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KINGSHUK DATTA Licensed Architect (IN), MCoA, Assoc. IIA, Mensa (UK) E: | Ph: +91-7042647723 | W:

Biography Educated in Oxford with Prof. David Greene of Archigram, KD's pursuit of Architecture has been a bit off the usual track. Fondly known as KD, his experience ranges from winning commissions for IIT Ropar & Central University Jammu, Digital Asset Management & ISO-aligned systems. He has also founded Advanced Architecture Groups & Mentoring CPD excellence for architecture practices. Being a MENSA-n, his interests are widespread, ranging from Emergence in Architecture & its analogies in Ancient Indian Architecture, creative Robotics, IoT, Reality technologies, to scouring through mythologies & ancient treatise on building knowledge, material- & visual cultures, via healthy doses of Sci-Fi & Travelling. Post Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, he has been offered regional collaboration from a reputed Milanese practice and invited to the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture by GAA Foundation. As a self-made entrepreneur, he has founded hyper-local collaborative ventures that operate as loose-yet-firm autonomies, chronologically, SHIDA Architecture™ & PraudyoGEEK™ under the parent network of CyAN™: Collaborative young Architects’ Network. 'As an architect I would hardly alter life; I just set the stage for life to unfold its merciless dance. How I set the stage is a product of my observation of its unpredictably ruthless, psychedelic dance steps. All I need to appreciate is where it will step, 10 moves from now.' KD deeply believes architecture is changing the world. One voxel at a time.


Education M. Arch.

2010, School of Built Environment, Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment, Oxford Brookes University Supervisor: Prof David Greene (Archigram) Thesis: ‘The. Thing.That.Time/Take : Dirty Morphogenesis & other parallel fables to the future’ , Completed in 2010 Sem. 2: ‘Chronotheque Urbanism: Urban accretions over Ridley Road’ Third Highest marks with Merit Sem. 1: ‘Journals of a Chrononaut: Vanishing Worlds of Middle History’, Highest marks with Distinction

B. Arch.

2008, Sir J J College of Architecture, University of Mumbai, India. Thesis Supervisor: Prof Bhaskar D. Sathe Thesis: ‘Urban Resurrection 2025: Intervention at the Terminus Precinct: The Howrah Intermodal Interchange’, Completed with 5 annual scholarships from SBI Employees’ Association

Memberships and Professional Affiliations British & Indian MENSA, 99th Percentile Member, Council of Architecture, India, #CA/2009/45368 Associate, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), North Chapter, India. #A21733 Research & Practice Interests Projections on Trans-Technological pollination of Architecture with other knowledge systems; Computational procedural model studies of Ancient Indian Architectures, Biomimicry, Theory of Design, Simplification of Robotics in Indian construction labor market, Architecture and future Urbanisms, Post Digital aspirations; Visual Representation techniques Awards & Achievements (2005 Onwards) 2016

National Science & Innovation Centre Competition, Kaunas, Lithuania: Kaunas Municipality: Globally ranked #71/500 & the only Indian studio in the shortlist.


20/01: Topped the First Semester @MAAD, OBU, with Distinction 80%. 25/05: 2nd Highest Topper in Second Semester @ MAAD, OBU, with Merit 69%.


23/01: MENSA International India: membership with 99 percentile score. 31/12: NASA Annual 2005: HUDCO Trophy: Design Lead: Runners up


Invited Lectures 2018

Goa College of Architecture, Panaji, GA BMS College of Architecture, Bengaluru, KT State University of Visual & Performing Arts, Rohtak, HR


Delhi Technical University, Noida, UP Chandigarh University, Mohali, Chandigarh Indian institute of Art & Design, New Delhi Galgotia University, Noida, India


Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, PB Pearl Academy, Noida, UP

Pedagogical Experience: Studios & External Reviews 2018

External reviewer, Spring Semesters’ Final Review, Year 3 Pearl Academy of Interior Architecture & Design, Noida, India Architectural Design Studio, 2nd Year, Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon, India, Even Semester, 2018 Live Project Atelier based Interior Architecture & Design, Odd & Even Semester, Indian Institute of Art & Design, Okhla


Spring Semesters’ Final Review, Year 2 Cohort, Galgotia School of Architecture & Design, Noida, India Live Project based Interior Architecture & Design, Odd & Even Semester, Indian Institute of Art & Design, Okhla Professional Communication, 1st Year, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India, Even Semester, 2017 Professional Communication & Building Construction, 1st Year, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India, Even Semester, 2017, Architectural Design Studio, 2nd Year, Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon, India, Even Semester, 2017


External reviewer, Spring & Fall Semesters’ Final Review, Year1 & Year 3 Pearl Academy of Interior Architecture & Design, Noida, India Professional Communication &, 1st Year, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India, Spring & Autumn Semesters, 2016 Architectural Design Studio, 2nd Year, Sushant School of Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon, India, Spring & Autumn Semesters, 2016


Visiting Assistant Professor, Architectural Design Studio, 2nd Year, Sushant School of Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon, India, Odd Semester, 2015


2005 -2007

3 years, Teaching Assistantship, Architectural Design Studio, Graphics & Drawing & Basic Design, 1st Year, Sir J J College of Architecture, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India.

Professional Experience & Selected Projects (Typological) 2016-Date

Founder,™, New Delhi, India PraudyoGEEK™ is a small step towards hyper-local, autonomous 'Making' of 'Architectures of Nostalgia'. We are a frugal tech startup engaged in Data Driven Design Decision, sans the ado. We aim at enabling design organizations & the young workforce across non-metropolitan cities in India with digital & post-digital skills that help them expand on their existing knowledge. It has been imagined scaling up to a post-digital craftsmanship platform in near future. Workshops & Training Sessions Taught groups of 5 students from complex draughtsman ship to Rhino & Grasshopper basics as a part of summer workshop, May-June 2017 & 2016


Co-Founder, SHIDA Architecture™, New Delhi, India SHIDA Architecture™ is an avant-garde architectural studio whose main 'area of concern' is the pursuit of 'Architectures of Nostalgia, for pasts yet to be’. It started, in 2005, as a dorm-room project by two college friends and continued to evolve into a full-fledged professional studio. Responsibilities included running the day to day business, client liaison & creating novel futuristic solutions to social concerns through architecture & supervise ongoing projects in the meanwhile. Competitions ‘Moklateitis’ Science Island Competition, Kaunas, Lithuania, Global Rank #70 Guggenheim Museum: ‘ARTULIVUORI’ Competition Stage 1, Helsinki, Finland Project Indo*Star 1.0B : Dense Vertical Urbanism for India, Evolo 2011 Identity Design : Online & Print Media Jindal School of Art & Architecture, India Velox Pharmaceuticals, Singapore Crickify, Singapore ORP - Offshore Research Partners, Kolkata, India Purple Architecture, Bengaluru & Shillong, India Shida Architecture, New Delhi & London Interiors & Installations Primordial Ocean Mandala, New Delhi, India , Concept Design Post Digital Garden, Mumbai, India , Concept Design Roy Residence, Gurgaon, India, Concept Design Starpet Trading Head Office, New Delhi, India, Concept design to Execution Public & Leisure Mixed use Eco Resort, Siliguri, West Bengal, India, Schematic Design


Rurban Public Library, Satara , Maharashtra. India, Pilot project for Parametric Workflow system in non-urban context, Concept Design Riverine Eco-Resort, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Master planning & Architecture, Concept Design Residences, Housing & High Rises Atypical Luxury High Rise, Malabar Hills, Mumbai, India , Concept Design Raina Residence, Noida, India, Concept Design Kumar Residence, Gurgaon, India, Concept Design to Working Design SRA- Slum Rehabilitation Authority Housing Mumbai, India, with Sparsh Jadhav Residence, Navi Mumbai , Maharashtra, India, Concept Design Ahuja Residence, Satara, Maharashtra, India, Completed Speculative Design Research ‘Global Village v.2030’ | Designing the post-Smart City Rurban Development Football Stadium in NE India: Rethinking the stadium typology as a Multi-Use Hub ‘The Imploded Grid’ : Physical model Studies of an imploded Sculptural Grid The Union Building: Studies on Hyperdense Vertical Urbanism, physical model 2018, Feb 2017, Mar.

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Art & Design, & Principal Partner, desIIAD, New Delhi, India There exists a huge disjunct between academia, research & industry. At IIAD, starting 2017, a new curriculum was developed for Interior Architecture & Design, addressing this very disjunct. Unlike conventional pedagogy across design institutes, purely hypothetical design projects are actively avoided, and ‘live projects’ are de rigeur. Students – our ‘co-creators’ & ‘co-practitioners’ of design – get to work with real clients, on actual sites, making the processes not only as real as real gets, but knowing that their decision-making has real life consequences. Peer learning is not just a plus, it’s a pre-requisite. Furthermore, this makes them well-informed participants in the design process, and future designers with actual credible work experience when they pursue their professional aspirations, whether its higher research, join design practices or personal entrepreneurial pursuits. Interiors & Exhibition ‘Palitana’: Jain Restaurant at Tijara Fort Palace, Neemrana Group of Hotels Lamp Design & Exhibition 16 Celestial Reading Room: Measured Drawing & Concept development Museum of Me: A retrospective into the nature of identity & Dislocation Punjab Hotel, Shahjahanabad, Old Delhi: Measured Drawing.


2015, Feb.2015, July.

Consulting Designer, Populous Architecture, New Delhi, India Was consulted by the Global Sports & Events giant’s New Delhi Studio on Comprehensive Design Strategy, Master Plans & Concept Design. Alongside codeveloped Populous’ Social Development Index as a parameter of Quality of Urban Life. Public, Sports & Leisure Hirakud Entertainment Park, Hirakud Dam, Odisha, Comprehensive Masterplan strategy, Feasibility and action plan report, Concept Design Sports Interiors Sports interiors for Oberoi Club 360, Concepts design by Sir Peter Cook, CRAB Studio, Working Drawings & Shop Drawings and client liaison

2012, Dec.2014, Apr.

Intermediate Architect, Morphogenesis Architecture Studio, New Delhi, India Independently & co-developed Masterplans & Design of Sustainable Commercial Complexes, from Concept Design to Working Drawings, & prototype for Anganwadi-s in India as CSR, currently under construction. Commercial Bombay Sweets Complex, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Concept Design to Working Drawings, Masterplanning & Architecture, LEED Gold Rated GNEX Marketing Office, Bahadurgarh, Haryana, India, Concept to Execution Public & CSR Indian Railways Institute of Finance & Management, Hyderabad, India, Concept Handbook for Anganwadi-s, published for the Goa government

2012, Jul.2014, Apr.

Adv. Architectural Designer, Sikka Associates(SAA), New Delhi, India Core team member on Sustainable Masterplan & Green Building Design winning commissioned competition for 500 acres’ campus for IIT Ropar, Punjab. Formulated CAD & Technical Data Management for 80 strong office in alignment with ISO system. Also, overhauled Brand Identity across all Online & Print Media. Institutional Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, Punjab, India, Concept Design, Masterplanning & Architecture, LEED Gold Rated, Winning Commission Central University Jammu, J&K, India, Concept Design, Masterplanning. Delhi Public School, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, Workings, Architecture

2012, Jul.2014, Apr.

Project Architect, Ratan J. Batliboi Architects, Mumbai, India Commercial Digital Data Centre, State Bank of India, Hyderabad, India, Competition finalist, Concept Design Transportation Mumbai Rail Vikas Corp. MRVC, Terminus precinct rejuvenation, Mumbai Interstate Bus Terminus, Jaipur, Competition Finalist, Concept Design


2011, Jun.2011, Dec.

RIBA Pt. II Equivalent Architect, McLennan Architects, Oxford, UK Assisted the Principal Architect directly; primarily in 3D Modelling, Construction Drawings. During this period quickly learnt new software, NBS Codes & Design Access Statements. Residential & Housing Wheatley House, Kent, UK, Concept Design Staverton Road Residence, North Oxford Victorian Conservation Area, Adaptive Reuse, Restoration, working drawing & Execution High Littleton Housing, Bath, Somerset, UK, Concept Design to Working Drawings

2010, Feb.2011, May.

Overseas Consultant, Purple Architecture, Bengaluru & Shillong, India Completed the branding design for the young practice and Working drawing for numerous projects on pro bono basis, essentially accruing work experience during Master studies in UK.

2008, May2009, May

Licensed Architect, Planet 3 Studios Architecture, Mumbai, India Developed proposals, independently & as a team, for projects ranging from Campus Masterplan to Product design. Prepared Architectural, Presentation, Construction & Submittals, supervised execution. Conceptualized Pipeline projects that widened the gamut of the young practice. Competitions ‘Masala-Scraper’, Evolo Skyscraper Competition, 2009 NIFT Kangra Competition, Kangra, HP, India, Runner Up, 2009 Institutional ‘Clubhouse’, Vidyalankar institute, Mumbai, India, Concept Design Vidyalankar School of Business, Mumbai, India, Concept Design Interiors & Installations ‘Disturbia’, Index Trade Fair, BKC, Mumbai, India, Concept Design to Execution HTL Aircon Office, Mumbai, India, Concept Design to Execution DIY School kit, Godrej IIID Competiton, Mumbai, India, Competition Finalist Axis bank Branch at WTC, Mumbai, India, Concept to Execution Dawnay Day Office, Mumbai, Concept to Execution Public & Leisure Shirdi Science Centre, Shirdi, MH, India Masterplanning & Architecture, Concept Design to Working Drawings Karnala Resort, Navi Mumbai, India, Concept Design & Schematic Design

2007, Nov.2008, Mar.

Intern Architect, Malik Architecture, Mumbai, India As an Intern, assisted architects in resolving construction details through drawing & physical modeling, and supervised construction site. Residential & Housing Sadapur Housing, Lonavla, MH, India, Concept Design to Execution Alibaug House for Kapoors, Alibaug, MH, India, Concept Design to Execution Corporate Headquarters for Cipla pharmaceuticals, Mumbai


Paper Publications, Presentations & Lectures 2017

Published: ARCASIA Summit, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, May 25, 2017 ‘Happiness through Architectures of nostalgia’ Presented & Published: ‘International Conference on Theory of Architectural Design: Global Practices amid local milieu’, SMVD University, Jammu, J&K, India, April 04, 2017 ‘Are we post digital yet? Architectures of nostalgia for pasts yet to be: Projections on the evolution of the Indian architectural praxis’ Presented & Published: ‘THANIMA2 2017’ 2nd International Conference on Design Pedagogy & Contextual Aesthetics, NIT Calicut, Kerala, India: Jan. 20, 2017 ‘A Pedagogical Approach Towards the Future of Live Heritage Contexts: A Case of Shahjahanabad and the Second Year Design Studio’, Co-Authors: Prof. Amrita Madan, Sindhuree Iyengar


Unpublished: Kochi Mujiris Biennale 2016, ‘Creative Encounters with Science & Technology: Legacies, Imaginaries and Futures’, Kochi, Kerala, India, Dec. 18, ‘Hedonistic ephemeral tendencies within aspirations of permanence and legacy in Architecture’

Profile Features & Achievements 2017

Featured Architect Profile on, Featured Architect Profile on Gallopper,


Invitee, 2016 La Biennale de Venezia, Mostra de Architettura, Venice, Italy, Global Arts Affairs Foundation Featured Alumni, International Guide : India, Oxford Brookes University, UK


Featured Student Profile, School of Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, UK, MArch Thesis, Oxford Architecture Yearbook MArch Studio Work, Annual Summer Exhibition 2010, May 23-June 15 Free-d, Netherlands, freeform/id/414 Boidus E-zine, UK, www.boidus.c kingshukdatta.html Morfae E-zine, Greece,



Council of Architecture Annual Review Exhibitions, Sir JJ College of Architecture, Univ. of Mumbai, India, Undergraduate Thesis displayed as one of the Best Student work 2009

Conferences, Seminars & Workshops Organised: 2017

’The Pencil & Beyond: on Enabling Epic Workmanship’ v2, PraudyoGEEK


’The Pencil & Beyond: on Enabling Epic Workmanship’ v1, PraudyoGEEK Auroville Bamboo Centre, with Walter Van Asshe, with SSAA 2YBA Auroville Earth Institute tour and seminar, with SSAA 2YBA Earth Architecture at Sacred Groves, Auroville with SSAA 2YBA INTACH Tour of French Quarters, with SSAA 2YBA Students Seminar by Architect Fernando Menis, Menis Arquitectos, Spain, SSAA, 11 Feb.


Seminar by Architect Robert van Santen, (VS-A Bureau de Etudes), MAS, New Delhi

Attended: 2017

ICTAC 2017, International Conference on Trends in Architecture & Construction, Chandigarh University, Chandigarh, India Architectural Pedagogy in the Digital Age, Quality Improvement Program, QIP, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India ARCASIA 2017: Architecture Regional Council Asia, Jaipur, India ICTOAD- 2017, International Conference on Theory of Architectural Design, SMVD University, Jammu, India THANIMA2: International Conference on Design Pedagogy & Contextual Aesthetics 2017 , National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India


India Design, New Delhi The State of Architecture: Practices & Processes in India NGMA, Mumbai The Past as Present: Pedagogical Practices in Arch. at Bombay School of Art, Mumbai DesignXDesign: 20 under 35, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

2006 - 2015

DesignXDesign: 20 under 35, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi (2013-2018) Oxford School of Architecture Year end Exhibition, London Architectural Association Year End Project Review, London The Bartlett Year End Project review, London Westminster SOBE Year End Exhibition, London Frank Owen Gehry Lecture at the Sheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford Sir Peter Cook ( of Archigram) Lecture at the Oxford School of Architecture Dame Zaha Hadid lecture at the Architectural Association, London 361 Conference, Mumbai, 2012 & 2009 Fumihiko Maki (Pritzker laureate) Seminar at the Renaissance, Mumbai


Charles Correa Gold Medal, Rangsharda Auditorium, (2008 & 2007) Exhibition by the Italian Design Industry, Sir J J College of Arch., Mumbai Seminar by Er. Michel Virlogeux, Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai Exhibition & Seminar by Architect von Gerkan Marg, CSM Museum, Mumbai

Para-Professional Experience 2015, Jan.

International Alumni Chapter Member for Oxford Brookes university

2014, May

Student Counselor, Oxford Brookes university at IDP Int’nl Edu Fair, New Delhi

2011, May

Un EU-Youthpass: EU Educational & Cultural Directorate Generale, ‘Youth in Action Program, Metz, France

2010, Oct. 2011, May

Sr. Personnel, ICP, The Bodleain Libraries, University of Oxford, UK

2010, Aug. 2009, Sep.

Course Representative, Students Union, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Languages Native speaker in English, Bengali, Hindi, Currently pursuing Deutsch. References References are available upon direct requests

Prof. David Greene Co-Founder of Archigram, Director at MArch(AAD) Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX3 0BP UK | E: Prof. Andrew Holmes Program Leader at MArch(AAD) Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX3 0BP UK | E: Thomas Arnold Former Lecturer at MArch(AAD), Oxford Brookes Univ., Oxford, OX3 0BP UK Former Asstt. Professor, TU Berlin, 10623 Berlin, DE | E: Prof. Amrita Madan Professor, Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon, India | E:

Professional Profile: Kingshuk Datta  

Professional Profile of Architect Kingshuk Datta:

Professional Profile: Kingshuk Datta  

Professional Profile of Architect Kingshuk Datta: