Faculty- School of Creativity


Prof Lalit Kumar Das

Lalit Kumar Das pioneered Industrial Design education at IIT Delhi. He has developed a programme that is an excellent blend of design sensitivities and industrial propensities. Professor Lalit graduated in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur. Thereafter he did his Masters of Technology in Design Engineering from IIT Delhi and then Master of Art in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art, London. He has widely travelled and has worked at the Industrial Design Center, I.I.T. Bombay and at the Department of Fine Art, University of Manitoba, Canada and now at Delhi Technological University. 

He is deeply interested in a sustainable approach to design and a non-parochial non-partisan framework for study of design. He was engaged in the development of the National Design Policy and a member of the National Committee on Design and Artisan development. He has worked with artisans and has conceptualized distant education for artisans under the banner of IGNOU. He has designed products for the office, home, industry. He has led sponsored projects for the differently enabled like children with cerebral palsy and others who are orthopedically handicapped. He is the founding editor of Design for All India newsletter. He has also designed educational and research equipment. He has served as a jury for many national-level design awards. 

 He has been an Expert Member in the ‘Science & Society’ Programme and Technopreneur Promotion Programme (TePP) of Department of Science & Technology. He has in the past also served local commissioner in two IPR related cases by the Delhi High Court He has successfully supervised PhD in diverse areas of Design & Emotion; Values in decision making for Sustainable Product Design; Forecasting Future Design Possibilities; Citizen-Centric E-governance, Control system Quadcopters and Automated Detection of Pot Holes & Cracks. 

He has been a faculty and teaching courses at IIIT Jabalpur, School of Planning & Architecture and Lady Irwin and is an external expert on the senate of NID Ahmedabad. He is also a member of the GOI Design Clinic Scheme for MSME and practices Ceramic art as a hobby.

Prof Mike Knowles

Emeritus Professor Knowles started his professional career training to teach 3D design at Southfields College, London. After entering into the industry he worked with many leading London designers before setting up his first studio, Mike Knowles and Associates in London in the mid-eighties. A ‘Ruskinite’ he is a passionate believer in the societal value of design and craft skills.

Mike moved to India to develop job creation and export projects and helped establish the In Group. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and up until recently headed the India Fellowship. In 2008 he established a Skills Academy for the University of the Arts London in New Delhi and was conferred a Visiting Professor UAL in 2009. In 2010 he was given the responsibility of developing the Sushant School of Design at Ansal University where he was Director for 8 years, growing the school from a handful of students to one of India’s leading Design Schools.

His recent role of Professor Emeritus at the School of Creativity Rishihood University sets forth exciting opportunities to change the face of Design Education in India at the tertiary level. He is responsible for mentoring a multitude of young scholars into careers within the Creative Industries, both in India and the UK.

Prof Aftab Gharda

Professor Aftab Gharda (formerly Deputy & Acting Head of Visual Communication) has been the Director of Academic Partnerships (International) at Arts, Design and Media (ADM, formerly Birmingham Institute of Art and Design – BIAD). He was also ADM Coordinator for all ADM programmes delivered at the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) in Hong Kong; Silpakorn University International College (SUIC) in Bangkok; ITM-Institute of Fashion, Design and Technology (ITM-IFDT) in Mumbai and Image College of Art, Animation and Technology (ICAT Design and Media College) in Chennai/Hyderabad/Bangalore. Previous post as Academic Coordinator for Trans-National Education within the central Academic Partnerships Unit at Coventry University. Now employed by University of Derby as Associate Dean for International Academic Partnerships.

Aftab is a Visual Communicator with a master’s in graphic design. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and his membership of professional associations is extensive, namely International Society of Typographic Designers (MISTDed); Designers and Art Director’s Association (D&AD); International Trademark Center; Chartered Society of Designers (CSD); Typographic Circle (ITC) and International Institute for Information Design (IIID).

Aftab has received numerous prestigious awards and prizes from RSA, D&AD, Creative Design, Agfa, Royal Television Society, Wrangler, Newspaper Society, Arjo Wiggins and many others for private professional work and as design tutor for student design competitions. A prolific producer of award-winning work, he has also been published in a large number of UK and International media. Aftab was conferred a Professorship by Birmingham City University (formerly University of Central England in Birmingham) in February 2001. And more recently, awarded Professor Emeritus by Rishihood University in Sonipat, India in March 2020.

Aftab has a wide range of experience of Trans-National Education (TNE) in managing national and international academic development and practice, research and consultancy across the fields of art and design. In the past, Aftab has organised an international exhibition/conference entitled ‘Global Concern/Endangered Earth’ which was held in Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with seven global institutions taking part.


Tim Edgar

Tim Edgar has been working in the creative arts and education sector for over 35 years. He studied Photography and related Media in the U.K. in the 1980s and then spent 10 years as a working commercial Photographer. He has an MA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

He worked at the Arts University Bournemouth for 20 years, as Pathway Leader for Photography and more recently as the Head of School for Preparation for Higher Education, including leading the prestigious Foundation Diploma course. He was the Arts University Bournemouth lead for the 2018 Ofsted inspection which gained the highest “Outstanding” rating overall and in all 4 subcategories.

He is a Lead Moderator for the University Arts London Awarding Body specialising in Foundation Art, Design and Media programmes. He has travelled widely and delivered creative workshops in a variety of institutions in India, China and Japan.

His creative practice has been published in several books, including Insect Theatre (2013) from Black Dog Publishing and really Good Dog Photography (2017) from Hoxton Mini Press / Penguin.

Tim has particular expertise in Art, Design and Media curriculum design and management and the ensuring of robust and quality academic provision.

Prof Jinan KB

A designer, educationist who has been involved in existential research to understand the processes involved in the CREATION OF KNOWLEDGE, the formation of creativity, intelligence, aesthetics and its relation to the content of learning and the context.

His primary interest has been to understand our own formation- how we develop various abilities and qualities that enable us to make sense of the world or in other words how our cognitive system gets developed in the process of exploring the world around us. This has led him to research on what conditions are favourable for the development of our ABILITY TO CREATE KNOWLEDGE, creativity, intelligence, humility, sensitivity and what conditions inhibit and distort. He has conducted several pedagogical experiments in various contexts – design and architectural education (especially the foundation year), children in formal and informal situations and with the nonliterate traditional artisans.

His exposure to how children and nonliterate learn made him explore the biological roots of learning as well as the loss of biology among the so-called educated. His present research is on understanding how children learn the real world and world’s impact on children’s formation (psychological and physical) in order to re-imagine how to create conducive conditions for learning, creation of knowledge not only for children but also in ‘higher’ education.

Prof Bilal Abid

With 18 years of experience in product design and development, Bilal left from an AGM position to start a design consultancy. He has worked with reputed clients like Whirlpool, Luminous, Hyundai Powertronic, Symphony, Bajaj, Usha Appliances and Videocon. Later he moved on to academics as Visiting Faculty with School of Planning and Architecture Delhi and has been associated with MIT School of Design–Pune, DJAD-Coimbatore, IILM-Gurgaon, NIFT -FA & LS Delhi and IICD-Jaipur.

Prof Seema Srivastava

Prof Seema Srivastava

Seema Srivastava is an art historian, cultural theorist, teacher, and designer.

She has been passionately involved with the world of art for more than two decades. Qualified with a B.F.A. from the University of Delhi, an M.A. (history of art) and an M.Phil. (Indian arts, crafts and aesthetics) from the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, New Delhi. She has a professional experience of 24 years. She has taught art in the College of Art, University of Delhi; National Institute of Advertising; and the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology as well as at other premier design institutes.

Srivastava has presented a range of academic papers and lectures on diverse aspects of the arts. She also conducts heritage walks, museum visits, and craft experiences in and around Delhi for art and culture enthusiasts.

Prof SG Ranjan

Design educator with Masters in Fine Arts, MSU, Vadodara, Gujarat 1983 and Fashion courses in NIFT, New Delhi. He is empanelled with, Dev. Comm. (Handicrafts & Hand Looms), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India and has done an innovative design with DC(H) & DC(HL),UNDP, WORLD BANK, OXFAM, RGF, FICCI, CCIC, HHEC, JMDC, EPCH, IL&FS, CAPART, IRFT & VHAI in India.

He was the Art Director for Living Stone Inlay Design Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi; Designer for Arabesque Pvt. Ltd., London. Later was Invited by Ministry of Social Development, the Kingdom of Bahrain as Senior advisor 2010. He has served as Dean & Faculty, Indian Institute of Crafts & Design (IICD), Jaipur 2011-15. His close association with design industry as Design Head, Handicrafts Mega Cluster Mission (HMCM), MoT, Govt. of India 2015-17 helps students to understand the requirements of the industry; thus making students ready.

He has been associated as Guest Faculty at Pearl Academy, New Delhi; College of Art, New Delhi; Nift, Kangra; IICD, Jaipur.

His work was highly recognized by Bombay Art Society, Mumbai 1980   and is also a recipient of UNESCO SEAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD- in stone 2006. Prof. Ranjan is a renowned creative academician and consultant in France, Switzerland and Bahrain.

Mahesh Borse

Mahesh Borse is a post-graduate in Textile Design from NID (National Institute of Design Ahmedabad), India’s premier Design school. He has been working in the field of Textiles for over 34 years. He has been involved in design projects with various commercial and developmental organisations for the development of textile products for overseas as well as the domestic market. This has given him an opportunity to work on every type and technique of the textile product that India has to offer. On the domestic front, he has worked on various Government & Private projects as well as with Voluntary Organisations. He is also involved in domestic home decor industry for which he has regularly conceptualised Future Trends & Trend shows.

Internationally, he has conceptualized more than 100 presentations for his clients for fair participation in European countries, UK, USA, China & Hong Kong. This has given him an opportunity to travel extensively all over the World. He has been involved in various projects for the last 27 editions of Heimtextile, Frankfurt, Germany. He has also worked on textile installation & has installations to his credit , both in India and abroad. As a textile artist, he has showcased his work at the Lalit Kala Academy, British Council and India Habitat Centre in Delhi.

Monika Khanna Gulati

She has 24 years of experience as a Graphic Design & Corporate Communications Specialist. Her work sphere is vast and beyond it, she is Creative Entrepreneur, Management Consultant, Design Educator, Social Change Initiator.

She has partnered with renowned The World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, Rapid Metro, Duraline-Emerson, National Gallery of Modern Art, ITC Namaste, Save the Children UK, Vadhera Art Gallery, Gallerie Nvya, Bodhi Art, Religare, Ansal University (School of Design), Compunnel Software, Artline Advertising Mauritius in her vibrant career. She is also Creative Leader & Design Thinker, Strategic Planner, Passionate about High-Quality Execution & Details with a sharp focus on Sustainable Practices. 

Giles Henry Rupert Tillotson

Giles Henry Rupert Tillotson is a writer and lecturer on Indian history and architecture.

Giles Tillotson was educated at Trinity College Cambridge, where he read Philosophy, History of Art and Oriental Studies. After completing his PhD, he was elected a Research Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge (1986-90). He then taught for fourteen years at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he became Reader in History of Art, and Chair of Art & Archaeology. He is also a Fellow (and former Director) of the Royal Asiatic Society, London.

An expert on the art history of India, he has lectured widely in both Britain and India. He is the author of numerous books on architecture, history and landscape. He also has experience in the management of research and publication projects and currently works in that capacity for the City Palace, Jaipur.

Joshua Enck

Joshua Enck is a sculptor, designer, draftsman, and illustrator who teaches and maintains an active studio practice in Rochester, New York. He trained as an architect and a furniture designer, receiving his MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BSAS from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois. He taught for ten years at RISD: drawing, three-dimensional design, technical drawing, woodworking, and metalworking. He has also taught woodworking at the Anderson Ranch Arts Centre and drawing at the University of Illinois, Williams College, and the University of Rochester. Joshua has exhibited his work in solo shows at Simon Gallery and at the University of Maine Museum of Art. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and the Centre for Art in Wood in Philadelphia have honoured his work.

Saniya Sharad Sahai

Saniya Sharad Sahai is an Interior Designer, Artist and Design Educator.

 After having completed her Bachelors in Interior Design from Apeejay Institute of Design, New Delhi, she went ahead to do her M.A. Design in Interior Architecture from the University for the Creative Arts, U.K.  She worked with leading design studios on an array of residential, commercial and public projects before starting her own label. She looks at spaces as an expression of one’s thoughts and character with being an amalgamation of functionality and materiality, that render a beautifully balanced dialogue. She has been a passionate design educator at  Sushant School of Design, Ansal University, since 2014, where she has been a visiting faculty for Spatial Design, Materials and Construction & Sustainability. She aims at making her students understand the free-spirited nature of design while being extremely structured at the same time. She has a keen inclination towards the interplay of the different elements of design and materiality, and this is showcased in her Multi-Medium Art Installations which bridge the gap between the Fantasy of Art and the Reality of Design.

She is a Creative Design Thinker, with an ardent Eye for Detail and is a strong believer of the philosophy-Less is More.

Preeti Sood

She did her Bachelors in Printmaking from Chandigarh College of Arts and pursued her Master at Santiniketan, Kala Bhavan and later did her second MA degree in printmaking at University of the Arts London. At present, she works in the printmaking department at the Arts University, Bournemouth. She has worked as an Artist Fellow at the University of Lincoln. She has done three solo shows internationally and has been selected for various printmaking shows in London, Delhi, Bangalore and Japan.

She has recently been accepted at the BITE- Contemporary Printmaking Show. Her work explores contemporary laser technology in conjunction with traditional printmaking processes. The starting point is the distressed ephemera of urban streets and the decay and recombination of these multi-layered images in seemingly random and unexpected ways. It is intriguing that these overlaid, worn images represent the plastic world in which we live – echoing a spent past within the living present. Posters can be like an autobiography of the wall to which they adhere. Her practice has evolved into an exploration of displacement experienced by individuals inhabiting cultures. The delicate tissue-like image that results from the process represents her own sense of being torn and displaced between cultures and the transformation that is evolving within and without.

Archana Ranjan

Archana Ranjan is a passionate and highly committed educator. She has over 29 years of rich industrial and academic experience in pattern making and garment construction. She holds a dual master’s degree in Psychology and Fashion Technology.

She has taught in the Patna Women’s College, Patna University, Institute of Professional Studies, The Central University of Allahabad, Institute of Apparel Management Gurgaon, Ansal University Gurgaon and has been continuously associated with the industry. She has conducted workshops for Fashion Design and Textile Design Department in eminent universities like Banasthali Vidyapith (Banasthali University), National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra and has also conducted industrial and digital pattern making training sessions for many export houses. She is empanelled as a designer in the field of textile and Natural Fibre-based Craft, Rugs & Durries and Carpets with O/o Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.


Deepshikha completed Bachelor of Design (Textiles) from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai (2012), Master of Design from IIITDM Jabalpur (2016) and Doctorate in Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (2019). She is passionate about Design Education and her interests include Experience Design, Culture and Design, Design Research, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Sustainable Design, Textile Prints and Weaves, Crafts and Trend Research. She has published papers in various international conferences and received many awards and scholarships at National and International level. She has been active in literary and cultural activities apart from academic pursuits. Deepshikha believes in coherent research and originality of individual expression that enriches knowledge for multi-disciplinary congruence.

Chitra Chandrashekhar

A content-concept designer, visual storyteller, co-learning creative educator and community weaver with a keen interest in concept development, creative visualisation, communication strategy, story fiction, research, motion graphics and creative collaborations. She looks forward to cross/inter/trans-disciplinary projects that enrich the human experience.
Skills Umbrella: Sketching, Listening, Conceptualisation, Strategic thinking, Project Planning, Research, Writing/ Script Writing, Visual Design, Illustration, Doodling, Graphic Facilitation/ Recording, Video/ Film Direction, Voice talent/ Narration and Community Building.

She is also a creative founder of Mographies. Mographies, is a content micro-consultancy cum creative studio practising visual storytelling and design thinking. Mographies facilitates conversation loops to co-create dynamic story experiences for individuals, groups, processes, systems and cultures, through tangible and intangible media.

Ishaan Dixit 

Ishaan Dixit is a Designpreneur, Design Educator and TEDx speaker with an academic history of architecture and Visual Communication. He is the founder and Chief Executive of ‘The India Design Project’ that advocates, celebrates and actively pursues ‘the various roles’ that design can play for a population of 1.3 billion Indians. He is dedicated to creating collaborative platforms for system thinkers, designers, social entrepreneurs and public bodies for a purposeful design impact in the field of Education, Research & Documentation.

He is also an avid writer on design with a keen interest in emerging design trends globally keeping Indian context in focus. His personal Blog ‘www.theindiadesignproject.wordpress.com has guest design bloggers from across the globe. ‘Kahanaiyan- the Indian design history’ project (also an initiative by team IDP) is collecting course curriculum data, artefacts, photographs, visual media etc on the design history of India. With wide interest across academia, he is also visiting faculty for various design, art & architecture institutes across India.

Faiyyaz Rashid Khan

Faiyyaz Rashid Khan is a leading practising painter. He completed his Five-Year Government Diploma in Drawing and Painting (Visual Arts) from The Directorate of Maharashtra at Abhinav Kala Mahavidhyalaya, Pune and his Post Graduation (MFA) from Raja Mansingh Tomar University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. He was honoured with a Lalit Kala Academy Research Grant Scholarship and Ministry of Culture, Young Artist Scholarship, HRD.

Faiyyaz has attended many artist’s camps organized by art organizations, participated in several group shows, and has won many awards of national and international repute. His paintings were displayed in prestigious exhibitions such as the Annual Art Exhibition of the Bombay Art Society; National Exhibition of Art by Lalit Kala Academy at Ravindra Bhavan; All India Exhibition of Contemporary Art, South Center Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur; AIFACS Annual Art Exhibition New Delhi and many more. Besides practising, Faiyyaz has also taught at various institutes for art and design. He was an art instructor at Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi and had been a Visual Arts at Ansal University, Gurgaon.

Suresh Bisht

Suresh Bisht is an artist and educator, who aims to carve his own space in the world of visual and intellectual communication. He strives to own a strong footprint in the world of creative art, which would place him in a larger mind-print space with the likes of his creativity.

Suresh graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia University in BFA and post-graduated in MFA from the esteemed College of Art, New Delhi. He has developed his artistic abilities and has synchronized his knowledge and experience into creating a beautiful, inspiring and educating ecosystem by developing a number of design & creative workshops for students aspiring and pursuing art. He has been an enthusiastic educator at Satyam Fashion Institute, J D Institute of Fashion Technology and Ansal University. He has been exhibiting his artistic skills at art camps organised to generate interest and also held exhibitions displaying his artwork. All this while, he has been a part of the creative industry in a wider way.

Vaibhav Sharma

Vaibhav Sharma is a visual artist. He did his post-graduation (MFA) specializing in Sculpture and has received the Scholarship for Young Artists, from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India; and the Krishnakriti Fellowship for Young Artists, to Marseilles, France. His works extend from conceptual, experimental, site-specific installations to video art and new media. He has participated in several shows in India and abroad like the ‘Sarai Reader 09’- curated by Raqs Media Collective, held at Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, ‘Sojourn’: a group show by recipients of Krishnakriti Scholarship in New Delhi, ‘A4ARPLE’ – a group show of young and contemporary artists of India in New Delhi, to name a few. In 2015 he started his teaching career at Pathways World School, Gurgaon, and was awarded the Director’s Award in the same year, later he joined Sushant School of Design, Ansal University and was actively involved with B.DES foundation year, for core subjects, live projects, collaborations, workshops, installations, planning educational trips, juries and exhibitions.

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