Dr. Vikramāditya “Vikram” Prakāsh grew up in Chandigarh, India. He
received his B. Arch. from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Panjab
University (1986), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History and Theory of
Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, New York (1989, 1994). He
taught at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad,
India (1991 - 1993) and Arizona State University, Tempe (1994-1996) before
joining University of Washington in 1996.
is an architect/urbanist and a historian. He teaches studios, lecture courses
and seminars on issues in global architecture and urbanism and postcolonial
history and theory. His published
books include Chandigarh's Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in
(University of Washington Press, 2002), A Global History of
Architecture (with Francis DK Ching & Mark Jarzombek, John Wiley
& Sons, Inc., 2006) and Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and
Architecture in British India and Ceylon (co-edited with Peter Scriver,
Routledge, 2007). A
Global History is being translated into
five languages. He is editor of a series on Modernism
in India (Mapin
Publishing), of which the first book The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma
(2012) has just been published. The next will be on the work of Aditya
Prakash (contracted with Mapin, 2013). Dr. Prakash is also working on Chandigarh
2.0: The Modern City in Neoliberal India(contracted with Routledge, 2013)
and a new textbook the history of the architecture of India.
Dr. Prakāsh has served as the
Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and as
Chair of the Department of Architecture. Currently,
he is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban
Lab, a multi-year project that studies Chandigarh, historically
and today, as a case study in contemporary mid-sized urbanization in India.
Conducted in collaboration with the faculty and students of Chandigarh
College of Architecture, the Lab actively engages local academics,
architects, landscape architects, urbanists, planners, activists and the
local administration in its work.
is also partner in the design firm Verge Architecture
with Leah C. Martin. Verge Architecture is dedicated to sustainable and
relevant design solutions in a changing world. It is co-located in Seattle
Dr. Prakāsh lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He paints, writes
poetry, and is a modern dance, performance art and theater enthusiast. An
unpublished play lurks on his hard drive somewhere.