The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture is part of the postgraduate wing of the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. It was established in 2002 following an international seminar on Sustainable Architecture and Design in 1998 organized by the Academy of Architecture in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Future (IISF), Mumbai. The convenors, Dr. Rashmi Mayur and Prof. S.H.Wandrekar felt the need then to establish a program for architects to be trained in environmental design and management. The idea came to fruition in November 2002 under the leadership of Prof. Nishi Phondge who started a postgraduate diploma course in environmental architecture recognized by the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education. With 7 students to start with, the Institute has now 2 full batches of 20 students each undergoing a two-years Masters program in Environmental Architecture under the auspices of the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik and recognized by the Council of Architecture, a full-fledged Research & Design Cell, four full-time and 35 visiting faculty members. It is recognized as a pioneer in the field.

When architects construct buildings, it has an impact on the environment. It affects the ecology of the place, disturbs the flora and fauna, changes the course of water bodies, pollutes the air and depletes finite natural resources. Is such destruction imminent and inevitable? We don’t think so.
At the Institute of Environmental Architecture, we believe that the architect’s primary role is ‘stewardship’ of the land & environment. It is in establishing the intrinsic co-relation between human beings and the rest of the natural world, that the architect’s creative abilities are realized. Our philosophy has evolved from the all-encompassing sacred Banyan tree – that has been an integral part of our campus, our logo and our values.

Environmental Design:
The Institute equips professionals with skills essential for environmental design. Its two years Masters Program recognized by the Council of Architecture and conducted under the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik, is designed to cater to working professionals. The key subjects include:
  • Introduction to Environment & Sustainability
  • Thermal Comfort & Passive Design
  • Environmental Pollution & Remediation
  • Urban Ecology & Environmental Planning
  • Ecological Landscape Design
  • Geographic Information System
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Water and Waste Management
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Environmental Law
  • Green Buildings - Standards and Certifications
  • Environmental Project Management

The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture conducts environmental projects and public awareness in addition to the academic programs. These include seminars and training programs on various subjects such as green architecture, eco-housing technical criteria, eco-friendly building materials, rainwater harvesting and several others. In addition, the Institute organizes free sapling distribution program annually and rainwater harvesting competition, Harvest to Harness (2004- 08), which documented and created awareness on this issue. The Institute represented by its Head of Department was part of a team selected by the USAID to study Green Buildings in the US in October 2004 and was also a consulting member of the team drafting eco-housing criteria for the Municipalities of Mumbai and Pune in 2005-07.

The Research and Design Cell of the Institute provides independent consultancy wherein a team of students guided by faculty members undertakes projects. Some past projects include Ecotourism projects in Sawantwadi, Restoration of Charolette lake at Matheran, Dahisar River Restoration Project, Environment Improvement Projects in slums such as Behrampada and Mahatma Phule Nagar, Mumbai, & Rainwater harvesting for several housing societies and corporate houses including HPCL, Mumbai office.

Academic Program
M.Arch. (Environmental Architecture)
The M.Arch. (Environmental Architecture) program is a 2-year Masters Program affiliated to the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik and recognized by the Council of Architecture (COA), New Delhi. It is conducted in 'Full time face to face counseling mode' over four semesters of 15 – 18 weeks each (with approximately 20 hours of contact sessions per week).

Admissions for Semester I will be from 10th June to 31st July 2015 and will be awarded on merit and reservation policy by the University. Prospectus and admission form may be may be collected from the Institute office / downloaded and submitted with relevant documents. The intake capacity is 40 seats. For more details, log on to or click here.
B.Arch or equivalent from a recognized University with min 50% aggregate in the final year.

Upcoming Short Courses

Course title: Training for Design Builder Software
Duration: 10 days
Days: (Weekdays – 2 hrs per day)
(Weekend – 4 hrs per day)
Admission Eligibility: Architects, Engineers and Environment Consultants
Recognized by: Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture
Course content:
1. Sustainable sites
2. Water Efficiency
3. Energy & Atmosphere
4. Indoor Environment Quality
5. Materials & Resources
6. Innovations & others

Course title: Energy Efficient Buildings
Duration: 12 weeks (120 hrs)
(Saturday & Sunday – 6 hrs per day)

Admission Eligibility: Architects, Engineers and Environment Consultants
Recognized by: Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture & Bureau of Energy Efficiency (ECO III project)
Course content: Basic Buildings Physics
Energy Requirements in buildings
Energy Efficiency
Energy modeling & simulation
Project & Site Visits
(Environmental Architecture)
Sem1 Environment Architecture Theory (CP2) Climate & Geography (CP2) Sustainable building design principles I (CP4) Sustainable building materials (CP4) 1. Pollution Impact & Remedies OR
2. Waste water Management (CP4)
Environmental Architectural Design Studio I (CP8)
Sem2 Thermal Comfort & Passive Design I (CP2) Quantitative Research Methods (CP2) Sustainable building design principles II (CP4) Sustainable building technology (CP4) 1.Geographic Information System OR
2.Terrain Assessment and Mapping (CP4)
Environmental Architectural Design Studio II (CP8)
Sem3 Thermal Comfort & Passive Design II (CP2) Legislations for Environmental Control (CP2) Ecological Planning (CP4) Environmental Management (CP4) 1.Computer Aided Design & Simulation Techniques OR
2. Intelligent Buildings (CP4)
Environmental Architectural Design Studio III (CP8)
Sem4 M. Arch. Dissertation I (CP 8) M. Arch. Dissertation Stage II (CP 16)

CP = Credit Point (Each credit point equals about 30 hours of learning by student, 10-15 hours of contact sessions based on whether it is theory or Sessional term work (STW) or Sessional Viva (SV) subject, and 25 marks in end exam). For more information about the course, click here

The Department is associated with a highly interdisciplinary faculty having expertise in subjects as diverse as botany to geology and electrical engineering to environmental psychology. The Core Faculty comprises of the following people:

Core Faculty

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Prof. Roshni Udyavar Yehuda
Prof. Roshni Udyavar Yehuda is Head of Department of the Institute since June 2003. She was earlier Head, Sustainability Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Future (IISF), Mumbai. She is also Jt. Editor, Evergreen RACHANA, Rachana Sansad’s quarterly magazine. Roshni is a practicing architect and has a partnership firm Enviro-Arch, dedicated to Environmental Architecture projects.
CV of Prof. Roshni Udyavar Yehuda
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Prof. Rajeev Taishete
Prof. Rajeev Taishete has more than 25 years of experience in architectural practise and more than 12 years of experience in the educational field. He has completed PG Diploma in Environmental Architecture and M.Arch. (Environmental Architecture) from the Institute. He is in-charge of studio for three semesters of the program. and oversees the work of the Design Cell of the Institute.
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Dr. Ashok Joshi
Prof. Dr. Ashok Joshi has a doctorate in Environmental Science and Masters in Zoology. He has more than 15 years of experience in teaching. Dr. Joshi guides students in their dissertation work and is overall in-charge of research.
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Ar. Charvie Mehta
Ar. Charvie Mehta has completed M.Arch in Environmental Architecture from the Institute in 2013. Her research work focused on ‘Rainwater harvesting : a study for potential of artificial recharge in Mumbai’. She is a Project Assistant and Research Associate at the Institute’s Design Cell and has been working on the project of preparing roadmap for ECBC implementation in Maharashtra. Charvie has also worked on projects related to rainwater harvesting and passive architecture.
Visiting Faculty

Visting Faculty
Dr. C.S. Lattoo
Environmental Architecture Theory, Semester I
M.Sc. Botany, Ph.D. Plant Ecology

“Plants play an important role in maintaining healthy environment and no architecture is aesthetically complete without plants”
Visting Faculty
Dr. S.R. Kashyap
Waste Water Management, Pollution Impact & Remedies; M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester I & IV
M.Sc Biophysics, Mumbai University, 1976, Ph.D. Micro Biology, Mumbai University 1988
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Prof. Mukund Porecha
Environmental Architecture Design Studio I, Semester I
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 1984, Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2004
Visting Faculty
Mr. Surendra Shah
M.E. Mechanical, Clemson University, USA, 1961

“जीवो जीवस्य जीवनम् (Only)Life Sustains Life
All our food was either living once,
or is from a living being.
Destruction of our environment
Will cause our extinction”
Visting Faculty
Prof. Shirish Deshpande
Thermal Comfort & Passive Design II; Sustainable Building Technologies; M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester II, III & IV
B.E.Chemical, D.E.I.N. LEED Accredited
Visting Faculty
Dr. Sadhana Mahashabde
Legislations for Environmental Control, Semester III
B.Sc. Science, Mumbai University, 1984, LLM Mumbai University, 2001, Ph.D. Environmental Law, Bharati Vidyapeeth University 208
Visting Faculty
Mr. Avinash Kubal
Deputy Director - Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi
M.Sc. Phy. Forestry Wild Life Management, Mumbai University
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Prof. Tamar Akov
Sustainable Building Materials; Environmental Architecture Design Studio II, Semester I & II
B.A Visual Communications, M.A Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
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Prof. Sneha Taishete
Computer Aided Design & Simulation Techniques, Semester III
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 2006, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2008
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Prof. Ankur Kulkarni
Computer Aided Design & Simulation Techniques, Semester III
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Prof. Prajkta Adhikari
Geographic Information System; Environmental Architecture Studio I Semester I & II
B.Arch. Pune University, 2011, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2013
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Prof. Sanjeevani Sagwekar
Environmental Architecture Design Studio III, Semester III
B.Arch. Bharati Vidyapeeth University, 2002, M.Arch., Bharati Vidyapeeth University, 2013

"Environmental Architecture, is creating spaces which are in harmony with the biodiversity on a micro as well as on a macro level, considering the thermal, water and energy balance”
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Prof. Anne Rademacher
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology, New York University
Ph.D. Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Yale University 2005; M.E.S. Environmental Studies, Yale University 1998; B.A. History, Carleton College 1992
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Prof. Manoj Parelkar
M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester IV
B.Arch. Shivaji University, 1995, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2009

“Environmental Architecture is responsible, sensible & humane Architecture
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Dr. Apeksha Gupta
M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester IV
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 2007, M.Sc Sustainable Building Technology (CIBSE accredited) University of Nottingham, UK, 2010, Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Cardiff University, UK, 2013

“Environmental Architects are 'green surgeons' who mitigate the impact of the built environment on natural resources”
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Prof. Ruju Rathod
Sustainable Building Design Principles II, Semester II
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 2003 M.S Sustainable Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, 2007
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Prof. Shanuli Gupta
Sustainable Building Design Principles; Thermal Comfort & Passive Design I, Semester I & II
B.Arch. Gautam Buddha Technical University, 2011, M.Arch. Sustainable Environment Design, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, 2014
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Prof. Nidhi Gupta
M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester IV
B.Arch. Mumbai University, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2010
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Prof. Laila Sethna
Environmental Architecture Design Studio I, II, III; M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester I, II, III & IV
B.Sc. Mumbai University 1985, P.G. H & R, Symbiosis University, 2001
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Prof. Sampada Khokle
Ecological Planning, Semester III
B.Tech (Arch.), Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune, 2011, M.Plan (T.P.) School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, 2013
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Dr. Leon Pereira
Environmental Architecture Theory, Semester I
Ph. D. Zoology (Toxicology), Mumbai University
General Information

The Program is conducted in air-conditioned classrooms equipped with plug points for laptops and display boards. LCD projector and laptop are provided for lecture and student presentations & seminars.

The Institute has a unique collection of about 800 books placed in the Central Library of Rachana Sansad in the Environmental Architecture Section. Dissertation works of past students are also available. To see a list of books available under this section, click here. Students enrolled for the course are also allowed access to all the books of Rachana Sansad’s Central Library.

Computer Lab:
The Institute has a Computer Lab dedicated to the Postgraduate Department equipped with 14 computers. Specialized software loaded in the lab computers include GRAM ++ GIS software, Design Builder building simulation software and Ecotect.


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Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture
Post Graduate Department, 6th floor,
278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Behind Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai : 400 025.
Tel No. 24301024 ext. 601
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