a passionate interlocutor in mediating the development of Delhi as a Heritage City. Recently he has been associated with the formulation of The Delhi Master Plan–2021, The National Capital Region Master Plan–2021 and is a Member of several statutory Committees set up by the Government.

Prof. Ranjit Mitra

Ranjit Mitra is a Professor of Urban Design and former Director of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He graduated in Architecture from Jadavpur University Calcutta and completed his post graduate degree in Architecture from SPA New Delhi. Ranjit Mitra has professional and advisory roles for statutory bodies, public and private sectors.

Mrs. Mitra Mitra

Mitra Mitra is an architect based in New Delhi.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Razak Mohamed

Abdul Razak Mohamed is a Professor in the Department of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai, India. His research interests include urban and regional planning with a focus on institutional development, community appraisals, e-governance, environmental education and tourism management.

Prof. Ruth Morrow

Ruth Morrow is a Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to her appointment at Queens, Ruth was Professor of Architecture at the University of Ulster (2003-2009). She has also held lecturing/tutoring posts at University of Sheffield (2000-2003), University College Dublin (1998-2000) and University of Dundee (1994-1997). Ruth has also acted as Course/ Curriculum Advisor to a number of Architecture courses in both the UK and EU and external examiner on a number of PhD's. Ruth has external examining posts at Oxford Brookes and the University of Plymouth.

She has been recognised for innovative approaches within Architectural Education and is an engaged contributor to strategic discussions about the nature of architectural education within the profession. Her research initially grew out of and responded to new challenges in higher education and the architectural profession, over the last few years she has focused on applied research based on an understanding of the creative process, inclusive design and pedagogical methodologies. Despite a strong commitment to theoretical and revisionist thinking, she finds, as an architect, she can only make sense of and resolve concepts within the realisation of the idea, hence her research is invariably project based with multiple outputs, across product, exhibition, printed text and e-media. Her professional skills are underpinned by an activist and collaborative instinct. Research areas are driven by an ethos that seeks to strenghten the connections between people and design and are currently focused on the interconnections and potentials between people, place, pedagogy and creativity.

Snehanshu Mukherjee

Snehanshu Mukherjee has over 27 years experience of architectural practice and has taught for over 20 years and participated in allied projects. He currently jointly heads Team for Engineering Architecture and Management (TEAM), New Delhi.

Mr. Manit Rastogi

Manit Rastogi founded Morphogenesis in 1996 after completing his AA Diploma for which he was awarded Honours and the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy Design. He is currently Managing Director of Morphogenesis, one of India’s leading Architecture, and Urban Design practices. The practice is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, such as the Best Learning Building at the World Architecture Festival Awards, The Economic Times ACETECH Award and Green Good Design™ Award (The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum).

He is a a member of the visiting faculty at the Department of Urban Design in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, New Delhi. He has also taught at the Architectural Association, London; School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi; and the Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute; and has been a juror on several design and award juries, such as Young Design Entrepreneur award – The British Council. Manit Rastogi has been instrumental in constructing the framework for GRIHA guidelines, which is India’s own Green Rating system. As a member of a range of committees, he has been influential in supporting Urban Cultural Research/Policy, in particular spearheading initiatives with an emphasis on social welfare and environmental sensibility.

Rajat Ray

Rajat Ray has taught at B.Arch and M.Arch levels for almost 20 years. In addition to being ex-officio Dean and Professor of Architecture at the Sushant School, he is a member of the visiting faculty at post-graduate level to the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is a graduate of the University of Calcultta, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, University of Florence and The University of York. His research interests include: historical buildings and Cities; Architectural Theory; History; and Urbanism.

He is an Empanelled Conservation Consultant to INTACH, Consultant to the Calcutta Metropolitan Corporation and the Archaeological Survey of India, and is currently a Member of the Heritage Task Force of the DUAC (Delhi Urban Arts Commission). He is also a member of the Board of Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, ASI Delhi and of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments & Sites), India. He has made a number of presentations at national and international forums for urban and architectural conservation, in addition to writing for architectural and other journals. He was a Charles Wallace scholar for Conservation Studies (UK) and a recipient of the Italian Government Scholarship to Foreign Students for Cultural Studies in Italy. Rajat Ray has worked with architectural practices in Calcutta and Delhi, including Stein Doshi Bhalla and KT Ravindran, as well as independently with his own practice.

Prof. K. T. Ravindran

K.T. Ravindran is Head of the Urban Design Department at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. His professional practice includes urban design, institutional campuses, conservation, museum interiors and exhibition formats. He has been a close observer of the art world in India for over forty years. As consultant to the President of India, he has designed two museums and curetted their contents for the country's highest political office. He curetted Resonance (2005), the Lalit Kala Akademi's 50th anniversary exhibition, and Imagining Delhi (2006), an exhibition designed and mounted in a public space. He has been a regular contributor to the print and the electronic media, offering critiques on what he perceives as the slow brutalisation of the capital city. K. T. Ravindran is also advisor to this Public Art Festival.

Prof. Dr. Neelima Risbud

Neelima Risbud is a Professor of Housing in the Department of Housing at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla

Suresh Kumar Rohilla is Senior Coordinator – Water Programme and Team Leader, Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Water Management – of the Ministry of Urban Development at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.  He is a visiting research fellow at the School of Planning, Queen’s University Belfast.

He holds a doctoral degree from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has postgraduate degrees in Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Geography from Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is British Chevening Fellow Year 2001 trained in the area of Environmental Management at the University of Bradford, UK.  He has over 17 years of experience in research, teaching/training and implementation of technical projects, in particular   planning and development for sustainable water, drainage and sanitation in urban areas.  Some of  previous assignments, include: Director of Environment and Development, WWF India (2008-2010); Associate Professor in Environment Area, ASCI, Hyderabad (2007-08); Lecturer in Sustainability and Environmental Management, University of Bradford (UK); Assistant  Director of the National Capital Region Planning Board, Ministry of  Urban Development (1997-2002); and Director of the Natural Heritage Division at Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi (1994-97).  He is currently a member of the Environmental Appraisal Committee for clearance of Infrastructure, Construction, Industrial Estate and other projects requiring clearance under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and also a Member of the Executive Committee of U.P State Ganga River Basin Authority.

Dr. Urmi Sengupta

Urmi Sengupta is an architect and urban planner. She worked as an architect before switching to academia. She completed her PhD from Newcastle University, UK and MSc in Urban Planning from University of Hong Kong as an Asian Development Bank (ADB) fellow. She has received Hong Kong Institute of Planners award for her work on 'Squatters in Kathmandu'. Prior to joining Queen's, she was a researcher in the School of Built Environment, University of Ulster. Over the years, she has extensively contributed to the study of housing, informal settlements and urban development processes in different cities in South Asia.

She has an interdisciplinary background in architecture, planning and housing studies. Her research interest/involvement ranges from studying the squatter/slum settlements in globalising south (informal economy, space and temporary housing) to housing and land markets in UK and elsewhere (part of the formal economy, urban space and housing/real estate). She believes planning and development is not only a geographically interconnected phenomenon, but it also encompasses spatial planning, place making, urban design, political economy, housing markets, affordability, real estate and urban development.

Prof. Dr. N. Sridharan

N. Sridharan is a Professor of Planning (Land Economics) and Head of the Department of Regional Planning at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi where he has been teaching since 1990. He has a PhD from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia in Urban Planning, a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional planning, and Economics, in addition to Postgraduate Diplomas in Town and Country Planning and Financial Management. He has been the recipient of many prestigious scholarships, including the Polish Government Scholarships of UNESCO and Australian Government Scholarship. He is one of the Vice Presidents of the Regional Science Association, India.

Formerly he worked with the Town and Country Planning Organisation, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India; working on the cost and urban infrastructure access in various towns in India. He worked as an Economist with the Punjab National Bank and was instrumental in setting up its Housing Subsidiary. He also served as a part-time Acting Director for a National Level NGO for seven years. N. Sridharan has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Amsterdam, Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, University of Paris-7, University of Cologne, Germany and University of Queens, Belfast.

Sridharan is the country team leader for the global research project on ‘Chance2Sustain’, a EU funded project. He is actively engaged in an action oriented and capacity building research on ‘spatial data infrastructure for urban poverty eradication’, a joint research project with University of Amsterdam, and ITC-The Netherlands. He has been a nominated member of the Housing Committee of FICCI (since 2004). N. Sridharan is an Associate Member of the Institute of Town Planner‘s India, and Vice President of Regional Association of India.

Prof. Neerja Tikku

Neerja Tikku is head of the Department of Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.