Bio

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Chirag received his PhD from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2017. Prior to this, he graduated as an architect from the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirapalli with an institute gold medal and ‘best outgoing student’ award. He then pursued the M.S. (by research) degree in Building Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Chirag was awarded the prestigious President’s Graduate Fellowship for his PhD. Chirag worked as a postdoc researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems in ETH Zurich, Switzerland between 2017 and 2021 and oversaw a range of projects pertaining to energy in buildings and well-being of the occupants.  He also represented ETH Zurich and Switzerland in one of the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities project. Chirag broadly works in the field of energy in buildings and cities, and specifically on data-driven energy modeling. He is an editorial board member of the Frontiers in Built Environment journal and has authored several papers in high-impact journals. One of his papers is featured in the top 1% of all cited papers in engineering as per the Web of Science. Since October 2021 he is an assistant professor in the Centre for Urban Science & Engineering (CUSE) at IIT Bombay and the Principal Investigator of the Data & Energy in Buildings & Cities laboratory (DebCLab). He also serves as the coordinator for the Master of Technology in Urban Systems programme at CUSE, IIT Bombay. 

Besides work, Chirag likes to spend time on painting landscapes. Some of his work can be seen here: https://chiragarian.wixsite.com/mysite

Work Experience

2017-2021

ETH Zurich

  • Postdoc researcher in the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems, ETH Zurich. 

  • Researcher in the Swiss Competence Centre for Energy Research (SCCER) on Future Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts (FEEB&D).

  • Representative for ETH Zurich and Switzerland in the International Energy Agency EBC Annex – 71 programme.

2021-Current

IIT Bombay

  • Assistant professor, Centre for Urban Science & Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay).

  • Programme coordinator, Faculty Advisor for M.Tech in Urban Systems in CUSE.

Education

2017

NUS

2011

IIT Madras

2008

NIT Trichy

Obtained the PhD degree from the National University of Singapore. Awarded the President's Graduate Fellowship.

Obtained the MS by research degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Obtained the B.Arch degree from the Department of Architecture at the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirapalli.