Bimal Patel

Bimal Patel (born 31 August 1961) is an architect from Gujarat, India, with over 35 years of professional, research and teaching experience in architectureurban design and urban planning. He is the President of CEPT University in Ahmedabad and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. Dr. Patel leads HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd., an architecture, planning and project management firm. He also founded Environmental Planning Collaborative, a not-for-profit, planning research and advocacy organization.

Patel’s practice has focused on transforming urban design and planning practice to make them more effective in improving Indian cities. His research interests are in Land Use PlanningReal Estate MarketsBuilding RegulationsLand Management and Urban Planning History. He received the Padma Shri Award for his contributions in the fields of Architecture and Planning in 2019.

Early life and education

Bimal Patel lives and practices architecture and city planning in Ahmedabad, India. He studied at the School of Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, CEPT, from 1978 to 1984. In 1981, he apprenticed with Frei Otto at the Institute for Lightweight Structures, Stuttgart, Germany.

After receiving his first professional degree in architecture from CEPT in 1984 and a year of work in Ahmedabad, Patel moved to Berkeley to study at the College of Environmental Design, CED. He graduated with M.Arch. and M.C.P. degrees in 1988 and a Ph.D. from the Department of City and Regional Planning in 1995. He worked closely with Prof. Allan JacobsProf. Donlyn LyndonProf. Manuel Castells and Prof. Mike Teitz at the CED and Prof. Richard Walker of the Geography Department. UC Berkeley and the openness of CED provided him with the opportunity and freedom for intellectual exploration beyond the confines of Architecture and City Planning.

Career

In 1990, Patel joined his father’s practice in Ahmedabad. One of his first building design projects, a campus for The Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad, won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1992. Over the years he has built up a significant body of work ranging from single family homes, to institutions, industrial buildings and urban redevelopment projects. Urban design projects, like the Kankaria Lake Development and the Sabarmati Riverfront, are the first of their kind in the country.

His significant and award winning projects include the Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad, Ahmedabad Management Association, Bhuj Development Plan and Town Planning Schemes (post-earthquake), C G Road Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship Development InstituteGujarat High CourtIIM Ahmedabad New Campus, Kankaria Lake Development, Sabarmati Riverfront Development and the Swarnim Sankul at Gandhinagar.

His work and his projects have been conferred with numerous awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1992), UN Centre for Human Settlements Award of Excellence (1998), World Architecture Award (2001) and the Prime Minister’s National Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Design (2002). He was bestowed with the Padma Shri Award in 2019.

Patel is President of CEPT University in Ahmedabad since 2012. CEPT University focuses on understanding, designing, planning, constructing and managing human habitats. His work there involves academics as well as institutional leadership and development.

Significant projects

Architecture and Urban Design

  • Parliament House and Central Vista Transformation, Government of India, New Delhi, 2019 – ongoing
  • Vishwanath Dham, Sri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Varanasi, 2018 – ongoing
  • Ministers’ Blocks and Secretariat Campus Development, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, 2014
  • Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, 2014
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, 2006 – ongoing
  • Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project, Detailed Design – 1998 – ongoing
  • Tata CGPL Township, Mundra, 2009
  • New Campus, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 2000
  • Re-development of C.G. Road, Ahmedabad, 1995
  • The Gujarat High Court Building, Ahmedabad, 1992
  • The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
  • The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, 1985

Planning

  • Redevelopment of Mumbai Eastern Waterfront (Mumbai Port Trust), MbPT, 2017 – ongoing
  • Planned Densification of Ahmedabad’s CBD, AUDA, 2015 – ongoing
  • Town Planning Schemes, Ahmedabad – Statutory, ongoing
  • Streamlining Urban Planning and Land Management (SUPLM) World Bank – 2007
  • Bhuj Development and (walled city) Town Planning Schemes – Statutory, 2004
  • Building Byelaws and Planning Legislation for Delhi (MCD) – Statutory, 2004
  • Development Plan for the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) – Statutory, 2002
  • Walled City Revitalization Plan, Ahmedabad, 1997

Publications

Desai, C and Patel B., 2017. The Architecture of Hasmukh C. Patel, Selected Projects 1963 – 2003. Mapin, Ahmedabad

Research Areas

  • Land Use Planning
  • Real Estate Markets
  • Building Regulations
  • Land Management
  • Architecture and Urban Planning History

Teaching

  • Visiting Faculty at School of Architecture and School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad, India
  • Guest Lectures: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; LBSNAA, Mussoorie

Awards and honors

  • Padma Shri, 2019
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • Prime Ministerʼs National Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Design, awarded to the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project, 2002
  • Emerging Architect Commendation Award, AR+D, 2001
  • World Architecture Award, 2001
  • Salzburg Seminar Fellowship, 2000
  • UNCHS, Best Practices Award, 1998
  • The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 1992
  • Research Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies, 1990–91
  • Newhouse Foundation Grant, 1988–89
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 1987
  • College of Environmental Design Council Scholarship, 1985–86

Reviews and Exhibitions of Professional Work

In Periodicals

  • Dalvi, S. (2011) ʻLouver as protagonistʼ, Domus India, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 46–59
  • Stathaki, E. (2011) ʻTeam Buildingʼ, Wallpaper*, 147, pp 122–126
  • Tursi, A. and Rossato, L. (2011) ʻAhmedabad, the Sabarmati riverfront as opportunity for an urban renewalʼ, Paesagio Urbano, pp. 78–93
  • Gregory, R. (2010) ʻIndian Institute of Managementʼ, Buildings (162), The Architectural Review, 1363, Vol. CCXXVIII, pp. 66–71
  • Krishnan, G. (2010) ʻBimal Patelʼ, Pool, 04, pp. 18–21
  • Scheffer, K. and Fenk, A. (2009) ʻSabarmati Riverfront Development Projectʼ, Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, 68, pp. 42–45
  • Burte, H. (2008) ʻExtending an Iconʼ, Mint, Vol. 02, No.152, pp. 12–13
  • Chhaya, N. (2008) ʻFrom the Treasury of Shadows; into the Light of Reason, Spade, Vol. 01, 70-87
  • Rajaram, R. (2008) ʻSabarmati: India’s First Riverfront Developmentʼ, Architecture Update, Vol. 01, Issue 22, pp. 9
  • Sheth, B. (2007) ʻRiverfront redux – More to Sabarmati project than meets the eyeʼ, Down to Earth, pp. 7–8
  • Pilo, A. (2006) ʻA Linear Scaleʼ, Architecture + Design, Vol. XXIII, No.02, pp. 50–54
  • Carsten, H. (2005) ʻCampus Extension of IIMAʼ, Bauwelt, Vol. 06, pp. 2
  • Jackson, N. (2001) ʻWorld Architecture Awards 2001: Regional Winner: Education Category – Ahmedabad Management Associationʼ, World Architecture, Issue No. 98, pp. 81
  • Davy, P. (2001) ʻIndian Summaryʼ, The Architectural Review, Vol. CCX, No.1258, pp. 74–75.
  • Wislocki, P. (1997) ʻAhmedabad Authority: The Gujarat High Court Complexʼ, World Architecture, 58, pp. 62–63
  • Sabiki, R. (1989) Journal of American Institute of Architects, ʻDesign Reviewʼ; Architecture, September 1989
  • Contemporary Architecture in India: the emerging generationʼ, Spazio e Societa, (1987), Vol 38

In Books

  • Johnson, C. (2011) Indian Cities: Managing Urban Growth, Australia: Metropolis Publication
  • Mehrotra, R. (2011) Architecture in India Since 1990, Germany: Pictor Publishing
  • Rossl, S.(2009) Architettura Contemporanea India, Motta Architettura, Milano
  • The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (2008) Phaidon Press Inc., London
  • Gast, K. (2007) Modern Traditions – Contemporary Architecture in India, Berlin: Verlag
  • Lang, J. (2002) A Concise History of Modern Architecture in India, Delhi: Permanent Black
  • Mehrotra, R. (2001) World Architecture: A Critical Mosaic 1900 – 2000, Vol.8, Vienna: Springer Verlag
  • Lang, J., Desai, M., Desai, M. (1997) Architecture and Independence, Oxford University Press
  • 581 World Architects in the World, (1995)Tokyo: TOTO Shuppan
  • Bahga, S., et al. (1993) Modern Architecture in India – Post Independence Perspective, New Delhi: GPC
  • Steele, J.(ed.) (1992) Architecture for a Changing World, Great Britain: Academy Editions

Exhibitions

  • Mohile Parikh Centre for Visual Arts, National Centre for Performing Arts, Bombay, 1998
  • Aedes Gallery, Berlin, 2003
  • Aedes Gallery, Berlin, 2009