I completed my B.Arch from IIEST Shibpur, and my M.Arch at CEPT Ahmedabad, with a major in Urban Design and a minor in History, Theory and Criticism. Having worked for a couple of years in the industry, I am presently dedicated to research and the academia. My research surrounds the empirical inquiry into emotional response in spatial enclosures. Currently, I am working towards the development of a machine learning driven design assistance framework for the affective analysis of designed enclosures.

Driven by my passion for the Islamic architecture of North India, I regularly conduct heritage walks focused on lesser known narratives surrounding the architecture of the Delhi Sultanate (1192 – 1526). I run a website, http://www.thespeakingarch.com as a platform for the articles that I write. Many of my writings related to architecture have also been included in this section.


CAADRIA 2020: Machine Learning for Affective Analysis

For the past couple of months, I’ve been engaged in development of a machine learning driven design assistance framework for the affective analysis of spatial enclosures. The framework relies on data pertaining to emotional response patterns in spatial enclosures which

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Research: The Logic at Work behind the Magic of Space

In May 2019, I presented a body of research titled “An Empirical Inquiry into the Affective Qualities of Virtual Spatial Enclosures in Head Mounted Display driven VR Systems: The Logic at Work Behind the Magic of Space” at the 7th eCAADe Regional

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Research published at eCAADe + SIGraDi 2019

My research paper titled: An Empirical Inquiry into the Perceptual Qualities of Spatial Enclosures in Head Mounted Display Driven VR Systems was published at the joint conference of eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in europe) and

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‘Do You Like It?’: Machine Learning and Aesthetic Judgement

Do You Like It? Can machines be made to silently ‘learn’ our aesthetic preferences? Can we empirically decode our intuitive likes and dislikes? Can the game of numbers intrude upon the world of art? Can creativity, in turn, be mechanized?

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Heritage Walk: Sultangarhi and Early Islamic Tomb Architetcure in India

The tomb of Nasiruddin Mahmud, eldest son of Iltutmish, is arguably the first monumental islamic tomb to have been constructed on Indian soil. Tucked away from public view, barely a hundred meters off the Mehrauli Mahipalpur Road, this monument is

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Heritage Walk: The Hidden Tombs of the Sayyids and Lodis

In May 2018, I conducted a heritage walk titled ‘The Hidden Tombs of the Sayyids and Lodis’, in collaboration with Sahapedia Walks and Talks. The walk was aimed at exploring and appreciating the architectural value of a few lesser known

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Heritage Walk – The Unsung Mosques of the Lodi Period

Glimpses of the heritage walk titled ‘The Unsung Mosques of the Lodi Period’. The walk focused on three wonderful yet rarely visited Lodi period mosques – the Muhammad wali Masjid, the mosque of Darwesh Shah, and the Nili masjid. It

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Heritage Walk: Jahapanah – Exploring a Lost City

On the 29th of October 2017, I conducted a heritage walk titled ‘Jahapanah: Exploring a Lost City’, in collaboration with Sahapedia Walks and Talks. The walk was aimed at rediscovering the lost glory of Jahapanah, one of the medieval cities

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Portfolio: Rohit Priyadarshi Sanatani

I graduated as an architect from IIEST, Shibpur, and recently completed my M.Arch in Urban Design from CEPT Ahmedabad. Check out a selection of my work!  

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Meaning and the Built Form: Changing perspectives in contemporary history and theory

‘What is Architecture?’ The question is very direct – almost brutally direct. On the face of it, one may say, it also appears to have a very simple and equally direct answer. Perhaps it does. But if one dares to

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