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Pithamber Rao Polsani

Area of Practice

Transdisciplinary researcher, Mentor, Teacher


MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

MPhil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

PhD, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Work Experience

  • Led learning Academies for Royal Bank of Scotland and Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Established a Virtual University at Satyam Computer Services
  • Taught at the University of Arizona; Bates College; and University of Delhi

Interest Areas

Art and design discourse; vernacular design; architecture, urban design; philosophy

Current Practice at Srishti

Research design; art; architecture and design discourse; philosophy; culture and literature

Creative Practice and Outreach

  • Editor, Unbound: A Journal of Discourse and Creative Practices.  Online Journal:
  • Organizer:
  1. Conference on Research in Art, Design and Culture: Annual transdisciplinary conference that attracts national and international scholars and practitioners. Selected contributions to the conference are normally published as an edited volume with reputed publishers.
  2. Colloquium, a fortnightly forum for Srishti faculty and outside scholars to share their work, ongoing research and work in progress
  3. Graduate Symposiums, held once a year in the third week of July and offer a public forum for doctoral scholars to present their ongoing research and receive feedback from peers and experts in the field.

Projects showcase:

Research Supervisor for seven PhD students, whose work encompasses the disciplines of art, architecture, design and urbanism.

Decoloniality: Theory and Practice.  A PhD seminar that focuses on theories of decolonization and decolonial practices.

Philosophy of Design: Master’s course on the philosophical underpinnings of design concepts and contexts