Gayatri Nanda
Assistant Professor,Department of Architecture

Master of Architecture (Urban Design) -May 2011- S.P.A , New Delhi
Bachelor of Architecture- May 2007 - M.N.I.T, Jaipur

Institute Responsibilities:
Assistant Professor

Courses Taught:
Undergraduate level:

1. Design studio
Postgraduate level:
1. Design Studio
2.Site and Urban Systems Planning
3. Transport planning for Urban Design,
4. Techniques of Sustainable Development

Areas of Research/Study:
PhD (Ongoing): Temporal Urbanism during festive celebrations and the everyday use of these city spaces.

The nature of Indian City spaces is multipurpose. They informally accommodate all the activities which the formal setup cannot accommodate. They are stages where many complex social, economic and political ‘negotiations’ take place and this is seen most prominently during festive events in which the whole urban environment changes. These festive events are a limitation in time, they are recurring, collective, they use public environment to be enacted and reinforce collective consciousness of the place and the people. Giving an identity to the City and the people, these events socially, culturally and economically sustain the City. The celebration of festive events is a significant, dynamic, social and temporal dimension of the static form of the built environment. This study is an initiative to understand the means by which meaning is added to the form, space and character of the built environment by festive events. The research would analyze those spatial aspects that play a significant role in the relationship between festive events and urban form.

Climate responsive design of villages and other rural settlements in the remote areas of Himachal Pradesh (India): Spiti Valley. (Paper Presented at Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus during ISVS-6)

M.Arch Thesis (Unpublished): Design for the changing dynamics along the cultural spine of Puri. (May 2011) The study analyzes the various layers involved in the functioning of the city and their inter-relations functionally and spatially, focusing on the “Bada Danda” stretch and finding out urban design strategies for intervention. The aim of this Thesis was an inclusive design doing justice to the needs of the community as well as the tourists and creating an enhanced image of the cultural spine of the city.

Research Seminar (post graduate studies SPA, New Delhi): Shopping! (December 2010) A research into what is shopping and how the changing ideas of shopping are redefining cities. It is an exploration into why do people shop, defining the shopper and types of shopping, reading the shopping city of Delhi as a case example and researching on the new trends in shopping.

Research Seminar (post graduate studies SPA, New Delhi): Contested Urban Spaces from the Perspective of Street Traders. (May2010)
The principal aim is to emphasize that hawkers are indispensible to a city specially in the context of the developing world, that the present scenario is that of harassment, extortion and constant threat (through an analysis of policies and laws), and thus establishing the need of adopting a pro- poor urban management agenda in future.