Jay Thakkar is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Design, and Co-founder and Executive Director at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Center (DICRC) at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. He is also Exhibition Curator of Academic Exhibitions at CEPT University. He has worked on various design, craft, exhibition and research projects in India, Europe and Australia. One of such key projects is the Vernacular Furniture of North-West India. Notable publications co-authored by him are “Sahaj: Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat” (2018, co-authored with Mitraja Bais, Samrudha Dixit and Ben Cartwright), “Prathaa: Kath-Khuni Architecture of Himachal Pradesh” (2013, co-authored with Bharat Dave & Mansi Shah), “Matra: Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built Forms of Himachal Pradesh” (2008, co-authored with Dr Skye Morrison) and he has authored “Naqsh: The Art of Wood Carving of Traditional Houses of Gujarat – Focus on Ornamentation” (2004). Sahaj was launched by Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat. Matra won a Critic’s Choice Award – Best Written Work on Architecture 2009 at the national level award and it was presented by ArchiDesign Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Infrastructure, organized by the Foundation of Architecture and Environmental Awareness. His book Naqsh has been chosen by the Government of Gujarat for ‘Swarnim Gujarat’ Celebrations. He is also a recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) and Simon Digby Charitable Trust (SDMC) research fellowship. He has received gold medals from the CEPT University and the Gujarat Institute for Civil Engineers and Architects (GICEA) for his research work. He has earned his Masters degree in Visual Communication from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), United Kingdom and Bachelors degree in Interior Design from the School of Interior Design, CEPT University. He has been affiliated with different universities and organisations in across multiple countries and has published and presented papers, delivered lectures, organised field research, conducted craft-design workshops and mentored many students.