Practical Insights

A self-paced lecture series

The Practical Insights were a lecture series conducted for Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, Mumbai in November 2018 and January 2019. The intent of the series was to give practical guidance to students specific to their Architectural design. This series has been opened to all students of architecture after due permissions from the college and speakers. The series begins with a lesson on designing specific to context and tricks to maneuver the site for our function. This is followed by a lecture on sustainable and eco-friendly design. The next modules are on specializations like Homes and Housing, Community and Cultural Centers, Resorts, Hospital and Healthcare, Offices and Public Sanitation

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Introduction
    • Welcome to Practical Insights
    • Demonstration on how to use the Portal?
  • 2
    Site and Context specific Designs
    • 'Building Contextually with Local Systems' by Ar Richa Bose
    • 'How to appropriate design to the Site?' by Ar Richa Bose
    • Additional readings
  • 3
    Sustainable designs
    • 'Sustainable and Eco-Friendly designs' by ShiFt Studio
    • Additional Readings
  • 4
    Homes and Housing
    • 'Designing Homes in Kolkata' by Ayan Sen
    • 'Designing for the Client's personality' by Swapnil Valvatkar
    • 'Multi-Housing' by Swapnil Valvatkar
  • 5
    Cultural and Community centers
    • Tribal Community Center by Design Jatra
    • Cultural Center by ShiFt Studio, Delhi
  • 6
    Resorts
    • Ar Nilanjan Bhowal on salient points before designing an Eco-resort
    • Sustainable Tourism and Eco-Friendly resorts by Mayank Mishra, ShiFT Studio, Delhi
    • Additional reading
    • Resorts by ShiFt Studio in Print media
  • 7
    Hospital and Healthcare design
    • Lecture by Dr Vivek Desai, Founder, HOSMAC India Pvt Ltd
    • Additional readings for Hospital Design
  • 8
    Offices
    • Ar Naresh Narsimhan on Office designs
    • Additional Readings
  • 9
    Public Sanitation
    • 'Public Sanitation' by Rohan Chavan
    • Additional Reading
  • 10
    Conclusion
    • Thank you

Experts on Contextual Design

Richa Bose and Mayank Mishra

  • Richa Bose

    Richa Bose

    Senior Instructor

    Architect Richa Bose (Angirish) studied architecture at the M.S. University, Baroda; during which she worked extensively in the earthquake affected Latur region of Maharashtra as a trainee with the Ahmedabad Study Action Group (with Ar. Rajendra and Rupal Desai). Soon after her graduation she worked with Development Altenatives (with Ar. Geeta Vaidyanathan), designing and constructing using appropriate and local technologies, where amongst other things she was actively involved in forming mason groups into Guilds, conducting trainings and workshops for skill up-gradation of masons and exposure to cyclone resistant design for Orissa. She has worked as an architect briefly at the Anangpur Building Centre, Faridabad with Mr. Anil Laul using Cube-on vertex structures, Geodesic domes etc. From 2000 to 2002, the Architects and organizations Ar. Richa Bose has worked with include – Sumit Ghosh and Associates (New Delhi), Prof. Ar. K.T. Ravindran (New Delhi) and Caltech India (Kolkata – with Mr. Biswadeep Sen). Richa, over the years, has also been associated with INTACH and BIOME, Kolkata (Environmental solution extension of Architect Chitra Vishwanath, Bangalore). Ar. Richa Bose is a visiting faculty at the Jadavpur University, Kolkata since 2011.
  • Mayank Mishra

    Mayank Mishra

    Senior Instructor

    Mayank Mishra B-Arch has been associated with SHiFt since last 9 years. A graduate from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mayank naturally evolved into the role of Studio Head with SHiFt. Being able to simultaneously lead the varied process at SHiFt, Mayank leads the creative, research and analytical thinking tasks, while maintaining his role as a designer. Green Building, Eco Resorts, a real estate IT Park, various institutional buildings passive solar architecture, water management systems, energy cycle, lifecycle analysis these are examples of Mayank's impressive list of projects and skills. He has additionally dealt with brand consultan, graphic design, product design, furniture design and website design.

Experts on Homes and Housing

Swapnil Valvatkar and Ayan Sen

  • Swapnil Valvatkar

    Swapnil Valvatkar

    Senior Instructor

    Having graduated from Goa in 2001, Swapnil Valvatka formed the Collage studio in 2009 after training in Chandavarkar and Thacker Architects Pvt. Ltd and later working with eminent architect, Sanjay Mohe in Bangalore on projects of varying scales and typologies for over 8 years. Since the formation of the firm, the architects have successfully designed and completed several projects for which they have received recognition and accolades over the years. Collage is a young bunch of enthusiastic people always open to fresh and new ideas, experimenting new concepts with a common vision to carve out inspiring spaces which strongly emphasize a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment. The design approach is primarily space driven, wherein; the form is a derivation of these spaces.
  • Ayan Sen

    Ayan Sen

    Senior Instructor

    Ayan Sen is a graduate of School of Architecture, CEPT, India and has done his Masters in Urban Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He provides specialized expertise in the areas of master planning for waterfronts and campuses including residential and mixed use projects and professionally been involved in several architectural projects in India that include resorts, institutions, commercial and health care and residential projects. ASAUDP was started in India with the thought of providing collaborative, creative and International professional systems in the growing architectural environs of emerging India. The premise: ‘Locally Sensitive Regional thinking can get integrated with the best of International Practices and Systems’ has been the founding pillar of its young, vibrant team. The philosophies and design ideologies have tried to invoke the regional vernacular and its expression in the modern contemporary idiom and integrate the two in a holistic manner.

Experts on Cultural and Community Center

Design Jatra and Mayank Mishra

  • Design Jatra

    Design Jatra

    Young influencers

    Team Design Jatra believes in no style but the local. Before going ahead with any project, an intense documentation of the site context is carried out in order to explore various skills, materials and techniques available for execution. The team holds a strong belief in a design process that is both inclusive and organic. Every structure is the spontaneous outcome that arises from the effective collaboration between the architect and the construction team. Pratik Dhanmer and Shardul Patil from Design Jatra will mentor this course.
  • Mayank Mishra

    Mayank Mishra

    Senior Instructor

    Mayank Mishra B-Arch has been associated with SHiFt since last 9 years. A graduate from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mayank naturally evolved into the role of Studio Head with SHiFt. Being able to simultaneously lead the varied process at SHiFt, Mayank leads the creative, research and analytical thinking tasks, while maintaining his role as a designer. Green Building, Eco Resorts, a real estate IT Park, various institutional buildings passive solar architecture, water management systems, energy cycle, lifecycle analysis these are examples of Mayank's impressive list of projects and skills. He has additionally dealt with brand consultan, graphic design, product design, furniture design and website design.

Experts on Resort design

Mayank Mishra and Nilanjan Bhowal

  • Mayank Mishra

    Mayank Mishra

    Senior Instructor

    Mayank Mishra B-Arch has been associated with SHiFt since last 9 years. A graduate from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mayank naturally evolved into the role of Studio Head with SHiFt. Being able to simultaneously lead the varied process at SHiFt, Mayank leads the creative, research and analytical thinking tasks, while maintaining his role as a designer. Green Building, Eco Resorts, a real estate IT Park, various institutional buildings passive solar architecture, water management systems, energy cycle, lifecycle analysis these are examples of Mayank's impressive list of projects and skills. He has additionally dealt with brand consultan, graphic design, product design, furniture design and website design.

Expert on Hospital and Healthcare design

  • Dr Vivek Desai

    Dr Vivek Desai

    Senior Instructor

    Dr. Vivek Desai – the founder of HOSMAC India Pvt. Ltd. – is a medical graduate with a post-graduation in hospital management and business management. His major areas of interest are strategic business planning, macro level project co-ordination and incubating new business ideas. He has been special invitee on major industry bodies like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and the Indian Merchant Chambers (IMC), among others. He has also worked as an advisor to the World Bank, USAID, Indian Ministry of Health etc.

Expert on Office Designs

  • Naresh  Narasimhan

    Naresh Narasimhan

    Senior Mentor_ GURU

    Naresh V Narasimhan heads Venkataramanan Associates, a second generation multi-disciplinary award-winning architecture firm based in Bangalore. Steeped in values of integrity, commitment, professionalism and ethics, VA has held a steady reputation for delivering high-quality projects across various sectors. Naresh, trained as an architect at the Manipal Institute of Technology, India (B Arch 1985) later studied Project Appraisal and Risk Management at Harvard University (1995). Apart from heading the architecture practice at VA, he founded the MOD Institute, the Bangalore Agenda Task Force addressing highly relevant urban issues. His interests range from socioeconomic modelling, knowledge-sharing and communication strategies to cinema, art appreciation and popular culture. A prolific speaker, he is frequently invited to lecture at several events nationally and internationally

Expert on Public Sanitation

  • Rohan Chavan

    Rohan Chavan

    Architect

    Rohan Chavan was born in Kolhapur in 1985. He graduated with First Class Distinction from The SPSMBHS College of Architecture Kolhapur in 2008. He spent much of 2008 in Charles Correas Office in Mumbai, working on urban design and institutional projects in Pune, Chennai, Toronto and Portugal. He was a part of team in Correas office that worked on the Urban design of the holy Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and the book “A Place in the shade”- A book on Charles Correas Essays and Ideas. In 2010 he moved to Pune to work with Christopher Benninger where he was exposed to projects like IIT-Hyderabad, YMCA- Rehabilitation Centre, IIM-Udaipur, Pema Gatshel Dzong, Bhutan and Azim Premji University. A significant achievement was the Aga Khan School at Chitravad in Gujarat where he single handedly won the competition for CCBA. He started his practice in 2015 with a project called MILLK- A recreational Centre for Kids and adults. His next project was on public sanitation, the design of restrooms for women in Thane. The design acclaimed a lot of attention and is replicated in 14 different locations in Thane. This project lead to many variations on public sanitation where he along with an NGO Agasti – a sustainable toilet foundation developed several models for MTDC, Indian Railways, prototypes for village sanitation, Group Individual household toilets for slum areas etc. Currently he is working on prototypes of affordable housing in Neral, A toilet complex for truck drivers and a swimming pool complex at Malkapur.

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