Associate Professor of Urban Design,
School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi
Arunava Dasgupta is an urban designer and Head of the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi as well as the Coordinator of the Center of Urban Design Innovation in SPA. As founder member and Vice President of the Institute of Urban Designers – India (IUDI), Arunava Dasgupta has been actively promoting the idea of holistic urban design across Indian cities while creating alternative development frameworks using community participation as a central tool for local area design. He has been involved in multiple projects at urban scale for a range of Indian cities as adviser and consultant to various state and municipal government agencies and is presently an expert member of the State Heritage Advisory Committee of Himachal Pradesh and the Heritage Conservation Committee of NCT, Delhi.
Over the last 25 years, through applied research projects in rural and urban Himalayan settlements, he has been pursuing the larger question of the role of architects and designers beyond the city. Within the academic arena, Arunava is involved in coordinating Urban Form Labs for developing inter-disciplinary, experimental, research-by-design methodologies that encourage exploration by students and lab mentors as citizen designers while theoretical pursuits revolve around contemporary discourses concerning urban transformation and city futures. Arunava has lectured extensively in numerous institutions in India and countries across the world like UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, China, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Australia etc. and is a member of the Board of Studies in many architecture and urban design programs of Indian Universities.