Professor Jagan Shah is Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs. He has 20 years of professional work experience in various aspects of urban development in India.
He studied Architectural Design at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, and Architectural History and Theory at the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University, USA. He has served as the Director of Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon, and taught at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) from 1998 to 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chief Executive of Urban Space Consultants, providing consultancy in policy formulation, spatial planning, heritage conservation, transportation and livelihoods development for clients such as Infrastructure Development Finance Company, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System, Jaipur Virasat Foundation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, India Foundation for the Arts and others.
He has a comprehensive list of publications to his name. He is the author of Contemporary Indian Architecture (2008), co-author of Building Beyond Borders (1995), and co-editor of Round, a collection of seminal Asian texts on architecture. He is also a founding member of the Modern Asian Architecture Network (MAAN).