Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar is a professor at Columbia University, New York; Chair of the Ph.D. program at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore, India; 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 conservation 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 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 Sustainable Urban Futures. 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 and a strategy paper on Culture and Development for the Culture Sector of UNESCO in 2012.
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 Developmen(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 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. She is currently a member of the Panel for Sustainability with the Bureau of Indian Standards. She serves on the editorial boards of the 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.
She is currently working on a book manuscript, Designing Change and Continuity: Cultural Resilience and Sustainability in Urban South Asia.