Smriti,Saraswat - Department of Architecture and Planning,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Smriti,Saraswat
Smriti Saraswat Assistant professor smriti.saraswat@ar.iitr.ac.in 01332 - 284770
Areas of Interest
  • Cultural & Arch. Heritage; Narratives; Design Research & Writing; Pedagogy, Interior Architecture;Craft & Tech.;Trad. Knowledge Systems;Indigenous Communities;Material Culture
Professional Background
FromPeriodPositionOrganisation
2012-01-01OngoingAssistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2011-01-011 year Senior ResearcherDesign Innovation & Craft Resource Centre
2011-01-011 year Visiting FacultyGrow More school of Architecture, Gujarat
2008-01-014 years Arch. Researcher & Practitioner Independent
2009-01-01Internship & ResearchDRONAH, Gurgaon
Honors and Awards
AwardInstituteYear
Research Grant “A New Passage to INDIA” in collaboration with RWTH Aachen UnivDAAD Germany2019
Nominated by IIT Roorkee for the UNESCO Group Training Course on Cultural Heritage Protection UNESCO (Asia Pacific Region)2019
Nominated for the Bharat Vikas AwardInstitute of Self Reliance, India2019
Invited Expert by the Ministry of Jal Shakti for deliberations on the National Water MuseumGovt. of India2019
Led the team of Interior Design Students as a faculty mentor that won in the silver categoryin the International Event FoAID, New Delhi2017
Author of the Book - “Narratives in Interior-Architecture, Craft a Medium”Lap Lambert Publishing, Germany2017
Best Paper Award in the International Conference on ‘Sustainable Built Environment'IIT Roorkee2016
DAAD IIT MSP Program GrantRWTH Aachen, Germany 2015
Member Delegation from India for discussing Indo-Finnish Collaborations in FinlandIIT Roorkee and MHRD (India), Aalto University (Finland)2020
Invitation to Moderate the Panel for the Session - "Space, Place and Travel" 2012 International Conference on Narratives2012
DRONAH Educational GrantDRONAH2011
Letter of MeritCEPT University, Ahmedabad2011
Educational Details
DegreeSubjectUniversityYear
Ph.D.Interior Architecture & Building CraftsPursuing at IIT Roorkee2013
Master of Interior Architecture and Design (Batch Topper)Interior-Architecture and Craft & TechnologyCEPT University, Ahmedabad2010
B.Arch.ArchitectureAligarh Muslim University, Aligarh2008
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
Towards an Indo-German Centre for Experimental Architecture and Material Culture (EAMC)DAAD Germany [181.774,75 € (141.5 Lacs)]2019-01Ongoing
Safeguarding the Traditional Craftmanship of Almora and Pithoragarh-Phase IIMinistry of Culture [1.5 Lacs]2018-01Ongoing
Safeguarding the Traditional Craftmanship of Almora and Pithoragarh-Phase IMinistry of Culture [ 2.25 Lacs]2016-01Ongoing
DHAROHAR IIT Roorkee [5.7 Lacs]2015-015 years 7 months
DHAROHAR (PILOT STUDY)IIT Roorkee [1.17 Lacs]2014-016 years 7 months
Documenting Space-Making Crafts of UttarakhandIIT Roorkee [7.5 Lacs]2013-017 years 7 months
Understanding the Importance of Art in Interior-ArchitectureQIP, IIT Roorkee [0.2 Lacs]2013-017 years 7 months
SWAYAM –NPTEL Online Course “Role of Craft & Technology in Interior Architecture”-Approved under FDPMHRD [02 Lacs]2019-01Ongoing
NPTEL Course on – “Role of Craft & Technology in Interior Architecture”MHRD [04 Lacs]2018-012 years 7 months
GIAN Course on – “Architectural Theory: Worldviews, Conceptual Histories and Role Models”MHRD [5.44 Lacs]2017-013 years 7 months
GIAN Course on – “Interior-Architecture, Craft and Design: Focus on Inter-Disciplinarity”MHRD [8.4 Lacs]2016-014 years 7 months
[Co-P.I.] Model Village Development for Juang Tribe in OdishaHUDCO [22.25 Lacs]2014-016 years 7 months
Books Authored

Published

1) Books

Published

i) “Interior Architecture and Narratives: Craft, a Medium”, Lap-Lambert Publishing Ltd., Germany, 2017, ISBN No. 978-3-330-05625-1

ii) “Stone Buildings of Gujarat” – The book is published by School of Interior Design in collaboration with Gujarat Mineral Research and Development Society in the year 2010 (ISBN 81-904096-4-3)

Authors: Nimish Patel, Muktirajsinhji Chauhan, Bishakha Shome, Mansi G Shah, Eesha Agarwal, Chinmay Patel

The author had worked as a Research Assistant for this book. This book documents in detail stone buildings and allied artefacts from the earliest efforts through the golden period of the Solankis, the Sultanate and the Colonial periods and use of stone in contemporary times. The book is illustrated with pictures of almost all the significant stone buildings of Gujarat including religious places, tombs, cemeteries, memorials, educational buildings, palaces, modest dwellings, step wells, tanks, lakes and utility structures. It includes a brief note summarizing the chronological history of Gujarat's stone buildings by six types and an exhaustive picture cataloguing of the components called elements in the assembly of stone buildings.

 

Refereed Journal Papers

Research Papers in Journals

Published

i) “Radhasoami Samadh, Agra: Stone Crafts as medium of Narration”, CONTEXT – Journal of the Development and Research Organisation for Nature, Arts and Heritage, Volume VIII, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2011, pp 91-96

ii) “Emerging Trends in Tall Building Design: Environmental Sustainability through Renewable Energy Technologies”, International Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, January 2014, pp. 116-120, Co-Author: Ar. Arif Kamal

iii) “Revival of Crafts and Social Change: Case Study on Dholka”, in Majumdar, S. et. al. (ed.).Technology and Innovation for Social Change, Chapter 11, Springer, 2015, pp. 174 to 187

iv) “Craft, a Narrative Barometer for Interior-Architecture: Specific Focus on Stone Crafts of India”, in Chakrabarti, A. (ed.). Research into Design Across Boundaries, Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, 34, Volume I, Springer, 2015, Book ISBN: 978-81-322-2232-3_31, Pp. 353-362; Co-Author: Dr. Gaurav Raheja

v) “Koti Banal Architecture of Uttarakhand: Indigenous Realities and Community Involvement”, in Chakrabarti, A. and Chakrabarti, D. (ed.).Research into Design for Communities, Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, 66, Chapter 14, Volume II, Springer 2017, Book ISBN: 978-981-10-3520-3, pp. 165-177; Co-Author: Gautam Mayuresh

vi) "Sustainable Craft Practices and Space-making in Tech Design Contexts", in Garber, E.; Hochtritt, L. and Sharma, M. Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Social Change, Routledge, 2018

Accepted

i) “Design for Women-safe Public Spaces: Challenges and Concerns in the Specific Case of Delhi, India", Common Ground Publishers, USA, 2019

ii) “Vernacular Architecture of Uttarakhand”, Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Second Edition, UK, Bloomsbury: 2019

iii) “Vernacular Architecture of Rajasthan and Gujarat”(Ed.), Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Second Edition, UK, Bloomsbury: 2019

3) Research Papers in Conferences

Presented

i) “Stone Crafts in Interior Architecture: Traditional Systems of Space Making (Specific Reference to Radhasoami Samadh, Agra)” – presented at the Fourth Global Stone Technology Forum (15Dec – 16Dec 2011), organized by Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS), and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in Jaipur, India

ii) “Technology, Innovation and Social Change: Crafts as an Important Conjunction” – presented in the international conference on "Technology, Innovation and Social Change", organized and conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 22-24th January 2013

iii) “Importance of Art in Interior-Architecture: Specific Reference to Art Works, City Palace Udaipur, India” - presented in the international seminar on "Importance of Art and it’s Inter-relationship with other subjects", organized and conducted by Faculty of Visual Art, Kumaun University, Almora during 06-07th October 2013

iv) “Craft, a Narrative Barometer for Interior-Architecture: Specific Focus on Stone Crafts of India” – presented at ICORD 2015, 05th International Conference on Research into Design, organized and conducted by Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, IISC Bangalore during 07th – 9th January 2015

v) “Koti Banal Architecture of Uttarakhand: Indigenous Realities and Community Involvement” – presented at the International Conference on South Asian Vernacular Architecture, organized and conducted by School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, at Bhopal, during 11th – 13th Dec 15; Co-Authors: Gautam Mayuresh and Priyanka Mangaonkar

vi) “Design for Women-safe Public Spaces: Challenges and Concerns in the Specific Case of Delhi, India", presented at Spaces and Flows: Seventh International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 10th -11th November 2016, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

vii) “Koti Banal Architecture of Uttarakhand: Indigenous Realities and Community Involvement” – presented at the International Conference on Research into Design (ICORD), organized and conducted by Department of Design, IIT Guwahati, during 09th – 11th January 17; Co-Author: Gautam Mayuresh

viii) “Documenting the Cultural-Creative Industries of Uttarakhand Specific Focus on the Space-Making Crafts of Almora", International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2017, IIT Roorkee, 03rd – 05th Feb. 2016; Co-Author - Dr. Gaurav Raheja

ix) “Documenting the Cultural-Creative Industries of Uttarakhand: Specific Focus on the Art, Craft, Interior-Architecture”, Golden Jubilee National Seminar on "Promotion of Skills and Technologies for Sustainable Rural Development in India”, NITTTR Chandigarh, 31st Aug. – 01st Sep. 2017

Accepted

i) “Narratives in Interior Architecture: Stone Crafts as a Narrative Medium to understand Methodology in Crafts” - Paper Abstract Selected by Association of Art Historians for a conference organized at University of Warwick (31Mar 11 to 02Apr 11) for a Session – “Telling Stories: Making Research Accessible through Display”

ii) “Narratives in Interior Architecture: Stone Crafts, a Medium” – on the basis of this work, the author was invited in 2012 International Conference on Narratives (15Mar ‐ 17Mar 2012, Las Vegas) as the moderator for one of the panels ‐ "Space, Place and Travel”

iii) “Koti Banal Architecture of Uttarakhand: Indigenous Realities and Community Involvement” – to be presented in the International Conference on Research into Design at IIT Guwahati, 2017; Co-Author: Gautam Mayuresh

iv) "Documenting, Preserving and Revitalizing the Art, Craft and Interior-Architecture of Almora (Uttarakhand)", ICOMOS General Assembly Conference, 11th -15th Dec. 2017; Co-Author: Dr. Gaurav Raheja, Gautam Mayuresh

4) Works selected in National Conventions

Published

i) Post-Graduate Dissertation: “Narratives in Interior Architecture: Stone Crafts as a narrative medium for Radhasoami Samadh (Soami Bagh, Agra)” - selected by Institute of Indian Interior Designers for their Ninth National Convention 2011: “Reflections” – Heritage ‘n’ Interiors, held during 04Feb 11 to 06Feb 11 in Jaipur, India

5) Articles/Essays in Periodicals/Magazines

Published

i) “Understanding Courtyard Design through Havelis of Rajasthan” – published in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, Sep 11, pp. 18-21

ii) “India’s Art Kitli – published in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, Nov.11, pp. 18-20

 iii)Of Space and Crafts” – published in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, Dec. 11, pp. 18-20

iv)The Nuances of Thikri Kaam” - published in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, Jan 12, pp. 18-20

v) “Spiral: A Representation of Process and Growth” - in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, April 12, pp. 18-20

vi) “Natural Stones”published in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, June 12, pp. 18-20

vii) “TILES” – published in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, Cover Story, Dec. 2012, pp. 24-30

viii) “Bottle Bricks and the Esthetics of Sustainability” – published in the magazine POOL, Indi-design Group, Issue 35, 2013, pp. 50-55

ix) “Dharohar: A National Workshop on Craft and Skill Development for Sustainable Design”, published in the periodical of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) – INSITE, Dec 15, pp. 40-43

6) Reports/Monographs

i) The author had worked on two monographs: one on ‘Woodturning and Lacquer Craft, Dholka, Ahmedabad’ and second on ‘Stone Crafts of Gujarat’ at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University, Ahmedabad - They are published as e-monographs. These monographs are uploaded online on the DICRC website:

http://dicrc.in/resource-building-and-dissemination#databank_1299

http://dicrc.in/resource-building-and-dissemination#databank_2732

ii) ‘Dharohar’ – Understanding the Importance of Art in Interior-Architecture (specific focus on City Palace, Udaipur), published by QIP Centre, IIT Roorkee, 2014

iii) ‘Sanchay’ - Art-Craft and Interior Architecture of Almora, draft monograph launched during Dharohar: a National Workshop on ‘Craft and Skill Development for Sustainable Design’, organised and conducted under the aegis of CUDD, IIT Roorkee, during 16th – 18th August 2015

7) Manifestos/Charters

i) Played a vital role in the creation and development of National Design Manifesto (outcome of the Deconstructing Design Workshop organised by MHRD, India) prepared by MHRD, IITs, SPAs, NITs and other institutes of repute, during 2014-15

ii) Played a vital role in the creation of the charter on South Asian Vernacular Architecture during the International Conference on South Asian Vernacular Architecture, organized and conducted by School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, at Bhopal, during 11th – 13th Dec 15

8) Poster Presentations

i) Poster based on Post-Graduate Dissertation: “Narratives in Interior Architecture: Stone Crafts as a narrative medium for Radhasoami Samadh (Soami Bagh, Agra)” - presented in an International Seminar: Samvad, held at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, and an International exhibition, organized by Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) in Mumbai, both during September 2011

ii) Poster based on Post-Graduate Dissertation: “Narratives in Interior Architecture: Stone Crafts as a narrative medium for Radhasoami Samadh (Soami Bagh, Agra)” - presented in the International Seminar – ‘Inside Future-Future Inside’, organized and conducted by School of Interior Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, during 19th – 22nd December 2015

iii) Poster based on “Professional Work during 2012-2015” - presented in the International Seminar – ‘Inside Future-Future Inside’, organized and conducted by School of Interior Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, during 19th – 22nd December 2015

iv) “Craft, a Narrative Barometer for Interior-Architecture: Specific Focus on Stone Crafts of India” – presented at ICORD 2015, 05th International Conference on Research into Design, organized and conducted by Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, IISC Bangalore during 07th – 9th January 2015

v) “Koti Banal Architecture of Uttarakhand: Indigenous Realities and Community Involvement” – presented at the International Conference on South Asian Vernacular Architecture, organized and conducted by School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, at Bhopal, during 11th – 13th Dec 15;       Co-Authors: Gautam Mayuresh and Priyanka Mangaonkar

vi) “Koti Banal Architecture of Uttarakhand: Indigenous Realities and Community Involvement” –presented in the International Conference on Research into Design at IIT Guwahati, 09th – 11th January 2017; Co-Author: Gautam Mayuresh

vii) “Documenting, Preserving and Revitalizing the Art, Craft and Interior-Architecture of Almora(Uttarakhand)” –presented in the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly And Scientific Symposium, 11th to 15th December 2017; Co-Author: Gautam Mayuresh

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