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Iñaki Alday, founder and principal with Margarita Jover of 'aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje', is the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture since August 1, 2011. Iñaki has been the Chair of the Department of Architecture from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, he is the Director of the Yamuna River Project, the first pan-university grand challenge project at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project is a long-term, inter-disciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in the Delhi area.  Iñaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta -- Professor of Architecture and Principal, Vir Mueller Architects/Delhi -- initiated the project with a series of research studios beginning in 2013-14.  The outcome was Re-Centering Delhi, an award-winning vision of Delhi’s Yamuna that rejuvenates the local environment, improves local infrastructure, and reorients patterns of urban settlement in order to ameliorate the lives of local residents and enhance public access to Delhi’s culturally and ecologically vital Yamuna River.  Currently, phase two of the Yamuna River Project involves an interdisciplinary team from the University of Virginia with expertise in architecture, land planning, civil engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, anthropology, political science, history, and cultural studies.  The team’s objective is to engage the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists in an ongoing program to address the multidimensional challenges posed by the vision of Re-Centering Delhi. The signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Delhi Jal Board on July 12, 2016 makes revitalizing the ecology of the Najafgarh drain, the source of 60% of Yamuna’s pollution in the Delhi area, an important focus of phase two.  Over the longer term, the Yamuna Project’s objective is to build a publicly accessible body of information and expertise that will catalyze efforts to reinvigorate the Yamuna’s ecological system in Delhi.

For more details on the project please see http://www.yamunariverproject.org.

Inkai Alday
Feb 13, 2018