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Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts and Department of Sociology
Jaideep Chatterjee
Associate Professor,
Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts and Department of Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
  • Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urbanism, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University.
  • Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University.
    Minor field: Theory and Criticism of Art History
  • M. Arch., College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning, University of Cincinnati.
  • B. Arch. Institute of Environmental Design, Gujarat, India.
Professional Experience
  • 10/12 - present Associate Professor, Design and Sociology, Shiv Nadar University
  • 01/12 - 09/12 Professor, School of Architecture and School of Art, Design and Media Studies, Sharda University New Delhi
  • 01/11 - 10/11 Visiting Associate Professor, School of Architecture, GGSIPU, New Delhi
  • 01/11 - 06/11 Visiting Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, Department of Design, Pearl Academy, New Delhi
  • 06/09 - 06/10 Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati
  • 08/07 - 05/09 Instructor, Dept. of Architecture, Cornell University
  • 01/07 - 06/07 Instructor, Dept. of Anthropology, Cornell University.
  • 09/05 - 12/06 Visiting Professor and Research Associate, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi India
  • 10/05 - 01/07 Designer and Social Research Coordinator, Urban and Community Design Cell TVBSHS, New Delhi,.
  • 01/03 - 07/05 Head Researcher and Cataloguer, Beyond the Taj, Online Visual Resource, Knight Visual Resources Library, Cornell University,
Research Interests
Visual Culture: history(s) and politics of Popular and Visual Culture, representation and techno-politics; history(s) and theories of Design and Architecture (19th and 20th centuries, western and non-western); histories of comparative/ alternate modernities in Design and Architecture (Asia, Latin America and Africa);

Anthropology: social and cultural formation(s) of knowledge, professions and institutions; Anthropology of Popular Culture; Anthropology and History of South Asia; nationalism, colonialism and (post)colonialism; feminist, Marxian, phenomenological and poststructural theory

Design: game and design analysis; design-as-interpretive act(ion); representation and design thinking; design as interaction; design-as-translation and editing; in-order-to vs. because-of design thinking
Select Publications
Forthcoming - “Design and Architecture in the Age of (techno)Logical (re)Production,” in Theorizing a new Agenda for architecture: beyond the canon, edited by NnamdiElleh, Princeton Architectural Press.

Forthcoming - “Being in the (historian’s) world” Review of Architecture's Historical Turn: Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern by Jorge Otero Pailos “Architecture Theory Review (ATR), Australia.

2011 - “Living Cities Design Competition Recap,” Trim Tab, Vol. 10

2011 - “Registering Architects in India Today,” Journal of Asian Urbanism, Sept, no. 5.

2011 - “Architectonic Improvisations: Modernity and Design(s) in Postcolonial India,” in Modern Makeovers:The Oxford Handbook of Modernity in South Asia, Edited by SaurabhDube and Ishita Banerjee-Dube, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

2007 - “Redevelopment of Khirki Village,” Delhi Urban Arts Commission (along with TVB School of habitat Studies).

2006 - "Notions of Modernity." review of Unbecoming Modern: Colonialism, Modernity, Colonial Modernities edited by SaurabhDube, Ishita Banerjee-Dube; Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2006 Economic and Political Weekly 41 (43), 4583-4594.

2005 - “Imagining Delhi: ShamnathMarg” (along with TVB School of Habitat Studies) in the Journal of Landscape Architecture. vol. IV, no. 2, 32-35.

National and International Recognition (selected):

2011 - “Cities that learn award,” (with A. B. Lall Architects) Living City Design Competition, International Living Future Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2007 - Conference Travel Grant, Cornell University.

2006-07 - American Institute of Indian Studies, Junior Research Fellowship (Hon. Mention).

2005-06 - Research Associate, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi India.

2005-06 - Sage Fellowship, Cornell University.

2004 - A. Henry Detweiler Fund Traveling Fellowship, Cornell University.

2004 - Mario Einaudi International Research Travel Grant, Cornell University.
Executive Summary
An obsessive compulsive multi-disciplinarian, Jaideep is trained as an architect, a historian and an anthropologist. With a Doctorate(s) in History of Art, Architecture and Urbanismand in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Cornell University, Jaideep’s academic enquiries traverse questions of design, visual culture, techno-politics, social formation of expertise, popular culture and nationalism. His research on architects, and design as a form(s) of expertise and expert identity in postcolonial India has been published with prestigious academic presses worldwide. Having taught at several universities, including Cornell, The University of Cincinnati, and he is, at present, an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Design at the Shiv Nadar University.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Jaideep also actively collaborates with designers, architects, artists and filmmakers. Most recently he (along with A. B. Lall) was awarded the “Cities that learn Award” in the Living Cities Design Competition organized by the Living Cities Foundation, Washington DC.

In his free time, he loves to cook, deconstruct everything from milk cartons to restaurant menus and watch movies till hell freezes over.
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