University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is the founding partner of The Yamuna River Project. First conceived at the School of Architecture, the YRP has engaged and supported research across departments and schools in the University of Virginia in subjects such as Water Economics, Environmental Sciences, and Art History. The project continues to expand across the university and incorporate new disciplines into its research, even as it intensifies partnerships with government and other public entities in India.


University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, VA

Brian Owensby

Pankaj Vir Gupta

Tulane University

Tulane University has entered into a partnership with The Yamuna River Project with the appointment of Inaki Alday, Co-director of the Yamuna River Project, as the Dean of the School of Architecture at Tulane.


Tulane University,
New Orleans, LA

Inaki Alday

Embassy of Spain in India

The Embassy of Spain in India has partnered with the University of Virginia because of the potential to change the way in which the development of a metropolis is conceived. Over the past decades, Spain has invested heavily in providing its cities with technology rich services, mobility and transportation systems, while guaranteeing efficient energy and water resource availability and management. Additionally, Spain chairs the United Nations Platform for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) gathering smart city stakeholders and advocating for policies that facilitate the transition to smart sustainable cities.

The Embassy of Spain in India has generously hosted YRP events such as Dialogue: Citizenship and Public Space and the Yamuna River Project Book Launch.


Embassy of Spain

12 Prithviraj Road
New Delhi

+91 11 4129 3000

Delhi Jal Board

Following the MOU signed between the Delhi Jal Board and the University of Virginia, faculty and students from the University have proposed a detailed series of restoration visions for the 58km length of the Najafgarh Drain – the single largest point source of pollution for the Yamuna River.

Working across the disciplines of architecture, urban design, environmental science, public health, government and politics, art history and management, members of the University of Virginia community have collaborated with the team from the Delhi Jal Board led by CEO Keshav Chandra, working to imagine a future of ecological prosperity for this vital section of the capital city.


Public Relations Office
Room 306, 3rd Floor

Varunalaya Ph-II, Jhandewalan,
Karol Bagh, New Delhi

+91 11 2351 6261

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation

The mission of the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation is to advance global research at the University of Virginia. Founded in the fall of 2013, the Center seeks to build from the expertise, energy and interests of UVA colleagues toward a new intellectual agenda commensurate with a global age.

Through internal grants, intellectual programming and close coordination with allied units within the University, the Center creates opportunities for faculty to think broadly, collaborate across disciplinary lines and strengthen international links with colleagues across the world.


Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation

One West Range, Hotel A
PO Box 400282
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4282

(434) 243-5879

Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures

The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures offers a vision at once local and global, and a mission both academic and socially engaged. The IHGC aims to generate exciting research and curricular innovation in global humanities and the Global South. The Institute assists in generating a suite of programs to engage undergraduate students on one end of the participatory spectrum and the world’s leading researchers and creative artists on the other. While drawing on every kind of local expertise available, The Institute offers a deep commitment to addressing pressing global issues and a vibrant platform for exploring the historical lineages of contemporary globalization.


University of Virginia IHGC

Wilson Hall, First Floor
PO Box 400901
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4901
(434) 924-2157

Several organizations have generously offered their expertise in the development of this project, including:


Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Embassy of Spain in India
Embassy of Switzerland in India
Katz Family Foundation
Yamuna Biodiversity Park
YES Institute


Professional Individuals

Bimal Patel
Rana Dasgupta
Pradip Saha
R.M. Bhardwaj