Dr. H. C. Visvesvaraya

Internationally renowned engineer. Recipient of PADMA SHRI award by the Government of India. Presently, Chairman (in Honorary Capacity) of the Technical Committee responsible for the National Building Code of the Bureau of Indian Standards; Formerly, Chairman National Board of Accreditation, Vice Chancellor University of Roorkee, Chairman & Director General NCB, President Institution of Engineers (India) and so on.

Shri. S. Shyam Sunder

Indian.Forest.Service (Retd)Shri. S. Shyam Sunder is an internationally renowned forest & timber expert. Formerly: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Government of Karnataka; Chairman, Common Wealth Forestry Association, South Asia; President, HAL IInd Stage Civic Amenities Association; Consultant to Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, FAO, TCS, SIDA, DANIDA, etc. He is Founder Member of the following non-profit organizations: Karnataka Heritage (Chairman, Irniraya, former Secretary to Government of India); Asia Center (Chairman, A. P. Venkateswaran, former Secretary to Government of India); Center for Processed Foods (Chairman, G. Ashwathanarayana, former Secretary to Government of India).Chairman Bureau of Indian Standards Technical Committee on Timber, and so on.

Executive Trustee

Smt. Vishalu H. Visvesvaraya


Founder & Director

Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar (On Leave)


J Hosagrahar

Jyoti Hosagrahar holds the UNESCO Chair for Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore. She is a professor at Columbia University, New York; Chair of the Ph.D. program at Srishti; and Founder-Director of Sustainable Urbanism International, an NGO in Bangalore, India, and a research unit at GSAPP, Columbia University. Architect, planner, and historian, she is engaged with planning, design, and policies on urban development, urban preservation and heritage management, and sustainability issues. Since 2011, Hosagrahar has served as an expert member of the national Advisory Committee for World Heritage Matters under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. In that capacity she served on the Working Group for revising India’s Tentative List during 2011-2012. She serves on the Executive Committee of ICOMOS India and is the Coordinator of the ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on the Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration and is on the Scientific Board of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for the same. She serves as a technical expert for UNESCO on historic cities, culture and development, and urban sustainability. For 6 years she has been on the working group for development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscapes. She is also on the UNESCO Expert Group for World Heritage and Sustainable Development. For UNESCO, Hosagrahar has authored “Culture: A Driver and an Enabler of Sustainable Development” Thematic Think Piece for the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, 2012; and two background papers for the Hangzhou Congress on Culture and Development, 2013. Since 2010 has been involved with UNESCO’s efforts in Culture and Development authoring the brochure “Power of Culture for Development” for the MDG Review meeting in New York in 2010, a strategy paper on Culture and Development for the Culture Sector of UNESCO in 2012.

Hosagrahar is a Global Advisor for the UN Global Compact Cities Program, co-author of the Policy paper for “Operationalizing Culture in the Sustainable Development of Cities” for Gold IV of the UN United Cities and Local Governments, and an Expert Group member on Public Space with UNHABITAT. Hosagrahar is the author of Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture and Urbanism (Architext Series, Routledge, 2005) awarded a 2006 book prize by the International Planning History Society. She is co-author (with Francesco Bandarin) of the award-winning article,”Why Development Needs Culture,” in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (2011). In partnership with The Energy Resource Institute, India, Hosagrahar 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 has 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 6-volume report, a project for heritage based development in Badami with KUIDFC; and with Columbia University, a project for disaster reduction and climate change adaptation in Guwahati for the Government of Assam. She is currently a member of the Panel for Sustainability with the Bureau of Indian Standards, and Karnataka’s Tourism Vision Group.

She leads the SUI-Srishti Collaborative with Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology exploring the intersections of design, culture, environment, and sustainable development. She has conducted design innovation workshops in collaboration with NGOs and the city government with Columbia University and Srishti in Bangalore. She serves on the editorial boards of City, Culture, and Society, 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. Hosagrahar serves as a visiting professor in the UNESCO Chair Program at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Designing Change and Continuity: Cultural Resilience and Sustainability in Urban South Asia.


Amit Chanchal



Interests: Finance, Real Estate, Social Finance, Urban Economy, Urban Development.

Amit has been a part of SUI since 2006 in varying capacities. As a B.Arch from Manipal University and experience in Urban Planning, he has been involved in most of the projects. With his Business training (MBA) from ESSEC, Paris, he is currently involved in implementation of projects and economic development. Amit also heads SUI-Enable, an education and training initiative of SUI for design students and professionals.

Anisha Arabolu

Heritage and Conservation


Advisor (Heritage)

SPV Halakatti

SPV Halakatti is a retired Archaeologist, with MA in Ancient Indian history and Epigraphy (Including Archaeology) and Ph.D in Ancient Indian history and Epigraphy (Including Archaeology). He has been with ASI since 2004, as Superintending Archaeologist – Bangalore circle, continuing to be the Director (ASI) – Archaeology, New Delhi till 2012.