Dr. Prajakta Kulkarni

Designation: Associate Professor

Experience: 15 Years



Interim Head of Department – M.Arch (Environmental Architecture)
BNCA Consultancy Projects Coordinator (EA department)
Competitions, workshops Coordinator (EA department)
SES RE Cell: Co-convener
Solar Decathlon India – BNCA coordinator
Kirloskar’s Vasundhara- BNCA Coordinator

Prajakta is an accomplished environmental architect and consultant with over 15 years of academic and professional experience. She currently serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Architecture at BNCA and is a co-founder of Third Wave Environmental Design, a consulting firm that specializes in environmental design and simulation. Prajakta’s expertise lies in climate-responsive, zero-energy, carbon-neutral design solutions and urban resilience. She is a gold medallist from Pune University and she holds a PhD in net-zero energy building subject area.
Prajakta is a certified IGBC AP, GRIHA Evaluator & Trainer, and MSME-approved certified solar energy professional. She has worked on several green building certifications, including LEED, IGBC, and GRIHA, for various projects across India. Prajakta has conducted training sessions and workshops for NIUA, GRIHA, CREDAI, PWD, MEDA (ECBC), PCMC, and Nashik Municipal Corporation. She has been invited to speak on national and international platforms. She has worked as a technical committee member for conferences and is actively involved in a number of research initiatives pertaining to environmental field.
She is a founding member of BNCA’s CUBE (Centre for Use of UAV in the Unbuilt and Built Environment), which carries out capacity building, consulting, and research in the area of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for construction and related fields. She is head, research & development at the MKSSS’s Institute of Sustainability and Development Studies.


Climate-responsive building design, zero-energy design, green building ratings systems, building performance modelling, carbon neutral design and planning, Environmental auditing, post occupancy evaluation & comfort studies, Solar Energy, Sustainable materials, Resilient Urban Planning.


Ph.D Subject: Assessing feasibility of net zero energy buildings (NZEB) in the residential sector – A case of Pune



M.Arch Environmental Architecture





Research & Publications

Research and Publication done are

A Tale of 5 Cities

Nature based Blue- Green Solution to Resilience (Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, PCMC and Panaji)

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Heat Island Studies

Case of Pune

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Projecting the impact of climate change on indoor and outdoor thermal comfort in Indian cities

International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews
Published in 2023

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The impact of Solar Photovoltaic rooftop panels on Temperature profiles of surrounding and urban thermal environment

Advances in Clean energy and Sustainability (Springer)
Published in 2023

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Methodological Challenges in assessment of need, applicability and barriers of construction of Net zero energy (NZE) residential development in India.

Veranda: An interdisciplinary journal of Art and Architecture
Published in 2022

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