Nidhip Mehta

Head of the School of Design, Pearl Academy

Nidhip Mehta

Head of the School of Design, Pearl Academy

Biography

Nidhip Mehta is currently the Head of the School of Design at Pearl Academy, one
of India’s premier design institutes. He grew up and completed his education in the United
States, and had a twelve-year career as a practicing architect. In 2009, he and his wife made
the decision to shift permanently to India. Although he had taught design in the US before,
this paradigm shift of PLACE coincided with an equally significant realignment of CAREER,
and he immediately and fortunately (and perhaps accidentally) became a full-time design
educator.

Nidhip was lucky enough in India to find opportunities to teach at the School of Planning
and Architecture as well as NIFT, both in Delhi. After a brief return to India to complete a
Masters in Architecture Theory, he joined full-time at Pearl Academy in 2014 in the
department of Interior Architecture. He steadily got opportunities to take on
broader responsibilities, and in 2015 he was given the role of School Head for the School of
Design, a role which covers the academic administration of all design courses at Pearl’s
campuses across India.

Some of Nidhip’s areas of professional interests include speculative design, design theory,
urban design and urban transport, and trans-disciplinary design education. He did research
on the behavior of Millennials, particularly within the scope of design education, which has
been a tremendous help in his current role. He believes that design education should be
flexible, adaptive, and focused on the mindset of the student psyche, even when that
clashes completely with that of the teacher.