Dr. Shubhada Kamalapurkar


Experience: 26+ Years



Dr Shubhada Kamalapurkar is Professor and Member of Board of Studies , Architecture, of Pune University( SPPU). She is into Academics for past 26+ Years ; Founder Member of Dr B N College of Architecture and Founder and Former Head of Department of Landscape Architecture. She has completed B.Arch from SPPU (1992) , Masters in Architecture (Architectural Conservation) in 1994 from SPA, Delhi and Ph.D (2017) from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Formerly known as Pune University.  

Her Doctoral work dealt with Community Engagement, Tourism, Sustainable development and Management in context of Cultural Heritage. She has successfully collaborated with International Universities of MIT,USA, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC) , USA and Curtin University (under AUS-aid), Australia for Joint Research, Design Studios and workshops. 

She has been awarded ‘MASA – Best Teachers Award for the subject of ‘Landscape Design’ , in 2013 by Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture and CNN – IBN ‘LOKMAT SAKHI GAURAV PURASKAR’ in 2011, Category – ‘Education’ – Awarded for her contribution in the field of Education.  

She is Life Member of Indian Institute of Architects(IIA), Executive Committee Member of Pune Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage(INTACH), Scientific Committee Member of Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Tourism for ICOMOS- INDIA and Contributing Member of International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes – International Federation of Landscape Architecture ( ISCCL-IFLA). 

Cultural Landscapes , Tourism & Stakeholder engagement, Architectural and Landscape Conservation, Participatory Approaches , Perception Based studies , Research and Research Based projects , Environmental Design

Studio based projects – 

  1. ‘Lost gardens of Khajuraho’ – Madhya Pradesh , funding by INTACH – Belgium and  SPA Delhi , 2007 
  1. Landscape Study of Historic Fortified city of Mandu- Madhya Pradesh ; with BNCA and SPA Delhi , 2008 
  1. Cultural Landscape of Bani Begum Baug , Aurangabad ,funding by INTACH – Belgium  and Aurangabad Chapter- Maharashtra,2009  
  1. Study of 3 types of Forts  of Maharashtra , BNCA and SPA Delhi , 2009  
  1. Study of Cultural landscapes of Orccha – MP , BNCA and University of Illinois , Department of Landscape Architecture, 2011 
  1. Stemming Car Dependency and improving Transport options in Indian cities ; Aus- Aid Research Program , Australia ; BNCA and Curtin University, Australia , 2012-13  . ( under India’s National Climate Action Plan, , National Urban Transport Policy ) 
  1. Ghats of Varanasi on the Ganga of India : The Cultural Landscape Reclaimed’ ; BNCA and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign ,2014  
  1. Envisaging a Resilient Cultural Landscape :Ghats on the Ganga ,Varanasi, India ;BNCA and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign ,2016 
  1. Field Research on Rural Water issues for peri-urban water planning for Pune district for Prof James Wescoat, MIT,USA and his students  in, June 2016.  
  1.  ‘Cultural Landscapes of Ayodhya’ , BNCA and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign , 2018. 
  1. Conservation and Development of  Heritage Core Precinct of Vrindavan,2024 


  1. Cultural Heritage of Ayodhya : Pilgrim and Residents Perceptions, as part of the Prof Amita Sinha’s Panel on ‘Sacred Landscapes of Pilgrimage in India : Patterns and Practices ‘ at 48th Annual Conference of South Asia hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison USA  , 2019 
  1. Dynamics along Urban Mobility corridors at Heritage Sites: Case study of World Heritage Site of Ellora Region; International Conference by ACLA, Asian Cultural Landscapes Association , Seoul, Korea, 2013 
  1. Landscape  Character and Experiential quality along  Urban Mobility Corridors at Heritage Sites: Case study of the World Heritage Site of Ellora Region , ITPI Conference on ‘Indian Cities in Transition , sub- theme Urban Mobility , Delhi, 2012 
  1. Landscape Education at UG Level : Contents and Quality , One Day workshop on ‘Teaching of Landscape Architecture at UG Level in Architecture’, ISOLA, and Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture,2011 
  1. Traditional ways of Building in the age of Globalisation, State level Conference on ‘Teaching of Building technology and Services in Architecture’,BKPS College of Architecture and University of Pune , 25th Feb 2011 
  1. Landscape Approach  for Sustainable Development : Case Study of Bhimashankar, Maharashtra , India’; INTA- SEGA International conference , Theme : Systems /Experiments and Research methods / Case-studies ; Sub-theme : Energy Policy, Planning and efficiency ;Bangkok,December 2009  
  1. Conservation Strategy For Enhancing Cultural Diversity For The City Of Aurangabad , Maharashtra , India ;INTA- SEGA International Conference ,Theme – Building Innovation for comfort and quality of architecture and urban Spaces , Sub- Theme – Cultural landscapes ,  Bangkok, December 2009  
  1. Expert  to conduct a heritage walk explaining traditional urban water supply systems for Shaniwarwada ;World Water Day by Kirloskar Foundation,Vasundhara International film festival, March, 2009  
  1. Protected Landscape Approach For Sustainable Development Of Urban And Surrounding Fringe Areas Of India’ International Conference On ‘The Planet Earth’ ; theme – Natural resources ; IIT, Rourkee,India 
  1. Tourism, Culture and Heritage of Pune’ ,MCCIA International Workshop,2009.  
  1. Traditional urban watersupply systems of Pune during Peshwa period , International Conference On Landscapes Of Water : History, Innovation And Sustainable Design , Italy, 26-29 Sept 2002 
  1. Conservation and Management of the Traditional Urban Water supply Systems of Pune, International Conference Water and Waste water: Persepective in Developing Countries ; WAPDEC 2002, IIT , Delhi, December 2002. 
  1. Traditional water supply systems“, Econet and  Manav Sangrahalaya ,Bhopal , 1997 
  1. Speaker and delegate representing Pune at the Indo-Dutch National workshop on “Conservation of the traditional housing stock in India” in 1996. 

MKSSS’s Dr B N College of Architecture, Pune

Ph.D : Architecture


School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

M.Arch : Architectural Conservation


B K P S College of Architecture, Pune University, Pune



Research & Publications

Research Grants

Urban Menus

Research Project International Grant with Ar. Laura Spinadel, Vienna, 2022

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Sacred Groves / Devrai in & around Pune

BCUD Research Grant 2012-14 (Co-Author)

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Tracing the Sacred Landscapes of Trimbakeshwar, Nasik through ancient religious scriptures

MASA Research Scholarship

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Concise guide to Trees of Pune Region

BCUD Research Grant, 2011-13

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Awards & Honors

MASA – Best Teachers Award

For the subject of ‘Landscape Design’ , in 2013 by Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture, Maharashtra

CNN – IBN ‘Lokmat Sakhi Gaurav Puraskar’

In 2011, Category – ‘Education’ - Awarded for her contribution in the field of Education.

State level Winner for AVISHAKAAR , 2014

University of Pune for the Research Project – ‘Eco-tourism at Ellora Region’, along with Prof Asmita Divekar ,under the Teachers Category


‘Industry- Academia Engagement’ for the Industrial Landscape Project of Atlas Copco, Chakan, Pune in 2013

Third Prize for Research Paper at ACLA International Symposium‘Meanings and Aesthetics in Asian Cultural Landscape

Hosted by Asian Cultural Landscape Association (ACLA) and Urban Greening Institute, SNU,Seoul, Korea , October 2013

Award for Landscape Development Project of University of Pune Campus ( Rs 1,00,000)

By SPPU, 2007

Award for Project - Redevelopment of Laxmi road - Road Design Competition ( Rs 75000)

By MANASE 2006