Chetan ShastriFaculty

Chetan Shastri, Faculty, IIAD
Chetan Shastri

After graduating (2006) from the National Institute of Design as an Exhibition and Space designer, Chetan Shastri completed his M.Des in Visual communication from Industrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay in 2009. Chetan went on to complete his second MA in 2016, in History of Design, a course jointly run by the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London. He was awarded the New Bonita Trust and Gardner Fund scholarships towards his studies at the RCA/V&A.

Professionally, Chetan has worked on diverse projects in the fields of exhibition, signage, graphic, publication and retail design. Almost all of his work is in public spaces and key projects include designing the India Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, a special display of musical instruments housed in the permanent Indian gallery of the V&A Museum, London (2015) and the Bangalore Metro Signage system, amongst others.

Some of the work positions that Chetan has held over the years include - Research Associate at Industrial Design Centre (IIT Bombay), Senior Designer at Tata Elxsi (Bangalore), General Manager Design at Osian’s (New Delhi), Head of Retail Design at TI Cycles (Chennai), Design Consultant at Transport Design Consultancy (London), and Associate Professor at Pearl Academy (New Delhi).

Chetan’s contribution in the area of research includes the below works -

  • ‘India at V&A: 1990-2015’, a critical study of the South Asia Gallery in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Research document is held at the Royal College of Art Library and the National Art Library, London, UK. (Unpublished)
  • ‘Making cyberspace’, a historiographical study of cyberspace, Study conducted at and submitted to the Royal college of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (Unpublished)
  • ‘What it takes, to Charm a Snake’, study of a Snake Charmer’s musical instrument from the V&A collections. Study conducted at and submitted to the Royal college of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (Unpublished)

At IIAD, Chetan will be engaging with and mentoring the students pursuing Communication Design Programme.

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