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Vikram Bhatt

NDipArch (Ahmedabad), MArch(McG.)

Macdonald-Harrington Building
Room 308
Tel.: 514-398-6723
vikram [dot] bhatt [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Courses given

ARCH 529 Housing Theory

ARCH 533 New Approaches to Arch History

ARCH 564 Design for Development

ARCH 604 Urban Design Seminar

Vikram Bhatt is a Professor of Architecture, McGill University, where he teaches courses in Housing. He also leads the Minimum Cost Housing Group (MCHG) of the McGill School of Architecture, an educational and research program with an international orientation that focuses attention on the human settlement problems of poor nations. He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Bhatt is the author of Resorts of the Raj: Hill Stations of India and co-author of After the Masters: Contemporary Indian Architecture and The Urban Problematique. He has also contributed to standard references such as the Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture and Time Saver Standard for Urban Design. Reviewing Resorts of the Raj, the renowned economist and the former Ambassador to India John Kenneth Galbraith wrote: “The British in India have now emerged as earlier did the Romans as great architects and committed builders. Nowhere was this more evident than in the hills to which they, and other, resorted in the summer. All this is wonderfully evident in this elegant book which I strongly recommend.” He has also co-edited research seminar proceedings, scientific journal issues and written many research papers and academic articles.

Born and raised in India, Bhatt graduated from the prestigious Ahmedabad School of Architecture, Centre for Environmental Planning in 1973. During and after completing his professional studies he worked for the renowned architect Balkrishna Doshi. He obtained his Masters of Architecture from McGill University in 1975 and joined the research team of the MCHG under the direction of Professor Witold Rybczynski. After working for the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa in 1977-78, he joined the School of Architecture at McGill.

Bhatt and his team have received numerous awards including the AD Architectural Design Research Award in 1991, the American Institute of Architects’ Sustainable Community Design Ideas Competition 1st Prize in 1993, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s Faculty Research Fellowship (twice: 1993-94 and 2000-2001), and the Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts’ Fellowship (twice: 1993 and 2000). In partnership with other University colleagues and individually he has held numerous research grants amounting to several million dollars from a wide range of granting agencies including Agriculture Canada, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canadian International Development Agency, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, International Development Research Centre, La Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ), and the UN HABITAT’s Urban Management Program. Since 2004, Bhatt in partnership with colleagues from the School of Urban Planning (David Brown and Jeanne Wolfe) and the School of the Environment (John Henning) of McGill University and the Resource Centre for Urban Agriculture and Forestry (RUAF) (Marielle Dubbeling) are working on a global project, Making the Edible Landscape, that will integrate urban agriculture in three cities on three continents. The research results of this project will be shared at the World Urban Forum in 2006.

He has been involved in a number of pioneering research areas: a study of the informal housing sector in India (How the Other Half Builds) which was used to change formal low-cost housing norms; the introduction of market housing ideas in China (Housing a Billion; and the international seminar Rural Housing: The First Step to Market Housing that he organized in Chongqing, Sichuan, 1993).

At McGill he has served on numerous committees and forums including the Senate. He was the Vice-Chair of the University Grievance Committee and Senator representing the Faculty of Engineering.