M. Arch, University of Southern California; Presidential Fellow, USC Marshall School of Business
Vinayak Bharne is a joint faculty at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and USC School of Architecture, and teaches courses on urban design theory, global urbanism, and heritage conservation planning. He is currently also Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists in Pasadena, as well as the urban design and planning adviser to the Government of Karnataka Directorate of Urban Land Transport in India.
His professional work ranges from new towns, neighborhood and district master plans, mobility plans, inner-city revitalization, resort-villages, campuses and housing for corporate, private and institutional clients; to urban regulations, policies and strategic advising for government and non-government agencies in the United States, Canada, India, China, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Kenya and Mauritius. His projects have received numerous local and national awards. These include the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement – Overall Excellence by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the 2013 Pinnacle Award from the International Downtown Association, four national Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism; and the Excellence in Planning Implementation Award from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association.
His research focuses on contemporary urbanism in Asia and Latin America, specifically the nexus of residential density, typology, real-estate and urban development; the relationship of policy, urban design and water stress; the conservation of indigenous habitats, and the urbanism of sacred territories and cities. His current research projects include: “The Banaras Initiative”- a multidisciplinary planning framework for the future of one of India’s oldest sacred cities; “Saving the Qanat”- examining the conservation and reuse of Iran’s indigenous hydro-infrastructure; “The Complete Ise Jingu”- an incremental enhancement plan for the surroundings of Japan’s most revered Shinto shrine; and "Casco Viejo Now"- a conservation and decongestion strategy for Panama's historic colonial core.
Bharne is the author/editor of three books: "The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms” (Routledge, 2012), "Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism" (AR+D Publishing, 2014), and “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India,” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). He has been the contributing author of several books such as "Planning Los Angeles", "Los Angeles: Building the Polycentric Region", and "Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture". His interviews, essays and opinions have been published by Journal of Architectural Education, Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, Monocle, Indian Express, Urban Design Quarterly, China Architectural Heritage, Japan Foundation etc. His forthcoming book is titled "Global Perspectives In Heritage Conservation" (Routledge 2017).
A 1993 Asia-Pacific Development Commission Traveling Scholar to Japan, Bharne was profiled as an emerging thought leader in World Architecture News in 2013, and in 2015 was among nine international trans-disciplinary thinkers recognized for urban design scholarship and practice at the Urban Edge Award Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He currently serves as a contributing editor of Kyoto Journal in Japan, contributing blogger for Planetizen in Los Angeles, and International Contributor to My Liveable City in Mumbai. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture & Urbanism in London, Advisory Board of Global Urban Development in Prague, Resource Council of the Form Based Codes Institute in Chicago, and Board of Directors of Pasadena Heritage in Los Angeles.