GRIHA Engaging Women

The theme of the 2019 GRIHA Summit, ‘Integrated Approach to Sustainability', resonates with the UNSW Built Environment agenda and are delighted to partner with GRIHA and launch - Engaging Women in the Built Environment 2019 India.

UNSW Built Environment is committed to equity and diversity in the Built Environment professions. If we are going to reach equal participation of women in leadership roles in the built environment industries we need to work together in innovative ways and internationally.

Continuing from the successful launch of this initiative in 2016 in Sydney, Australia and for the first time internationally, please join us for an evening with built environment women, from industry and academia, who will have 2 - 3 minutes to present:

  1. Their professional background
  2. What they're known for
  3. How they can help other women in the Built Environment such as mentoring, internships, employment, research collaborations

It is a great honour for UNSW Built Environment to contribute to the GRIHA Summit and to have a platform to celebrate the depth and breadth of their expertise and to foster partnerships and ways of working together.


In partnership with GRIHA 2019


Tamarind Room, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Event date: 
17 Dec 2019 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Alankrita Soni | Green Housing Expert | SUNREF India Programme

Ms. Alankrita Soni has been a sustainable built environment expert working in the sector for over 11 years. She is currently working as Green Housing Expert with SUNREF India Programme – National Housing Bank’s Affordable Green Housing programme funded by AFD (French Development Bank) and supported by the European Union.

With strong commitment to her chosen profession and passion for the environment; She has worked on several national and international assignments related to sustainability in the built environment, green buildings, green materials and technologies, energy efficiency in buildings, environmental impact assessment of buildings, healthy built environment, integration of renewable in built environment, waste to wealth, e-waste and role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for environmental protection in built environment.

Ms. Alankrita Soni holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning, Greater Noida, India and a Masters of The Built Environment (Sustainable Development) degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


Dr Anuradha Chatterjee | Dean (Academics), Avani Institute of Design 
Dr Anuradha Chatterjee is Dean Academics, Avani Institute of Design. She is an architect and academic practitioner based in India, and has taught at a number of top institutions in Australia, China and India. Dr Chatterjee received her Dip. Arch from the TVB School of Habitat Studies, and Masters and PhD in Architecture from the University of New South Wales. Dr Chatterjee is the author of three books Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design (Cambridge Scholars Publishing); Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney (Copal Publishing); John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture (Routledge). She is the Area Editor for South/East Asia for the Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015. Dr Chatterjee is also a Member of Board of Review, CEPT University; Regional Editor (Asia Pacific), Textiles: Journal of Cloth and Culture; and Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History at the University of Queensland.
Kalpana Viswanath | Co Founder, SafetiPin

Kalpana Viswanath is the co-founder and CEO of Safetipin, a technology platform for women's safety and mobility in cities. She has worked as a technical consultant with the UN for safer cities around the world.

Kalpana is a member of the Advisory Group on Gender Issues, UN Habitat, Board member, International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) Canada, Chairperson of Jagori and member of the Delhi Government Women’s Safety Committee. She has published widely and has co-edited a book on Building Gender Inclusive Cities. She writes a weekly column for Hindustan Times.

Revathi Kamath | Principal Architect, Kamath Design Studio

Revathi Sekhar Kamath obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1977 and a Post Graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 1981, both from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

After graduation, she worked with Stein, Doshi and Bhalla for a year and later with Rassik International, Architects and furniture designers in New Delhi. In 1979, she worked with The GRUP (Group for Rural & Urban Planning). She has also worked for the National Institute of Urban Affairs in 1981 as a research scholar. She was visiting Faculty (1984–87) at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. And was later, Assistant Professor (1987–91).

In 1981, she started her architectural practice with Vasant Kamath. The firm was called “Revathi and Vasant Kamath”. Later in 2005 the partnership firm was renamed, “Kamath Design Studio - Architecture, Planning and Environment”. The studio has handled a wide variety of projects, in diverse social, economic and geographical contexts. They have more than 400 projects to their credits.

Three of her projects have been nominated for the Aga Khan Award. They are the Akshay Pratishthan School in Delhi, Community Center at Maheshwar and Nalin Tomar House at Hauz Khas, Delhi. She was declared Designer of the year for 1996 by Interiors & Lifestyle India. She has been felicitated by WADe India as 'Role Model' Architect for outstanding contribution in designing elegant spaces. She has received the Jiva Leadership Award in 2016. She has been awarded the AIBD- eminent Woman Architect of India of 2018. She has also received the WADe Sustainability Award of 2018 and Outstanding Design Solutions for ‘Building for Billion’, 2018.

Her work has been published in numerous international books and journals including India Modern by Herbert Ypma (Phaidon press), Modern House 2 by Clare Melhuish (Phaidon press), Asian Style , Vernacular Traditions – Contemporary Architecture by Aishwarya Tipnis , The Modern Architecture of New Delhi by Rahul Khanna , Architecture In India – since 1990 by Rahul Mehrotra ( Pictor press), Asian interior design by Loft publication, Women architects in India- Histories of Practice in Mumbai and Delhi by Mary N. Woods and Women Architects and Modernism in India: Narratives , contemporary practices by Madhavi Desai , among others. There are three full length documentary films made on her work and philosophy.

Revathi has contributed to the exhibition – “Traditional Architecture in India” for the festival of India in Paris, in 1986. She was also on the contributing design team for the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum. She was co-curator and designer for the exhibition “Craft: A Tool for Social Change” for VHAI (Voluntary Health Association of India) in 2003.

She has worked for 8 years on the much acclaimed Tribal museum at Bhopal.

She is currently working on the Jiva Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, Greater Faridabad and Jiva University for Yogic Sciences, Muskan, a school for street and slum children at Bhopal, a resort at Ranthambore, Rajasthan, Landscape for water harvesting on the Plateau at Inderpura, Bhopal, Gundicha temple for Jindal Steel and Power Limited at Angul , A Community centre at Katra, Jammu.

Professor Sanjukkta Bhaduri | Dean (Research), School of Planning and Architecture, University of Delhi

Sanjukkta Bhaduri is a Professor of Urban Planning at SPA, New Delhi. Presently, She is holding the post of Dean (Research) at SPA, New Delhi. She has been the Former Head of the Department of Urban Planning at SPA. She has done Bachelor in Architecture from Jadavpur University (1983), Masters in City Planning from I.I.T Kharagpur (1985) and Ph.D from SPA, New Delhi (2003).

Sanjukkta has 34 years of professional, research and teaching experience in the fields of Urban Planning and Environmental Planning; the areas of special interest are Smart cities, Sustainable Development of settlements, Participatory Planning, Social aspects related to Planning, Disaster Management, Urban Environmental Management, Assessment of Environmental Impacts, Energy and Urban Development, Environmental Quality of Human Settlements.

Shabnam Bassi | Associate Director & Secretary, GRIHA Council

Shabnam Bassi is a Associate Director with the TERI and Secretary ,GRIHA Council which administers the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment. Prior to joining TERI she has worked with the United Nations Development Programme to implement strategies to overcome barriers related to energy efficiency in buildings sector in the country by co-ordinated with the Central, State and Municipal bodies to facilitate ECBC integration, developed a framework to strengthen enforcement of ECBC Implementation and compliance. She has been the key person in developing rules and regulation for ECBC implementation and demonstration projects for ECBC compliance.

She has worked with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and was associated with the scheme related to promotion and implementation of energy efficiency in commercial buildings through adoption of the Energy Conservation Building Code in the built environment. She has worked in close cooperation with various international agencies / experts in developing programmes related to enhancement of government policies for promoting energy efficiency in buildings.

She was the lead person for scanning of the developments in the Indian construction sector, particularly those related with building energy/green building. (events, projects, policy and regulatory developments). Apart of this, she has been in the Indian PMU on the development of templates for public buildings in collaboration with state governments.

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla | Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, UNSW Sydney

Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ In 2018 Veena launched the world's first e-waste microfactory and in 2019 she launched her plastics microfactory, a recycling technology breakthrough. As the founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, she is producing a new generation of green materials and products made entirely, or primarily, from waste.

Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. In 2019 she was appointed inaugural Director of the Circular Economy Innovation Network by the NSW Government through its Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer. In 2018 she was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2016, Veena was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers and in 2015, Veena named Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers, both by Engineers Australia. In 2013, Veena received the ‘Howe Memorial Lecture Award’, Pittsburgh, USA in appreciation for her lecture on ‘The Power of Steelmaking – harnessing high temperature reactions to transform waste into raw material resources’.