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Dr Nirmal Kishnani

Combining 15 years' experience in design practice with over a decade of research and teaching, Nirmal Kishnani scrutinises the space between frontline theories and drawing-board pragmatism. His last book, Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture (2012), is regarded as the first major critique of Asia's Green building sector. It argued for upstream imagination over acts of downstream mitigation. Rejecting the incrementalism of Green once again, his new book, Ecopuncture: Transforming Architecture and Urbanism in Asia (2019) presents a new prism for design, one that seeks interconnectedness of systems and scales. Since 2002, the author has been a part of the sustainability conversation in Asia, advising on projects and influencing policies that shape design practice. He was involved in leading Green developments such as the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Singapore), Gardens by the Bay Conservatories (Singapore) and the Zero Energy Building at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (Singapore). As Editor-in-Chief of the FuturArc magazine since 2008, he created new platforms for reporting ideas and championing thought leaders. He initiated two design competitions, FuturArc Prize and FuturArc Green Leadership Award, for which he is resident jury chair. He is also jury chair for the Vietnam Spec Go Green Award since 2015, and the Lafarge Holcim Awards, Asia-Pacific, 2020. Dr Kishnani teaches sustainability at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, and is Programme Director of the Master of Science, Integrated Sustainable Design. He was, until recently, Vice Dean at the School of Design and Environment.