Pratyush Shankar is a an Alexander Von Humboldt fellow at the Universität Bonn, Germany and Associate Professor in Architecture at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He is an Urban Historian and is interested in the question of Cities and their future possibilities. He has widely published and taught for many years.. His recent book titled “Himalayan Cities” by Niyogi Publishers, New Delhi is an attempt to theorize the complex city form in the Himalayan Landscape. His present research focuses on role of Landscape condition in shaping the Urban History of South Asia. Pratyush also has a design practice and was recipient of the Nation Architect of the Year J K award for design of residence in 2014-15. He is an avid hiker and spends his time between Himalayas, Germany and India!