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Chinar Balsaraf


Chinar joined Nelson Byrd Woltz in 2024. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia with a certificate in Urban Design and Historic Preservation in 2023. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Mumbai at the IES College of Architecture in 2018.

During his graduate studies, he was recognized as the Peter R. Kutscha Memorial Scholar and received the Virginia ASLA Award of Merit. He was the Rogers Fellow for the UVA Center for Cultural Landscapes and worked on the curation of archival materials on designed landscapes from around the world. He also served as the Chair and co-organized the 2023 Howland Panel-Seeding Pedagogies. His undergraduate interdisciplinary thesis planted a seed of interest in landscape architecture with a focus on nature-culture relationships and the act of design. With his diverse interests in ecology, culture, urbanism, and history, Chinar is committed to addresing social and ecological injustices of the past and present to create resilient futures, especially in the time of climate crisis.

Chinar gained experience in landscape architecture at Studio MLA in Los Angeles and HOK in San Francisco. He practiced as a licensed architect at Somaya and Kalappa Consultants and Studio SE-ARCH in Mumbai and worked on historic preservation, institutional, cultural, master planning, hospitality, and research projects across India. He was a research associate at The HECAR Foundation and curated the Women In Design 2020+ International Conference and Exhibition in Mumbai.