Associate Professor

Kavita Murugkar

Associate Professor

Bachelor's / UG : Pune University - 1998
Masters/ PG : M A AIC & Archaeology, Deccan College Deemed University
Ph.D : Ongoing, SPPU - 2012

Architect, Academician, Universal Accessibility - Inclusive Design and Heritage Consultant, B Arch, M A (Archaeology), PhD (ongoing)

Kavita Murugkar, a senior faculty at BNCA, is a National recognised Disability Inclusion Consultant and Universal Access Specialist in India. She is a strong proponent of Universal design and is working hard and consistently to promote people centric and inclusive design practice and education in the architectural fraternity in India.

She is a practicing architect and also an academician with over 19 years experience. After graduation in 1998 and establishing her practice in architecture and interior design, she decided to pursue her passion and complete her Masters in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology. And then joined BNCA as a full time faculty since 2005 and has engaged in teaching Basic Design, Architectural Design, History and Research as her core subjects.

She has established India’s second Universal Design Centre for Training and Research at BNCA and also introduced Universal Design in the syllabus framework of University of Pune.

Her outstanding teaching abilities and innovative endevours for making learning easy and enjoyable for her students has been acknowledged by prestigious bodies like the Indian Institute of Architects, A3 Foundation Chandigarh and the Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture with the Best Teacher’s Award.

She has also received the NCPEDP-MPHASIS UNIVERSAL DESIGN AWARD 2014, for the work done to promote accessibility and Universal Design in the built environment and for her outstanding contribution to educate hundreds of budding architecture students and young architects on the subject of Barrier Free Design and Design for All.

She has been empanelled by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Disability Affairs

Department, Government of India as an Accessibility auditor, consultant and trainer and has helped the Government extensively in executing the nationwide Accessible India Campaign.

She has received the Maharashtra state level AVISHKAR AWARD for best research project in humanities faculty at the Inter university research competition twice – in year 2013 and 2019 and has conducted “Heritage-walks” for differently-abled visitors. She has organized numerous sensitization lectures, workshops and seminars on Universal Design and her research papers on the subject have been published in leading research journals across the world. She has been invited by prestigious national institutions like NID, SPA, TISS for conducting discourses on Universal Design.

Her publications include a special issue on Universal Design for Architects through the JIIA. She has written many newspaper articles for spreading disability awareness amongst the massesand has been invited to speak at prestigious academic forums. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral studies in architecture in the subject of Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Heritage Sites.

Kavita Murugkar
Architect, Academician, Universal Accessibility - Inclusive Design and Heritage Consultant, B Arch, M A (Archaeology), PhD (ongoing)

Empanelled with MSJE and GOI Disability Affairs Dept. as Access Auditor and Trainer
Associate Professor at Dr. B N College of Architecture, Pune
Head, Universal Design Centre for Research and Training at BNCA
Director, Design Bridge Foundation, Pune
Proprietor, Synthesis Design Studio, Architecture and Interior Design Services Provider

Member, National Education Board, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)
Executive Committee Member (IIA Pune Centre)
Ex Member, Publication Board, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)
Member, PCERF
Life member, INTACH

Recipient of State level AVISHKAR Award as Best Researcher 2019
Recipient of National NCPEDP-MPHASIS Universal Design Award 2014
Recipient of National A3 Foundation Award as Best Teacher 2015
Recipient of State level MASA Award as Best Teacher 2015
Recipient of State level AVISHKAR Award as Best Researcher 2012
Recipient of Indian Institute of Architects, Pune Centre (IIA) Award as Best Teacher 2015