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Faculty – School of Design Meet our Faculty

Faculty – School of Design

Deepankar Bhattacharyya

He has keen interest in design thinking, its methods, processes and concerns. He studies and conducts research on design thinking and writes on design issues. He is a strategic design consultant and educator. He is interested in discovering user-centered problems and processes to solve them to create opportunities using design thinking as a strategic tool. He uses design thinking to define problems, develop and execute creative solutions in order to overcome systemic challenges.

He is an alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahemedabad where he studied design during his undergraduate program. He is a member of Academic Council at Ajeenkya D Y Patil univerisity. He has participated in a number of projects related to design as a design consultant in his career. He worked with a few great names in industry like Ivan Chermayeff (Chermayeff & Geismar), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, National Wastelands Development Board, Dandi Memorial Project, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Bhavin Mali

Bhavin earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering affiliated to Mumbai university and completed his further education in design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad where he earned his postgraduate degree in design and became an industrial designer by profession. With over 10 years of real-life experience in automotive and design industries, he has worked with companies like Maruti Suzuki, Godrej & Boyce, Elephant Strategy+Design, REVA Electric Car Company and YO bikes electric vehicles. He has handled various positions ranging from sales executive to quality engineer to industrial designer.

Bhavin is a product designer with special affinity for ‘green’ products and services and he is passionate about transportation system, from vehicles to the whole supporting infrastructure. His hobbies are blogging and photography.

Nallur Chandra Prasad

He pursued his  dream  of  becoming  an  automotive designer by taking up the  bachelors  course  in  Transportation Design  offered  at  Istituto  Europeo  di Design(IED), one of the premier design schools in Turin, Italy.  During his college years, he won prestigious design projects sponsored by Azimut  Yachts and Aston Martin Motor company. Though he has been inundated with offers from internationally renowned automobile companies, his passion lies in pedagogy. His core interest areas include conceptualization, free hand and digital sketching and rendering, automobile design history, aesthetics and future mobility solutions. He has been guiding students in design projects since he joined the college as a full time faculty in 2010. Along with other senior faculty members, he has been instrumental in establishing the Automobile Design discipline in college .

Ashish Nar

Ashish Nar has earned his MA (Master’s degree) in car design from Domus Academy of the University of Wales. Before his postgraduate degree in car design, he completed his bachelor in engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He was also employed as Operations Executive at Nilkamal Limited in Mumbai. During his Master’s program, he undertook a project with Renault Technocenter (Paris). He has been part of School of Design since 2012.

Ashish was judged as the runner up at Seatec-Targa Rodolfo Bonetto Infrastructure (Pleasure Port) Design Competition 2011 as well has won the Inter Collegiate Robotics Competition. Currently he is employed at School of Design as a faculty.

Kushal Jadhav

Mr. Kushal is an engineer in telecommunications and a postgraduate in Industrial Design. He began his career in design from MIT ID, Pune while studying Product design. He is a professional designer with 10 years of experience. His core expertise lies in materials and manufacturing processes, prototyping, electronic product design with newly found interest in design of urban farming systems.

Uttam Hasabnis

Mr. Uttam has worked with a wide range of brands and has exhibited his designs at many international events and competitions including the poster design winner for International Typography Day 2019, IDC, IIT Powai, Mumbai. His Logos, Brand Identity Designs has been officially selected for many governmental organizations including CFSI, NCFF, URDC and Bollywood celebrities.

His writings on Brand Logo and ‘How to choose colors wisely’ have been published in Creative GAGA magazine. He has designed and written extensively on the Expressive Typography on social media.

Over the course of 12+ years, he has been working with various brands to startups, to leading agencies and design studios as an Art Director, Designer and Creative Consultant. His area of interest is Branding and Brand Identity Design. After Work he loves Furoshiki, Photography, Wall-art, Theatre, Painting, and Creative writing.

Rahul Manohar

Being an automotive design aspirant, he started his education with BE Mechanical Engineering followed by specialization in Automobile Service & Maintenance Technology and later for a specialized design course at DSK ISD Supinfocom. Post his education, he compiled various experiences working under 3 design studios and there by extending his area of expertise in, both Design and 3D. He has more than 8 years of industrial and academic experience. He will be soon joining us as an assistant professor in the design department.

He recently worked as an interior design of a production car, for a French Automotive Giant which will be released in the Indian market by 2021. Besides designing, he has worked in 3D for both interior and exterior of concept cars such as the Renault Kwid Climber & Racer, Trezor and production cars such as Renault Kwid, Lodgy, Duster and Espace. His key strengths in design would be sketching, digital rendering and alias.

Dr. Vaibbhavi Ranavaade

Dr Vaibbhavi P is an Educationist , researcher and designer with 20+ years of experience. She has been the founding HOD of premier design schools in India.She is a founding member of Fashion Design programs at ADYPU.She continues as an educational consultant for higher studies in Design education pan India . Professionally she offers expertise in developing successful growth strategies by training both learners and team members through curriculum development and skill building. Committed to excellence in the field of higher design education with student experience at the core. Presented papers at international conferences and published research in refereed journals. Her doctoral research with the Title “A Semiotic study of the Indian Sari” has garnered a lot of interest in the academic community as well as the Industry. Invited as keynote speaker and panelist at esteemed forums and her work and views have been published in national publications.

She has diverse research experience in the area of Semiotics of fashion, Indian fashion system, Slow fashion side of sustainable fashion, varied applied research for design projects. Co-Founder and principal designer of slow fashion label “Vaibbhavi P”. The Label is about providing sustainable livelihoods to Indian crafts persons and promoting Indian textiles worldwide.