K. T. Ravindran is Academic Advisor at the RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University. He was earlier a Dean and Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for over two decades. He is also the Founder and President of the Institute of Urban Designers - India, a professional association of qualified urban designers. K. T. Ravindran is a member of the academic boards of a number of universities in India and teaches classes such as “Urban Morphology” and “Humanizing Cities”. His work focuses on the development of cities, and more specifically on the inclusion and conservation of heritage buildings in modern urban spaces.
K. T. Ravindran is a frequent speaker at many national and international conferences and is a regular contributor to professional magazines and newspapers in India on subjects relating to urban design, planning, architecture and urban conservation. He is also significantly involved in public decision-making sphere. He was the Vice Chairman of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee of the Government of India for the last five years where he oversaw the scrutiny of the environmental sustainability of national-scale architectural projects.
As the former Chairman of the Delhi Urban Art Commission, K. T. Ravindran found himself at the intersection of the aesthetical, environmental and sociological ends of architectural endeavours. He is now nominated as Member of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Capital Master Plan, a five member committee drawn from around the world, advising the Secretary General of the United Nations on the ongoing UN project in New York.
Very interested in vernacular building traditions, he proves that creativity in design is of utmost importance to develop solid projects as the architectural challenges facing Indian city-dwellers can only be overcome with new solutions and public participation.