Faculty profile


SSAA has a good mix of young and senior faculty members providing the students exposure to various perspectives in the field of architecture. All our faculty members are licensed architects with affiliations and memberships to several national and international professional bodies. The insight provided by visiting faculty including a number of design professionals and academics is one of the reasons that SSAA graduates walk out as ‘industry-ready’. Our faculty members are industry practitioners from premier national and international institutions such as SSAA, SPA, JJ College, llTs, CEPT, Texas University, University of London, University of Sussex, University of Nottingham, University of Pennsylvania, Cardiff University, University of Wales. They have diverse global work experience.


Dr.Vibhuti Sachdev


EDUCATION:B.Arch (School of Planning & Architecture , New Delhi) 1989

PhD (University of London) 1996

Email: vibhutisachdev@ansaluniversity.edu.in


Vibhuti Sachdev qualified as an architect from the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi) in 1989. After a period spent in practice and research in India, she undertook a PhD in architectural theory at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), which she completed in 1996. She was later Lecturer in History of Art in the University of Sussex, a post that she left in 2004 to return to India. She has worked as independent writer and lecturer and as consultant on conservation projects.

Dr Sachdev is an authority on Vastu Vidya (India’s traditional architectural theory). Many of her publications concern this or related knowledge systems, and their expression in architecture and art. She has worked extensively on the city of Jaipur, focusing on its architecture and craft traditions. She is the co-author of two books on the city. Building Jaipur (2002) uses Jaipur as a test case for exploring changes in planning theory and practice in India between the pre-colonial and post-modern eras. Jaipur City Palace (2008) discusses both the visual and social cultures of the city’s primary former royal residence. Since publishing these books, Dr Sachdev has been a consultant on the restoration of the Jal Mahal in Jaipur, was the design curator for the artwork of its pavilions and the co-curator of the exhibition ‘Painted Pleasures’. Her latest book is on the Festivals at the Jaipur Court.



2014   Festivals at the Jaipur Court, Niyogi Books, New Delhi

2008   Jaipur City Palace, (co-authored with Giles Tillotson) Roli Books, New Delhi

2002   Building Jaipur: The Making of an Indian City, (co-authored with Giles

Tillotson) Reaktion Books, London and OUP New Delhi

1998   Indian Architectural Theory: Contemporary Uses of Vastu Vidya,

Curzon Press, London, and OUP New Delhi

ARTICLES in journals and chapters

2014   ‘Street Wise’, Monthly Symposium: Seminar 660, Delhi

2014       ‘Bharany Bhaav: The Dilemma of Modernism’, A Passionate Eye: Textiles,

Paintings and Sculptures from the Bharany Collections, ed. Giles Tillotson, Marg

Publications, Mumbai

2013       ‘Restoring the Jal Mahal: Challenges and Opportunities’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

2012       ‘Negotiating Modernity in the Princely State of Jaipur’, South Asian Studies, 28.2, pp 171-181

2011   ‘Paradigms for Design: the Vastu Vidya Codes of India’, Urban Coding and Planning, ed. Stephen Marshall, Routledge, London, pp 83-100

2008       ‘Depicting Kingship: Portraits of the Maharajas of Jaipur’, (with Giles Tillotson) in

Portraits in Princely India 1700-1947, ed Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, Marg, Mumbai, pp. 98-109

2007       ‘Reading and Riding: Horses in Image and Text’, James Tod’s Rajasthan, ed.

Giles Tillotson, Marg Publications, Mumbai, pp. 36-47

2006   Fifty-One Flowers: Botanical Watercolours from Bengal, with William Chubb

and Henry Noltie, Hobhouse Ltd., London

2005       ‘A Vastu Text in the Modern Age: Vishvakarma Darpan, 1969’, Journal of the

Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 15 Part 2, pp. 165-178

2003       ‘In a Maze of Lines: the Theory of Design of Jaalis’, South Asian Studies,

Vol. 19, pp. 141-155

2001       ‘Mandala by Design: the Courtyard of a Haveli Temple in Jaipur’, Stones in the

Sand: The Architecture of Rajasthan, ed. Giles Tillotson, Mumbai, pp. 28-41

2000       ‘Orientation by Numbers: the Aya Formula of Indian Architectural Theory’,

South Asian Studies, Vol. 16, pp. 45-54

1998       ‘Looking Beyond Directions: On Uses of Vastu Vidya’, Architecture + Design,

Vol. 15 No. 5, pp. 42-4

1997       Three entries on Indic architecture and theory in Encyclopedia of Vernacular

Architecture of the World, ed. Paul Oliver, Cambridge University Press


Felix Scholarship Awarded for PhD study (1993-1996)

Life Member of Indian Institute of Architects

Life Member of Council of Architecture

Member, Board of Studies, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi


Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Modernities, Urbanism, Building crafts and Heritage






Mark Arjun Warner
Profile: Design Chair

Education: B.Arch

Email: markwarner@ansaluniversity.edu.in





  1. Arch in 1975 from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Awarded Shrimati Hansa Mehta Gold Medal in Architecture for best overall performance.

Awarded M B Dave Gold Medal for Best Design Thesis.


1990 -2008

TVB School of Habitat Studies (now affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh

Indraprastha University), New Delhi, as Visiting Faculty / Adjunct Professor.

NIFT – Visiting Faculty

Courses taught: Design Studio in all Years (First Year to Fifth Year)

Drawing & Communications / Art & Graphics

Building Construction


Visiting Faculty at Vastu Kala School of Architecture ; MBS School of Planning &

Architecture; Pearl Academy of Fashion Design – Dept. of Interior Architecture &

Design; School of Planning & Architecture – All in Delhi


Bhawna Dandona

Profile: Professor

EDUCATION: B Arch (University of Pune) 1999

M Sc.Historic Preservation (UPenn) 2006

Email: bhawnadandona@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Bhawna Dandona is a conservation architect (Pune University) with an MSc in Historic Preservation from University of Pennsylvania, USA with specialisation in architectural materials conservation and has worked on conservation projects in United States and India. She has keen interest in historic building materials, investigative and documentation tools for heritage buildings and sites. She recently prepared conservation plans for sites in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, in association with World Monuments Fund. Bhawna is currently a Professor at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University Gurgaon. She was co-editor for the INTACH Haryana Guidebook, published by INTACH and

Dr.Tejwant Brar

Profile: Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch M.Tech.(Urban Planning)

MSc.(Real Estate Valuation) PhD.(IIT Roorkee)

Email: tejwantbrar@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Dr.Tejwant Brar is Associate Prof. in Sushant School of Art & Architecture. He is an architect and Urban Planner with expertise in Urban Water resource management, GIS, remote sensing, Urban Design & Planning and Arch & Planning pedagogy. He did his B.Arch from GZSCET, Bhathinda, M.Tech (Urban Planning) from IIT Roorkee.

He is founding partner of MAP Solution firm dealing in Urban Planning & GIS Consultancy. He has more than 40 publications in National & International journals & Conferences.


Preetha Sajin

Profile: Associate Professor, 4th Year Coordinator, SSAA Marketing Head

EDUCATION: Master in Planning with specialization in Housing, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, 2001

Bachelor in Architecture, TKM College of Engineering, Kerala University,1999

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/preetharavisree/


PreethaRavisree Sajin is a qualified Architect cum Urban Planner with more than 15years of practical and teaching experience both at the national and the international level. She started her career as a Research Assistant at JNTU School of Art and Architecture, Hyderabad but then moved to the application side by working for some renowned architectural and Multinational firms in Hyderabad. She started working independently from year 2005 on various interior and architectural projects in Kerala, Bangalore and Hyderabad. She moved to Gurgaon in the year 2011 and has been associated with the institute as a visiting faculty while she continued to work independently on various Architectural and planning projects especially in Kerala. In the end of 2014 she moved to London and worked as a tutor in a reputed design institute and as an independent Vaastu consultant. She is also a trained BIM professional. After re-joining SSAA as Associate Professor in the year 2017, she is pursuing research in the field of Affordable housing by integrating her knowledge on traditional architecture with modern building information modelling methods.


Changing Spectrum of Human Settlement and Planning Education, Theme II, Chapter 13: Inclusive Planning by incorporating Vaastu Shastra, ISBN: 978-93-5053-329-1, Year 2014, Cyber Tech Publication

Incorporating Vaastu Shastra in Development Control Regulation, National conference on Sustainable Neighbourhoods: theories and Practice, February 21-22, 2014 at Department of Architecture and Planning, Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.

Inclusive Urban Planning by incorporating Vaastu Shastra, UGC Sponsored National seminar, Changing Spectrum of Human settlements and Planning education, 20-21 March, 2014 at Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Publication



Aruna Bhardwaj

Profile: Associate Professor

EDUCATION: B Arch (Shivaji University, Kolhapur) 1995

M Ekistics (Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi) 2014





Associate Partner Vertex Inc

Museum Design Projects for Jaigardh Public Charitable Trust and the City Palace Museum Trust.

Residential Projects- Kalimpong, Delhi

Previous experience

Work Experience with : Kothari and associates (New Delhi) and Ar B V Doshi (Ahemdabad)

Partner Vertex Designs/Inc (Architecture & Retail Interiors)

Visiting faculty with Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon. (2011 to 2013)


In progress-

1-Documentation of the Bamboo Habitat at Kalimpong, Darjeeling

2-Understanding Objectivity & Subjectivity in the Planning Process


Ekta Gyani Singh

Profile: Associate Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (Sir JJ College of Architecture,Mumbai) 1989.

Master of Landscape Architecture (University of California , Berkeley) 1994

Email: ektagyani@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Himanshu Sanghani

Profile: AssociateProfessor

EDUCATION:B.Arch (University of Mumbai) 2003

P.G. Dip (Env. Arch) (Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education) 2006

M.Sc in Env. Eng & Sus. Infra (Kunglia Tekniska Hogskolan, Sweden) 2010

Email: sanghani@ansaluniversity.edu.in


B.Arch from Indian Education from Society College of Architecture, Mumbai; Masters in Environmental Architecture from Rachna Sansad Institute of Environmental Architecture, Mumbai and Masters in Environmental Engineering & Sustainable Infrastructure from KungligaTekniskaHogskolan (pronounced as Yog-skolan), Sweden. Mr. Himanshu is a Programme and Policy Analyst and an Architect. He has worked with World Bank, International Finance Corporation, German Government, UN, and assisted them in facilitating their programmes from ‘Promoting Clean Energy’ to ‘Women’s Safety Issue in New Delhi’.

Mr. Himanshu also has extensive experience in administering projects of urban scale; however, his current focus is in community development and development sector.

Jeyanthi Nadesalingam

Profile: Associate Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch ( SPA-New Delhi ) 1984

M.Sc – Urban Land Management (Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok) 1986

Email: jeyanthinadesalingam@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Jeyanthi graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 1983. Her thesis ‘Upgrading Squatter Settlements in Kuala Lumpur’ earned a Special Jury Mention.

She obtained a Masters degree in Human Settlements (Urban Land Management) from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1986. Her thesis ‘A Framework for Upgrading Resettlement Colonies’ was shortlisted for a Monograph series at the Department of Human Settlements Management.

She has served as Visiting faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi She has helped develop the syllabus and course content as well as taught the subject ‘Research Methodology’ at the postgraduate Department of Conservation from 1990 till 1993. She has also taught Research Methodology at the School of Architecture, Goenka University, Haryana.

Jeyanthi co-founded JyotiRath Associates in 1988 alongwith husband Architect JyotiRath. The firm has a varied portfolio of urban, architectural and interior design work. She was specifically involved in institutional and residential projects.


Her current interests include research on themes related to ‘Inhabiting’ – interiors, heritage cities, urbanism and smart cities


Monisha Sharma

Profile: Associate Professor

EDUCATION: 5 Yrs Dip. in Architecture (SSAA) 1994

M.Arch -Arch Design (Chitkara University) 2014

Email: monishasharma@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Nidhi-DandonaNidhi Dandona

Profile: AssociateProfessor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (University of Pune) 2000

M.Arch – UD (School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi) 2006

Email: nidhidandona@ansaluniversity.edu.in


Earlier worked with Prof. Ram Sharma, Dr.Priyaleen Singh and worked as Director at Ram Dandona& Associates. Also worked as Urban Design Consultant for Potential Semac Ltd, New Delhi, Abha Narayan Lambha Associates- Mumbai and Stambh New Delhi

Nidhi has been into teaching since 2008 at KRVIA Mumbai, SPA-Delhi and Sushant School or Art and Architecture.

Projects worked on:

Urban design and Urban Conservation Projects:

  • Urban Design Study & Redevelopment of the South Extension Area
  • Detail Project report and proposals of Mega Circuit Tourism project for PHTPB Preparation of Deeg Fort proposal at Bharatpur, Rajasthan
  • Detailed project report for Ravi Das Ghat at Varanasi, UP
  • Detail Project report of Chatturbhuj Temple, Two Khandar&Hamam at Orchaa, MP for World monument fund
  • Detailed project report and proposal for Vijaynagram Hall, Muir college Allahabad for Rites
  • Internet Data Centre for Tata communication at GK I New Delhi
  • Internet Data Centre for Tata communication at Chattarpur Delhi
  • Central Institute of Buddhist studies, Leh, Ladakh

Nidhi Has also worked on various Institutional, religious and health care buildings.



Urban Growth in Gurgaon-Planning for an Unplanned city, Future of Urban growth in Urban Extensions, Inclusive planning, Neighborhood typology in India –Study for a sustainable module, Urban conservation of lost spaces


Parul G. Munjal

Profile: Associate Professor,

EDUCATION: 5 yr Dip. in Architecture (SSAA) 2000

M.Arch – Conservation (School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi) 2002

Email: parulgargmunjal@ansaluniversity.edu.in




Parul G Munjal is currently Associate Professor at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University and editor of ‘Context: Built, Living and Natural’ an internationally refereed Journal published by Development and Research Organisation for nature, Arts and Heritage (DRONAH). She worked on a number of research based projects including preparation of World Heritage Dossiers, along with plans for conservation, management and interpretation of heritage sites in India as Senior Conservation at (DRONAH), Gurgaon. Parul has also consulted on projects such as developing a Toolkit for Cultural Heritage Detailed Project Report under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Mission for Urban Renewal and preparation of City Development Plans for towns in Madhya Pradesh, including Mandu that is on the Tentative World Heritage List. She has been involved in developing training programmes in the heritage space and research and compilation of a number of publications on heritage cities and sites.



Book Sections |

  1. Munjal, S &Munjal PG 2015, ‘Heritage hotels in India- offering unique experiences to customers with sustainable practices as a differentiator’, in Jauhari, V (ed.), Creating memorable customer experiences- insights from hospitality sector, Apple Academic Press, Inc., New Jersey, USA.
  2. Munjal, S &Munjal PG 2014, ‘Sustainable Tourist Destinations: Creation and Development’, in Jauhari, V (ed.), Managing Sustainability in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry: Paradigms and Directions for the Future, Apple Academic Press, Inc., New Jersey, USA, pp. 227-272.

Articles |

  1. Munjal, PG 2015, ‘Potential of Participatory Approach in Sustaining Fairs and Festivals of Small Towns: The Case of Sohna, Haryana’, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, vol. 7, no. 4.
  2. Munjal, PG & Srivastava, P 2013, ‘City Development Planning in Mandu: Evolving city conservation and management strategy’, Context: Built, Living and Natural, vol. X, no. 2, pp. 149-156.
  3. Verma, H, Munjal, PG & Lakshmi, R 2011, ‘Living museums: Understanding our urban spaces’, Context: Built, Living and Natural, vol. VIII, no. 2, pp. 45-53.

Conference or Workshop Items |

  1. Munjal, PG 2015, Participatory Approach for Cultural Heritage Resource Management in Small Towns, National Seminar on Public Participation in Planning, January 22-23, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India International Centre.
  2. Munjal, Parul G 2013, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in the Cultural Heritage Sector: An overview of the Indian Scenario’, in Batra, S &Vikas, S (eds.), Global Competitiveness and Corporate Governance Imperatives in Emerging Economies, Ansal University Gurgaon, India, pp. 403-413.

3. Munjal, S &Munjal, PG 2011, ‘City Palace Udaipur: A Case study for Sustainable Heritage tourism through Services Enhancement’, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Services Management, Institute for International Management Technology, Gurgaon, India, pp. 23-30.


Suruchi Modi

Profile: Associate Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (Sushant School of Art & Architecture) 2001

M.Arch (UD.) (CEPT, Ahmedabad ) 2004

M.Arch. (STB) (University of Nottingham) 2011

Email: suruchimodi@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Tanaya Verma

Profile: AssociateProfessor, Academic Coordinator

EDUCATION: B.Arch (Nagpur University) 1999

M.Arch (Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik) 2011

Email: tanayaverma@ansaluniversity.edu.in



B. Arch &M.Arch from Nagpur University, Ms. Tanya is an academician with over 11 years of teaching experience in architecture, interior design and space planning. She has served as HOD for Interior Design at Design Institute of India, Indore and Visiting Faculty at School of Architecture at IPS Academy, Indore She worked at Raffles Design International, Singapore for Interior Architecture at Mumbai, served as the Honorary Chairperson for the Board of Studies for Burdhman University and contributed as anchor person in designing the curriculum for Interior Architecture.

Virendra Kumar Malik

Profile: Associate Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi)1983

M.Tech ( IIT, Delhi) 1993

DGMP (IIM, Lucknow) 2014

F.I.V., F.I.I.A.

Email: virendrakumarmalik@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Taken with Lumia Selfie


  • CPSC, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, USA
  • MBA (Project Management), University of Leeds, UK
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Construction Management, National Institute of Construction Management & Research-Pune, India
  • Bachelors of Architecture (Hons.), Sir J.J College of Architecture, Mumbai University, India

Email: ankitrevo@ansaluniversity.edu.in


Professional Affiliations:

  • Council of Architecture, India
  • Indian Institute of Architects, India
  • Society of Engineers, UAE
  • Institute of Business Consultants, UK



  • Registered Architect with 14 years’ experience in Architectural Design, Engineering Design co-ordination, Strategic Consulting, Program/ Project management in the Built Environment (Buildings and Infrastructure) sector.
  • Worked for renowned organizations like ATKINS, ARCOP, DLF, Autodesk and Leeds Federated across India, Middle East and UK over the last decade.
  • Major International projects include design for mixed use high rise tower at Sheikh Zayed road, Dubai, Twin towers at Business Bay, Dubai and Retrofit program for residential properties across Yorkshire for Leeds Federated in the UK.
  • Major projects in India include the Urban renewal program for the 2000 acre DLF city in Gurgaon India, Project co-ordination for commercial buildings of the 125 acre DLF cyber city, Project planning and design management of 1200 acre transit oriented development for Jaypee along Yamuna expressway in Noida.
  • Recognized thought leader in the Buildings and Infrastructure domain and regular speaker at various conferences organized by industry forums like CII, PHD chamber of commerce, institutions like RICS and publications like India Infrastructure.
  • An enterprising leader with proven ability in leading and directing diversified teams on local and International projects.

Coordinator: Short Courses & Alumni Affairs

Pooja Lalit Kumar


  • Masters in Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2017
  • Arch, Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon, 2000.

EMAIL: poojakumar@ansaluniversity.edu.in

AFFILIATIONS:   Member of Council of Architects.

An Elected Associate of Indian Institute of Architects.


  • Sustaining E-governance in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Risk of Floods in Urban Areas: A case of Gurgaon
  • Gurgaon Lake Revivals

Head – Theory and Method Track

Radha Dayal

Coordinator – Dissertation, Propositions, Film Club , SSAA Alumni


  • Masters in Contemporary Cinema Cultures, London, UK, 2008
  • Masters in Liberal Arts, Temple University, USA, 2002
  • Bachelors in Architecture, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, India, 1996

EMAIL: radhadayal@ansaluniversity.edu.in

AFFILIATIONS: Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK



Varun Singh

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: Masters in Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 2014-2016

Bachelors in Architecture, Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee, 2006-2011



Varun graduated as an architect from IIT Roorkee. Since then he worked with acclaimed architects like Christopher Benninger and S.K. Das. As an artist, he has exhibited across multiple platforms, including a solo exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. He then went on to pursue Masters in Architecture from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, where he graduated with majors in History, Theory and Criticism. Interested in art and architectural practise, he maintains a wide outlook towards life to incorporate various aspects like philosophy, psychology, sociology, art theory, design theory, pedagogy etc. into a holistic mixture that feeds the artistic and design temperaments.



  1. Varun Singh, Dr. P.S. Chani “Understanding Meshes in Architecture “Journal of The Indian Institute of Architects (JIIA), 2010


  1. Urban Anxiety, A solo exhibition of paintings- Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (1220th Jan 2014)
  2. Team Member at Global Studio 2012, Bhopal- International Studio and Conference Reimagining Inclusive Urbanisation: People building better Cities (www.theglobalstudio.com)

INTERESTS: Art and Architecture, Aesthetics, Design theory, History, Criticism, Culture, Pedagogy



Vaishali Parmar

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: Masters in Science, Integrated Sustainable Design (building & urban), National University of Singapore, 2017

Bachelors in Architecture, Birla Institute of Technology mesra Ranchi, 2014


VaishaliParmar is an alumnus of BIT mesra with Masters in integrated sustainable design with a specialisation in urban design from National university of Singapore. While in Singapore she has worked with Électricité de Franceas a tester team for their environment sustainability software and Hong Kong University for the urban revival of Sham Shui Po district, Hong Kong with a focus on urban mobility which later became a part of her master thesis.


Vaishali has worked with the ‘Science and heritage initiative’ at IIT Kanpur for a year before joining NUS where she was researching principals of ancient civil engineering and Architecture and testing the principals for modern day adaption through software and laboratory experiments. Her work involved close coordination with Civil and Structural Engineers, Archaeologists, Indologists, artists and masons.

Vaishali is deeply interested in Sustainability through hybrid systems involving passive architecture and mechanical systems which motivated her to learn nuances of vernacular architecture during her tenure at Rita Mody Joshi Associates in Goa. She has also explored Building Information Modelling   at her internship at Building Envelop specialists’pvt ltd at Mumbai India.


  1. Research Project under ‘Science and Heritage Initiative’ sponsored by the Ministry of human Resource and development-Government at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India Science and heritage Initiative,. Involved in Interpretation of ancient Indian architecture and engineering through the object. Re-Designed and optimized traditional fenestrations, courtyards, and overhangs and building materials etc. for contemporary adaptation to optimise daylight and thermal comfort by controlling Infiltration rates, air velocity, & internal gains.
  2. Involved in researching the astronomical and scientific significance of ancient stepwells of India along with construction techniques and concepts.
  3. “Evaluating comfort effects of an internal courtyard in a single storey house in hot and humid climate by computer simulations “

KoumudiPatil a, VaishaliParmar b

a Design Program, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India 208016

b Science and Heritage Initiative, , Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India 208016




  1. 3rd prize regional Autodesk BIM Competition 2013

INTERESTS: Vernacular Architecture, Building Information Modelling, Urban design, Landscaping and urban greenery


Madhur Prakash

Profile: Assistant Professor

Part of Events and Exam team

EDUCATION: B.Arch (BBD University, Lucknow) 2006-11

M.Arch in Urban Design (Manipal University, Manipal-Karnataka) 2011-13

Email :madhurprakash@ansaluniversity.edu.in


  • LOW CARBONUrban Planning, Zero Carbon Neighborhood / Sustainable Community
  • LEEDNeighborhood development & Sustainable Material
  • AFFORDABLE / LOW COST HOUSING[ Impact of Finance, Building Regulation, Government Policy, Land Titles & New Material, Technology & Technique]



Asees Prab

Profile: Assistant Professor

Short Course Co-ordination team

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/asees-prab-29934a23/

EDUCATION: Masters in Urban Design, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 2015

Bachelors in Architecture, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Punjab University, Chandigarh, 2012


Asees graduated in the year 2012, post which she taught under-graduates and diploma students in Chandigarh. Her keen interest in the socio-economic dynamics with respect to spatial organization led her to pursue Urban Design as a Masters Program. She has done research in high density social housing and urban areas with strong cultural context.

Passionate about teaching, moving to Sushant School of Art and Architecture was a natural fit. Grateful for an amazing group of people here, Asees makes sure that the students feel welcomed, not just to the classes, but also to the field of Architecture.


Anuj Khandelwal

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch, SPA New Delhi,2014




Graduated from SPA D in 2014, Anuj has worked as an architect for two years before joining here as an assistant professor. He has been working on methods and ways to introduce the ‘tiny house’ concept in the Indian context to suit the Indian needs and requirements.


INTERESTS: Architecture, design, photography, travel, travel blogging

Annette Joseph

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) in Building Management, SathyabamaUniversity, Chennai, 2016

Bachelors of Arhcitecture(B.Arch), National Institute of Technology (NIT-C), Calicut, Kerala, 2013


Annette Joseph is an Architect/Project Manager with a Master’s degree in Architecture specialized in Building Management from Sathyabama University, Chennai. She received the gold medal for her academic excellence in her post-graduate course. She worked as an architect in various firms in Kuwait.

1.    Masters’ dissertation paper published in the reputed Scopus Indexed Journal ‘Indian Journal of Science & Technology’ (IJST)
2.    Participated and presented the Masters’ dissertation paper at the 2nd International Conference of Civil Engineering Symposium (ICES)’ held at VIT,Vellore.
1.    Gold medalist& Thesis Topper in M.Arch

INTERESTS: Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management

Akanksha Sarin

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: MBA (Real Estate), GGSIPU, Delhi, 2008

B.Arch, Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon, 2005

Email: akanshasarin@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Abu Talha Farooqi

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi) 2011

M. Arch (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi) 2015

Email: abutalhafarooqi@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Sourav Banerjea

PROFILE: Assistant Professor in Architecture, SubjectCoordinator (History & Urban Design)

Education:  B.Arch (Biju Patnaik Univ. of Tech, Odisha) 2010

M. Arch (CEPT) 2012

Email: souravbanerjea@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Manisha Sharma

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch ( RGPV, Bhopal) 2002

M. Urban Development & Planning (MANIT, Bhopal) 2005

Email: manishasharma@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Meenakshi Dubey

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (RGPV, Bhopal) 2010

M.Arch (School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi) 2014

Email: meenakshidubey@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Niraja Adloori

Profile: AssisstantProfessor;

EDUCATION: B.Arch (CSI Institute of Technology, Hyderabad) 2007

M.Sc in Construction Management (Texas A&M Univ) 2010

Email: nirajaadloori@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Niraja Adloori is an Architect/Project manager with a Masters in Construction Management from Texas A & M University, USA. She was honored with the Outstanding Academic Excellence award in the year 2008 by Sigma Lambda Chi, USA and received the Outstanding International Student Scholarship for the year 2009 during her Graduate course. She worked as National Quotes Manager at Commercial Lighting Industries for major chains like Chase Bank across the United States and has experience as Project Manager for residential projects of varied scales. Given her experience and interest in sustainability, she is currently exploring the arena of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and its possible applications in adaptive reuse of buildings.


Research Interest:Adaptive Re-use, Application of Building Information Modelling in Conservation, Advanced Project Scheduling, Recycled Building Material

Piyush Das

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (PMCA,Cuttack, Odisha) 2011

M.Arch (School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi) 2014

Email: piyushdas@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Sindhuree Iyengar

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION:B.Arch (CSI Institute of Technology, Hyderabad) 2010

PG Dip in Proj Management (Pursuing) from National Institute of Construction Management & Research

Email: sindhureeiyengar@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Sumedha Jain

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION: B.Arch (Hindustan College of Engineering )2007

M. Arch (School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi) 2012

Email: sumedhajain@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Suruchi Shah

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION:B.Arch (GGSIPU, Delhi )2010

M.Arch (A.C)(School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi) 2013

Email: suruchishah@ansaluniversity.edu.in


Was working with Team3 Architects since October 2012, where I got exposure to develop group housing schemes for a few reputed construction houses. Presently, I am struggling to develop a design studio of my own, keeping information design / infographic designs at the forefront. The idea behind is to bring in a change in the way our societal mentalities usually work, considering comics as only entertainment / fiction and not as mediums of information and awareness. Silly, kiddish graphics help us to learn, remember and communicate in a better way , than many other visual forms.


Research Interest:Information Design, Info-comics, Awareness Design through Caricatures, Graphic Articles / Novels


ACCOMODATING THE MELANGE, PUNE BIENNALE, 2015 National Design Competition on “Built Heritage Conservation and Art”. Case – Bharuch. The competition was a part of the Pune Biennale, 2015 (Second Prize) along with Anuj Vijay Kale


National Infographic Design Competition on “Urban Mobility Data Visualization”. The competition was a part of the Urban Mobility in India Conference, 2014 (Second Prize) along with Anuj Vijay Kale

AWR COMPETITIONS, ROME, 2012 International Student Design Competition on “Horizontal Farm – Re-Defining Slums in India’’.Case – New Delhi. (Second Prize) along with SohomdeepSinharoy and Anuj Vijay Kale

COUNCIL FOR TALL BUILDINGS AND URBAN HABITATS – CTBUH, 2012 International Student Design Competition on “Re-Imagining Tall – Habitat Design. Case selected: Mumbai, along with SohomdeepSinharoy and Anuj Vijay Kale

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HUMANE HABITATS, 2011 International Student Design Competition on “Sustainable communities around Small Towns’’. Case selected: Kohima, Nagaland, (First Prize) along with SanghamitraBarthakur and Mithila Manolkar

SANKRANTI – TRANSFORM URBAN INDIA CHALLENGE Indian Urban Conference, Mysore, 2011 (Final Round – Top five teams) along with Sohomdeep Sinha Roy and Anuj Vijay Kale

LANDSCAPE JOURNAL COMPETITION Theme: Enclosures, Bengaluru, 2011 (Third Prize) along with Sohomdeep Sinha Roy and Anuj Vijay Kale


Suruchi Shah has been teaching at SSAA since August, 2014. She has done her Masters in Architectural Conservation from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. She has been involved in research on Historic Water Networks of Delhi as a part of her Mastersthesis and research paper. She has been involved in Architectural Conservation and Re-use projects like :

  • Conservation Design Development of QuilaPratapner, Etawah, U.P.: As a part of the Conservation Consultancy project taken up by SSAA
  • Project for Mega Durbar Circuit, Punjab (for Ms. Bhawna Dandona and Ms. Nidhi Dandona, for the project under AbhaNarainLambah and Associates, prepared for Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board) – January, 2013- till Present.
  • Conservation and Re-use Plan of All India Radio Building, Broadcasting House, Delhi: (for Sanrakshan Heritage Consultants)- August, 2013- till Present.
  • Conservation of Muir College, Allahabad: (for STAMBH- prepared for RITES, Allahabad) – July- September 2013.
  • Group of Chhattris, Orchha: (for Ms. Bhawna Dandona and Ms. Shalini Mahajan- Madhya Pradesh Monument Project)- July- September 2013


Research Interest:

  • Historic building materials
  • Historic water structures (taking ahead the research done during M. Arch. (A.C.) thesis in SPA, Delhi, on “Conservation of Historic Water Networks of Delhi”)
  • Adaptive re-use and revitalization of historic built heritage

Tapasya Samal

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION:B.Arch (GGSIPU, Delhi) 2005

MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings (University of Bath, England) 2008

Email: tapasyasamal@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Tapasya Samal is an architect (IP University, Delhi) with an MSc in Conservation of Historical Buildings from University of Bath, England. She is involved with research and documentation of built heritage, adaptive reuse, traditional building practices, efficient information design, photography and site management. She has been involved in documentation and adaption or restoration of projects across the Indian states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana and Jharkhand. She was recently involved with 13thFinance Commission Projects in Punjab as an associate Conservation Architect. Tapasya is currently an Assistant Professor at Sushant School of Art and Architecture (Ansal University) and is actively involved with INTACH as the Co-convener of its Gurgaon Chapter.


Research Interest: Heritage conservation, interpretation & promotion including tangible & intangible, Up-gradation, utilities management & adaptive reuse of historic building, historic evolution of building typology, industrial & military heritage (forts), BIM in existing buildings, documentation & listing, Building construction & conservation process, Museum design

Projects: Currently part of project team for- ‘Conservation and adaptation of Pratapner Fort, Etawah’ in the SCRC cell at SSAA.

Tapasya has previously engaged in a range of Heritage projects, collaborated with several individuals and agencies. Some of the salient projects include- 13th Finance Commission Project in Punjab (Patiala Circle), Punjab; Conservation & revitalization of Moti Bagh Palace at Patiala; Up-gradation & Development of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Museum at Khatkar Kalan, Punjab; Upgradation of Existing Infrastructure & Utility Services in Baba Baidyanath Temple Campus at Deoghar, Jharkhand; Preparation of Detailed Project Report for Ghats, Kunds&Sarovars at Gaya, Bihar; Conservation Master Plan for City Palace Museum, Udaipur.


Articles |

  1. Historic Building Transformation: the Opportunities & Limitations of Environmentally Responsive Adaptation of Industrial Architecture, an article for ABACUS, Journal on Architecture, Conservation and Urban Studies, BIT, Mesra, Volume 4, number 1, Spring 2009.
  2. ’Green Building Movement’, an Article for CCPS Journal (2005) Article published in the Annual journal of Confederation of Construction Products and Services.

Conference or Workshop Items |

  1. Led a group of 46 students from Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture and the Institute of Tourism studies, Macau during a joint workshop on Interpretation and Presentation of heritage at the site of Qila Mubarak Patiala (Punjab). (March 2015)
  2. Led a team of International experts of ICOFORT National Scientific Committee during a visit across region of Punjab to all the Fort sites. (February 2015)
  3. Training Workshop -Documentation of Monuments, Sites & Antiquities in Haryana, March 2011 at Thanesar, Kurukshetra (Speaker at one day workshop organised by INTACH Haryana and NNMA held at the Shree Krishna Museum , Thanesar.)
  4. Structural Stabilization and Site Conservation , July 2006 at Udaipur City Palace. [Coordinated a five day workshop organised by MMCF (Udaipur) and TVB School of Habitat Studies , New Delhi held at the City Palace Museum , Udaipur for the Getty Masterplan program.]
  5. Documentation of Historic Architecture .May 2006 at Udaipur City Palace. [Coordinated a five day workshop organised by MMCF (Udaipur) and Birla Institute of Technology , Mesra held at the City Palace Museum , Udaipur for the Getty Masterplan program.]

Zahra Yasmoon

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION:B.Arch (Jamia millia Islamia, Delhi) 2011

M.Arch – Urban Regeneration (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi) 2013

Email: zahrayasmoon@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Co-ordinator – Blog



• B.Arch.: Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (2012)
• M.Arch.(Landscape Architecture): Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak (2014)

EMAIL: arjunkamal@ansaluniversity.edu.in

AFFILIATIONS: Registered Architect with Council of Architecture

Deepika Raina

Coordination roles : Student Counsellor(Head),  Marketing & Branding Team


  • M.Arch- Recreation Architecture (Jamia Millia Islamia , Delhi, 2015)
  • B.Arch(DCRUST, Murthal. 2012)

EMAIL: deepikaraina@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Subject Coordinator: Digital Design & Fabrication
Co-ordinator : Students Events and metaSSAA

Ipsita Mondal


  • B. Arch. – School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi (2012)
  • M. Arch. – Urban Design:  The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London (2016)

EMAIL: ipsitamondal@ansaluniversity.edu.in

LINK: linkedin.com/in/ipsita-mondal


  • Yusuf Ali Travel Grant 2016 from University College London
  • Chevening Scholar (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) 2015-2016 – Awarded a fully funded scholarship to pursue Masters in the United Kingdom
  • Winner of the Bonjour India – Architectural Design Competition organised by the French Embassy in India – 2009/10
  • Winner of the DesignMile Future lighting design Competition – Interview published in Home Review magazine(April 2011 issue) 2010/11

AFFILIATIONS: Registered Architect with Council of Architecture

Events Team

Kanupriya Deol

  • Masters in Planning (Infrastructure), School of Planning (GNDU) , Amritsar, 2017
  • Bachelors in Urban & Regional Planning , School of Planning (GNDU) , Amritsar, 2015

EMAIL: kanupriyadeol@ansaluniversity.edu.in


  • Research paper entitled “Smart City: Solutions for Tomorrow” published in ITPI Haryana Newsletter, Volume: LXXXIV, No. 13 Dec 2014.
  • Research paper entitled “Sustainable Renewable Energy Strategies for a City: Case Study of Shimla” published in Sustainable and Smart Cities, ISBN No: 9789384869256.
  • Presented Gandhian Philosophy and Swach Bharat Mission at National Seminar on Relevance of Gandhian Philosophy in Era of Globalization (March-2017) event organized by Hans Raj Mahila Vidyalaya, Jalandhar.

Subject Co-ordinator- Construction Workshop (1st Year B.Arch)

Part of Admissions, Marketing and Branding team.

Neha Mallick


  • M.Arch in Architectural Conservation, School of Planning and Architecture- New Delhi, 2014- 2016
  • Bachelors in Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture- Bhopal, 2009- 2014

EMAIL: nehamallick@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Coordination Role: Architectural Drawing Coordinator

ERP Team

Parul Sharma

  • M. Tech ( Urban Planning ), Gndu, Amritsar ,  2017
  • B. Arch , Gndu, Amritsar , 2014

EMAIL: parulsharma@ansaluniversity.edu.in

Coordination Roles: Propositions and Campus Development



  • Masters of Architecture (Landscape Architecture), School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Year of Graduation: 2016
  • Bachelors of Architecture, Institute of Architecture, H.N.G. University, Patan, Gujarat, Year of Graduation: 2014

EMAIL: raktimsaha@ansaluniversity.edu.in


  • Council of Architecture (C.O.A)
  • Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)

Coordinator – Students Events and metaSSAA,

Coordinator – Graphics Design

Sagar Gupta


  • Masters in Urban and Rural Planning, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, India, 2015-17
  • Masters Sandwich Scholar for Urban Planning and Design, Städtebau-Institut, Universität Stuttgart, Germany, 2016-17
  • Bachelors in Architecture, Government College of Architecture (GCA) Lucknow, India, 2010-15

E-MAIL – sagargupta@ansaluniversity.edu.in


  • Geospatial Technologies for Urban Planning, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, I.S.R.O., 2016
  • Urban Planning, Institute for Spatial Planning and Environment Research, Panchkula, India, 2016


Gupta, S. (2017). Tactical Urbanism in Agra City, Roorkee.

Gupta, S. (2014). ‘City of Serene Madness-Banaras, an Outlook’, Banaras Reconnected. Lucknow: Faculty of Architecture UPTU.


Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst : IIT/IIM Master Sandwich Scholar 2016-17

Member of IITR Team at ‘Visualising India’s Future Urban Trajectories’ (Joint Event by TU Darmstadt and IIT Roorkee, Chandigarh and Noida, 2015)

Coordination Roles  – 

Programme head team – Short courses,

Collaboration and Tie-Ups

Sakshi Suresh Pandey


    M.Sc. Architecture (Sustainable Cities), College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 2013
    B.Arch (Building Engineering and Construction Management ), Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning ,U.P.T.U , Greater Noida, 2009


Registered Architect with Council of Architecture.

Acquired Certified Training for GRIHA Certified Professional and SSVAGRIHA.

Interests: Interested in Sustainability in Vernacular and Contemporary Architecture , Green building certifications like LEED , GRIHA and LBC ( Living building Challenge ) , Energy Analysis , Climate Responsive Architecture , Innovations in building construction and technology, urban planning etc.


3rd Year Studio

Erp Team Member

Saloni Malhotra




Better be an educator and not teacher” is what I believe in. I have always worked on making a better society and as educators, it is our responsibility to make the students responsible for their self-growth to be better individuals.

Here at SSAA, I look forward to working with fresh minds to construct their ideas into the shape of existence for a better society.

EMAIL: salonimakkar@ansaluniversity.edu.in

AFFILIATIONS: Registered Architect with Council of Architecture.

Co-ordination roles:

Year Coordinator- First Year,

Subject Coordination – History of Architecture (First Year),

Architectural Design (First Year)

Suruchi Shah


  • Masters in Architecture (Architectural Conservation), School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, 2013
  • Bachelors in Architecture, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, 2010


Suruchi Shah is an Assistant Professor at SSAA since August, 2014. She has done her Masters in Architectural Conservation from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. She has been involved in Architectural Conservation and Re-use projects like :

Conservation Design Development of Quila Pratapner, Etawah, U.P.: As a part of the Conservation Consultancy project taken up by SSAA
Conservation and Re-use Plan of All India Radio Building, Broadcasting House, Delhi: (for Sanrakshan Heritage Consultants)- August, 2013- Jan. 2015.
Project for Mega Durbar Circuit, Punjab (for Ms. Bhawna Dandona and Ms. Nidhi Dandona, for the project under Abha Narain Lambah and Associates, prepared for Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board) – January, 2013- July, 2013.
Conservation of Muir College, Allahabad: (for STAMBH- prepared for RITES, Allahabad) – July- September 2013.
Group of Chhattris, Orchha: (for Ms. Bhawna Dandona and Ms. Shalini Mahajan- Madhya Pradesh Monument Project)- July- September 2013


  • Paper Presentation on “Challenges of Conservation of Terrazzo in Colonial Buildings of Delhi” co-authored with Bhawna Dandona organized by International Committee for Conservation of Mosaics, Getty Foundation in Barcelona for the ICCM Conference- 2017
  • Article titled “Common Property Resource- Traditional Water System of Delhi” published in The Future of Historic Cities: Urban Heritage in Asia- 2017


  • Historic building materials
  • Historic water structures
  • Adaptive re-use and revitalization of historic built heritage

Thiruvengadam R B


School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi- Masters of Architecture with specialization in Urban Design: 2012
TVB School of Habitat Studies, Delhi- Bachelors of Architecture: 2006
World Intellectual Property Org Certificate in “General Course in Intellectual Property: 2007

EMAIL:  rbthiruvengadam@ansalauniversity.edu.in

AFFILIATIONS: Registered Architect with Council of Architecture.

  • Presented a paper on Practical challenges involved in Museum design for Course program for Museum studies at INTACH Heritage Academy: Feb 2014
  • Presented a paper on learning from Local Area Plan Through Public Participation indo-italinana university collaboration: Dec 2012
  • Presented a paper on “Addressing issues of Urban Revitalization in and around Derelict Industrial Precinct” a Contemporary Urban Issues Conference held at Satyabhama University, Tamil Nadu: Feb 2007


Kartikeya Chandra

Profile: Assistant Professor

EDUCATION:B.F.A in Painting (College of Art,University of Delhi) 2006

M.F.A in Painting (Visva Bharati University,Santiniketan) 2008

U.G.C- NET(Visual/Fine Arts)

Email: kartikeyachandra@ansaluniversity.edu.in


BFA from College of Art, University of Delhi and MFA in Painting from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan Mr. Kartikeya is UGC Net qualified with six years of professional and academic experience in the field of Fine Arts. Prior to joining Ansal University as Assistant professor he served as Art consultant for Crosslay Remedies limited and as faculty in College of Art, University of Delhi along with Lisaa school of Design, Gurgaon. His job profile comprised of delivering lectures on Aesthetics and training students in representational techniques involving drawing and painting. A recipient of awards by T.E.R.I.(Tata Energy Research Institute) and College of Art, Mr. Kartikeya has an experience of dealing with under raduate students from diverse artistic disciplines. His teaching methodology includes making students aware of the underlying framework behind an image making process with relation to correct interpretation in terms of perception and desired expression.

Kumud Ranjan Halder

Profile: AssistantProfessor

EDUCATION: 3 years special course in visual Art (College of Visual Art)

B.V.A in Western Painting (Calcutta University)

Email: kumudranjan@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Mr. Kumud graduated in Fine Arts (Painting) from Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata in 1990,and had done a special three years course under the guidance of Eminent artist Shuvaprassanna. He has a wide range of professional experience (25years) ranging from that of an illustrator, game visualizer, and Interior designer in organizations such as H.T.A (now JWT), PUBLICIS, V. BEING and STUDIO GALAXY. He has also been active as a practicing artist widely exhibiting all over India and his works are in collection both in India and abroad.

He has numerous awards to his credit such as Gold Medal in West Bengal Youth Festival, Kolkata (1989), certificate of 11thmerit, Indian society of Oriental Art(1989),Rajasthan patrika award for the print media(2006).


Amrita Madan

EDUCATION: 5 Yrs. Dip in Arch.; (SSAA) 1997

C.E.S.P (Post-Graduate Certificate for Specialization in Landscape Architecture, Ecole Nationale Superieure du Paysage, Versailles, France) 2001

M.Phil (Ecole d’architecture de Paris-Belleville, University of Paris VIII, France) 2002

Email: amritamadan@ansaluniversity.edu.in



Ms. Amrita Madan is currently a Professor of Architecture at the Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Ansal University, Gurgaon, and Founding Partner of M/s. Atelier Anonyme Design (AAD), New Delhi, along with partner Rudrajit Bose. AAD specializes in Architecture, Exhibition Design, Interior Design, Identity, Brand Building, Graphics, Signage and IT Solutions.

Professor Madan has a DEA (M.Phil.) in Design Theories in Architecture and Urbanism from the Ecoled’architecture de Paris-Belleville, University of Paris VIII, France, with First Class; a CESP (Post-Graduate Certificate for Specialization in Landscape Architecture) from the EcoleNationaleSuperieure du Paysage, Versailles, France, with ‘honorable mention’ from the jury, and a Diploma in Architecture from SSAA, conferred with the SSAA Gold Medal for all round performance.

Her specializations are in the Theory of Architecture and Urban Design; Urban and Sub-Urban Landscape Planning; Strategies and Methodologies in Design and Teaching of Design; Planning and Design of Exhibition Space.

She has successfully mentored her numerous students, interns and young colleagues. Apart from her professional (design consultancy) work at AAD, some of which have brought her international accolades, she has held many academic positions of distinction in India and abroad, including that of Invited Professorship at the EcoleNationaleSuperieure du Paysage, Versailles, France, and at the EcoleNationaleSuperieured’Architecture et du Paysage, Lille, France.


  • First Prize, MeraAgra competition organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Uttar Pradesh, 2015
  • Winner – Third prize, International Ideas Competition ReInventing Dharavi as a part of a larger multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team led by Sabrina Hiridjee (Degree Zero and team) and including Adrien DefosseHorridge (TroisiemePaysage) and Priyanka Jain (3×3), 2014
  • Winner – North and East Zone, Retail Design, IIID-MK Awards for Excellence in Interior Design, 2008
  • Commendation for IID MK Awards 08 – All India for Retail Interiors, Mumbai, 2008
  • Winner, Silver Ring, Exhibition Design, The Ring – iC@ward International Interior Design 2009 Awards, International Council of Interior Architects/Designers, Hong Kong, 2010
  • Shortlisted, Display Category, Inside – WAF 2011


  • Teaching of Design and the Role of the Architect – Mentor in the Contemporary Educational and Professional Scenario in India
  • Relevance of Traditional Built Environments and their Systems of “Making” in Contemporary Times


  • “The Strategies of User Intervention in the Design Process of the Habitat in the Architectural Thinking of the 60’s and 70’s” [original in French] – Amrita Madan, D.E.A. (M.Phil.) thesis – Design Theories in Architecture and Urbanism, Ecoled’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, France, 2001-2002. Guides: Mme Monique Eleb and Mr Christian Moley.

Dissertation & Thesis:

  • Landscape Planning Thesis – Memory and Place: The French Image of R.K. Puram, CESP Thesis, France, November 2001, Guide: Mme Françoise Crémel, Landscape Architect.
  • Architecture Thesis – Development in the Context of Conservation: A Case of R.K. Puram, New Delhi, B.Arch. Design Thesis, January 1997, Guide: Professor E.F.N. Ribeiro.
  • Architecture Dissertation – Integration of the Historical Cultural Landscape with the New Developments: A Case Study of R.K. Puram, New Delhi, B.Arch. Dissertation, June 1996, Guide: Professor Nalini Thakur.



  • “Development in the Context of Conservation: A Case of R.K. Puram, New Delhi” – Amrita Madan, Architecture + Design (A+D) – A Journal of Indian Architecture, Vol. XIV, No. 6, pp. 132-136, Nov-Dec 1997.
  • “Teaching History of Architecture” – Amrita Madan, in the QIP: Teaching of History in Architecture, SSAA, February 2005 (proceedings to be published).
  • “Deriving Contemporary from Traditional” – Amrita Madan and Nitish Jain, Context – Built, Living and Natural, Dronah, 2014 Winter Issue, to be Published.


  • “Exhibition Design” – Home Review, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp. 79-85, August 2009.
  • “Sculpting Experiences” – Inside Outside, the Indian Design Magazine, Issue 291, pp. 46-48, September 2009.
  • “Atelier Anonyme – a studio with no name” – Inside Outside, the Indian Design Magazine, Issue 328, pp. 144-150, October 2012.


  • “Traditionally Used Climatically Responsive Passive Design Strategies”, TVB Habitat School of Architecture, New Delhi, April 2003.
  • “Architecture-sustainable, Architecture in the context of the environment issues” Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), under the purview of Bonjour India Festival organised by French Embassy in India and NMML, New Delhi, January 2010.


  • Symposium: Teaching of History in Architecture (under the Quality Improvement Programme of COA and AICTE) SSAA, 7-11 February 2005.

Emerging Trends and Technologies, Workshop organized by the Indian Institute of Interior Designers, Delhi Chapter, Malayasia, 29 September – 4 October 2004.

Shikha Duggal

EDUCATION: Diploma in Architecture (Sushant School of Art & Architecture) 1996

Email: shikhaduggal@ansaluniversity.edu.in




An alumnus of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ms. Duggal has been working in the field of architecture and interior design. She heads her own practice, bringing with her over sixteen years of industry experience. Furniture design, crafts and interior space detailing are her key areas of interest.

MK_PhotographMichael Karassowitsch

Profile: Professor




Michael Karassowitsch graduated from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts (AAA) in 1987. After a couple years working in Los Angeles and Vancouver, his home town, he went on to a post-professional degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Preservation and Planning (GSAPP). He worked in Vienna with Coop Himmelblau and Hans Hollein as well as in New York City with Ralph Appelbaum Associates and was registered as architect in New York State in 1996. He has since worked in five countries on three continents and founded his own firm in Nelson, British Columbia.

His recently completed dissertation at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna is entitled The Goal in Architecture: The Mutual Claiming of one Another of Architecture and Spirituality, questions the basis of the architectural profession with extensive research into rajayoga. The research develops architectural professional practice in light of spirituality, questioning technology’s role. The manuscript of the dissertation is to be published soon. He continues research in the Mānasāra and rajayoga and is developing a programme of research in practice and in education.

Roger William ConnahRoger William Connah

Profile: Professor



Roger William Connah is currently Associate Professor at Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University, Canada and Visiting Professor on Fashion, City and Architecture at School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou. He joins SSAA, Ansal University as a Visiting Professor.

He has been responsible for a series of publications, exhibitions, films carried out over 4 decades in Finland, Sweden, India, Pakistan, Italy, USA, UK and Canada. His recent publications include – What’s Wrong with This Picture – An Anti-Memoire (Helsinki, 2018); The School of Exile, For or Against Theory (Helsinki, 2015); Being: An Architect Ian Ritchie with Roger Connah (Royal Academy London, 2014); The Rest is Silence: Zahoor ul Akhlaq (Oxford University Press, 2011); The Ecstasy of No Further Communication (2015); My Mother as Samuel Beckett (Venice, 2018); Heron-Mazy Studio : The Secret Life of Buildings, 2016; Sick City, 2016; The Phoney Island of the Mind (Vertigo, 2016) and many more.

Apart from contributing to the B.Arch. and Masters Programmes, he will be conducting workshops and seminars for faculty and students of SSAA.


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