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Vijay Vivek Shankar
Vijay Vivek Shankar

Vivek Associates
Bangalore
Vijay Vivek Shankar — educated in London and worked with Zaha Hadid, the international avant-garde architect — designed the Rubik’s cube on St. Marks Road. Digital design techniques and contemporary architectural theories inform his work. He emphasises that his buildings challenge some of the entrenched ideas of architecture. In the process, a strong and attractive form emerges as a by-product, he says.
Stephane Paumier
Stephane Paumier

SPA
Delhi
S.P.A. Design Pvt Ltd is a collaboration among French architect Stephane Paumier and Indian architects Anupam Bansal & Krishnachandran Balakrishnan. Since 1998, in association with ABRD architects Pvt. Ltd., Stephane Paumier has conceived many notable projects such as the Alliance Française of Delhi, the French Institute of Pondicherry, the House of the French Trade Commissioner in Sunder Nagar, Delhi, the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing in Amber, Jaipur. Today the company is involved in designing numerous institutions, university campus and offices. It believes in exploring all the opportunities that come with a site, a programme to ascertain the basis of a strong design concept. Themes and axis of research are developed specifically for each project keeping in mind the availability of human and material resources of the site as well as its architectural identity.   The recent projects emphasise on structural expression and on energy & resources efficiency, alternate ventilation systems and heating system and take this challenge to design a new kind of buildings that would create their own energy, new aesthetics and reduce the demand on natural resources or public supply.
Vrinda Khanna
Vrinda Khanna

khanna-Schultz Architects
Mumbai
Vrinda Khanna’s work seeks to respond to the project’s programmatic needs while creating a contemporary language of form that responds to the Indian context without being contextual.
They focus on the essential ability of a building to be a modulator of light and space. The projects use repetitive sculptural forms and screens, balancing serenity with omplexity. They have a special interest in shifting perceptions of scale, both within a building, and between a building and its surroundings. The work strives to create a continuity with the living tradition of Indian architecture.
Christopher C.M Lee & Kapil Gupta
Christopher C.M Lee & Kapil Gupta

Serie Architects
Mumbai/London

Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta are the principals of Serie Architects, an international practice based in London, Mumbai and Beijing. Serie works in the diverse field of architecture, urbanism and design.


The practice is fascinated by the evolution and mutation of building types in today’s cities and the projection of these forms of intelligence into spatial solutions. Working typologically, or in their terms, thinking and exploring in series - harnessing the cumulative intelligence of building types - is key to the work of Serie.


The practice consistently pushes the boundaries of architectural and masterplanning projects worldwide and provides full architecture and masterplanning services for private and public sectors.


The work of their practice is closely linked to the research conducted in the renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture, London where the practice’s principle, Christopher Lee holds the position of Diploma Unit Master since 2002.


He is also a visiting critic to various universities including the Berlage Institute, University College London and Cambridge University. Kapil Gupta is also director at the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, which is leading several research projects on the City

Mujeeb Ahmed & Lalitha Tharani
Mujeeb Ahmed & Lalitha Tharani

Collaborative Architects
Mumbai & Calicut

Mujib Ahmed & Lalita Tharani is the principals of the design firm Collaborative Architecture. ‘Architecture at COLLABORATIVE goes beyond the generally prevailing notions of functional contingencies and simplistic approach of problem solving. Projects fall in a larger scheme of things, transforming them into critical explorations of ideas and visions for future. The act of doing architecture is not a forced result of the brief, but a compulsive urge of the creative mind. The designs are more often not, not a result of a rational process, but, intuitive, often layered palimpsests of logical, irrational, bizarre, poetic, clarified and impossible thoughts.’

Sonali Bhagwati
Sonali Bhagwati

SPAZZIO
New Delhi

Sonali Bhagwati did her B.Arch from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (C.E.P.T), Ahmedabad in 1986 and is the Executive Member, Conservation Society, Delhi. In 1983, she trained with Architect Bernard Kohn, as recipient of scholarship from Institute Francaise D'Architecture, worked on projects such as cooperative Housing and Maison du Culture. She did her Research Thesis - An inquiry into Urban Metamorphosis in 1984-85 and a study of the sociological and Urban evolution of an inner city area. She was a consulting Editor for Habitat Section of The Times of India news publication in 1985-86 and a partner in ATELIER 2001, New Delhi, since 1985 She has been a partner in SPAZZIO, New Delhi, since 1993, and is now its Director.

Nuru Karim
Nuru Karim

Live
Mumbai
Since its inception LIVE is committed to a culture of debate, innovation and the rigorous exploration of space. It celebrates 'inquiry' through research and design that is essential to both pedagogy and the practice of architecture and urbanism. Founder director Nuru has a Master’s in Architecture and Urbanism, London, United Kingdom from the Architectural Association, AADRL, and has previously worked with the renowned practice of Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK. Nuru’s academic achievements include a scholarship from the Mc.Gill University, Montreal, Canada in 1995, the AKF,and International Scholarship Programme from AA, London, UK and a Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in his B.ARCH from KRVIA, Mumbai.
Kamal Malik
Kamal Malik

Malik Architect
Mumbai
Kamal Malik graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture in 1972. Before he set up his own design studio in 1975, he worked with Don Ashton (UK) from 1972 – 1973 and Willi Kaufhold (Germany) from 1973 - 1974. Kamal’s practice has won many design competitions through their entries, which include those for the Housing Complex at Delhi (Jury Stein + Kanvinde) in 1977 and the institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Studies, Delhi with Siemens (Germany) – 1981. The other prestigious projects won through competitions include the American school, Novell corporate building etc.
Kalhan Mattoo & Santha Gour Mattoo
Kalhan Mattoo & Santha Gour Mattoo

Planet 3 Studios
Mumbai

Kalhan and Santha head Planet 3 Studios Architecture, a young, internationally acclaimed practice at the vanguard of avant-garde design in India. Their eclectic portfolio of built projects includes path breaking architecture, interiors, product design and art. Recognised with over twenty prestigious international and national awards over three years, their work has been displayed at museums and galleries in New York, Barcelona and Singapore.

Hafeez Contractor
Hafeez Contractor

Hafeez Contractor Architect
Mumbai
Hafeez Contractor was born in 1950. He did his Graduate Diploma in architecture from Mumbai in 1975 and completed his graduation from Columbia University New York (USA) on a Tata Scholarship.Hafeez Contractor commenced his career in 1968 with T. Khareghat as an Apprentice Architect and in 1977 he became the associate partner in the same firm. Between 1977 and 1980, Hafeez has been a visiting faculty at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. He is a member of the Bombay Heritage Committee and New Delhi Lutyens Bungalow Zone Review Committee.
Christopher Charles Benninger
Christopher Charles Benninger

CCB
Pune

He studied City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Architecture at Harvard University under Joseph Luis Sert, where he was later a Professor of Architecture. A Fulbright Fellowship brought him to Ahmedabad, India in 1968 and he returned as a Ford Foundation Advisor to found the School of Urban Planning in 1971. Benninger often quotes Gandhijis directive, Live in a village and plan for the world.He founded the Centre for Development Studies in Pune, India (1976) involving him in rural development and poverty alleviation work. He has prepared plans for the Governments of Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.

He has designed institutions, residential schools, business and luxury hotels, corporate headquarters and large-scale housing projects. Benninger was selected for the Designer of the Year Award (1999) and for the American Institute of Architects Award (2000) for his design of the Mahindra United World College of India.