Kartikeya Shodhan Head
Kartikeya graduated from School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad in 1992 and after a couple of years of work experience, he set up an independent practice in architecture in 1994. From 2009 - 2019, he jointly headed practice with architect Kamal Mangaldas. He also worked in collaboration with architect Shigeru Ban. He received ‘Young design practice’ and ‘Architect of the year’ awards in 1998 and 2004 respectively. He has conducted workshops and delivered lectures at architectural institutions in India and abroad including Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. He has been involved in academic and research activities at his alma mater - Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, since 2018.
Saman Quraishi Assistant Archivist
Saman holds a master of architecture degree with a major in History Theory Criticism from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She contributed to the book titled People Called Mumbai while working with People Place Project. Her interest in curatorial practice translated into her professional undertaking with LEAF – India where she designed and executed nationwide travelling exhibition. Her allied interest in urban studies and city planning led her to work with interdisciplinary urban practices over the years. Saman’s professional undertakings and other endeavors are situated at the confluence of research practice. She is constantly exploring ways to develop research content through means of archival practices, critical writing and photojournalism.
Ashwini Deshpande Junior Archivist
Ashwini is an architect, researcher, and aspiring historian. She graduated Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Mumbai and has received her master’s degree in ‘Architectural History and Theory’ from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Besides architectural education, she has done various courses in subjects related to Critical Theory, Research, and Western Philosophy. After completing her post-graduate degree, she worked as a Teaching Associate at CEPT University. She assisted with the studio and courses on architectural history and research. She is also a co-founder of the organization ‘Prayogshala Collaboratives’, an initiative developed towards multidisciplinary research and practice in architecture. Ashwini aims to develop her career in the discipline of archival research, contested urban realities, and pedagogical discourse with interdisciplinary approaches. She strives towards research approaches and representation techniques that are accessible to the audience beyond the architectural fraternity.
Khushroo Kalyanwala Director
Khushroo Kalyanwala, an alumnus of Faculty of Architecture, is now based in New Delhi. Along with his established architectural and interior design practice, Khushroo's primary focus has been on conceptualization, exploration and execution of cast iron and other metal work related to architecture and design. His proclivity for documentation and detail started with his research thesis titled, "The Evolution of Indo Islamic Tombs in Delhi, Agra & Sasaram - 1231 to 1753 AD." More recently the interest grew deeper with his involvement on restoration and preservation of an early 1930s British cottage in Shimla. Constantly influenced and intrigued by the fondness of art and design as an aesthetic element of bygone eras, Khushroo is also an avid collector of art and collectibles. His website "precious junk" is a result of painstaking documentation and research conducted around his array of collections, articulated over the years. He has also been instrumental in initiating and archiving the 50 year history of the Round Table India, in the capacity of Hon. Tabler and Hon. National Archives Manager. In the past, Khushroo has been a visiting faculty at the Sushant School of Architecture (Delhi). He has also been on invited as a design jury member at TVB School (Delhi) and Faculty of Design (CEPT), and as a distinguished lecturer at the International Academy of Design and the "Pecha Kucha" event at the British Council. Khushroo is also a keen photographer and has exhibited his work on digital art at several solo and group shows.
Ishita Shah Coordinator
Ishita Shah is an Interior Designer and an Architectural Historian. Her academic achievements include two major research projects titled: ‘Relevance of Design Processes: a study of contemporary interiors in India’, at CEPT University and ‘Displacement of the Traditional: a study of different actors and their voices in the making of post-colonial India’, at University College London. While in London, she has worked on several exhibition projects as a research associate, curator and editor with institutions like, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), UCL Urban Lab and The Bartlett School of Architecture. Her other professional alliances in India include Design Innovation & Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), HCP Interior Architecture Private Ltd (HCPIA), INSITE Design Magazine, Spade India Research Cell, India Art & Design (IA&D), and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID). Her work focuses on the critical inquiry and documentation of architecture and design related subjects, besides writing for various publications. Her subject-interest comprises production of spaces in post-colonial India; city-making and urban regeneration studies; social sciences and participatory design processes; space-making skills and design education. Passionate about writing and research, she has presented her work at a wide-range of national and international institutes, conferences and exhibitions. Ishita aspires to become a practicing researcher with the ability to manifest her critical studies into diverse creative practices; instrumental for dissemination of public, professional and academic discourses. Ishita’s endeavors are inspired by her interest in travel, cultural events and variety of artistic practices.
Saumya Das Coordinator
Saumya, with over 9 years of experience in Business development, Corporate communications, brand management, advertisement management & PR in Education, Coprorates & startup fields, has completed her PG in Advertisement Management & PR from MICA. She has studied Personnel Management from Pune University & graduated in English literature & Psychology from St. Xavier’s College. Additionally, she has entrepreneurial experience in Precast construction drawing solutions, where she worked with clients in Sydney, Australia.
Freyaan Anklesaria Associate Archivist
Freyaan, who has a long standing relationship with Ahmedabad city and CEPT University through her undergraduate studies and thereafter through teaching, keenly pursues a study of the design of the built environment. She did her B.Arch at CEPT University and MSc. Space Syntax- Architecture and Cities at University College London and has worked independently as well as with design practices in India, SriLanka and the UK over the last decade.
Pooja Suresh Hollannavar Archiving Consultant
Pooja is an Architectural Historian by education, Writer-Editor-Curator by choice and Traveler by passion. She earned her M.Sc. in Architectural History and Theory from the University of Edinburgh after graduating in Architecture from P.I.A.D.S. Nagpur. She has worked with Historic Environment Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee during her time in Scotland. She has also executed multiple architectural exhibitions and publications, and believes in creative, insightful, and cross dimensional use of archives, exhibitions and publications.
Zankhana Thakker Administrative Executive
Zankhana has well over 12 years of experience both in India and abroad and with well-known companies in General Administration, Documentation, Record Handling, Office Support, Purchase and Housekeeping. Her forte is in the complete handling of the office, supporting a team, project as well as record management. Additionally she has completed her Bachelors in Microbiology with a skill development course in Human Resources and advanced Microsoft Office.
Jayanti Parmar Support Staff
Jayantibhai helps with all basic maintenance of the premises as well as with various other archival activities.
Jitendra Ravat Administrative Assistant
Jitendra Ravat graduated from H. L. College of Commerce, Ahmedabad in 2015 with Bachelors in Commerce. Currently he is pursuing his Masters in Commerce from Gujarat University. He has also completed other technical studies of, Course on Computer Concepts (CCC) from Baba Ambedkar Open University and Tally from All India Computer Saksharta Mission. He has also pursued Sanitary Inspector’s Diploma Course (S.I.) from All India Institute of Local Self-Government in 2014. At the CEPT Archives, Jitendra started working as support staff in October 2014 and in Sept 2015, he has been upgraded as the Administrative Assistant. He manages the overall office maintenance work, front-desk and banking duties. Further to that, he now handles the record management work along with the Database Developer at CEPT Archives, to support the core archival activities.
Arpita Barot Database Incharge
Arpita has completed her Bachelor and Masters in Library and Information Science form Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Her technical strengths include different library and content management software like SOUL 1.0, 2.0, Library Manager, Green Stone, Koha. Before joining CEPT Archives she was working for INFLIBNET Centre as a Project Assistant in Gandhinagar. At the CEPT Archives she is responsible for record keeping, database maintenance, build up new databases and solving reference based inquiries. Arpita has an optimistic personality & believes in self-motivation.
Yogesh Prajapati Digitization Manager
Yogesh has graduated with a B.A and B.Ed from Gujarat University. Following which he has also acquired a technical qualification in Advance Diploma in Animation (ADIA) from Aastha Multimedia Institute, Godhra. Some of his key strengths include working with visual communication and multimedia software, 3D modeling and teaching. On account of these, Yogesh has previously worked with Aastha Mulitmedia as a faculty member and Lumin Studio (Vadodara) as a 3D-modelling designer. At the CEPT Archives, Yogesh will be managing the digitization lab and providing his expertise over various digital practices for preservation of the material. Starting from A/V editing to reproducing varied digital formats for different purposes of dissemination, his contribution will extend towards generating visual designs and related graphics for Archives’ events and forums. Yogesh’s other interests include gaming, traveling and watching movies.
Brinda Chaniyara Database Manager
Brinda has completed her Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from Geetanjali Institute of Technical Studies, Udaipur. Her technical strengths include computing languages like C++ and UNIX Shell programming, proficiency in SQL server and Oracle 9I, as well as usage of tools like Turbo C and MS Visual Studio 2010. Before joining Archives, Brinda has developed website for IT help desk, Vidhya Hightech Software Solution (Udaipur) and Tours & Travel portal for PM Infotech (Vadodara). As a result of our expertise, Brinda has been appointed at the Archives to devise and develop, one of the most meticulous record management systems till date. Along with necessary research and data tabulation, Brinda will be assisting on reference based inquiries at the Archives. Brinda is a very keen learner and is driven towards enhancing her creative skills.