Prof. Pratyush Shanker

Prof. Pratyush Shanker is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. His area of interests is history of urban form, vernacular and Himalayan architecture. He was a recipient of the Ford Asia Fellowship 2008-09, for which he conducted research in Nepal. He has written and presented papers pertaining to vernacular architecture of Indian Himalayas. He was also the recipient of the AICTE research award for a study titled “Public Places in Information Cities in India” in 2006. His other interests involve the use of internet for teaching learning processes in architecture. For this he has developed a portal www.sa-nity.net. He was the Seminar Director for the 4th ISVS held at Ahmedabad, in 2008 and subsequently has been coordinating the ISVS (www.isvshome.org) activities as its secretary.

In 2015, he became the acting Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad and was therefore relieved from the Seretarial responsibilities of ISVS.

Currently, he is on the Humboldt ResearchFellowship in Germany. As part of the fellowship he will conduct research at the University of Bonn, Germany, for a period of about 10 months, starting April 2015 on a topic which is very close to his heart: "History of Indian Cities."  He will address the questions of evolution of Indian cities with respect to their relationship with the immediate landscape.  He will also teach some courses at the University of Bonn at the post graduate level on South Asian and Indian Urbanism.