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Know Your Faculty: ‘Being a teacher is my destiny’

Each challenge at Apeejay added a new accomplishment to this associate professor’s portfolio



He is at present, pursuing a PhD in Passive Cooling of buildings. He has attended several conferences and contributed to a few publications like National Conference on Urban Dimensions: Challenges & Prospects (Analysis of drywall as a building material for solar passive building design) and Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands in Paved Parking Lots for Composite Climate of India by Using Native Trees in NCSBE 2020.

Meet Architect Kuldeep Mishra, Associate Professor at Apeejay Institute of Technology-School of Architecture & Planning (AIT-SAP), Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

In a candid interview, he talks about how Apeejay is akin to family and the need for energy-efficient buildings

I have a long history of teaching. My father is a Sanskrit teacher and an astrologer. I’ve been working as a tutor for the kids since class X. Being a teacher is my destiny. I did not know architecture till I got selected for the Government College of Architecture at Lucknow. I opted to appear for the BArch aptitude test, while preparing for IIT and got 48th rank in UPSEE-2007.

My career in academia began when I was a BArch student in my last year and was selected for the position of assistant professor to instruct BArch students. However, I associated myself with architectural practice whenever I got a chance. This helps me to remain updated with the latest architectural practice, materials, and technology.

Energy efficiency is a top priority today due to environmental concerns and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This emphasis impacts building design and construction in several ways. Governments and authorities are implementing stricter energy efficiency standards and building codes. Compliance with these regulations is mandatory, leading to the integration of energy-efficient technologies and practices in building designs.

The construction industry is shifting towards using sustainable and energy-efficient building materials, such as insulated windows, LED lighting, and advanced insulation, which reduce energy consumption. Buildings are equipped with energy-efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, smart thermostats, and renewable energy sources like solar panels to minimise energy consumption.

Kuldeep Mishra, Associate Professor, Apeejay Institute of Technology –
School of Architecture & Planning

Why use different materials in construction? Significance it has in a building.

Using different materials in construction serves several significant purposes in a building First, different materials have varying strengths and properties, allowing builders to select the most suitable ones for different structural elements, ensuring stability and safety. Second, specific materials are chosen based on their functional properties, such as insulation, acoustics, and fire resistance, to meet the building’s intended use and local climate conditions.

Third, diverse materials provide architectural flexibility, enabling the creation of visually appealing designs and unique features that enhance the building’s aesthetics. Fourth, selecting materials based on factors like cost, availability, and maintenance requirements helps control construction expenses and long-term operational costs. Five, using sustainable and eco-friendly materials reduces the environmental impact of construction, contributing to sustainability and meeting regulatory requirements.

 Ensure that building services like heating, ventilation, and plumbing are seamlessly incorporated into the design to meet the functional needs of the occupants. Strive for a harmonious integration of services within the architectural aesthetic, minimising their visual impact on the building’s design. Optimise the layout and selection of building services to enhance energy efficiency, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. Comply with building codes and safety regulations, ensuring the proper installation and maintenance of services to protect occupants and the building itself. Promote collaboration between architects, engineers, and other stakeholders throughout the design process to achieve a well-integrated and holistic building design.

Electrical systems in buildings are tailored to meet the specific needs of human occupants, focusing on safety, aesthetics, and energy efficiency. The architectural design of a building must integrate these systems seamlessly into the overall design, which can influence the placement of outlets, lighting fixtures, and other electrical elements. In contrast, electrical systems in other types of structures are designed to suit their unique purposes and may prioritise functionality and safety over aesthetics and occupant comfort.

Architectural design impacts acoustics through factors like room shape, materials, and layout. To achieve optimal acoustic conditions avoid highly reflective surfaces and sharp angles to minimise sound reflections and echoes. Use sound-absorbing materials like acoustic panels, curtains, and carpets to reduce noise. Arrange seating and sound sources thoughtfully to optimise sound distribution and minimise interference. Employ soundproofing techniques to prevent external noise from entering and internal noise from escaping the space.

Commercial buildings often require larger and faster elevators to handle high traffic, especially in tall skyscrapers. Residential buildings require smaller elevators and they may be designed for quieter operation to minimise disturbance to residents. Each building type’s unique needs impact elevator and escalator design and placement.

Apeejay is akin to a family. My academic career has flourished and been nourished here. Each challenge at Apeejay added a new accomplishment to my portfolio and strengthened my confidence. I completed my master’s degree while working at Apeejay and am at present pursuing my PhD. The institute has proven to be an excellent source of motivation and support.

Shalini is an Executive Editor with Apeejay Newsroom. With a PG Diploma in Business Management and Industrial Administration and an MA in Mass Communication, she was a former Associate Editor with News9live. She has worked on varied topics - from news-based to feature articles.