Jagan Shah is the Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs, the premier think-tank associated with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. The institute conducts research, policy and evaluation work for the Ministry and is presently also executing projects supported by the Cities Alliance, ADB, World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Tata Trusts, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority and the City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra. NIUA is the national PMU for the HRIDAY Scheme for heritage cities.
Shah has 20 years of professional work experience in various aspects of urban development in India. He studied Architectural Design from School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and Architectural History & Theory from the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University in New York. He has served as the Director of Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon and has taught at the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) from 1998 till 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he was the Chief Executive of Urban Space Consultants, providing consultancy in policy formulation, spatial planning, heritage conservation, transportation and livelihoods development.
Shah was deeply involved with revision of the Regional Plan 2021 for the National Capital Region, has devised intervention strategies for the India Foundation for the Arts and the Sir Ratan TataTrust, and has executed large scale urban design assignments such as 27 stations for the Regional Rapid Transit System for the NCR and the Master Plan for the Mizoram University campus in Aizawl.
Shah was a founding member of the Modern Asian Architecture Network. He has authored Contemporary Indian Architecture (Roli, 2008) and co-authored Building Beyond Borders (NBT, 1995) with Satish Grover. His next book, 5000 Years of Indian Architecture: From River Valley to Metropolis will be published by Roli Books.
Kanak Tiwari is an Urban Designer and Development Practitioner based in Delhi with close to 15 years of work experience on a variety of issues within the urban sector. At NIUA, she works as an Urban Development Specialist handling two projects as Team Lead.
She has also been the Lead Researcher on the books ‘Urbanisation in India – Challenges Opportunities and the Way Forward,’ and ‘Transforming Our Cities – Postcards of Change’ by Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia and Associate Editor of two volumes of Urban India (biannual journal of NIUA).
Divya Jindal, is an Urbanist, with a masters degree from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands and a Bachelors in Architecture from Chandigarh, India. Divya is a Research Associate at the National Institute of Urban Affairs(NIUA) and is currently involved with a project funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF),Netherlands on developing Child Friendly Smart Cities. Within the project team, her work is focused on developing urban design guidelines for livable, safer and healthier living environment for children in urban India. She has collated an exhaustive compendium of global good practices for child friendly cities, which can encourage cities to take innovative child friendly initiatives. She has keen interest in strategic urban design development with focus on environment and infrastructure planning.
Prior to NIUA, Divya worked with Dutch urbanist and professor, Frits Palmboom in the Netherlands and did research on porosity in cities focusing on larger parts of Antwerp, Belgium (with Palmbout Urban landscapes) and peri-urban governance and urban planning from infrastructure and environment point of view taking the case of Chandigarh, India. As an architect, Divya worked for over four years in Ahmedabad, India with Prof. B V Doshi, a renowned Indian architect and urban planner.
Ishleen Kaur works as a Research Associate with NIUA. She is gold medallist in Masters in Urban Regeneration from Jamia Milia Islamia university, New Delhi and a Bachelors in Architecture. At NIUA, she is working on looking at urban design and planning aspects of cities which make them people friendly, particularly for children.
Project Manager- GIS
With a Ph.D. in Geography and P.G Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS, Ms Aparajita has 18 years of professional experience with National & International Projects on Geospatial Application. Presently she is associated with NIUA as Project Manager – GIS and managing the geospatial operations. Prior joining to NIUA, she was associated with ICF-GHK Consulting Ltd. UK and provided technical assistance as a GIS Expert to Ministry of Housing & Poverty Alleviation, Govt. of India for effective implementation of Support to National Policies for Urban Poverty Reduction Project (SNPUPR) funded by DFID. Under this project, she worked with MoHUPA on geospatial policy formulation, implementation of its urban poverty alleviation schemes, especially Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) which envisaged a “Slum Free India” with inclusive and equitable cities in which every citizen had access to basic civic and social services and decent shelter.
Aksheyta Gupta is a GIS Expert with NIUA. She has done her Masters in Geoinformatics from TERI University, Delhi. She specializes in GIS, remote sensing, mapping, earth sciences, socio-economic environment, urban planning, climate change, sustainability, Smart cities and green landscape.
Team Lead (2015-17)
Team Lead (2017)
Research Associate (2014-15)
Research Associate (2017)
Research Associate (2017-18)
Interns at CFSC