Gurdev Singh did his Bachelors in Architecture from CEPT in 1975. His thesis is titled “Proportioning and Scaling aspects (Islamic Architecture)”
He joined Navrachana University in April 2011 as Professor and Dean of Architecture.Professor Gurdev Singh, with experience in Australia, India, Yemen and Kuwait of over 41 years, provides senior leadership to this team. He is an academic and practitioner in the profession of architecture. In professional practice he leads the design team in the development of structures, environmentally sustainable architectural design and the art of building.As an Architect/Coordinator, Gurdev has experience of leading teams in large scale construction projects. This involves coordination of large scale projects at the construction stage with all the other trades which make the building. This experience in the profession is most helpful to the upcoming designers and architects.He has a very clear vision for SEDA (School of Environmental Design and Architecture) which is governed by the thought process, rather than the end product. He clearly and successfully transfers his knowledge between multiple disciplines, which is demonstrated by his outstanding ability to fulfill architecture and academic roles. Work is his passion and engages him totally.
Professional Associations And Appointments
Dean, School of Environmental Design and Architecture, Navrachna University, Vadodara, India.
Member of the Council of Architecture, India.
Lifetime Teaching Award by the ‘Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Australia’
Don’s Dozen award by the VC of Canberra University for taking the University forward.
Recent Design Projects
Won in design competition:
- Rajaswa Bhavan - The Central Excise and Taxation Office of the Ministry of Finance, New Dehli, India. The project cost is approximately Rs. 300 Cr.
- Royal Academy Bhutan - A unique development of a boarding school for seven hundred students from year six to year twelve in a mountain site of over two hundred acres. The project blends between the traditional architectural expression and the new technology of today. The new technology can later be adapted to suit the construction practices by the local builders. The project cost is approximately 200Cr.
- A residential school near Chennai for seven hundred students. The land is touching the Bay of Bengal, which is very volatile as well as the climate is extreme, with over 40 degree temperature and 80% humidity. The project requirement is to develop a completely sustainable building. The project cost is approximately 75Cr.
- CEPT centralized workshops in CEPT campus – A small but well crafted building to inspire the young students to bring their work to perfection while working in that space. A fast track construction where many different materials and construction methods are explored to encourage students to think beyond the regular norms of construction.