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Ar. Anupam Bansal Architect, Urbanist and Academician

Ar. Anupam Bansal

Architect, Urbanist and Academician


Anupam Bansal (b. 1969) an architect, urbanist and academician co-founded ABRD Architects along with his partner Rajesh Dongre. Since its inception in 1996 ABRD Architects have won several architectural competitions like the Alliance Francaise de Delhi, Minto Hall Redevelopment at Bhopal, National Centre for Biological Sciences – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research at Bangalore, and the South Asian University at New Delhi.

He has over the last decade designed various Laboratory projects such as National Centre for Biological Sciences & Centre for Human Genetics in Bangalore, Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences, South Asian University in New Delhi. The design for National Centre for Biological Sciences marked the advent of new Typology of Labs in India and won their firm critical international and national acclaim.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan USA where he specialized in History, Theory and Criticism.


Evolving Trends – Research Environments in India evaluated in Global context


Science and research are key to addressing greatest challenges facing humanity. They have been seminal in creating the current world and their role in the future development of mankind will most likely be even greater. Creating responsive spaces and environments for scientific research and researchers to thrive will, as a result, become even more significant. As the challenges facing science and the ways of tackling them become more complex and interconnected, researchers are increasingly working across disciplines, domains and borders. Emerging technologies are not only impacting how scientists work, but also the spaces where science happens, both inside and outside of laboratories. Researchers are now spending less time in traditional lab environments and more time working in desk-based and collaborative spaces. The design of National Centre for Biological Sciences will be presented to examine emerging trends that impact the design, operation and experience of research facilities in current scenario.
NCBS was conceived as a new paradigm of Laboratory design in India, based in aspects of flexibility, modularity and interaction. The project marked a formative shift in the thinking of the spatial and services requirements for a Research facility in India. The presentation will dissect the design and functionality of the building to evaluate it both from a pre & post occupancy perspective.