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Dr. Harsimran Kaur
Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture, Planning and Design IIT (BHU)
harsimran.apd@itbhu.ac.in
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Area of Interest: 
Sustainability in Built Environment, Sustainable Development of Hill Settlements, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Heritage Conservation, Spatial Analytics and Data Visualization

Educational Qualifications

  • PhD in Architecture (2020), from the Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Uttarakhand, India.
  • M. Arch. (2015), from the Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Uttarakhand, India.
  • B. Arch. (2011), from Lovely Institute of Technology (affiliated to Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala).

Additional Qualifications

  • IGBC AP (Indian Green Building Council Accredited Professional) 

Experience (Teaching/Research/Industrial):

  • Assistant Professor (July 2020 to present), Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU), Varanasi.
  • Teaching Assistant (January 2016 to December 2019), Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee.
  • Assistant Professor (July 2015 – Dec 2015): Lovely School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Kapurthala, India.
  • Consultancy project (Aug 2015 – Sept 2016): Refurbishing Urbanscape of Phagwara City, Punjab, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC – Development) Phagwara, Punjab.
  • Consultancy project (Aug 2015 – Dec 2015): Rejuvenation of Jalandhar National Highway (NH-1) – LPU TO BMC Chowk, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC – Development) Jalandhar, Punjab.
  • Architect Intern (May 2014 – July 2014): Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Delhi, India.
  • Workshop Convener (June 2013 – July 2013): Teaching of 3D software (Rhino and Revit) at Sushant School of Architecture, Ansal University, Gurugram, India.
  • Consultancy project (Jan 2013 – May 2013): Beautification of Entrance Plaza of the Science City, Kapurthala, Punjab.
  • Lecturer (August 2011 – May 2013): Lovely School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Kapurthala, India.
  • Architect Intern (July 2009 – Dec 2009): Munish Verma and Associates, Delhi, India

Courses Taught:

  • Building Construction II (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Computer Applications in Architecture (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Landscape Architecture and Site Development (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Architectural Graphics II (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Introduction to Architecture (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Geomatics Techniques for Architects (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Architectural Design Studio III (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Principles of Architecture (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Building Codes and Regulations (Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT-BHU)
  • Introduction to Architecture (Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee)
  • Building Construction (Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee)
  • History of Architecture (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Dissertation (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Architectural Design (VII, IV, III, II) (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Computer Software’s in Architecture (III) (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Working Drawing (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Environmental Science and Management (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Building Services (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Computer Software’s in Architecture (II) (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Climatology (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)
  • Advance Architecture (School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University, Punjab)

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ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1038-4602

Published in an International Journal

  • Praharaj, S., Kaur, H. and Wentz, E. (2022). The Spatial Association of Demographic and Population Health Characteristics with COVID-19 Prevalence Across Districts in India. Geographical Analysis. https://doi.org/10.1111/gean.12336. (SCI Indexed – Q1, IF: 4.268)
  • Kaur, H. and Garg, P. (2021). Case-based assessment of planned hill town using existing urban sustainability assessment tools. Environment, Development and Sustainabilityhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-021-01585-9. (SCI Indexed – Q2, IF: 3.219)
  • Kaur, H., Singh P., Bivina GR and Nawani A. (2021). Qualitative Evaluation of Pedestrian Facilities using the PLOS Model. IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 775, 012006. (Scopus Indexed)
  • Nawani, A. and Kaur, H. (2021). A Microclimatic Study of Urban Neighbourhood Parks. IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 775, 012006. (Scopus Indexed)
  • Kaur, H. and Garg, P. (2020). City Profile: New Tehri. Cities 102, 102718. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102718. (SCI Indexed – Q1, IF: 5.835)
  • Kaur, H. and Garg, P. (2019). Urban Sustainability Assessment Tools: A Review. Journal of Cleaner Production 210, February 2019, pp 146-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.009. (SCI Indexed: Q1, IF: 9.297)

Published in an International/National Conferences

  • Praharaj, S. and Kaur, H. (2022). Towards a Socially Equitable Approach to Urban Resilience. In: 14th Ecocity World Summit 2022 (22-24 February 2022). 
  • Kaur, H. and Nawani, A. (2021). Ferrocement as Sustainable Building Material. In: 6th National Convention Ferrocement "Precast Ferrocement - Future of Construction industry" (14-18 November 2021), India organized by Ferrocement Society India.
  • Kaur, H., Singh P., Bivina GR and Nawani A. (2021). Qualitative Evaluation of Pedestrian Facilities using the PLOS Model. In: Global Sustainability Conference (GSC)(Scopus Indexed, Springer Publication)
  • Nawani, A. and Kaur, H. (2021). A Microclimatic Study of Urban Neighbourhood Parks. In: Global Sustainability Conference (GSC)(Scopus Indexed, Springer Publication)
  • Sehgal, V. and Kaur, H. (2020). Urban Heritage Conservation for Sustainable Development: A case of Kapurthala. In: International Congress Sustainable Development through Engineering Innovations (SDEI), Ludhiana (17-19th Sept, 2020). (Scopus Indexed, Springer Publication)
  • Garg, P. and Kaur, H. and (2019). Sustainability Issues in Context of Indian Hill Towns. In: International Conference 11th KES-SEB-2019 on “Sustainability in Energy and Building” Budapest, Hungary (July 4-5, 2019). (A Grade Conference - Scopus Indexed, Springer Publication)
  • Kaur, H. and Garg, P. (2019). Measuring Sustainability of Development in Planned Hill Towns: A Case of New Tehri Town. In: 7th International Conference on “Research Into Design (ICoRD)” organized by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (January 9-11, 2019). (Scopus Indexed, Springer Publication)
  • Kaur, H. and Garg, P. (2018). Developing a Sustainability Assessment Framework for Urban Developments in Hill Areas: A Case of New Tehri, Uttarakhand, India. In: 34th International Conference PLEA 2018 on “Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit” organized by Chinese University of Hong Kong (December 10-12, 2018). (A Grade Conference)
  • Singh, D. and Kaur, H. (2018). Sustainable Water Management of Water Bodies in Urban Area – A case of Indore, India. In: International Conference on "Sustainable Technologies for Intelligent Water Management". Feb 2018.
  • Kaur, H. and Garg, P. (2017). A Review of Urban Sustainability Tools with focus on Hilly Regions. In: International Conference on Mountain Cities, Climate Change and Urban Sustainability organized by CRRID, Chandigarh and Asia Climate Change Education Centre (ACCEC), Jeju, South Korea (November 6-8, 2017).
  • Kaur, H., Ahuja, R. and Praharaj, S. (2015).Revitalization of the Historic Urban Quarters and upgrading Tourism Economy in the Walled City of Diu, India. In: National Conference on Rediscovering Cities (NCRC), Ambala, pp 24-30 (April 4, 2015). (ISBN: 978-93-81910-36-8)

Published as Book Chapters

  • Sehgal, V. and Kaur, H. (2021). Urban Heritage Conservation for Sustainable Development: A case of Kapurthala. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering (LNCE): Sustainable Development through Engineering Innovations (SDEI), Volume (113), ISSN 2366-2557, Pp 235-244
  • Kaur, H. and Garg, P. (2019), Measuring Sustainability of Development in Planned Hill Towns: A Case of New Tehri Town, ICoRD 19, Research into Design for a Connected World, Amaresh Chakrabarti (Ed.) Volume (1), Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, Springer India, 2019, ISSN 2190-3018, Pp 369-379
  • Garg, P. and Kaur, H. (2019),  Sustainability Issues in Context of Indian Hill Towns, SEB 19, Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, John Littlewood, Robert J. Howlett, Alfonso Capozzoli, Lakhmi C. Jain (Ed.) Volume (163), Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, Springer India, 2019, ISSN 2190-3018, Pp 629-639
  • 2021: Declared Champion at a national level collaborative Indian Mapping Event “IITB-ISRO-AICTE MAPATHON”
  • 2021: Session Chair for the National Conference on “Cities 2050: Planning, Governance and Management Practices” MNIT Jaipur.
  • 2021: Session Chair for the TEQIP-III Sponsored International Conference “AtamNirbhar Bharat: Technological Transformation and Preparedness in the Post Covid World” DCRUST Murthal, Haryana.
  • 2020: Certified Indian Green Building Council Accredited Professional (IGBC-AP).
  • 2019: International Travel Grant from IIT Roorkee, for attending the SEB-2019 conference, Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2015-2020: Awarded Senior Research Fellowship by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for Ph.D. in Architecture at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Uttarakhand, India.
  • 2014: Invited to attend International Vancouver Summer Program (July 2014 – August 2014) on ‘Sustainability by design: the design of the north American sustainable city and its implications for the world Perspectives on the development of the city of Vancouver’ at SALA (School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture), University of British Columbia, Canada during Masters in Architecture
  • 2013-15: Received the MHRD Educational Grant for Masters in Architecture at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Uttarakhand, India.
  • 2011: Second prize in Asia for thesis at Young Architects Festival (YAF-2011), IIA, Chandigarh, Punjab Chapter during B. Arch Thesis Project
  • 2011: Top 10 thesis of the North Zone Thesis Awards (Award for Excellence In Architectural Thesis - 2011, COA, NIASA, Pune)   
  • 2010: Birla academic excellence
  • 2007: Received the Letter of Merit from PTU University, Punjab for academic excellence

 

  • Council of Architecture (COA)
  • Indian Green Building Council – Accredited Professional (IGBC-AP)
  • Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)

AT INSTITUTE LEVEL

  • Member, Anti Ragging Squad, IIT (BHU), Varanasi 
  • Warden, S.C. Dey Girls (June 01, 2021 till May 31, 2023), IIT (BHU), Varanasi  
  • Warden, IIT Girls (Saluja) (June 01, 2021 till May 31, 2023), IIT (BHU), Varanasi  
  • Warden, Girls Hostel-I (December 06, 2021 till May 31, 2023), IIT (BHU), Varanasi  
  • Treasurer, Faculty Forum for the year 2021-22.

AT DEPARTMENTAL LEVEL

  • Convener, Conference committee (April 2022 onwards), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Convener, NASA and Study Tour (April 2022 onwards), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Member, International Relation, Resource Generation and Infrastructure Development Committee (April 2022 onwards), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Member, Department Condemnation Committee (May 2022 onwards), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Member, Departmental Purchase Committee for the session 2022-23, IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Representative, Training and Placement cell (December 2021 till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi  
  • Representative, QIP/CEP committee (October 2021 till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi  
  • Convener, Department Alumni Affairs Committee, (Sept 2021 to till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Architectural Design Course Coordinator, (July 2021 to till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Departmental Student Counselor, (Jan 2021 to till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Convenor for organizing seminar/conference/expert lecture, (Jan 2021 to till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Curriculum Development Committee (B. Arch) Member (July 2020 to till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi
  • Examination (July 2020 to till date), IIT (BHU), Varanasi

BEFORE JOINING IIT (BHU) VARANASI

  • Assist DRC Chairperson (Jan 2019 to Dec 2019), Dept of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand
  • Alumni Member of Board of Studies (July 2015 to till date), Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
  • Live Project Coordinator (July 2015 to Dec 2015), Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
  • Professional Learning Committee Coordinator (TEQIP) (July 2015 to Dec 2015), Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
  • Infrastructure Committee - Associate Member In-charge (July 2015 to Dec 2015),  Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
  • International Student Coordinator (July 2015 to Dec 2015), Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
  • Time Table Committee (Jan 2013 to May 2013), Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
  • Design Software Workshop Coordinator (Aug 2011 to May 2013), Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
  • Curriculum Development Committee (B. Arch) Member (Aug 2011 to May 2013), Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU University, Punjab
Reviewer
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability, Elsevier
  • Environment Impact Assessment Review, Elsevier
  • Architectural Engineering and Design Management, Taylor and Francis
  • Transport Reviews: A Transnational Transdisciplinary 
  • International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications
  • Journal of Regional and City Planning
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • Journal of Cultural Heritage

Workshop, Expert Talk, Webinar Organized

  • Sharing Perspectives for Climate Risk Preparedness Using Intangible Cultural Heritage as a Knowledge Resource, Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, NSC ICH and NSC CL, ICOMOS India (April 24. 2022)
  • Sustainable Hillside Development 2022, COA-TRC, Bhopal along with Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (February 14-18, 2022)
  • Craft-Design Innovation Framework: from practice to education by Ar. Jay Thakkar, Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (February 9, 2022)
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Management of Historic Towns in South Asia: Theory to Practice, Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, NSC ICH, ICOMOS India (July 19-31 August 2021)
  • Architectural Design Process by Prof. Pushplata, Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU) Varanasi (March 1, 2021)
  • Sustainable Architecture by Ar. Nilanjan Bhowal, Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU) Varanasi and GNDEC Ludhiana (August 2, 2020)

Invited Talks/Session Chairs/External Juror

  • Expert Speaker: Measuring Urban Sustainability of Hilly Areas, COA-TRC, Bhopal along with Department of Architecture, Planning and Design, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (February 18, 2022)
  • External Juror: Research Methods and Sustainable Development, IGDTUW, December 14 and December 16, 2021.
  • Invited Member: City Stakeholders Consultation on Disability Inclusion in Varanasi, jointly organised by Varanasi Smart City Limited (VSCL) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) on 7th September 2021. 
  • Session Chair: National Conference on “Cities 2050: Planning, Governance and Management Practices” MNIT Jaipur. July 23-24, 2021
  • External Juror: Architectural Design Studio IV, ICFAI School of Architecture, Hyderabad, June 23-24, 2021.
  • Session Chair: TEQIP-III Sponsored International Conference “AtamNirbhar Bharat: Technological Transformation and Preparedness in the Post COVID World” DCRUST Murthal, Haryana. March 22-23, 2021
  • Expert Speaker: Engineering Aspect of Design: Computer Applications in Design, Online Six-month certificate course on 'Design Innovation' DIC BHU Varanasi. March 16, 2021.
  • Expert Speaker: Assessment Tools for Green Construction Practices, AICTE sponsored online Short Term Course on ' Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainable Constriction Practices' IIT (BHU) Varanasi. February 01-06 2021.
  • External Juror: Urban Issues, Department of Architecture and Planning, IGDTUW, Delhi. December 10, 2020.
  • External Juror: Design Studio of M.Arch, Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU. Punjab, July 13, 2019.
  • External Juror: Architectural Design/Dissertation, Lovely School of Architecture and Design, LPU, Punjab, from January 2016 till date.

 Workshops/Short-Term Training Programs Attended

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality under ‘Future Skills PRIME’ Programme, C-DAC Pune (March 7-17, 2022)
  • Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS, AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy with DCRUST Murthal (December 27-31, 2021)
  • Child friendly city in India: inception to execution, COA-Training and Research Centre, Bhopal (November 22-26, 2021)
  • Circular Economy,  School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal (November 22-24, 2021)
  • Energy Efficient Building Technologies for Hot & Cold Climate, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee Uttarakhand (November 17-18, 2021)
  • Sikh Architecture, SAAKAR Foundation, Chandigarh (September 21. 2021)
  • Learn and build a career in UI-UX DESIGN, KAARWAN (August 9, 2021)
  • Pedagogical Process in Architecture – An Orientation for Young Teaching Fraternity, AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy with School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada (An institute of National Importance) (July 12-16, 2021)
  • Advances in Rapid Construction, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee Uttarakhand (May 27-28, 2021)
  • Advanced Course on Green Building Materials, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee Uttarakhand (April 26-28, 2021)
  • Archi-Tech Summit, Shaastra, IIT Madras (February 27, 2021)
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainable Construction Practices, AICTE sponsored online QIP short term course organized by Department of Architecture, planning and design & department of civil engineering IIT (BHU), Varanasi (February 01-06, 2021)
  • Disaster Resilient Building Constructions, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee Uttarakhand (January 27-30, 2021)
  • Assessing urban sustainability, Department of architecture and planning, VNIT Nagpur (January11-15, 2021)
  • Planning pandemic resilience cities for India: The road Ahead, Centre for urban governance (CUG), Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institue of Good Governance and Policy Analysis (AIGGPA), Bhopal (January 8, 2021)
  • Socio-ecological Resilience in Hills, Department of Architecture, NIT Hamirpur (December 18-22, 2021)
  • Hill Area Environment, Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Landslide Risk Reduction & Resilience, National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (October 20, 2020)
  • Risk Management of Biological and Cascading Hazards: In the Context of Pandemics, COEDMM Roorkee, RIKA India, IJL Keio university, ARISE India, GIDM (October 12-16, 2020)
  • Sustainable Development through Engineering Innovations, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, Punjab with Indian Geotechnical Society: Ludhiana Chapter and Institution of Engineers (I): Ludhiana Center (September17-19, 2020)
  • Teaching Indian Architectural History, COA-Training and Research Centre (May 11-15, 2020)