IN HOUSE FACULTY

Professor Arvind Merchant is a graduate of the premier design institute of India, the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in Industrial Design. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in professional consultancy and design in areas of product, exhibitions, graphics, visual identity, publishing, advertising, retail, craft and toys. His client list includes Gillette, Oral 'B', Wilkinson Razors, Henko, Max Pharma, Bennet & Colman, Personal Point, New Delhi YMCA, All things Beautiful, Amex Air Conditioners, Hero Puch, 'Poompuhar' the Tamilnadu Handicrafts Corporation, Tamilnadu Tourism Corporation, Madras Metropolitan Development Agency, Sumeet Mixie, Craft Council of India, 'Cooptex' Tamilnadu Textiles Corporation, Tamilnadu Non-conventional Energy Development Agency, “Danida” Danish Development Agency, Hotel President Towers, The Hindu' Newspaper, HMV Gramophone Company, Orient Longman Publishers, British Council and Haryana Handlooms Corporation.

His extensive experience in education has seen him associated not only with national institutes like NIFT, MIT Institute of Design, Indian Institute of Craft Development and Maharaja Ranjit Sinh Gaikwad Institute of Design (MS University), Vadodara Gujarat; but also with schools like 'Mandara' Educational Society (Non Formal School for Children of weaker section).

Prof. SM Kulkarni is a graduate of Sir J.J. School of Arts, Bombay, post graduate from College of Fine Arts, Baroda and a second post graduation from National Institute of Design, AHMEDABAD. Prior to joining WUD, he was the Dean of Sushant School of Design at Ansal University. He has also taught at NIFT, IICD, FDDI and Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Besides teaching, Prof. Kulkarni has over 30 years of consulting experience. Some of his prestigious assignments include the Golden Eye Exhibition at Copper Hewits Museum New York, as part of Festival of India; Apana Ustav (New Delhi); Timeless art Exhibition for Times of India Centenary Celebration; Muzaffar Ali for film Zooni etc. The repertoire of clients also includes Ritu Kumar, UNDP, SEWA, Findia Foundation, NCJD & Ministry of Textiles.

Amitabh Tyagi has been involved in academics with reputed institutions like Amity School of Architecture & Planning, Apeejay School of Architecture & Planning for over 12 years. His formal education includes a Bachelors in Architecture from Govt. University of Architecture Lucknow & Masters in Architecture specializing in building services from Jamia Milia Islamia. He has participated in National Level Competition related to River Front Development & won the competition organized by National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources. He has dealt with many projects during his professional experience with renowned firms.

Shaleen Sharma has been a practicing Architect for over 18 years and had been actively involved in academics on visiting basis with reputed institutions like University School of Architecture and Planning (USAP) Delhi and Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Juhu, Mumbai. His formal education includes a Bachelors in Architecture from the TVB School of Habitat Studies and Masters in PRASADA (Practice Research and Advancement in South Asian Design and Architecture) from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Shaleen is also known for exploring the medium of film in the context of Architecture. He has made several documentaries for UGC on the subject of Architecture. Garden of the Heart: A Film on Architect Joseph Allen Stein is one of his well acclaimed documentaries.

Devender is a Fashion Design graduate of NIFT and a post graduate of London College of fashion, UK. His Graduate collection is part of the University of Arts archive and is being used by the university as a benchmark for its Masters Programme. Kharb has over 3 years of experience in academics and over 12 years work experience as a Buyer, merchandiser and designer of luxury fashion goods in Europe’s design houses and high street suppliers in South Asia. His work has been exhibited at trade fares and private events across Europe. He has been a design consultant to many international companies and chain of stores in UK. He Represented UK at Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode (2004) Paris, France. He is also one of the founders and the creative head of ‘The Infusion Store’, an e-commerce platform for contemporary Asian fashion in Europe.

A knowledge enthusiast, Sanmitra has a multidisciplinary educational background. She holds a Master’s in Strategic Design Management from National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad; a degree in Commercial Arts (BFA); and a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Sanmitra has extensive experience in Innovation Management, Design Management, Marketing & User Experience, Start-up guidance, Design Strategy, Business Development, Design Research, and User Experience Design. During her years in the design and innovation industry, she conducted numerous design thinking workshops for the Information Technology, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Logistics domains.
She has successfully collated what it takes to transfer knowledge and experience from industry to education. Proficient at delivering strategic thinking across all levels, Sanmitra strives towards making a greater impact within the field of Design Management by seeking collaboration between industry and education.
A Global Design Ambassador with regards to User Experience Design, Sanmitra is a trained Z- MET (Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique) Interviewer and Analyzer.

Swati has a bachelor from College of Art, Chandigarh and a masters in graphic design (visual communication) from NID. In an enriching career, Swati has worked on wide ranging projects including Jaiprakash Narayan Museum, Luchnow; Bihar Museum Project; Raja Ravi Varma Hertage Foundation; Manna Trust, Danone Yogurt, Emantra, Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics etc. She was working as a design consultant with the Design Factory before joining WUD.


A gold medalist from Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, Rahul Bhattacharya is a cultural theorist, pursuing writing, curating exhibitions and building art education spaces. He has initiated many long term public art projects, especially in the capacity of Co founder of ‘Regional Arts, Performance and Events’, Joint Secretary of Performers independent and the founder organizer of Kolkata International Performance Art Festival. He is Editor of tracingartinpublic.com and former Managing Editor of Art & Deal Magazine and mattersofart.com. As a curator he specializes in exhibition design and outreach doing seminal shows like the 'Drifters', heading outreach programs for Coovum Art Festival and the film Rang Rasia.

Mr Umair Khan is an alumni of NIFT, Delhi from Clothing Production Technology Programme. He also a Diploma in Pattern Engineering from Tuka Academy of Pattern Engineering, Gurgaon and a M.Phil from JNU, Jodhpur, M.A from D.B.R.A University, Agra. Mr. Khan has over 09 years experience in teaching Pattern Making, Garment Construction and pattern making software at various premier institutes like NIFT, IICD, NIIFT, SoFD (GDGU) & AEPC. He has presented papers and taken workshops in Pattern Making for Professionals, Teachers and students. He also has a patent under consideration for an infant jacket design, titled Kangaroo care.

Ms. Ruchi has a B.Arch degree from GGSIP University and an alumni of Vastukala Academy School of Architecture. She is also a member of COA. She has a field experience of 6 years as a project architect and coordinator with expertise in Group Housing and Institutional design. Besides this she was heading a design team of architects in her previous assignment.



Ms. Ankita is a B.Arch graduate from DCRUST, Murthal and Masters in Urban & Rural Planning from IIT Roorkee. Ms. Ankita is a gold medallist for being University topper during B. Arch. She has 3 National and 1 International Publication through conferences.



He is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati with masters in Industrial Design and bachelors in Automobile Engineering from Institute of Technology and Management, Gurgaon. He has worked with tech startups like Cubical Laboratories and Telesoft Solutions on IoT and home automation products through his own Industrial Design studio. He works on research, design and engineering of new products, vehicles and technologies. He is currently employed as a lecturer for Product Design in World University of Design, Sonepat, Haryana.

Aditi Parikh possesses vast experience in the field of Architecture and design in association with various reputed firms in Ahmedabad and New Delhi. Her formal education includes Bachelors in Architecture from SVIT, Vasad, Gujarat University and Masters in Industrial Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Her Thesis project in masters, based on the design of an educational toy for preschool children, done with Playgro Toys India Pvt Ltd and sponsored by Design Clinic scheme for MSME by NID, was a highly acclaimed student design project which was manufactured and launched in Nuremberg Toy Fair ‘2013. In 2014, Aditi started her own consultancy firm, focusing on Space Design, Product Design and Graphic Design.

Bhawna has done her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Nagpur University and Masters in Design from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. She has multidisciplinary experience of 6+ years in Architecture & Design, previously worked at CSTEP Bangalore as Information Visualizer. Her achievements includes third position in International Information Design contest conducted by ARCH+, Germany, visualization published in ‘On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition' and co-author of an article “Innovative approaches to communicating research” in Research to Action.

Abhishek Srivastava is an Architect (B.Arch) & Industrial Designer (M.Des) from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. Having work experience of 3+ years, he has worked at Infosys, Bangalore and Think Design, New Delhi as Senior Designer. He has also been a visiting faculty at Department of Industrial Design, SPA New Delhi. Recently he was selected among top 20 designers under 35 in Design x Design, exhibition showcase in Delhi. He is also Co-founder at Welava Design and exhibited works on Upcycling at multiple maker platforms across India.

Nupur Juneja is a practicing architect and program coordinator in a Delhi based NGO called Archade Foundation. She completed her Bachelors in architecture from MBS school of planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Having worked with COSTFORD and LBC, Trivandrum, her expertise includes Alternative, Cost effective and green construction practices. She has been involved in developing six disaster resilient schools in Uttarakhand. Additionally, she coordinated with second year design studio at SPA, Delhi in 2016 and conducts internship programs for architecture students on behalf of Archade Foundation.

Himani G Choudhary is a doctorate from University of Delhi specializing in the field of Fashion, Apparel and Textiles. With more than 14 years of experience working in the industry, academics and research. She has worked with fashion and apparel brands like Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Macy's and Tommy Hilfiger before moving to academics and education at the university level.
Her academics and teaching experience includes heading the Post graduate (M.Des) program at Sushant School of Design, Ansal University and supervising eight master’s thesis. With various papers and publications at national and international level and participation in numerous conferences including best paper award in International Conference on green chemistry, research is a strong foothold. Other teaching experiences include working with the department of Apparel Design and Construction, Delhi University and heading the Fashion and Apparel Design department in Galaxy Global Institutions, Kurukshetra University.

A Ph.D in visual communication from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT); Preeti has a M.Phil & MVA in Applied Art from Dr. B.R. Ambedekar University Agra, and BFA in Applied Arts from the Rajasthan School of Art Jaipur. She has been a visiting research fellow at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, School of Design. Her other research interests are in the field of Advertising, Brand identity, Packaging, Visual communication. She presented six papers in international conferences and has been awarded the most distinguished paper presenter at the international conference of research into design ICORD’17. One of her papers has been short listed for young research award. She has 10 years teaching experience in renowned universities and institutes of India among are Amity University, Apeejay college of Fine Arts, District Institute of Education & Training.

Neeraj Rathee is an alumni of College of Art, Delhi (MFA, BFA), University of Delhi with specialisation in Applied Art. He has been awarded with Pt. Ravi Shankar Award & Swapan Biswas Award, highest awards in Applied art specialization along with many prizes. His experience is in the field of Campaign planning, Graphic design and Illustration. He has delivered several guest lectures in College of Art, Delhi for poster design and press design courses.