Dr. Vikramāditya “Vikram” Prakāsh is an architectural historian, an urbanist and partner in the architectural design firm VergeAD. He works on issues modernism, globalization and urbanization, global history, preservation and postcolonial theory. He has lectured extensively worldwide.
His books include Chandigarh’s Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in Postcolonial India, A Global History of Architecture (with Francis DK Ching & Mark Jarzombek), Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (with Peter Scriver, co-eds), and The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma. He is Series Editor of Sustainable Design Solutions from the Pacific Northwest and Modernism in India. A Global History is widely used as a textbook and being translated into five languages. He is currently working onf Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization (Routledge: 2014).
Vikram has served as Associate Dean and Chair at the University of Washington. His administrative experience includes capital campaigning, strategic planning, institutional networking, and mentoring. His public service includes terms on the Boards of the Seattle Center and the Seattle AIA.
Currently, he is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab, and founding board member of GAHTC – the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. He is co-PI on a million dollar Mellon Foundation grant on global history, and consultant on a 1.2 million NASA grant on contemporary urbanization in China and India.
Vikram grew up in Chandigarh, India. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He loves poetry, and is a modern dance and theater enthusiast. An internet start-up is a part of his entrepreneurial cv.