Vijai Singh Katiyar

Vijai Singh Katiyar has 25 years of experience in design education and practice. He has been contributing to Design Education, Research, Consultancy, Outreach and Publication activities in many roles and capacities. A Principal Designer at NID, currently he chairs the Education Programmes. While he is a member of the Governing Council and the Policy & Planning Committee, he also serves on the advisory board of the National Design Business Incubator. He is the founder of the International Center for Indian Crafts (ICIC) at NID.

Vijai has led initiatives of setting up design programmes and institution building. He steered several initiatives of academic reforms, curriculum development, programme reviews besides setting up a System of Educational Excellence in Design (SEED). He has worked on several international projects and exchange collaborations. He teaches Textile Design, Crafts Documentation, Design Process, System Design, and Design Projects.

He works across sectors in textiles, crafts, and education contributing to innovation, strategy, training and institution building. He has helped organisations and businesses with creative solutions for strategies, products, and branding through design. Besides having meaningful experience with corporate sector, he has also designed for a number of handloom and craft clusters across India.

Vijai has initiated and anchored five national seminars and two international conferences. He mentors the ‘International Open Electives’, a series of contemporaneous design workshops annually hosted by NID. He serves widely on committees, boards and international juries. He has been awarded Visiting Research Fellowship by the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His publications include papers, presentations and two major books—Design Education: Tradition and Modernity and Indian Saris: Traditions-Perspectives-Design.

vijaisk[at]nid [dot]edu


  • Activity Chairperson, Research and Publications
  • Head, Ph.D - Research Programme