About Pratyush Shankar

Pratyush Shankar is a practicing architect and an academic. He is currently the provost of Navrachana University and the Dean of SEDA, Navrachana University, Vadodara, India. He is also a Guest Professor at the Mundus Urbano Program at Architecture Faculty, TU Darmstadt, Germany. He was awarded the Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship in 2015 and was hosted at the University of Bonn, Germany. His forthcoming publication with Oxford university Press is titled “History of Urban Form: India” and is set to release in July 2022. Before this he taught at Faculty of Architecture at CEPT University for more than two decades. During his career at CEPT he held the position of Acting Dean of Architecture apart from being the head of undergraduate program. He was also appointed as Director of the Undergraduate Office; a CEPT University level position where he brought about major reforms by introducing choice based learning, flexible curriculum and major/ minor based PG programs.

The Design Practice

Pratyush runs a design practice along with his academic interest. The practice is critical and innovative, and tries to look at questions of architectural production especially concerning new relationships with nature, idea of light and poetics in space. Prof. Pratyush was awarded the Ford Asia fellowship in 2008 and won the JK Cement Architect of the year award in 2013 for residential design. He was recently appointed member of expert committee of Niti Aayog on “ Hill Architecture and Planning”.

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Teaching and Writing

Prof. Pratyush was the Acting Dean of Architecture and head of the Undergraduate Program at CEPT University and has been teaching Urban History and Design for many years now. He has authored the book titled “Himalayan Cities: Settlement Pattern, Public Places and Architecture” published by Niyogi Publishers, New Delhi, 2014. His forthcoming book titled “History of Urban form” published by Oxford University Press is set to release in July 2022. Apart from numerous book chapters and articles Prof. Pratyush was widely lectured and delivered public talks in Europe, South East Asia and India. He has received numerous International fellowships and awards for his work on Indian Architecture and Cities. The complete list of publication is below

You can read his blog on cities here

Recent  Lectures

Landscape and Cities, at United Nations University, Bonn on October 6th, 2015

The Archetype of Landscape and Cities, Seminar on Heritage Forum of Central Asia, Krakow, Poland on September 18, 2015

The City and Public Art, at Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, Universtät Bonn on September 6th, 2015

Landscape of Diversity, at TU Munich, Faculty of Architecture, Munich on June 16th, 2015

Himalayan Settlement and Resilience, at Rebuild by Design Conference, Munich on June 18th, 2015

Himalayan Cities, at Humboldt University, Berlin on June 22nd, 2015

Constructing South Asian Urbanism, at Mundus Urbano, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt on May 18th, 2015

Himalayan Cities, at Institute for Aisan and Islamic Art History, Universität Bonn, Bonn on April 13th, 2015


Books and Book Chapters

  1. Shankar Pratyush, (2014). Himalayan Cities, Public Places and Architecture” Niyogi Publisher, New Delhi.
  2. Shankar, Pratyush. (2010) The Jaina Heritage” by Editor Julia A B Hegewald by Heidelberg Series in South Asia and Comparative Studies. Publisher Samskriti, New Delhi (Book Chapter)
  3. Shankar Pratyush, (2013) Public Open Space in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal” in Talking Spaces: An Anthology of Public Spaces. Edited by Siva Rijal. Social Science Baha, Kathmandu (Forthcoming)


  1. Shankar Pratyush. (2012) Internet Society and Space in Indian Cities. by Center for the Internet and Society, Bangalore, 2012

Peer Reviewed Articles

  1. Shankar Pratyush, (2009) Patan Structure and Form” published in International Journal. Contributions to Nepalese Studies Volume 36, Number 2, July 2009 Nepal: Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies. Kathmandu. Nepal
  2. Shankar Pratyush. (2010). Is their something like a Himalayan City” published in the International Journal of Asia Fellowship Foundation, July, 2010, Bangkok. Thailand
  3. Shankar Pratyush. (2006). Paper “Framework for understanding change in Himalayan vernacular houses” presented/ published in Journal of 3rd International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements, Surabaya, Indonesia
  4. Shankar Pratyush. (2012). Paper “Himalayan Cities” presented/ published in Journal of 5rd International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus
  5. Srivastava Om, Shankar Pratyush. (2007) Service Oriented Architecture National Seminar of Informatics conference proceeding, Hyderabad

Publication without Peer Review

  1. Shankar, Pratyush. (2006). Article “Structuring Principles of Monasteries of Likir” published in Architecture Journal A + D, September 2006
  2. Shankar Pratyush (2006). Article “Changes in Himalayan vernacular houses”, published in Architecture Journal A + D, September 2006
  3. Shankar Pratyush (2009). Paper “The Grey-zone of Modernity” published in Architectural Magazine SPADE, Mumbai Publisher Spade School.

Publication on his design practice

  1. Article on Award winning design of ‘Strip Garden” in Ahmedabad published in A+D, March-April, 2003
  2. Article on project – “Artist Studio” – published in magazine Inside Outside” September 2003

University Publication (Mentored)

    1. Research Publication – Related Study Program – Ujjain
    1. Research Publication – Related Study Program – Rajpipla
    1. Pedagogy – 50 years of Architectural Curriculum at SA
    1. Campus History of CEPT University
    1. Research Publication- Thesis Compilation
  1. Faculty of Architecture Year Book 2011 (Vol 1, 2), 2012 (Vol 1,2), 2013 (Vol1)

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