Jay Thakkar is an Associate Professor, Head of Exhibition at CEPT University and Co-founder and Executive Director at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) at CRDF, Ahmedabad, India. He has worked on various design, craft and research projects in India, Europe and Australia. 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).
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 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 is part of many advisory committees and Board of Studies at various institutions. 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 curated various national and international exhibitions and also 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.