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Most of the teaching faculty has obtained a post-graduate degree and some are pursuing doctoral degrees. Many of the faculty members are actively practicing in the field of built environment – architecture, urban design, planning and sustainability.

The College frequently conducts faculty development programmes and encourages attendance in programmes conducted by NIASA, Council of Architecture and other organisations. The college has a very strong social outreach program and interaction with industry as evident from several collaborative activities it does with the local Municipal Corporation, energy authorities, and research activities with universities such as Queens University (Canada). The College also invites many industry experts and practitioners to address and engage with the students.

Core Faculty

Bajarang H Sutar, Professor, Principal

Bajarang H Sutar, Professor, Principal

He has practiced as an architect and planner on many projects. Some of his projects include development plan of Satara City, and Wai City, several housing projects in Pune, and Mumbai, and campus plan of College of Engineering at Sambhave – Mulashi district Pune. He is also a panel architect of Rayat Shikshan Sansta Satara. He is currently working on a school and junior college at Karajgaon, Ahamadnagar.

His research interests include sustainable transport planning, housing for economical weaker section, land management and real estate, and use of natural resources in architectural design and planning. He teaches building technology, architectural Design, research in architecture and allied areas.

He is pursuing Ph.D. (Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India) and has studied Masters in (Town & Country Planning) from Government College of Engineering, Pune, India); M. Arch. from YCMOU, Nasik.), and Government Diploma in Architecture, from Mumbai University.

Mahendra H Sonawane, Professor

Mahendra H Sonawane, Professor

He has worked as an architect on several residential and commercial projects & trained under architects SG Sule, and Subhash Shah. His most recent projects include: Commercial building for a client from U.S.A. in Pune and interior projects for Bharati Hospital, B.V.D.U. Dental College Pune & Mumbai, B.V.D.U. Institute of Management, Pune.

His research interests include teaching pedagogy of technical subjects, student needs and demands; and syllabus in architecture education. He has published papers in peer-reviewed international journals (ABACUS & IJERAI). He has workshops delivering lectures for awareness in Sustainable Architecture at IIA Mumbai Chapter, PWD Engineers Akola, Nagpur in Maharashtra. He is pursuing Ph.D. (Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India) and has studied Masters in (Town & Country Planning) from Government College of Engineering, Pune, India); Bachelor of Architecture (University of Bombay, Sir J.J. College of Architecture, India).

Selected publications:

  1. Sonawane Mahendra (2014). ‘Pedagogy of Technical Subjects And Architectural Design’, ABACUS: A biannual refereed International Journal on Architecture, Conservation and Urban studies, Volume 8, Number 2, monsoon 2013. (pp: 53-60), ISSN: 0973-8339

Archana V Gaikwad, Professor

Archana V Gaikwad, Professor

She has worked on various residential projects in Kolhapur and Solapur. She prepared report on Structure and present status of UCD, Pune for Butterflies, Delhi and recently worked as a consultant for Disaster Management plan for Sangli, Miraj and Kupwad Municipal Corporation.

Her research interests are in environmental design. She is pursuing a PhD from CEPT and has studied M. Tech. (Environmental Planning) from CEPT, and B. Arch. from Shivaji University.

Selected publications:

  1. Gaikwad, A. (2015). Women in Architectural Education: Barriers and Inspirations. Refereed Journal of Indian Institute of Architects, 80(10), 14-17.
  2. Gaikwad, A., (2011) Green Buildings: Concept, Aspect and Rating Systems, in conference proceedings of National conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, Technology and Architecture (NCETETA) 28 &29 January, 2011 (pp 358-359)"

Ashwini S Pethe, Professor (on sabbatical)

Ashwini S Pethe, Professor (on sabbatical)

Mukta Latkar-Talwalkar, Professor

Mukta Latkar-Talwalkar, Professor

She teaches various subjects including History of Architecture (Indian), Building Construction, Planning Design, and Architectural Design.

She has a graduate degree Town and Country Planning (ME T&CP), from Government College of Engineering, University of Pune), and bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Mumbai). She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environment Education from BVIEER, (Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Pune), and Masters in Indology from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.

Selected publications:

  1. Latkar- Talwalkar, M., (2015). ‘Tunnelling Techniques: Water Management in Medieval India’. Context: Built, Living and Natural, Volume XI, 2015. (pp: 131-135)
  2. Latkar- Talwalkar, M., (2014). ‘Man Landscape Relationship’. PRAKRITI: Special Issue on Landscape Architecture, Refereed Journal of Indian Institute of Architects, Volume 79, Issue 04, April 2014. (pp: 08-11) ISSN: 0019-4913

Vaijayanti P Pandit, Associate Professor

Vaijayanti P Pandit, Associate Professor

Before joining academics she worked as an architect and planner for Stein, Doshi & Bhalla (on projects for Escorts Ltd.); V.S Naik & Associates (Interior, residential projects); V.S Apte (Residential, School Projects); AV Patil (Residential Projects); Kirloskar consultants Ltd. (on Urban Planning Assignments); and SB Thorat & Partners (on residential, hospital, commercial, school, poultry projects)".

Her research interest is in Solar Passive Architecture in Nature. She teaches Building Services, Architectural Design, Creative Art, Craft and Design, Building Climatology, Research Project, and has also guided several thesis students. She has a ME (Town & Country Planning) from University of Poona; and B. Arch. from Panjab University.

Priya R Bangale, Associate Professor

Priya R Bangale, Associate Professor

She has graduated with a M. Arch in Sustainable Architecture from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, and a B. Arch. from Shivaji University.

Selected publications:

  1. Bangle P (2014), ‘Energy conservation in buildings through the application of Nanomaterials in hot and dry climate’, International Conference on Nanotechnology
  2. Bangle P (2014), ‘Advancements in Sustainable Energy through Nanotechnology’, National conference on Emerging trends in Engineering and Technology

Ruta S Pawar, Associate Professor

Ruta S Pawar, Associate Professor

She has graduated with a M. Arch. in Sustainable Architecture from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, and a B. Arch. from Shivaji University. Her research interest is in the field of sustainability for energy conservation.

She teaches various subjects such as Building Construction, Building Services, Landscape Design, Town planning, Architectural Design, Professional Practice and has guided several thesis students.

Sujata S Patil, Associate Professor

Sujata S Patil, Associate Professor

She works on residential, commercial and institutional projects, in Pune and Sangli districts. Her research interest include Acoustical Environment in Educational Building and Energy Efficiency in Building. She has presented a paper on ‘Efficient Energy Management in Domestic Building Leading Towards Healthy City’ in a conference on Healthy Cities Perspective of Asian Concerns, organized by B.N. College of Architecture, Pune.

She has graduated with a M. Arch. in Sustainable Architecture from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, and a B. Arch. from Shivaji University. She teaches "Architectural Design, Architectural Drawing and Graphics, Building Services, Quantity Surveying and Specification Writing, Sustainable Building Design Principles, Building Construction, and has guided thesis students.

Sanjay N Kumbhare, Associate Professor

Sanjay N Kumbhare, Associate Professor

He has completed nearly 400 projects mostly residential. He has worked abroad as Chief Architect and still works as a consultant architect in UAE. His research interest is in the area of architectural practice. He teaches Architectural Design, Building Construction, Professional practice, Management elective, Services, Quantity surveying and specifications and has guided several thesis students. He has a graduate degree in M. Arch. (Construction Management) and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

Selected publications:

  1. Kumbhare Sanjay (2013), ‘Need To Regulate Valuation Profession’ National Journal of Institution of Valuers - Indian Valuer, Volume XLV, Issue 9, 1105

Sushama Dhepe, Associate Professor

Sushama Dhepe, Associate Professor

She has been practicing as an architect and interior designer since 2001 and is also a government approved valuer. She has published papers on architectural education and women in architecture.

She is pursuing Ph.D. research in integrating Traditional Architecture into today’s Built Environment. She has graduated with a M. Arch. in Architectural Education from Nagpur University and B. Arch. from Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

She teaches subjects such as Building Construction and Material, Architectural Design, Research Projects, Building services, Graphics, Computer Application, Working Drawing, Estimation and Costing.

Selected publications:

  1. “Teaching Construction –An Introspection” in Journal of Indian Institute of Architect (JIIA), January/February 2013 issue.

Sudarshan S Bodhankar, Associate Professor

Sudarshan S Bodhankar, Associate Professor

He teaches Theory of structures, Construction, Surveying. He is interested in Sustainability.

He has a graduate degree in Sustainable Architecture (M. Arch.) from BVDU, Pune and B. Arch. from University of Pune.

Meghana Vikrant Malve, Assistant Professor

Meghana Vikrant Malve, Assistant Professor

She worked as an architect and interior designer in Aurangabad before joining academics. Her research interest is in solid waste management. She teaches Building Construction and Materials, Architectural Drawing and Graphics, Building Services, Creativity and Communication, Theory of Design, and Architectural Design. She has graduate degree in M. Arch. in Environment Architecture from University of Pune and B. Arch. from Dr. Babasaheb Marathwada University.

Aditi V Lanke, Assistant Professor

Aditi V Lanke, Assistant Professor

She has graduated with a M. Arch in Sustainable Architecture from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, and a B. Arch. from Shivaji University.

Saachi Jain, Assistant Professor

Saachi Jain, Assistant Professor

She a graduate degree in Sustainable Architecture (M. Arch.), and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from BVDU. She teaches Architectural Design, Creative Arts and Crafts Design, History, Sustainable Building Design Principle.

Sunil Terdalkar, Assistant Professor

Sunil Terdalkar, Assistant Professor

Prior to joining BVDUCOA, he has worked on various types of architecture, historic preservation, planning, urban design and transportation projects, of scales ranging from street intersections, city blocks to city regions. He has also worked on various policy and strategic development initiatives to guide street design, efficient transport networks and neighborhood redevelopment.

His research interests are: Urban design - Streetscapes, neighborhood redevelopment, place making; Transportation - Active transport, Integrated Multi-modal Transport. He is a graduate of College of DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Ohio (MCP – Urban Design) and Shivaji University, Kolhapur (B. Arch.).

Smriti Raghani, Assistant Professor

Smriti Raghani, Assistant Professor

Before joining academics she worked as an architect and interior designer with firms such as Astute, STUP and Hiranandani on several projects in India as well as abroad. Her research interest in Analysis of Islamic Dome in studio in terms of aesthetics and construction techniques.

She graduated with a M. Arch. in Architecture Education, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Nagpur University. She teaches Construction, Design, and Basic Design.

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