Prof. Amita Sinha

Principal Advisor


Amita Sinha is a scholar-in-residence at IIT Gandhinagar. She was a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, IIT Kharagpur (2018-19) and taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, from 1989 to 2018.

She is the author of Landscapes in India: Forms and Meanings (University Press of Colorado, 2006; reprinted by Asia Educational Services, 2011), editor of Landscape Perception (Academic Press, 1995), and co-editor of Cultural Landscapes of South Asia: Studies in Heritage Conservation and Management (Routledge, 2017).

She was a Senior Fulbright Researcher at the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) in New Delhi in 2009 and is the recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award Fellowship in 2018-19. She received the National Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects for Cultural Heritage Project on Taj Mahal, India, in 2001 and Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Award in 2018.

She received Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH)'s prize for the best article "Jamshedpur: Planning an Ideal Steel City in India" (co-authored with Jatinder Singh) published in 2011-2013 in the Journal of Planning History, USA.

Her research is aimed at developing sustainable conservation strategies applied towards projective planning and design for the future. She has been involved in planning and designing of heritage landscapes including the Taj Mahal in Agra, Champaner-Pavagadh in Gujarat, Govardhan in Braj, Gomti Riverfront in Lucknow, Amber in Rajasthan, Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, Dwarka in Gujarat, and Ghats of Varanasi.

Ar. Nidhi Jain Kapri

Landscape Architect


With over 22 years of experience working in the professional field Nidhi got involved with variety of projects from various domain. Worked with many architectural & interior firms in Bhutan, Delhi, Mathura and Mumbai. For a brief period had her own Architectural practice as well in Mathura. Majorly worked on residential projects though have experienced working on commercial, institutional and industrial projects as well.

After graduating from Sir JJ College of Architecture in 1990 got employed with the Royal Govt. of Bhutan in Yongphula, East Bhutan & while working there got the chance to learn about a different culture and a different style of traditional architecture. She was involved with different sort of projects from their office setup to designing and conceptualizing satellite towns.

Working in Delhi, she had opportunity to work with different architectural firms engaging in both architectural & interiors projects. At SK Das Consultants got the experience of working on housing complexes.

Mathura gave her exposure comprehensive knowledge of yet another arena of Ashram & temple designing. She dealt with residential commercial and small size industrial projects. One of the interesting one was to work with ISKCON temple devotees for the development of their Nandagaon temple.

In Mumbai she got the opportunity to work with eminent Ar. Anil Nagrath where I learnt about the functionality of both outdoor and indoor spaces, works related to modern architecture and gained insights on their design conceptions that are full of creativity and connotation. She developed coordinating skills along with the knowledge of legal aspect of the building construction with respect to the practicality & feasibility of the project. In Mumbai she got engaged guiding the Architecture /NID aspirants. This made her realize her interest in the field of teaching. She started her teaching carrier as a visiting professor at Sir JJ COA for few years and then joined as a core faculty for five years in a repute college of architecture at Navi Mumbai and currently a full time faculty serving as an Associate Professor in Dr. Baliram Hiray College of Architecture, Bandra(E),Mumbai. The desire to learn more made her earn Masters degree in Landscape Architecture in 2020.