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Keya Mitra

About


I have been a full-time teacher in the Department of Architecture, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India since end 1991, soon after completing my graduate studies in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, U.S.A. My topical areas of interest at various stages in my academic, teaching and research career from my postgraduate studies in the U.S.A to date are design guidance in the building delivery process, with particular emphasis on processes aimed at developing design guidelines, study of design process for special user groups, urban studies, disaster studies with an emphasis on safety of the built environment in the face of seismic hazards, and disaster mitigation planning for urban resilience.

My first hand experience of the 1991 Uttarkashi Earthquake and the haunting images of the 2001 Bhuj Earthquake triggered an interest in seismic safety aspects of the built environment. My doctoral research focused on the evolution of building regulations in Kolkata and their impact on safety from the seismic perspective and on developing a methodology for the rapid visual assessment of the built environment through sidewalk surveys. The methodology has been developed on the basis of actual damages sustained by RC frame buildings in Ahmedabad city during the Bhuj Earthquake in 2001 and is the first time that actual building damage data have been used to develop an assessment method in India, though such methods exist in other seismic countries such as Turkey and the U.S.A.

 I have been working closely with the National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (www.nicee.org) at IIT Kanpur—Professor Sudhir Jain and his group—as Member, National Advisory Committee, NICEE, targeting the architecture fraternity. I coordinated the National Workshop on Earthquake Resistant Practices for Undergraduate Students of Architecture during July 2008 to sensitize the students in earthquake resistant design practices through technical lectures and design studios. Other outreach activities were at NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) and SAARCH Conventions in Bhopal, Pune, and New Delhi, where quizzes and lectures on earthquake safety were used as vehicles to generate awareness and sensitize the students. I have presented my research to the National Disaster Management Authority, the apex body in India on Disaster Management and in national and international conferences. I have participated as Resource faculty in various training programmes nationally for engineers in earthquake safety aspects of design and construction.

Early in my career, I worked on a research project for developing architectural design guidelines for sustainable environments for the elderly in the Indian context. I have collaborated with the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar and the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad on research in the development of rapid visual assessment tools for earthquake performance of buildings, and on traditional knowledge in seismic safety in earthquake hazard prone regions of India.

Academic Qualifications


  • PhD-BESU Shibpur, 2010
  • M.Arch-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, 1989
  • B.Arch-University of Calcutta, 1985

Research Statement


  1. Earthquake resistant architecture.
  2. Urban disaster risk reduction.
  3. Evolution of regulatory systems in urban settings.
  4. Confined Masonry: the development of new building typologies and technologies appropriate for Indian conditions and that are inherently good for resisting earthquake shaking.
  5. Rapid Visual Screening for earthquake vulnerability assessment.

Latest Publications


  • 1 Sutapa Joti and Keya Mitra, Seismic Retrofitting Strategy of the Historic Monasteries in Sikkim, India, after the 2011 M 6.9 Sikkim Earthquake, ISSN: 2386-8198 (printed), Rehabend 2018, Euro-American Congress on Construction Pathology, Rehabilitation Technology and Heritage Management, 2018
  • 2 S Joti and K Mitra, Performance of Masonry Monastery Structures in the M 6.9 Sikkim Earthquake of 18 September 2011: A General Overview., Page (301-312), 9th International Symposium on the Conservation of Monuments in the Mediterranean Basin: Improvements in Conservation and Rehabilitation-Integrated Methodologies., 2017
  • 3 S Joti and K Mitra, . Earthquake resistant traditional knowledge systems in the Sikkim monasteries, India, in the 2011 M 6.9 Sikkim earthquake: Lessons learnt., Page (156-164), International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and post disaster reconstruction planning, 2016
  • 4 Jain, S.K., Brzev, S., Basu, D., Rai, D.C. and Mitra, K., Confined Masonry Construction for Improved Seismic Safety of Buildings in India, Page (225-235), International Conference on Emerging Building Materials and Construction Technologies, New Delhi, March 21-22, 2016. Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council, Ministry of Housing and Urban, 2016
  • 5 Joti, S. & Mitra, K., Sustainable Technologies Used In Vernacular Earthquake Resistant Structures, Proceedings of the National Symposium on Sustainability and the Built Environment: Searching for Synergies, Kolkata. February, 2014., 2014
  • 6 Joti, S. & Mitra, K., PERFORMANCE OF MASONRY MONASTERY STRUCTURES IN THE M 6.9 SIKKIM (INDIA-NEPAL BORDER) EARTHQUAKE OF 18 SEPTEMBER, 2011:: A LESSON, 2nd European Conference in Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Istanbul, Turkey. August 24-29, 2014., 2014
  • 7 Mitra, K., Ailawadi, S., Rai, D.C., Initiatives in Educating Future Architects in Earthquake Resistant Design Practices., 84(5), 820-828, Seismological Research Letters,, 2013
  • 8 Mitra, K., Invited Lecture at Inception Workshop for the studies towards Preparation of Compendiums for “greening” of rural housing, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, UNDP, and HUDCO. New Delhi, December 19, 2013., 2013
  • 9 D C Rai, G Mondal, V Singhal, N Parool, T Pradhan and K Mitra, Reconnaissance report of the M6.9 Sikkim (India–Nepal border) Earthquake of 18 September 2011., 3 (2), Page (99-111), Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 2012
  • 10 Mitra, K., Invited Lecture at the Workshop on Sikkim Earthquake 2011, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi on February 9, 2012., 2012
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    Research Areas


    • Rapid Visual Screening for earthquake vulnerability assessment.
    • Confined Masonry: the development of new building typologies and technologies appropriate for Indian conditions and that are inherently good for resisting earthquake shaking.
    • Evolution of regulatory systems in urban settings.
    • Urban disaster risk reduction.
    • Earthquake resistant architecture

    Publications


  • 1 Mitra, K., Ailawadi, S., Rai, D.C., Initiatives in Educating Future Architects in Earthquake Resistant Design Practices., 84(5), 820-828, Seismological Research Letters,, 2013
  • 2 D C Rai, G Mondal, V Singhal, N Parool, T Pradhan and K Mitra, Reconnaissance report of the M6.9 Sikkim (India–Nepal border) Earthquake of 18 September 2011., 3 (2), Page (99-111), Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 2012
  • 3 Rai, D.C., Mondal, G., Singhal, V., Parool, N., Pradhan, T & Mitra, K, The M 6.9 Sikkim (India–Nepal Border) earthquake of 18 September 2011, 102, Current Science, ISSN 0011-3891, 2012
  • 4 S K Jain, K Mitra, M Kumar and M Shah, A Proposed Rapid Visual Screening Procedure for Seismic Evaluation of RC Frame Buildings in India., 26 (3), Page (709-730), Earthquake Spectra, 2010
  • 1 Sutapa Joti and Keya Mitra, Seismic Retrofitting Strategy of the Historic Monasteries in Sikkim, India, after the 2011 M 6.9 Sikkim Earthquake, ISSN: 2386-8198 (printed), Rehabend 2018, Euro-American Congress on Construction Pathology, Rehabilitation Technology and Heritage Management, 2018
  • 2 S Joti and K Mitra, Performance of Masonry Monastery Structures in the M 6.9 Sikkim Earthquake of 18 September 2011: A General Overview., Page (301-312), 9th International Symposium on the Conservation of Monuments in the Mediterranean Basin: Improvements in Conservation and Rehabilitation-Integrated Methodologies., 2017
  • 3 S Joti and K Mitra, . Earthquake resistant traditional knowledge systems in the Sikkim monasteries, India, in the 2011 M 6.9 Sikkim earthquake: Lessons learnt., Page (156-164), International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and post disaster reconstruction planning, 2016
  • 4 Jain, S.K., Brzev, S., Basu, D., Rai, D.C. and Mitra, K., Confined Masonry Construction for Improved Seismic Safety of Buildings in India, Page (225-235), International Conference on Emerging Building Materials and Construction Technologies, New Delhi, March 21-22, 2016. Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council, Ministry of Housing and Urban, 2016
  • 5 Joti, S. & Mitra, K., Sustainable Technologies Used In Vernacular Earthquake Resistant Structures, Proceedings of the National Symposium on Sustainability and the Built Environment: Searching for Synergies, Kolkata. February, 2014., 2014
  • 6 Joti, S. & Mitra, K., PERFORMANCE OF MASONRY MONASTERY STRUCTURES IN THE M 6.9 SIKKIM (INDIA-NEPAL BORDER) EARTHQUAKE OF 18 SEPTEMBER, 2011:: A LESSON, 2nd European Conference in Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Istanbul, Turkey. August 24-29, 2014., 2014
  • 7 Mitra, K., Invited Lecture at Inception Workshop for the studies towards Preparation of Compendiums for “greening” of rural housing, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, UNDP, and HUDCO. New Delhi, December 19, 2013., 2013
  • 8 Mitra, K., Invited Lecture at the Workshop on Sikkim Earthquake 2011, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi on February 9, 2012., 2012
  • 9 Murty, C.V.R., Rai, D.C., Kumar, H., Mitra, K., Bose, A.K., Kaushik, H.B., Kumar, R.P., Jaiswal, A., A Methodology for documenting Housing Typologies in the Moderate-Severe Seismic Zones, Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Lisbon, Portugal, September 24-28, 2012, 2012
  • 10 S K Jain, K Mitra, M Kumar and M Shah, A Rapid Visual Seismic Assessment Procedure for RC Frame Buildings in India, Paper No 972, Ninth U.S. National and Tenth Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 2010
  • 1 R Das, S Nag and K Mitra, Urban Transformations of Residential Settlements in Colonial Towns: Case Study of Chandernagore and Serampore, Springer Geography1, Page (23-50), , 2020 2 K Mitra, Design for Resilience: Traditional Knowledge in Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Springer Geography1, Page (149-166), , 2020
  • 3 Svetlana Brzev, Keya Mitra, Earthquake Resistant Confined Masonry Construction, National Information Centre for Earthquake Engineering, 2018
  • 4 S Deb and K Mitra, Spatial Economics of Shopping Malls. A Configurational Approach in Rent and Tenanting Decision, Grin Publishing, 2016
  • 5 S Deb and K Mitra, Economic Rationale for Visual Configuration of Space for Rent and Tenanting Decision in Shopping Malls, Grin PublishingISBN-13: 9783668367333, , 2016
  • 6 S Deb and K Mitra, Economic Rationale for Visual Configuration of Space., LAP Lambert Academic PublishingISBN-13: 9783330019997, , 2016
  • 7 Mitra, K., The Calcutta Chronicles. From Calcutta to Kolkata. In Geropanta, V & E. Lucantoni (eds) Projects For: Kolkata The regeneration of the Hooghly riverfront., Aracne editrice int.le SRL, Rome. June 2015. ISBN: 978-88-548-8550-9., 2015
  • 8 Murty, C.V.R., Kumar, H., Mitra, K., Rai, D.C., Bose, A., A Methodology for documenting Housing Typologies in the Moderate-Severe Seismic Zones of India. Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation New Delhi., A Methodology for documenting Housing Typologies in the Moderate-Severe Seismic Zones of India, 2012
  • 9 G.D Weisman, Uriel Cohen, Keya Mitra (Ray) and Kristen Day, Architectural Planning and Design for Dementia Care Units, Specialized Dementia Care Units. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University PressChapter V, , 1991
  • Patents


    # Patents Year

    Awards


    • Mary Fran Myers Scholarship, 2011  , Year: 2011

    Research Groups


    Manisha Bhor
    Ph. D.
    manishabhor7618@gmail.com

    Research:
    Studies for vulnerability assessment through composite index development: Case study in a multi-hazard prone district in West Bengal

    Sankhanil Das
    Ph. D.
    arsankhanildas@gmail.com

    Research:
    Evaluating the safety aspects of urban public spaces in Indian metropolises: Case study of Kolkata

    Hari Kumar
    Ph. D.
    hari@geohaz.org

    Research:
    The Strategic Role of Mitigation Planning for Earthquake and Landslide Prone Indian Hill Towns: Case Study Aizawl

    Arpita Mukherjee
    Ph. D.
    mukherjeearpita800@gmail.com

    Research:
    Vulnerability analysis of urban populations living in areas at risk from proximity to high speed transportation corridors through a GIS based approach

    Sumanta Deb
    Ph. D.
    sumanta04@gmail.com

    Research:
    Optimization of Tenanting Decision Making in Planned Shopping Malls

    Sutapa Joti
    Ph. D.
    arsutapa.joti@gmail.com

    Research:
    Earthquake Vulnerability Assessment of Buddhist Monasteries in Sikkim

    Reshma Chakraborty
    Ph. D.
    chakrabortyreshma@gmail.com

    Research:
    Assessment of seismic vulnerability for the city of Kolkata

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