Gaurav Raheja - Department of Architecture and Planning,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Gaurav Raheja
Gaurav Raheja Head of department
Areas of Interest
  • Universal Design, Design for Disabled, Ageing & Children, Inclusive Mobility, Urban Futures, Accessibility and Inclusion, Contemporary World Architecture, Design Thinking, Visual Communication, Design Theory and Pedagogy, Social Research Methods, Demography & Diversity, Social Sustainability , Environment Behaviour Studies, Public Spaces, Urban Design
Professional Background
2019-01-01OngoingProfessorIIT Roorkee
2014-01-015 years Associate ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2009-01-015 years Assistant ProfessorIIT Roorkee
2006-01-013 years LecturerIIT Roorkee
Multiple Posts
2010-01-01OngoingAssociate ManagerAnushruti
2008-01-01OngoingInstitute ArchitectIIT Roorkee
2009-01-01OngoingStaff AdvisorFine Arts Section, Hobbies Club, IITR
2011-01-01OngoingO C Building MaintenanceIIT Roorkee
2009-01-012 years Staff AdvisorMusic Section, Cultural Council, IITR
2008-01-01OngoingO C WorkshopDept. of Arch. & Plng., IIT Roorkee
2006-01-013 years O C ExaminationsIIT Roorkee
Honors and Awards
Authored Universal Design India Principles (with 8 other authors)Copyright at NID, Ahmedabad2011
DAAD Bilateral Exchange Fellowship 2019 Technische Universitat Berlin2019
Curated & Organised 100 years of Bauhaus titled Bauhaus @ 100, Design:Yesterday, Today and TomorrowGerman Center for Research and Innovation2019
Universal Design AwardNCPEDP, New Delhi2010
Citation as Winner of a National Design Competition for ARIIA Trophy Design Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India2019
Member of Screening Committee for National Disability AwardMSJE, New Delhi2010
Felicitated and Appointed as DAAD Research Ambassador for the India and South Asia RegionDAAD2018
Member of Review Committee for Accessibility StandardsMinistry of Urban Development, New Delhi2009
Keynote Speaker in a DFG funded International Conference on Universal Design for Mobility HubsChair of Urban Health Games, T U Darmstadt, Germany2018
Yuva Ratna Award as Faculty GuideBirla White2009
Doctoral Research Fellowship Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India2002
Guest Research FellowshipInstitute for Sociologie at Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany2017
Fellowship for an International Summer School, B_CON (Bio-inspired Concepts for Built Environment)Chair of Knowledge Architecture, T U Dresden, Germany2017
Letter of Appreciation by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Government of India2016
DAAD Bilateral Exchange Fellowship T U Darmstadt, Germany2016
Empanelled as an Accessibility Consultant by Department of Disability AffairsMinistry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India2016
Selected for the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD )Science Tour Scholar DAAD, Bonn, Germany2016
Invited as an Accessibility Consultant for Access Audit of Prime Minister’s Office, New DelhiMinistry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India2015
Scholarship by the German Excellence Initiative for International Summer School on SynCityTechnical University of Dresden, Germany2014
25th All India Rank (97.4 percentile) in CEED (Common Entrance Exam in Design) IIT Bombay2002
Educational Details
Ph.D.Enabling Environments for the Mobility Impaired in Rural AreasIIT Roorkee2008
Master of ArchitectureDesigning for the DisabledIIT Roorkee2002
B.ArchitectureArchitectureP T U Jalandhar2000
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
Design Innovation CenterMinistry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India2018-01Ongoing
An International Symposium on Bauhaus@100, Design:Yesterday, Today and TomorrowGerman Center of Research & Innovation (DWIH)2019-011 year 6 months
Universal Design and Accessibility Planning:An interdisciplinary approach to inclusive environment Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India2018-012 years 6 months
Participation in seminars
NamePlaceSponsored ByDate
Animation BasicsNID, AhmedabadIIT Roorkee2020-07
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Group DiscussionAR 416B.Arch. - IV th yearSpring
Universal Design and Accessibility PlanningARN 632M.Arch.Spring
Building Construction - IIIAR 204B.Arch. - IInd yearSpring
Barrier Free Environment for Transport InfrastructureCTN 504M.TechAutumn
Principles of ArchitectureAR 106B.Arch. - Ist yearSpring
Contemporary Architecture: Theories and TrendsARN 603M.Arch.Autumn
Architecture DesignAR 102B.Arch. - Ist yearSpring
Research Scholar Groups
Scholar NameInterest
Smita S. SuryawanshiArchitecture, Music
Swapneel JaiswalAccessibility, Barrier Free Transport
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Date
Visual and Thermal Comfort Evaluation of School Classrooms for Fenestration Design Gireendra KumarO2012-01
Accessibility Assessment Framework for Inclusive Technical Educational Campuses in IndiaSmita SuryawanshiO2013-01
Urban core revitalization of Ajmer city Navneet MunothO2009-01
Inclusive Mobility for Elderly in an Indian Pilgrimage City Swapneel JaiswalO2013-01
Critical Regionalism in Contemporary Indian ArchitectureSanyam BahgaO2014-01
Children’s Independent Mobility in Urban Neighborhoods of IndiaMegha TyagiO2016-01
Universal Design for Ageing and Functional Independence in Urban Housing Contexts IramO2018-01
Pedagogy of Structures in Architectural Design Education Prabhjot Singh SuggaO2015-01
Frameworks for Interventions in Space Making Crafts of UttarakhandSmriti SaraswatO2013-01
Visits to outside institutions
Institute VisitedPurpose of VisitDate
T U BerlinBilateral Exchange Fellowship2019-01-01
SPA, BhopalJury on Universal Design2011-01-01
Technical University of Dresden, GermanyIndian Mentor under DAAD - MSP programme2020-07-07
Tokyo Technical College, TokyoProfessional visit 2020-07-07
Hafencity University, HamburgCollaborative Discussions with City Science Lab2019-01-01
BVB, HubliGuest of Honour, Annual NASA Convention2011-01-01
T U Berlin2019, DAAD Bilateral Exchange Fellowship2020-07-07
IIT KanpurGuest of Honour, International Day of Persons with Disabilities2019-01-01
Leibniz Hannover University, HannoverCollaborative Discussions with Prof. Margarita Buchert2019-01-01
Royal College of Arts, London, UKCollaborative Discussions with Prof. Rama Gheerawoo, Director, Helen Hamlyn Center for Design2015-01-01
IIM BangaloreInclusive Education Seminar2019-01-01
University College London, UK10th International Space Syntax Symposium2015-01-01
T U Darmstadt, GermanyKeynote Address in Universal Design for Mobility Hubs2018-01-01
University of Duisburg, GermanyVisiting Researcher / Professor2016-01-01
Bauhaus University, Weimar, GermanyDesign Studio Pedagogy, Contemporary Architecture2018-01-01
Center for Excellence in Universal Design, Dublin, IrelandMeeting with Prof. Gerald Craddock, Director, CEUD2015-01-01
Lund University, SwedenInternational Conference on Universal Design, UD 20142014-01-01
SPA, New DelhiDesign Jury for B.Arch. - IInd year2019-01-01
Bauhaus, Dessau, GermanyStudy of Modernism / Contemporary Architecture2014-01-01
Technical University of Vienna, AustriaDesign Studio Pedagogy2013-01-01
Universal Design India ResearchB N C A, Pune2014-01
SANSADHAN HACKATHONNITI AAYOG, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment2019-01
Participation in short term courses
Couse NameSponsored ByDate
Effective Teaching; Cooperative Learning, Effective Faculty Development, Outcomes based educationIndo US Faculty Leadership Programme2009-01
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
Barrier Free Environments, Short Term Course (1 week)QIP Centre, IIT Roorkee2011-01
Building Energy Simulation Awareness WorkshopUSAID, BEE, Continuing Education, IIT Roorkee2008-01
Special Lectures Delivered
Universal Design in Architecture and Interior DesignDr.MGR School for Speech and Hearing Impaired, Chennai2014-01
National International Collaboration
Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban SustainabilityTechnische Universitat Berlin, Germany
Books Authored

1. Raheja, Gaurav (2016), Enabling Environments for the Mobility Impaired in the Rural Areas: An Inclusive Design Approach to Rural Context, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.

2. Raheja Gaurav (Ed.), 2017, Design for All, A publication of Design for All Institute of India, June 2017, Vol. 12, No. 6.

Refereed Journal Papers

1. Kumar, G., Raheja, G., (2016) “Design Determinants of Building Envelope for Sustainable Built Environment”, International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), Volume 3 Issue 2 : 111-118, E-ISSN 2289-8948.

2. Raheja, Gaurav (2016), Accessibility :Towards the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Yojana, a journal of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

3. Raheja, Gaurav, Suryawanshi, S., Jaiswal, S. (2015), Universal Design for Urban Futures in India, Journal of The Indian Institute of Architects, Mumbai, April, 2015.

4. Bagha, S., Raheja, G. (2014), Role of Monuments in Le Corbusier’s Capitol, Journal of The Indian Institute of Architects, Mumbai, September, 2014.

5. Brar, T., Munoth, N., Raheja, G.,(2013), Issues of Sustainable Redevelopment of City Core: A Study Of Developed And Developing Countries, Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India): Series A

6. Raheja, Gaurav (2013), Strategic model of rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities in rural areas, International Journal of Disability Studies, Society of Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, New Delhi, Pp 25-34, Vol. V & VI.

7. Raheja, Gaurav (2012), Research design for enabling environments for rural disabled, Spandrel, an International peer reviewed journal of School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Spring 2012, Pp 72 - 81.

8. Raheja, Gaurav (2011), Universal Design India Principles: The Scope of its implementation, Design for All, Vol. 6, No. 11, November 2011, A publication of Design for All Institute of India. Page 9 of 11

9. Kaur, A., Raheja, G., Kapoor, N. (2011), Bamboo gets a new identity in the world of Construction, Architecture, Time, Space and People, Council of Architecture, India

10. Raheja Gaurav, Kulkarni, S.Y., Handa, S C (2007), Enablement by Universal Design, A BI Annual International Journal of Architecture, Conservation and Urban Studies, BITS Ranchi, Vol.2, No.2 Pp 31 – 37.




1. Saraswat, Smriti, Raheja, Gaurav (2015), Craft: A Narrative Barometer for Interior- Architecture Specific Focus on Stone Crafts in Religious Buildings of India, ICoRD 15,Research into Design across boundaries, Amaresh Chakrabarti (Ed.)Volume, Theory, Research Methodology, Aesthetics, Human Factors and Education, Springer India, 2015, ISSN 2190-3018, Pp 343-362

2. Raheja,G., Suryawanshi, S., (2014), Inclusive Strategies for Universal Access in Educational campus environments in a book titled Inclusive Desiging, Joining Usability, Accessibility and Inclusion, Springer Publications, 2014, UK as proceedings of an international conference titled 7th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology held during March, 2014 at Cambridge University, UK.

3. Raheja, Gaurav, Suryawanshi, Smita (2014), Inclusive Informal Campus Spaces through Universal Design India Principles, Universal Design 2014: Three Days of Creativity and Diversity H. Caltenco et al. (Eds.), IOS Press, Amsterdam, Assistive Technology Research Series, ISSN 1383-813X, Pp 195-203.( Universal Design 2014 conference held at Lund University, Sweden)

4. Raheja, Gaurav, Jaiswal, Swapneel (2014), Universal Design for Indian Public Transportation Systems, Universal Design 2014: Three Days of Creativity and Diversity H. Caltenco et al. (Eds.), IOS Press, Amsterdam, Assistive Technology Research Series, ISSN 1383-813X, Pp 441-442. (Universal Design 2014 conference held at Lund University, Sweden)

5. Raheja Gaurav, Kulkarni, S.Y., 2005: Design Approach for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities in a report of an Orientation Programme on Vocational Education for Key Functionaries working in the Field of ETR of Persons with Disabilities held at by PSSCIVE (NCERT), Bhopal Pp 46-50.

6. Raheja Gaurav, Kulkarni, S.Y., 2005 : Barrier Free Environment : The Pathway to Accessibility, An Orientation Guide for Promotion of Vocational Education published by PSSCIVE (NCERT), Bhopal.




1. Saraswat, Smriti, Raheja, Gaurav, Mayuresh, Gautam (2017), Documenting, Preserving and Revitalising the Art, Craft and Interior Architecture of Almora (Uttarakhand), ICOMOS 2017 (Accepted) Page 10 of 11

2. Saraswat, Smriti, Raheja, Gaurav, (2017), Documenting the Cultural-Creative Industries of Uttarakhand: Specific Focus on the Space Making Crafts of Almora, International Conference on Sustainable Built Environments, 2017, IIT Roorkee.

3. Raheja, Gaurav, Tyagi, Megha (2016), Mobility experience of persons with visual impairments in Indian railway station environments, Persons with Disabilities held at by PSSCIVE (NCERT), Bhopal Pp 46-50.

4. Raheja, Gaurav, Borgmann, Katharina (2016), Urban Transformations in Left Over Spaces: Explorations through a space syntax perspective, IFKAD 2016, T U Dresden, International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics 11th edition, Towards a New Architecture of Knowledge: Big Data, Culture and Creativity, Dresden, Germany

5. Raheja, Gaurav, Kumar Dhiraj, Sinha, Trisha (2015)Accessibility of Small Town Market Streets In India, 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons, TRANSED, July 2015, Lisbon.

6. Raheja, Gaurav, Kiran, S., Sharma, U., Garg, R., Ramachandra, A.,(2015)Universal Design Strategies For Inclusive Riverfront Development In India,14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons, TRANSED, July 2015, Lisbon.

7. Raheja, Gaurav,Ahmed, Faraz,(2015) Inclusive Street Design In A Mixed Landuse Neighbourhood,14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and

Disabled persons, TRANSED, July 2015, Lisbon.

8. Raheja, Gaurav, Jaiswal, Swapneel, (2015), Inclusive Tourism For Pligrimage Towns of India, 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons, TRANSED, July 2015, Lisbon.

9. Raheja, Gaurav, Borgmann, Katharina, Pillai, Sangeeth. (2015) Urban Transformation in Left over Spaces : A Case of Dilli Haat, The Tenth Space Syntax Symposium, UCL, London.

10. Raheja, Gaurav, Srivastava, A., Tyagi, M., Javaid, S. (2015), Simulation and Experiential Learning in Universal Design, International Conference on Universal Design and Development, 2015, jointly organized by DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore and British Council, March 13 – 15, 2015.

11. Kumar, G., Raheja, G., (2013) Role of building Envelope Design in Sustainable Built Form, International Conference on Materials, Architecture and Engineering Technology, Beijing, China, December 2013, in Proceedings of Destec Publications, USA

12. Raheja, Gaurav (2012), Enabling Rural Environments – A sustainable Universal Design approach, The 4th International Conference for Universal Design in Fukuoka, Japan, organized by International Association for Universal Design, Japan, October 12 – 14, 2012.

13. Raheja, Gaurav (2012), Developing Methodology For Accessibility Research In Rural Environments, 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons, TRANSED, September 2012, New Delhi. Page 11 of 11

14. Khare, R., Mullick, A., Raheja, G. (2012), Universal Design India Principles @ 2011: A collaborative process of developing design principles, 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons, TRANSED, September 2012, New Delhi.

15. Raheja, Gaurav (2011), Approach to Barrier Free Environments in Rural Areas, National Convention on Disability, Human Rights and Social Justice in India, A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, Pp 20-24.

16. Raheja, Gaurav (2011), Roorkee School for the Deaf: A Role Model in Special Education, National Workshop on Disability and Inclusive Education, Bangarpet (Kolar), Karnataka, India.

17. Raheja, Gaurav (2010), Disabling Barriers to Access Water and Sanitation Facilities in Rural Environments, National Symposium on Accessibility of Water and Sanitation for Persons with Disabilities in India, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Pp 18-32.

18. Raheja, Gaurav (2010), Researching Accessibility Issues for Persons with Disabilities in Rural Areas, National Congress on Road designs and accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Rural and Hilly Areas at Chandigarh. India, Pp 8-13.

19. Raheja, Gaurav (2008), Curriculum Development with Universal Design, A Holistic Approach to Create Barrier Free Environments, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and School of Planning and Architecture at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

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