Dr. Geeta Vaidyanathan
Associate Professor
Courses Taught: Building Ecology, Environmental Studies, History of Architecture


Ph.D. in Geography & Environmental Management (2009) from the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Thesis title: “Energizing Sustainable Livelihoods. A study of Village Level Biodiesel Development in Orissa, India.”

Masters in Environment and Resource Studies (2002) from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Thesis title: "Pathways for affordable housing processes in the context of Kitchener’s inner-city revitalization."

Advanced training course on Rural Livelihood Systems (1999) organized by the Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, ETH/NADEL, Zurich, Switzerland.
Rural livelihood systems compared - Sustainable Resource, Management in India and Switzerland


Wildlife and the environment, nature treks and hikes, cycling and wild mushroom forays.

Passionate about spreading basic literacy and num

Career Highlights

Conservation Architect, Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage, Pondicherry,
Documenting heritage buildings, promoting architectural conservation

Consulting Architect (Energy),
Solar Agni International, Pondicherry,

Architect, at AAA, Grace Auroville and Center for Scientific Research, Auroville, Tamilnadu, India.
Promoting energy efficient sustainable building techniques

Site Architect, Project Management Consultants, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi Implementation of appropriate building techniques – housing project at Shadra, New Delhi

Manager, Program Coordinator, Architect, Livelihood & Shelter, Development Alternatives
Design, Build, Operation, Training-Transfer of Appropriate technology Centre, TaraGram, on a 10acre site, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Guide, Vth year thesis, Architecture Student (IED, Vallabh Vidyanagar)

Senior Architect, Shelter Group (Technology Systems Branch),Development Alternatives, New Delhi
Energy in Building: focus on thermal performance of building systems; appropriate building materials incl building with Earth, Embodied energy content of building materials (project with Minstry of Urban Development then, Building Material and Technology Promotion Council)
Rural Housing Project, Azadpura, Madhya Pradesh
Appropriate Technology Centre, Taragram, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh India, Project leader, Department of Science and Technology (CAD 33,000) Co-applicant

Status documentation –Rural Health and Environment Program of Gram Vikas, SDC (CAD 3,000)

Research Assistant, Community University Research Alliance project, University of Waterloo, Canada, Project “The Voluntary Sector & the Municipality: Partnerships and Prospects in the Region of Waterloo.”

Housing Coordinator Affordable housing-downtown revitalization, The Working Centre Kitchener Ontario, Canada

Adjunct, Dept of Architecture, Faculty of Env.Studies, UWaterloo, Canada

Teaching Assistant, Location of Economic Activity, Dept of Geog, University of Waterloo, Canada

Vice President CTxGreen, Canada. Team Leader community initiatives and sustainable transitions to appropriate technology for livelihoods, Mentoring students in Rural Management, Architecture
Carbon-Neutral Biodiesel Fuelled Energy Systems through local biomass (re) generation for rural water supply and sanitation, World Bank Development Marketplace - DM2003 (USD 230,000)
Participatory & gender-sensitive microenergy planning for enhancing livelihood options within a watershed-Case of biodiesel in Orissa, India, International Development Research Centre, Canada (CAD 20,000) (Doctoral Research Award#103342-99906075-056)


Papers, and tech notes published in refereed journals: 8

Non-refereed publications including conference presentations and chapters in Books: 19