Glass has long been favored by architects as a means of opening up a building to its environment while still protecting it from the elements. The material has become established in numerous variations in contemporary architecture. Thanks to innovative technologies, unusual shapes as well as sustainable products can be produced with glass. 

Watch the leading architects share their secrets in optimizing design using glass and shed light on smart consumption of the material for sustainability.


Anuja Sawant


Anuja Sawant, principal architect at SSA Architects is an alumni of Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. She is an IGBC accredited professional (IGBC AP). Her key specialization is in residential high density and high rises, she has also worked on a number of specialty hospitals and, also handling a large portfolio of various mixed-use development, institutional and commercial projects, and master planning, including an award-winning overseas project.

Atul Shah


Atul Shah established the architectural design firm Access Architects, an award-winning architecture, planning, interior, and graphic design firm with its headquarters in Mumbai, India, in 1982. The company believes in India-inspired designs hence they design and execute structures that are constructed keeping Indian culture, climate, and surroundings in mind.

Anurag Biswas

Lead Instructor

Anurag has done Masters in Building Engineering and Management from SPA Delhi and Bachelors in Architecture from IIEST Shibpur. His core competency lies in the use of Advanced Computational Technologies in designing Sustainable Built Environment. He is working at the intersections between Design, Data, and Sustainability. He has expertise in the field of design optimization, energy, and daylight analysis. He has been involved in various R&D projects in the field of environmental analysis and building performance. As a Green Building Consultant in Environmental Design Solutions, he has worked in many prestigious projects like Qatar Museum, Altmeyer Renovation Project, IIT Kanpur, etc. He is the computational design developer at Ramboll.

Shakuntala Ghosh


Shakuntala Ghosh is Principal Architect and Partner of Ghosh Bose and Associates (GBA) Architects, a multidisciplinary firm founded in 1983. She is a Gold Medallist from the Department of Architecture, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and has been actively involved in the green building movement in India since inception. Shakuntala is Chairperson of the Indian Green Building Council Kolkata Chapter,IGBC AP, GRIHA Trainer and Evaluator and ECBC Master Trainer. She has won the National Award for Excellence in Architecture conferred by the Indian Institute of Architects 2007 and was nominated for The Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2010.

Hiten Sethi


Hiten Sethi, founder of Hiten Sethi Associates (HSA), is an alumni of Sir JJ College of Architecture. His most famous structure, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) headquarters at Belapur, is India’s first green government building and has entered the Limca Book of Records. Under his leadership, HSA has achieved many awards and accolades. Creativity with a sense of practicality, Mr. Sethi believes in architecture that works for modern-day living.

Shaon Sengupta


An Edifician since 2000, Shaon Sengupta has been leading the zonal operations of North and East India for the firm, integrating client briefs across diverse domains with research, innovation, and design thinking. With a larger commitment to ensure the enhancement of client relationships, collaborations and partnerships, Shaon’s multi-disciplinary expertise of integrating design and management has guided the growth of Edifice, towards its larger vision of being client-focused.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Glass as a building material

    • Hello!

    • Anuja Sawant on Glass as a Building Material

    • Atul Shah on Facades

    • Anurag Biswas on Computational tools for Facade optimisation

    • Shakuntala Ghosh on Rating Systems

    • Hiten Sethi on Case Studies

    • Shaon Sengupta on Case Studies

    • Venugopal R. from Saint Gobain on Glass in Green Buildings and Innovations in Glass

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