Nidhip MehtaDean, School of Design
Nidhip Mehta is currently the Dean of the School of Design at Pearl Academy, one of India’s premier design institutes. He grew up and completed his education in the United States and has been a practicing architect for over twenty years. In 2009, he and his wife made the decision to shift permanently to India. Although he had taught design in the US before, this paradigm shift of PLACE coincided with an equally significant realignment of CAREER, and he immediately and fortunately (and perhaps accidentally) became a full-time design educator.
Nidhip was lucky enough in India to find opportunities to teach at the School of Planning and Architecture as well as NIFT, both in Delhi. After a brief return to the US to complete a Masters in Architecture Theory, he joined full-time at Pearl Academy in 2014 in the department of Interior Architecture. He steadily got opportunities to take on broader responsibilities, and in 2015 he was given the role of Dean of the School of Design, a role which covers the academic administration of all design courses at Pearl’s campuses across India.
Some of Nidhip’s areas of professional interests include speculative design, design theory, urban design and urban transport, and trans-disciplinary value-based design education. He did research on the behavior of Millennials and Gen Z, particularly within the scope of design education, which has been a tremendous help in his current role. He believes that design education should be flexible, adaptive, and focused on the constantly changing student mindset while preparing students for wildly uncertain futures.