Prof. Pratyush Shankar joined as Dean of SEDA in mid 2020. Before this, he taught at Faculty of Architecture at CEPT University for more than two decades. During his career at CEPT he held the position of Acting Dean of Architecture apart from being the head of undergraduate program. He was also appointed as Director of the Undergraduate Office; a CEPT University level position where he brought about major reforms by introducing choice based learning, flexible curriculum and major/ minorbased PG programs.
Prof. Pratyush was awarded the prestigious Senior Humboldt Fellowship by the Humboldt foundation in Germany and was hosted at the University of Bonn from 2015-17. He is also an invited guest Professor at TU Darmstadt, Germany where he has been teaching for the last six years. Prof. Pratyush authored the book “Himalayan Cities” in (Niyogi Publishers, 2013) and has recently finished a book titled “ History of Urban Form “ (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Apart from numerous book chapters and articles Prof. Pratyush was widelylectured and delivered public talks in Europe, South East Asia and India
Prof. Pratyush was awarded the Ford Asia fellowship in 2008 and won the JK national award ofArchitects ofthe Year in 2013 for residential design. He was recently appointed member of expert committee of Niti Aayog on “ Hill Architecture and Planning” . Prof. Pratyush also runs his own practice. He very strongly believes in transformative potential of good teaching. To that effect he has been spearheading efforts at SEDA to improve teaching, introducing choice based curriculum along with emphasis on innovative pedagogies to improve students learning.