Dr. Nirmal Kishnani is a sustainability expert, educator and advocate of Green building.
Trained in architecture and environmental science, he set up the first Singapore-based Green design consultancy in 2002 which he managed for five years. During the time when Green building was gaining ground as a development standard, he collaborated with developers and project teams across Asia working on landmark developments such as the Asian Development Bank Retrofit in Manila, the Islamabad Airport in Pakistan and the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
Dr.Kishnani has written and lectured extensively on the subject of Greening. He has addressed audiences in India, China and Southeast Asia, run workshops on the Greening process in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia, and sits on several distinguished panels tasked with implementing policies affecting the building industry. He is Chief Editor of the FuturArc Journal - a leading design publication in Southeast Asia - and jury chair to the FuturArc Prize and BCI Green Award, each recognizing excellence in sustainable design.
In his present post as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, he teaches sustainability principles and skills to future architects. He has been instrumental in aligning curriculum towards ecological concerns and was recently named program director of a new Master of Science degree, to be offered in late 2010.
Dr. Kishnani's research interest includes high-rise buildings in the tropics that strive to create indoor comfort via passive, active and mixed-mode strategies.