Nikhil Kumar

Email: nikhil.89.kumar[at]

Faculty:Ronita Bardhan

Supervisor:Prof. Ronita Bardhan


Nikhil Kumar is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. His  doctoral research is focused on the design aspect of buildings and their performance towards day lighting and natural ventilation. He completed his Bachelors in Architecture from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (2013) and Masters in City Planning from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2015). He has worked as a project consultant for a year on ‘Land Use Development Control and Planning of  Sriniketan Shantiniketan, Bolpur 2025’. He is an Architect and City Planner by training.

His doctoral research entitled ‘ Impacts of Urban Form on Building Performance A Case of Mumbai’ investigates the existing urban form characteristics of the city which are then used to classify the city into number of urban forms using a Grey model comprising of  CNN and SI. Furthermore buildings in different urban form are parametrically studied using simulations, field data and scaled model measurements on the basis of day lighting and natural ventilation metrics and are compared to one another with respect to the design of fenestration and void spaces. Also, several optimization techniques have been used to suggest best possible design solutions for better building performance.

He received ILDP scholarship to go and work in Japan for a period of two months.