Prof. Jagan Shah

Prof. Jagan Shah
National Institute of Urban Affairs

Jagan Shah is the Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs, the premier thinktank associated with the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. The institute conducts research, policy and evaluation work for the Ministry and is presently also executing projects supported by the Cities Alliance, ADB, World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Tata Trusts, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority and the City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra.

NIUA is the national PMU for the HRIDAY Scheme for heritage cities. It is also the strategic partner and ‘single window’ for the capacity building programme to support the AMRUT Mission for the renewal of 500 Class-I cities in India. NIUA is also deeply involved with the formulation and roll-out of the Smart City Mission.

Shah has 20 years of professional work experience in various aspects of urban development in India. He studied Architectural Design from School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and Architectural History & Theory from the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University inNew York. He has served as the Director of Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon and has taught at the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) from 1998 till 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he was the Chief Executive of Urban Space Consultants, providing consultancy in policy formulation, spatial planning, heritage conservation, transportation and livelihoods development.

Shah has advised the revision of the Regional Plan 2021 for the National Capital Region, has devised intervention strategies for the India Foundation for the Arts and the Sir Ratan TataTrust, and has executed large scale urban design assignments such as 27 stations for the Regional Rapid Transit System for the NCR and the Master Plan for the Mizoram University campus in Aizawl. He is presently a Member of the Committee set up by the Ministry of Urban Development to amend the Delhi Development Act 1957.

Shah was a founding member of the Modern Asian Architecture Network, which was established in 2001 to champion the cause of modern heritage in Asian cities. He has contributed writings to a large number of Indian and international publications. He has authored ‘Contemporary Indian Architecture’ (Roli, 2008) and co-authored Building Beyond Borders (NBT, 1995) with Satish Grover. His next book, ‘5000 Years of Indian Architecture: From River Valley to Metropolis’will be published by Roli Books.


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