• Prof. H. Kumar Vyas, renowned teacher and practitioner as part of the initial league of Industrial Design educators in India, was born in 1929 in Uganda.
• He received early training in Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, London.
• Thereafter, he gained 5 years of professional practice experience at the Douglas Scott Associates, London.
• He was invited in 1962 to be among the foremost Industrial Design faculty members at NID, Ahmedabad; with the objective of building the faculty development program for core design disciplines that continued till 1969; resulted in an established model of value systems and the ethos of design education in India.
• Prof. Vyas has published numerous design articles, papers, and also books. Among his notable books ‘Design and Environment – a primer’ (Hindi version: डिज़ाइन एवं परिवेश) laid out the design processes that involves designing for people and spaces (context: environments and spaces in India for the people of India).
Professor H. Kumar Vyas
Father of Indian Design Education (1929 - 2017)
“The History of Design cannot afford to exclude as an integral part the History of the Design Process”
- Vyas, H. (2006). Design History: An Alternative Approach. Design Issues, 22(4), 27-34
Prof. H. Kumar Vyas was born in 1929 in Uganda. He joined the electrical engineering department at the Faraday House college of Engineering. In less than a year, he joined Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design. Vyas learned design under the esteemed group of teachers - Prof Bruce Archer , Prof Douglas Scott , and Dr. Rayner Banham . His five years of professional practice as a designer initiated at Douglas Scott Associates, London, wherein his work on redesigning London’s Routemaster double-decker bus  has been among his popular landmark projects.
Back in India, in 1962, he was invited by NID Ahmedabad to join in as a faculty member of Industrial Design. At NID, he paved strong training for the first cadre of Industrial designers. In addition, he developed the first Faculty Development Program (1962-63); which continued till 1969, including the disciplines of Graphic Design, Product Design, Furniture Design, Ceramic Design, and Textile Design. The foundation program  was also developed by Kumar Vyas along with Hans Gugelot of The Ulm.
The pioneering works by Vyas spearheaded novel design education methods and processes: a fresh take on the Bauhaus and the Ulm approach to Design. His discoveries and insights established a new revolution of design education in the context of the environments involving spaces, objects, people, and issues within the lens of the Indian land. Vyas has authored a good number of articles, papers, and books  in design.
In 2006, as Chairman, The Education Council, Vyas formulated the Saadhan-Sadhana-Sadhya philosophy  and the creation of the Institute of Design, Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune, India.