Abu Talha Farooqi did his B. Arch (2006-11) and M. Arch Healthcare Architecture (2013-15) from Jamia Millia Islamia. He is a registered architect with Council of Architecture (COA) – India since 2011. Besides, he is a BEE Certified Master Trainer of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) of India.
Since 2011, he has worked on architectural projects of different scale and typology. His involvement in those projects has been comprehensive and overarching, at times even covering the execution part; something which has helped him in holistically understanding the technical and pragmatic nuances of building projects.
He has headed the humanities track at SSAA focused on developing critical thinking skills, reading and academic writing skills. He has served as the head of third year design studio - conceiving the design brief, translating the brief into pedagogical studio lesson plans, etching out studio process, list of deliverables and assessment rubrics as well as maintaining coordination and parity across sections. As the head of the sustainability team of SSAA, he led the Academic Curriculum Integration Project (ACIP) in collaboration with the organisation - CBalance fairconditioning.org; a pilot project aimed at integrating sustainable design into all the three principal tracks – humanities, technical sciences and studio.
He has also designed and taught courses at masters level in Healthcare Architecture at Jamia Millia Islamia. As an ECBC Master Trainer, he has trained numerous government and state agency representatives across India towards understanding and implementing the ECBC in India.
He has a deep interest for interdisciplinary researches and intersections of architecture with literature, poetry, society and cinema. He has conceptualized and taught elective courses on the intersections of architecture with poetry, cinema and cultural production. As an academician, he has strong beliefs in reinventing education models to equip the architecture student in responding to built environment issues and he constantly sensitizes his students about their potential and responsibility as designers towards addressing these issues and concerns.
Teaching and Research Interest:
Architecture Education & Pedagogy; Architectural Thinking – Processes and Representation; Empirical design processes, Interdisciplinary intersections of architecture with Sociology, Culture Studies and Economics; discourses around Postmodern Culture, Consumer Culture, Populism, Visual Culture and Disciplinary Culture; Poetic Criticism, Cinema & Story-telling; Islamic Architecture; Healthcare Architecture; Energy Efficient Design and Environmental Design.
ACSA 107 Annual Meeting Proceedings - Examining "Order in Disorder";: A Speculation into Space, Time & The Human Subject, in context of Urban Villages in Delhi.
2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference Proceedings - Visual Culture, Disciplinary Engagement and: Concerns and Possibilities for an Indian way of Architectural Thinking
Factors contributing to the performance of Green Roofs and their impact on cooling loads for a composite climate, Case Study: New Delhi published in Journal of Resources, Energy & Development Vol. 14(1), TERI March 2017.
Conferences / Invited Talks (Selected):
2019 : Expert Speaker on the need of ECBC and Building Physics in the Indian Context at Two Day ECBC Awareness Program for architects and engineers organised by ECBC Himachal Pradesh Cell at Hamirpur on 29th May 2019.
Expert Speaker on ECBC - compliance, building envelope and building physics for the Indian Context at One Day ECBC Awareness Program for architects and engineers organised by ECBC Punjab Cell at Ludhiana, Punjab on 02 May 2019.
2018 : Expert Speaker on Orientation to ECBC & its need in the Indian Context at One Day ECBC Awareness Program for architects and engineers organised by ECBC Punjab Cell at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab on 20th Dec 2018.
Paper presentation titled ‘Indo-Iranian Way of Thinking as a Discourse: Ideas in Literature, Cinema and Architecture’ at International Conference on Art and Architectural Traditions of India and Iran: Commonality and Diversity held on 07 December 2018, organized by the India-Arab Cultural Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, in collaboration with IGNCA and the Iran Culture House, New Delhi.
Expert Speaker on The need of Energy Efficient Architecture & ECBC Sensitization in the Indian Context at One Day ECBC Awareness Program for architects and academia organised by ECBC Punjab Cell at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Technical Campus, Ferozepur, Punjab on 11th Sept 2018.
2017 Expert Speaker on Energy Efficiency, Climate Justice and the scope of ECBC in architectural education at ECBC at Two Day ToT Workshop for architects and architecture academia organised by ECBC Cell Rajasthan in Jaipur on 7th, 8th December 2017.
Participation in Call for Ideas: History and Conservation: Voices from Small and Medium Towns of India with the Idea note titled Cultural Capitalism as the force for connecting History, Conservation & Development of small & medium towns in the present day context at Sushant School of Art & Architecture on 5th & 6th December 2017.
Expert Speaker on Energy Efficiency, scope of ECBC, code and compliance at Two Day ToT Workshop for PWD Engineers and other stakeholders organised by ECBC Cell Rajasthan in Jaipur on 22nd, 23rd November 2017.
2016 Panel Speaker, discussion titled Architecture Education and the Way Ahead, at Manthan 2016 Round Table and Panel Discussion on Teaching and Learning Architecture in the 21st Century
at Sushant School of Art & Architecture, December 2016.
2013 Presented a paper titled Inculcating architectural history: Contemporizing Pedagogic model for Imparting History of Architecture at Architecture for Masses, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi February 2013.
Research Projects / Curations / Exhibitions (selected):
2018 - Organised One Day Studio Workshop for Third Year Students aimed at orientating and provoking their mind towards four important aspects – Environmental Design, Mixed commercial programmatics, Design Ideas, Architectonics and Architectural translation of intents & ideas at Sushant School of Art & Architecture on 8th Feb 2018.
2017 - Organised A Deep-Dive 4 Day Training of Trainers Workshop for Architecture Professors to Incorporate Sustainability in the Architectural Curricula as part of the Pilot Project between Fairconditioning and Sushant School of Art & Architecture on 12-15 June 2017.
2017 - Organised A 2 Day Training of Trainers Workshop for Architecture Professors to Incorporate Sustainability in the Architectural Curricula as part of the Pilot Project between Fairconditioning and Sushant School of Art & Architecture on 21-22 December 2017.
2016 - Organised and Spearheaded the IGBC Student Chapter launch at Sushant School of Art & Architecture in collaboration with Indian Green Building Council on 26th October 2016.
2016 - Organised a One Day Workshop on Passive Design Principles and Application in collaboration with Environmental Design Solutions New Delhi at Sushant School of Art & Architecture, October 2016
2015 - Presentation on ‘Time & Architecture’ at Case & Context Workshop organised at Sushant School of Art & Architecture, September 2015.
2015 - Conceptualised and accomplished a Three Day Sustainable Design Workshop with the students of, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia August 2015.
2015 - Investigating Natural Ventilation in Hospital Buildings: A Simulation based optimisation between user comfort, infection control and energy efficiency M.Arch. Thesis, 2015, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
2011 - Understanding Sustainability in Mosque Design, 2011, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
2010 - Reinterpreting Islamic Architecture, B. Arch. Thesis, 2010, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi