Amresh Panigrahi

Amresh Panigrahi has 16 years of work experience and has been teaching at NID since June 2010. He is PGDPD in Lifestyle Accessory Design from NID. He has also participated in the master of Strategy Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from College of Engineering and Technology, Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

At NID, Amresh has taught courses in social innovation by system design approach, Craft Design, form studies, social Trends & Design Research, Space design & Material design.

At NID, Amresh actively contributed to new curriculum development, implementation & governance for the Lifestyle accessory design disciplines in the capacity of a Course lead and Associate senior Design faculty. During his present tenure at NID, he is motivated to discover the Design Research and Practices in the Indian context. An avid researcher is working with many national and international level of academic collaborative, industry projects to establish design as a tool for social reform. In NID As an additional responsibility, he is heading the International Centre for Indian craft,(ICIC) NID, Ahmedabad and NID DESIS Lab, NID Gandhinagar.

As Design Practitioner in Outreach, NID, he contributed to many ambitious Nation-building projects and passionately indulged himself as projects lead. Some of the significant impact projects are - the Design Intervention to Empower women Basketweavers of Ethiopia commissioned by the Ministry of External Affairs, Design intervention for bamboo and Cane artisan in Bhutan - an initiative by APIC, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan & UNDP, a project for the soft stone craft of Varanasi in Project USTTAD, an initiative taken by the Ministry of Minority Affair Govt. of India. As a team member, he has contributed towards the space planning ergonomics development for Warships INS Kochi.

As a design practitioner before beign as an acdamcian, he involved himself as a founding team member of an MNC -Lumium Design, India operation in Ahmedabad. As a design research assistant with Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, he and his team designed a model petrol pump for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. later replicated across India.

amresh[at]nid [dot]edu


  • Discipline Lead, Lifestyle Accessory Design
  • Head, International Centre For Indian Crafts (ICIC)