Dr. Niva Rana Mahanta is an experienced academic with 39 years of work experience, including 13 years as a full-time faculty member of Architecture and ID in Dubai. She holds a PhD in Built Environment from the Center for Environment, IIT Guwahati, and has completed her Master's and Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Mumbai University.  

She taught at Architecture colleges in Mumbai and Manipal University Dubai before joining Amity University Dubai in 2015. Her research interests include Waterfront & Wetland conservation, Resilient & Smart cities, and AI in building systems.

She has published book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers on national and international platforms. She has also delivered many keynote speeches and was a recipient of funded projects by UIP Grantees of Expo 2020 and SDME 2018. She has worked as an external evaluator for Architecture and Interior Design programmes at various universities across the UAE.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, IIT Guwahati, India 
  • Graduation from Mumbai University, India

  • Received research grant of AED 50,000  for students project Le-Solarium from Expo Live 2020, University Innovation Program, Dubai and exhibited the final product (1st phase completed) in Expo Pavilion. 2018-2022. 
  • Was part of the project team Baity Kool, Amity & University of Bordeaux for Solar Decathlon Midde East 2018 (SDME, 3rd place winner)

  • Associate of Indian Institute of Architects, AIIA. Reg. no 8592
  • Member - Council of Architecture, COA, India. CA/1984/08280

  • ARCH 509 Architectural Research Paradigm  
  • ARCH 409 Building Services and Engineering III 
  • Thesis (B.Arch & BID)
  • ID 217 Interior Design Studio 
  • ARCH 326 Architectural Seminar
  • ARCH 328 Estimation, Costing & Specifications 
  • ID 348 Research Methodology in Interior Design 
  • ARCH 218 Architectural Design Studio III 
  • ID 620 Advanced Interior Design Studio 
  • ID 619 Interior Acoustics 
  • ID 608 Lighting in Interiors 

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