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I am Rohit Priyadarshi Sanatani, an architect and urban designer based in New Delhi, currently associated as Assistant Professor with the Department of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA). My research focus lies in the quantitative inquiry into emotional response in spatial and urban enclosures. Of my varied interests outside my professional domain, music and writing make up a sizeable part of who I am and what I do.

Having completed my B.Arch from the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology at Shibpur in 2015, I graduated with a Masters in Architecture with a major in Urban Design from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad. Between 2017 and 2019, I was associated with Studio Lotus, Delhi, where both masterplanning and architectural design made up much of my work.

As a researcher and academic, I am drawn towards analyzing the dominant patterns underlying the way we respond emotionally to varying configurations of spatial enclosures, and the possibility of developing computational models for the understanding of these patterns. The findings of my empirical inquiries have been published in the annual conferences and regional symposia of eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe). Currently, I am working towards the development of a machine learning driven design assistance framework for the affective analysis of designed enclosures. You can read more about my work in the Architecture + Research section.

Outside of my core professional field, I regularly immerse myself in the history of Islamic Architecture in North India. This interest developed back in my early undergraduate days, and I traveled extensively across the country, visiting and writing about lesser known (and in some cases almost forgotten) monuments and structures which occupy important positions in the evolution of the architecture of our land. Since 2017, I have been regularly conducting heritage walks focused on lesser known narratives surrounding the architecture of the Delhi Sultanate (1192 – 1526).

Music makes up a large part of who I am as a person. I’ve been playing the violin since the age of six, and have completed Grade 8 certification with the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). I used to perform regularly with the Kolkata Music Academy Chamber Orchestra. I’ve also been playing the piano for quite a few years now. It is, has always been, and perhaps will largely continue to be the music of Johann Sebastian Bach that moves me the most. In a very strange way, the logic behind the magic of his music inspires my professional research directions within the domain of space. You can also go through some of my own compositions in the Music section.

I like to write often, about almost everything that happens to pass through my stream of consciousness. From academic writing to travelogues to poetry. I strongly believe that one should write down one’s own thoughts, because our thoughts constantly evolve, and it is only through the written word that we can revisit our earlier self. I’ve written a number of poems in both English and Bengali. You’ll find everything under the Writings section.

So there. That was a brief introduction to who I am and what I keep myself busy with. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,

Rohit


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