B. Arch, Goa University (India); M.Arch. University of Southern California; Presidential Fellow, USC Marshall School of Business
Vinayak Bharne teaches graduate seminars on global urbanism and heritage conservation, and coordinates international studios on urban design and planning. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Affiliated Faculty at the USC East Asian Studies Center, and Associated Faculty at the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.
Bharne is Principal at Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists in Pasadena and leads the firm's urban design and city planning efforts. His professional work ranges from satellite cities, 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, Australia, 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, five 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.
He is Executive Editor of the Mumbai/Netherlands-based urbanism journal, My Liveable City, and also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture & Urbanism in London. His research focuses on contemporary urbanism in Asia and Latin America, specifically the nexus of housing and urban form; the relationship of urban design, ecology 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; “The Complete Ise Jingu”- an incremental enhancement plan for the surroundings of Japan’s most revered Shinto shrine; and "Mapping the Panama Canal - examining the ecology, infrastructure and development prospects for one the planet's largest engineered landscapes.
Bharne is the author/editor of four books: "The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms” (Routledge, 2012), "Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism" (AR+D Publishing, 2014), “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India,” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012); and the forthcoming "Routledge Companion of Global Heritage Conservation" (Routledge 2018). He is the contributing author of several books including "Planning Los Angeles," "Chandigarh Rethink," and "Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture". His interviews, essays and opinions have been published by Journal of Architectural Education, Urban Design Quarterl, Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, Monocle, The Times of India, China Architectural Heritage, Japan Foundation etc.
Featured as an emerging thought leader in World Architecture News in 2013, Bharne was one of nine international practitioners recognized for urban design excellence at the Urban Edge Award Seminar 2015 cycle at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He was the 1993 Asia-Pacific Development Commission Traveling Scholar to Japan, and currently serves as contributing editor of Kyoto Journal in Japan, and contributing blogger for Planetizen in Los Angeles. He serves on the Board of Directors of Pasadena Heritage in Los Angeles, and the Advisory Boards of Global Urban Development in Prague and Indian Cities Foundation in New Delhi. He is also an expert member in several urbanism think-tanks such as CUSP-India, and Turenscape Academy in China.