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Dr Shubhada Kamalapurkar
Academic Head (2016 – till date)
Former Head of Dept of Landscape Architecture (2006-2015)

Brief Profile:
Dr Shubhada Kamalapurkar has completed Masters in Architecture with specialisation in Architectural Conservation in 1994 from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She has completed her graduation in Architecture in 1992 with third rank in Pune University. Out of her passion for the subjects of Nature Conservation and Advanced Technologies,she has pursued PG Diploma in Nature Conservation & Natural Resource Management conducted by Ecological Society,Pune and Diploma in Web Mastering in 1996 from Weikfield Academy where she scored ‘Excellent’ Grade.

She has been a Founder member and a pioneering force behind the development of M.Arch – Landscape Architecture Course in Savitribai Phule Pune University. As a Head of Department of Landscape Architecture, she has made pioneering contribution to the Department of Landscape Architecture (2006-2014) and overall BNCA, by being into Architectural and teaching profession since 1994, from the inception of the College.

She has been awarded CNN–IBN Lokmat Sakhi Gaurav Puraskar for her innovative contribution in the field of Education in 2011 and MASA Best Teacher Award under related disciplines category – Landscape Design,by Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture in 2014. She specializes in Architectural Conservation and has a keen interest in Conservation of Natural and Cultural Resources. Being an active member of INTACH, she conducts heritage walks for National and International Corporates, Schools and NGOs enlightening them on the city’s valuable heritage. She is well –travelled and has presented many papers in National and International Conferences in India and Abroad. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Architecture where she is trying to understand perceptions, expectations and preferences of Tourists and Local communities at Heritage sites and exploring the possibilities of engaging them in the Sustainable development and Management of Heritage Sites.

Inclusive Approach in Architectural Education

After performing a role as a Founder Member and Former Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture (2006-2014) and teaching and practicing for 21 years; it is an honor and bigger responsibility in playing a key role as Academic Head. Under the domain are the Diploma course in Computer Aided design,Graduate course in Architecture and Post-Graduate courses- Environmental, Landscape and Digital Architecture.

I always find this question absolute relevant and thus to answer this I would like to share the Institute’s Philosophy of considering architectural education not confined to classrooms and of working on ‘Realtime’ projects in Studio, where the concerns are living and the user is along with.

At the Post-graduate level, while promoting Maharshi Karve Philosophy of ‘Earn while learn’ through procuring live projects to work on, for the students, I could to some extent bridge the gap between industry and academics. Through these collaborative initiatives, the department of LA, won AESA Citation , 2013 for Industry- Academia Engagement for the Landscape Project of Industrial Project – Atlas Copco, Chakan, Pune .We were fortunate to have prestigious clients like Atlas Copco, G M Motors, Daetwyler Industries, India; College of Military Engineering , Pune ; University of Pune, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) , Maharashtra State Tourism Corporation (MTDC) for our studio projects. For international exposure to the students, we planned landscape study tours and collaborations with various Universities abroad, prestigious of them being University of Illionois, Urbana Champaign, Curtin University, AKPBSI, India; Center for Environmental Education (CEE), India , INTACH- Belgium and India, giving international exposure to the students.

Based on the success stories of Industry-Academia Engagement , Industrial tie-ups and National –International Collaborations, I look forward to taking up these initiatives at undergraduate level as well. BNCA is a platform, where we invite experts from the field sharing their experiences and work in their domain, conduct workshops, interactive sessions and study tours to give an insight to the students on various aspects associated to the field. Architectural education being very special or rather a very unique typology, the scope of the studies mainly seeks inclusive approach .thus the intention is to understand or explore on a different perspective of looking at the field as Architects. Our intention is essentially not to conclude the learning process but to evolve.
The step taken this year is the work on Smart cities through inter-disciplinary project work where Architecture department works in sync with Cummins Engineering college and Management college to give more comprehensive solutions for the Country.

In the new role as an Academic Head, I look forward to setting new standards in the field of Architectural education through multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary interface, with fields of not only Landscape Architecture, Environmental Architecture, Digital architecture, Urban design, Townplanning etc; but also Mechanical Engineering , Instrumentation , Electronic and Telecommunications branches of Engineering and Management studies .Through this approach we further explore on the opportunity to contribute to the society through collaborations with Ministries, Government bodies, local corporators etc. looking forward for the possibilities of implementation, realizing the dream of making our urban cities more smarter, more humane, more sustainable.

Devoid of any financial benefit in the whole exercise, the aim of this institute is to enlighten all the stakeholders, students and faculty too. That’s what really counts. Finally, this research based collective efforts should reach the society as useful insight and hope that through the collective efforts this platform will definitely serve as ‘the bridge’’ between Academics and Society.
Through our Architectural Education, lets join hands together to make our cities and our environment more livable and sustainable!!

With Best Wishes,

Dr Shubhada Kamalapurkar
+91-9850958250 (Contact time : 9.00 am – 3.00 pm)
shubhada.k@bnca.ac.in