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Snehanshu Mukherjee
Snehanshu Mukherjee

Snehanshu Mukherjee has over 34 years of experience in the field of architecture and planning. He also has over 28 years of experience of being an academician. He has been an academician in the field of architecture for the past 28 years as well. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in the year 1982. Post this he participated in the National Architectural Design Competition to design The New Wing of the NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art), New Delhi along with A R Ramanathan and Anurag Gupta, where they won the first prize.

This led to the formation of a design firm called TEAM (Team for Engineering Architecture and Management, New Delhi) of which he is a Founding Partner. He graduated from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.) in 1988 with a post-graduate degree in S.M.Arch.S, where he specialized in Design & Housing. As a student at MIT, he won a competition and went on to build an installation on the Boston Commons depicting Boston in the year 2010 on the occasion of the 1988 Boston First Night Celebrations.

Some of the major architectural projects he worked on are, New Wing of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, New Delhi, which is one of the top museums of modern art in the world. He also worked on the Osho Dham, this project was set on a 21-acre site which was an agricultural land before. Designing The Park Havelock Island Resort, in Andamans proved to be a challenge as the location for the luxury resort is ecologically sensitive. Some of the interior designing projects he worked on are the Oxford Bookstore chain, Osho World boutiques in Delhi and Kolkata, and Tollygunge Club library in Kolkata.

He has also been engaged in exhibition design. He was part of a one of a kind traveling exhibition, where the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore called The Last Harvest were showcased in various cities across the world. Some other exhibitions he has worked on are The Amrita Shergil exhibition for NGMA Delhi, Mumbai & Bengaluru, and a Digital Art exhibition which took place across various cities in China.

He began his career as an academician as a Teaching assistant at MIT (USA) in 1987. After his return to India, he joined the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) as a Visiting Faculty for about 9 years. He was also a Visiting Faculty at the TVB School of Habitat Studies, from 1991- 1997, where he taught final and third-year architecture students. Later he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the School of Planning and Architecture for 6 years. Other educational institutes where he has worked as a Visiting Faculty are, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, KVRIA Mumbai, PVP College of Architecture, Pune, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, USAP, and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

He has served as a member on various expert committees of the Council of Architecture. Since 1989 he has also served as a member of the Selection Committee of the Inlaks Scholarship Foundation, which had offered him a scholarship during his master's degree at MIT.

His contribution to the world of research in architecture is not behind either. During his academic tenure at MIT, he worked on research projects with the Aga Khan Programme, where he was involved with the documentation of Islamic Architecture of the world. For this particular project, he traveled to Helwan near Cairo with his colleague Biresh Shah. In 1997, he worked with a special study group at MIT in order to create a concept proposal for the earl River Delta Development, China, which was headed by Prof. Tunney Lee. He has designed sets for theatre productions, of which the prominent ones are “Operama”, “Hazar Churasi Ki Maa” for “Abhiyan” and “Nitai Daser Banga Darshan for Natyakal”.

He has also been a contributor for the Book Review Journal and The Landscape Journal of India. His association with books doesn’t end here, he has s also designed several book covers including a series of books on World Theatre. Some of his essays published are Density Urban Form and Housing a Case Study of Delhi, Fifty Years in the Making of a Socialist Capital of India, Nature of Cities and Building the New Wing NGMA.

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