Rajan Rawal is an architect. He is a senior advisor at the Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) and a CRDF Professor at CEPT University. He was Executive Director of CARBSE between 2006 and 2021. He worked with Vastu Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design before joining the Faculty of Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He taught design and construction courses as part of the undergraduate program. He teaches & energy efficient built environment, energy policy, energy modelling and simulations at the postgraduate level.
His work emphasis is on ‘energy performance of buildings and cities’ and ‘architectural science education. He is a member of various technical core committees of Bureau of Energy Efficiency – Ministry of Power, NITI Aayog, National Building, GRIHA Council, Green Building Certification Institute and India Green Building Council. Prof. Rawal represents India at International Energy Agency EBC Annex. 69 on low energy building and thermal comfort, Mission Innovation Challenge 7 on affordable heating and cooling. And Global Building Performance Network (GBPN). He was an organising council member of the Global Cooling Prize.
He is the founder member secretary of the India chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) and also serves at IBPSA world as Chair Education. He serves Alliance for Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE), Development Alternatives (DA), Journal of Building Research and Information (BRI), Dept. of Architecture, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Mysore and Institute of Environmental Design managed by Parisar Trust, Vallabh Vidyanagar, as an honorary member of various boards and committees. He has a number of research publication and research projects to his credits. Prof. Rajan Rawal has been honoured with Fellow status by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2020, the first Indian architect to receive such an honour. He was recognised as ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer in 2021.