ASG PhD/MPhil Projects
"The understanding and future of sustainable development"
Shweta Srivastav is an architect with a professional degree in architecture from Sushant School of
art and Architecture,Gurgaon, India (B.Arch, 2006) and an interest in sustainable and low energy
architecture led her to do a Master in Environmental Design from Cardiff University (MSc, 2007). She
has previously worked in an architectural practice in India and also as a Faculty Associate in
Himgiri Nabh Viswavidyalaya, Dehradun, India. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at
Welsh School of Architecture on a project to develop a low carbon design aid software.
An interest in the understanding and future of sustainable development has led to this PhD research
on the scope of sustainable development in developing countries.
The research aims at understanding the opportunities and obstacles in the path of sustainable development in the built environment in a developing country like India. India has so far avoided the call for sustainable development, but it
is going to be impertinent to follow the route of sustainable development to avoid the catastrophic
scenarios of climate change.The research aims at exploring the current scenario of sustainability in
the field of architecture in India, looking at the existing case studies, design motivation, the
traditional knowledge, the ongoing research, the relevant law developments, the educational
scenario, the psychological and social picture, available technologies etc. to achieve at a thorough
understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in the field of sustainable development in India.
Having established that, the research will aim for finding the best path to follow to achieve the