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Director - School of Architecture and Design

Prof. Chhabi Mishra

Director School of Architecture and Design
Prof. Chhabi Mishra

The School of Architecture and Design is a dynamic Department of DIT, a premier University of higher learning in Science, Technology and Management with deep ties to the profession representing high cultural diversity. We believe in pluralism and critical thinking and celebrate diversity and of all members of our community. Our nationally-accredited, professional degree programs in B.Arch, B-Design (ID) and B-Design (UX/UI) and M.Plan provide students with cutting edge technical skills and the cultural knowledge in a highly interactive interdisciplinary environment, necessary to work or practice in an increasingly competitive global market. Our studio experience focuses on intensive and extensive exploration of the creative processes, supported by challenging approaches to history, theory in the context of technologies that inform the future. We provide a highly innovative environment for design education in which students benefit from extensive one-on-one communication with highly experienced dedicated faculty in formal reviews and informal interactions. Our Department is known to have produced many remarkable alumni who are not only engaged in reputed organizations nationally and internationally, but have made a mark as entrepreneurs and pioneers in exploring new horizons in Design and Technology.

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Vision - To develop the School of Architecture as a globally recognized and distinguished centre in Education, Research and practises addressing critical socio cultural and environmental issues. Mission to develop a culture of design thinking in students for them to become innovative, collaborative, inclusive and responsible stewards of natural and built environment

Prof. Chhabi Mishra is an Architect/Landscape Urbanist, Master Planner and an Academic with 40 years of rich experience. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from prestigious Sir J.J College of Architecture, Mumbai and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S, she brings 20 years of Industry experience from U.S, having worked as Principal Designer and Management lead with cutting edge international firms such as SmithGroup JJR, Don Bosse and Associates, J. Robert Anderson, City of Austin etc. Winner of several award winning projects spanning in vast range of scales and contexts, such as, Townships, Campus Master Plans, Housing, Mixed-use developments, public spaces and garden designs, she brings multi-layered knowledge and experience.

Prior to experience in U.S, she worked with eminent international architect Charles Correa and few other boutique design firms in India. She joined SK Das Associated Architects, New Delhi in 2009 as the Design principal and CEO and established the Landscape and Master Planning practice in the firm. Alongside, she joined academics and taught in several Schools of Architecture, such as, Sushant School of Art and Architecture and Aayojan School of Architecture, Jaipur as a distinguished visiting faculty. In 2014, she was invited by the Vice Chancellor of GD Goenka University, and established a new School of Architecture and Planning in the Gurgaon Campus in 2014 and became the founding Dean of School of Architecture and Planning, GD Goenka University. As an institution builder with a keen sense of innovation, creativity, mentoring skills and dynamic leadership, she demonstrates a keen sense of Design and Research. An avid traveler, with strong interest in classical music and photography she enjoys mentoring and guiding students. Her vast knowledge and international experience in academics and industry adds immense value for the growth of the Department, as well as the University.

As you may already know, Dehradun is a unique City, not only known as an academic hub but is also passionately sought after by artists, writers, poets, singers, community activists, environmentalists, indigenous builders and above all, entrepreneurs. Known for its fragile ephemeral landscapes of mountains, forests, rivers, streams, diverse cultures, and intellects, it provides a radical laboratory for design investigations and experimentation. As architects, planners, artists, engineers, and developers, we know our designs are strengthened and improved when considered from multiple perspectives. I also know from my own extensive international and national experience that learning and creativity is enriched primarily by engaging with people of diverse backgrounds. Our students are fortunate to inhabit a campus with a spectacular setting in the backdrop of mountains, streams and greenery, and to engage with the City in its current environmental and cultural issues under the guidance of a passionate and skilled community of faculty, both for Architecture and Design. Our faculty enthusiastically work with students to pursue their passion and career goals continually improvising the syllabi and applying the most contemporary technology and teaching methods.

 

Over the past few decades, architecture profession has undergone dramatic changes where an architect increasingly remains at the center of the most challenging and defining contextual current issues of our time. We at the School of Architecture and Design strive our best to keep pace with these changes and our faculty, students, and alumni continue to lead the effort to create a better living environment for people, appropriate to its history and culture. I take this opportunity to welcome you to join the reputed School of Architecture and Design, DIT University Dehradun to pursue your dreams and career goals.

 

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