Prof. Miki Desai retired from CEPT University in 2014 as the head of the Masters Program in Sustainable Architecture, the Faculty of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India after teaching there from 1981 onwards. He has had the EARTHWATCH grant, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Graham Grant and the Getty Collaborative Grant. He is the co-author of Architecture and Independence: The Search for Identity, India 1880 to 1980, Oxford University Press, New Delhi (1997), Architectural Heritage of Gujarat: Interpretation, Appreciation, Values, the Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, (2012) and The Bungalow in Twentieth Century India: The Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-colonial Society, Ashgate, UK (2012). He is the author of Wooden Architecture of Kerala, Mapin Publishing Pvt Ltd., Ahmedabad, (2018) and of Architekture in Gujarat, Indien: Bauernhof, Stadthaus, Palast (translated in German), an Exhibition Catalogue, The Rietberg Museum, Zurich: 1990.
He has held exhibitions of his research and documentation work on Indian architecture at the Sanskar Kendra, Ahmedabad in 2012, at CEPT University in 2015 and at the University of Moratuwa, Colombo in 2016. He has also contributed a chapter and a wooden model to an exhibition travelling to 6 German speaking countries in 1995 besides holding an exhibition at the Rietberg Museum, Zurich in 1990. He was a visiting Studio Critic at ETH, Zurich, MIT, USA and UC Berkeley, USA in 1988. More recently, he was a visiting scholar in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley in 2014. He was the keynote speaker at the seventh international conference on Vernacular Settlements (ISVS), Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014 and also at the 4th International Conference on Cities, People and Places, Colombo, 2016.