Dr. Arif Merchant


Architecture Department
Email: merchant@mes.ac.in

  • Ph.D.
    1990: University of Cincinnati in Urban Design
  • M.C.P
    1986: University of Cincinnati in Community Planning
  • B. Arch
    1980: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Research and Consultancy
  • Expansion of Instructional Planning Informatics Lab, funded by MHRD, 2002
  • Urban Analysis System, integrating GIS in the urban planning and design process, 2001
  • Application of “The Oasis Technique” to a Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority Development, Florida, 1991.
  • Development of a prototype Urban Design Expert System integrating computer aided design, computer imaging, and expert system concepts, 1988-90.
  • Preparation of Perspective Plan for Medinipur Kharagpur Planning Area: Vision 2030
  • Preparation of Aizawl Master Plan
  • Preparation of Perspective Plan 2025 for SJDA Planning Area (Siliguri-Jalpaiguri)
  • Preparation of Perspective Plan and Development Programme for Islampur Municipality
  • Development Plan for Monmouth Street Business District, Newport, Kentucky, 1990-92.
  • Plan 2000: Urban design Guidelines, Race Street Block, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1990.
  • Fay Community Master Plan, Cincinnati, 1989.
  • Urban design plan for DeSale’s Corner, Cincinnati, 1989.
  • Miamisburg Streetscape Plan, Ohio, 1988.
  • Knowlton’s Corner Revitalization Plan, Cincinnati, 1988.
  • Montgomery Urban Design Plan, Ohio, 1988.

Urban design, GIS in Planning, Research Methods

Important Publications
  • Varghese Paul, George Abraham, Merchant Arif N, 2012. “Comparing Visual and Computational Approaches to Design Using Shape Grammars” Proceedings of the International Seminar on Architecture, Education, Practice and Research, 2012 at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh : 241-253.
  • Varghese Paul, Merchant Arif N, George Abraham, 2011. “Vision and Visual Systems As a Backdrop for Design.” Abacus 6(2): 62-70.
  • Merchant Arif N, Sharma Ashish, 2010. “Disaster Risk Analysis and Mitigation for Shimla District.” Abacus 5(2): 10-22
  • Manonmani K, Merchant A.N, 2010. “Assessment of Quality of Life: Case Study Chennai.” Spatio Economic Development Record 17(2): 8-27.
  • Bandyopadhyay A, Merchant A.N, 2006. “Space Syntax Analysis of Colonial Houses in India.” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 33: 923-942
Awards and Recognitions
  • Recognized PhD Guide University of Mumbai
  • Member Board of Studies, Architecture, University of Mumbai
  • Certificate of Honour for playing a positive role in the education of graduate students, School of Planning, University of Cincinnati, 1987.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners’ Outstanding Student Award, 1986.
  • Dept. of Architecture & Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Outstanding Student Award, 1976-77.
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