Architect and Educator
Neelkanth is a practicing architect in Ahmedabad. He taught at the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad from 1987 to 2013. After having practiced and taught in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1976-84, he moved base from Africa to India. He retired in 2013 as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad. He has been greatly interested in teaching architecture and his practice is a reflection of his intense involvement with the school. He has researched and worked extensively in the domain of architecture that is socially and technologically appropriate. He and his associates have won several national competitions, and he has participated in International and National Conferences on Architecture and Education.
Architect, Engineer and Urbanist
Aneerudha is the Director of the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai. Through the Design Cell he has been involved in research projects; engaged with various stakeholders like the government, community-based organizations, and communities, to inform and provide for alternative imaginations for a sustainable urban future. He is an advisor to the Collective Research Initiatives Trust (CRIT), which does research and intervention projects on contemporary cultural and spatial practices in the city of Mumbai. Through CRIT he is presently involved in working with issues of housing and slums in the inner city areas, assisting communities to develop their own plan for their neighborhoods. He has also participated and presented papers in numerous conferences and workshops on urbanism and architecture, and is actively involved in publishing in this field. He participates in many advisory government committees which assist and inform in the framing of policies on important architectural and urban projects in the country.
Biresh Shah has taught and practiced architecture, urban design and conservation, and planning in Kathmandu for twenty Years. He taught in the Architecture and Urban Planning Programs at the Tribhuwan University, from 1996 to 2008, as well as visiting faculty at Melbourne and SPA. He has written and lectured on the built environment of the Kathmandu Valley, and is keenly interested in the contemporary urbanism in South Asia. He studied at SPA, India and MIT, USA. He is the Founder/Director of ARCHIPLAN, in Kathmandu. Since 2011, Biresh has also been working on the planning and design of South Asian University Campus Project in New Delhi, a project awarded through an international competition.