Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar is a Senior Advisor for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore – India’s first prospective National Innovation University addressing the challenges of urbanisation through an integrated programme of education, research, consulting and advisory services.
Jyoti is a professor at Columbia University, New York and Director of Sustainable Urbanism International at Columbia University, and Bangalore, India. Architect, planner, and historian, she is engaged with planning, design, and policies on urban development, urban conservation, and sustainability issues. She serves as an expert for UNESCO on historic cities and urban sustainability. She has been on the working group for the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscaps and also with the UNESCO Expert Group for Urban Futures.
In partnership with The Energy Resource Institute, India, Jyoti developed a framework for moving towards urban sustainability, “An Exploration of Sustainability in the Provision of Basic Urban Services in Indian Cities” (TERI, 2009). She led SUI in the preparation of an integrated site management plan for the conservation and sustainable development of the heritage of the Hoysala towns in Karnataka that includes a 5-volume report. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Journal of Planning History and Buildings and Landscapes as well as on the board for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.
Jyoti was awarded a 2006 book prize by the International Planning History Society for her book Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism. She has also been the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Jyoti’s research interests include urban heritage, cultural and environmental sustainability of cities focusing on the intersections of nature, culture, and the built environment.
- Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism (Architext Series, Routledge, 2005)