Strategy Head – Urban Development and Accessibility
Sanjay is the Strategy Head – Urban Development and Accessibility at EMBARQ India. He is also the anchor for EMBARQ India’s work node in Bangalore. Under his leadership, EMBARQ India has started to work at the intersection of urban development and mobility; leading and managing participation in several projects, including metro rail accessibility, and bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects in Bangalore and Mumbai, and transit-oriented development and review of the master plan in the Hubli-Dharwad area. He has also been involved with influencing private developers to incorporate pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in their projects.
Sanjay has close to 14 years experience, spanning three continents, as an architect, urban development planner and urban policy expert. Prior to EMBARQ India, he was the India Director for Callison Architecture, a multi-disciplinary planning and design firm based in Seattle, where he was responsible for setting up the India office and grew it to a substantial size, in terms of staff, projects and client relationships. Before moving back to India, Sanjay worked in Seattle office for several years. He has also worked as an architect in Fresno, California where he was involved in dealing with several city and state issues such as the revision of the California State Accessibility Regulations and the Fresno Housing Policy. In addition, he has worked at a number of architectural and planning firms in India and the Netherlands.
Sanjay was the head of ABIDe Bengaluru’s Heritage Group, a body set up by the Chief Minister of Karnataka with the task of analysing Bangalore’s development and making recommendations for the same. He was responsible for putting together a draft framework and was the principal author of the Bangalore Heritage Policy – the first of its kind for the city. Sanjay has extensive experience in dealing with issues and challenges that are at the intersection of urban development and heritage settlement studies. He has worked on several projects in Bangalore, in the Northern Karnataka cities of Bidar and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pattadakal, where he served as coordinator and project lead for the projects. Recently, Sanjay was made the country coordinator for the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a programme funded by the Caterpillar Foundation. He is responsible for coordinating cross-programme initiatives that will come together for making Bangalore a sustainable city.
Sanjay has a Master’s Degree in Housing and Inner City Revitalization from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Sanjay has also studied at the University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy where he specialised in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Sanjay has a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Bangalore University.
Sanjay is a LEED-Accredited Professional under the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), an Associate of American Institute of Architects (AIA), a Licensed Architect in India under the Council of Architecture (CoA), and is an adjunct faculty at Centre for Conservation Studies (CCS), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, where he teaches courses in urban policy and urban development studies.