M. Arch, University of Southern California; Presidential Fellow, USC Marshall School of Business
Vinayak Bharne is Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists in Pasadena, California, Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Heritage Conservation at the USC School of Architecture and Associated Faculty Member at the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.
His professional work ranges from new towns, inner-city revitalization, campuses, resort-villages 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, three 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, specifically the nexus of public policy and water stress, the urbanity of poverty, the agency of religion in urban transformation, and the urbanisms of sacred territories and cities. He is currently directing three major research projects in Asia: “The Banaras Initiative” is exploring multidisciplinary strategies for the future of one of India’s oldest sacred Hindu cities situated along the Ganga River; “Saving the Qanat” is examining the potential for conservation and reuse of Iran’s indigenous hydro-infrastructure as catalysts for regional sustainability; “The Complete Ise Jingu” is framing an incremental enhancement plan for the surroundings of Japan’s most revered shrine.
A former Asia-Pacific Development Commission Traveling Scholar to Japan, his latest book is titled "Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism" (AR+D Publishing, March 2014). He is also the editor of "The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms” (Routledge, 2012), a seminal 24-chapter volume on the phenomenological forces shaping urban Asia today; and co-author of “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 opinion-editorials have also been published by World Architecture News, Council for Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, Journal of Architectural Education, Marg, Indian Express, Urban Design Quarterly, Japan Foundation etc.
A frequently invited speaker at national and international planning conferences, he currently serves as a contributing editor of Kyoto Journal in Japan, contributing blogger for Planetizen in Los Angeles, expert commentator in The Urban Vision in India, Resource Council member at the Form Based Codes Institute in Chicago, and Advisory Board member of the international non-profit Global Urban Development.