Jay Thakkar is an Associate Professor and Program Chair (Interior Design) at Faculty of Design, and Director at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. He has a Master in Visual Communication from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), United Kingdom and a Diploma in Interior Design from the School of Interior Design, CEPT University. He received gold medals from the CEPT University and the Gujarat Institute for Civil Engineers and Architects (GICEA) for his research work. Jay Thakkar has co-authored “Prathaa: Kath-Khuni Architecture of Himachal Pradesh” (2013, co-authored with Bharat Dave & Mansi Shah) and “Matra: Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built Forms of Himachal Pradesh” (2008, co-authored with Dr. SkyeMorrison)andhasalsoauthored“Naqsh:TheArtofWoodCarvingofTraditional Houses of Gujarat – Focus on Ornamentation” (2004). He has recently received Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) / Simon Digby Memorial Charity (SDMC) Research Award from United kingdom. He is on the Advisory board for craft related programs for Indext-C and Cottage and Rural Industry, Government of Gujarat, India. His upcoming publication book is Sahaj: Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat (to be published in 2018, co-authored with Mitraja Bais, Samrudha Dixit and Ben Cartwright), by CEPT University Press.
He has worked on various design, crafts and research projects in India and Britain. He has been actively affiliated with different universities and organisations in India, Europe, and Australia, and has published and presented papers, delivered lectures, organised field research and mentored many students. He was an Honorary Secretary of IIID (Institute of Indian Interior Designer) Ahmedabad Regional Chapter (2010-2012). He teaches at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level and has guided many research students. He has organized and conducted many craft workshops related to various materials like Bamboo, wood, stone, earth, metal and glass. He is passionate about travelling, photography and exploration of life.