Hitesh Panchasara

Mr. Hitesh Panchasara (Born and raised in Mumbai) has a constant pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design. He believes that once the trust of a client and the concept of a project is discussed, all else is resolved and everything else ideally falls in place. Despite his notable accomplishments he is driven to constantly reinvent the work the firm delivers.

His Company

His company Prabhu Interiors Pvt. Ltd.was initially founded by Mr. Prabhudas Panchasara and later taken over by Mr. Hitesh Panchasara along with his brothers with more than 25 years of experience in the interior/building industry.

He is specialized in COMMERCIAL, HOSPITALITY AND RESIDENTIAL CIVIL & INTERIORS, GENERAL CONTRACTING, DESIGN, AND BUILD.His central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice and research. A voracious reader and an engineer with a keen eye for detail, Mr. Hitesh Panchasara had always wanted to create a firm of repute, known for the range and quality of their work. Hitesh, along with his team, has led Prabhu Interiors Pvt. Ltd. to become one of the country’s leading turnkey interior solution provider.

They have managed multiple corporate interior projects of varying sizes. In the ever-evolving world of business, workplaces and commercial spaces need to constantly evolve.  Ideas, solutions, products, techniques and execution need to merge seamlessly to provide the best in elegance-in-class environments that showcase style and elegance and nurture productivity, comfort, and engagement.

Family Life

Mr. Hitesh Panchasara lives in Mumbai with his wife Mrs. Dhvani Panchasara and two sons.


Awards and Recognitions

  • The Best Commercial Project of the Year – Time to leap Award
  • The best Luxury Interior Design of the Year
  • The Best Residential Interior of the Year
  • India’s Most Prominent Architect and Design



His hobbies are Reading, Travelling and Experiencing different verticals.


Long Term goal

His long-term goal or mission is to engage individuals bring and upgrade their skills by going a problem which will help individuals to get, find and develop their range of skills and ecosystems.   

Hafeez Contractor

Hafeez Contractor (born 1950) is an Indian architect. He has designed many skyscrapers in India, primarily in the city of Mumbai. As of 2019, he is the architect of the three tallest buildings in India – The 42 in Kolkata, and the twin towers of The Imperial in Mumbai. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in January 2016 by the Government of India.


Early life

Hafeez Contractor was born at Bombay (now Mumbai) on 19 June 1950 in a Parsi family. He studied at Boys’ Town Public School Nashik then later Academy of Architecture at the University of Mumbai in 1975 and won a scholarship to Columbia University, where he completed a master’s degree.


Hafeez Contractor started working in 1968 as an apprentice with his uncle T. Khareghat while working toward his architecture degree. In 1977, he became an associate partner in the firm.

In 1991, Contractor was enlisted to add buildings to Infosys‘ Bangalore campus. He went on to design that firm’s first software-development park outside Pune, and its corporate educational facility near Mysore. His most famous project is Hiranandani Gardens, a township in Powai, a suburb of Mumbai. In 2005, Contractor designed the twin-tower residential skyscraper, The Imperial, whose 254 metre-tall Tower I became the tallest residential buildings in India (with Tower II slightly behind) upon completion in 2010 – a distinction it held until it was displaced by One Avighna Park (266 metre) in 2017. That building was, in turn, displaced by The 42 in Kolkata, which was also designed by Contractor and architecturally topped out at 260m. He also designed 23 Marina in Dubai, which was briefly the world’s tallest all-residential building, and is currently third behind the nearby Princess Tower and 432 Park Avenue in New York City.

Contractor’s other projects include the domestic terminal at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport and the DY Patil Stadium, which serves as the home stadium for both the Mumbai Indians cricket team and Mumbai City FC football team. He also designed the Turbhe railway station in Navi Mumbai and in 2018 offered to 19 railway stations for free. He was the architect for Chief Minister of Telangana’s official residence, Pragathi Bhavan completed in November 2016. He has been assigned to design the campus of Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy, Visakhapatnam.

Architectural style

Contractor has referred to the standardized ratings used in Western countries for certifying green buildings as a “joke”. In his view, conditions in India require a rating system that takes into account the unique problems faced by that country, such as the loss of farmland.

In a New York Times profile he was described as Bollywood‘s “Starchitect“. The article described Contractor’s style as having “no signature, save a penchant for glitz.” Contractor said of his own work, “[Y]ou definitely like a woman with lipstick, rouge, eyelashes. So if you make your building more beautiful with some appliqués, there’s nothing wrong.”

Krishnarao Jaisim

Krishnarao Jaisim is an architect and the former chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects, Karnataka Chapter. His work has been featured in the New York TimesThe HinduThe Times of IndiaThe Deccan Herald, and on HGTV.


Jaisim attended Madras Christian College School (1960 batch). He completed his university education in architecture in 1966, from Madras University. From 1966 to 1970, he worked with the architectural firm of LM Chitale & Son, Madras.

In 1970, inspired by Ayn Rand‘s novel, The Fountainhead, he started an architecture practice under the name “Jaisim-Fountainhead”. The practice grew from 1970 to 1975, winning a National Competition for the Cochin Stadia, Presidents Nomination for the Small Industries Pavilion and the ‘TAJ Fisherman’s Cove’. From 1975 to 1980, the firm began working overseas, and ventured into other areas of building, such as the import and distribution of building materials, running scheduled contracts, and running a stone crusher and fabrication unit. In 1980 he returned to India and settled in Bangalore.

Personal life

Jaisim was married 1970 to Geeta (now President of University Women s Association). He has a daughter, Ashwini Jaisim

Awards and positions

Chairman s Award – one of the prestigious awards (only two other have relieved this before) CIVIL AWARD – for contribution by an Architect to Civil and Structural Engineering in the built environment for innovative practices.

  • J K Award– Architect of the Year 1992
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Interior Architecture – Durian Society Interiors Design Award 2004
  • International Gold Star Millennium Award –2007 – International conference on Indo – Nepal Friendship & Economic Co-operation at Kathmandu
  • Life Time Achievement Award 2007 for Outstanding Performance in the field of Architecture awarded by PAA
  • Convener the Indian Institute of Architects – National Convention in Bangalore
  • Convener – Workshop on Innovative, Cost & Energy Effective Construction Methods and Systems
  • Chairman – Indian Institute of Architects – Karnataka chapter
  • Fellow – United Writer’s Association
  • Fellow – Indian society of lighting engineers
  • Fellow – The Indian Institution of Valuers, India
  • Registered – Council of Architecture
  • Charter President – Rotary Club – Cubbon Park
  • Past President – Practicing Architects Association
  • Member (Treasurer) – Board of Governors –INSTRUCT
  • Professor (Design chair) – BMS College – Dept. of Architecture
  • Visiting Professor to Colleges of Architecture
  • Adjunct Professor – M.I.T

Achyut Kanvinde

Achyut Purushottam Kanvinde (1916–28 December 2002) was an Indian architect who worked in functionalist approaches with elements of Brutalist architecture. He received the Padma Shri in 1974.


Early life and education

He was born in Achra, in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, in 1916 in a large family. His mother died when he was two and his father was an arts teacher in Mumbai. Kanvinde, influenced by his father, a portrait and landscape painter, took up art and graduated in architecture from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai in 1942. He was then sent by the Government of India to study at Harvard where he worked under Walter Gropius and was influenced by his thinking and teaching. The European masters of the Bauhaus – Albert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Breuer, and the Swiss-American architectural historian Siegfried Giedion also had a great impact. Some of his famous batchmates were Paul RudolphI. M. Pei and John Perkins.


When he returned to India he joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. In 1985, he was the winner of the IIA “Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal”.

Along with his partner Shaukat Rai, he opened the firm Kanvinde, Rai and Chowdhury in New Delhi (which is currently run by Sanjay Kanvinde, B.K. Tanuja and Murad Chowdhury). The firm has been responsible for IIT KanpurNational Science Centre, Delhi, The National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi, NII Pune, numerous dairy buildings under NDDB (such as Dudhsagar Dairy plant in Mehsana) and many other buildings.


Kanvinde played with space and forms. A famous example is the ISKCON Temple at New Delhi. He gave great importance to natural light. The form of the building is such that the problem of ventilation as well as excessive heat is beautifully solved. He championed the cause of vernacular architecture. He believed that values and historical influences contributed towards good architecture. “Over the years I have come to believe it is imperative that an architect develop a sensitivity to human nature and a respect for human values. This, after all, is at the very core of his work. In India the search for a new architectural expression must continue – and this must go beyond the satisfaction of matter of fact functional needs. I think the designer’s sensibility here must become aware of the accumulated wisdom of generations, but this should go together with the idea of progress reflected in the evolution of technology. In my own case, I must acknowledge my tremendous debt to Gropius – it was he who really exposed me to the power of technology on the one hand and the psychological dimensions of spatial organisation on the other. Actually my present concerns and realisations are all reflections of my earlier preoccupations: as a student at the J. J. School in Bombay my thesis was on “Architectural Composition and its Application to Indian Architecture”.”

Design concepts

He believed that a grid of columns forming a matrix giving structural and spatial aspect would turn a design more sophisticated and faceted.

Selected buildings

Joseph Allen Stein

Joseph Stein, (10 April 1912 – 6 October 2001) was an American architect and a major figure in the establishment of a regional modern architecture in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1940s and 1950s during the early days of the environmental design movement. In 1952, he moved to India and in 1955 was tasked with the planning of Durgapur in West BengalIndia along with Benjamin Polk. He was commissioned with this task in order to facilitate the establishment of Durgapur Steel Plant later on in 1959 followed by the Durgapur Steel City and Township. He is noted for designing several important buildings in India, most notably in Lodhi Estate in Central Delhi, nicknamed “Steinabad” after him, and where today the ‘Joseph Stein Lane’, is the only road in Delhi named after an architect. He is also famous for being the architect of the scenic Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode‘s campus. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1992. His works remain even more relevant in the modern context as need for sustainable and humane architecture is felt.



Joseph Allen Stein was born on 10 April 1912, in Omaha, Nebraska. He studied architecture at the University of Illinois, the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He worked for Ely Jacques Kahn in New York and with Richard Neutra in Los Angeles, before establishing his own practice in San Francisco. In San Francisco, he designed modest homes in the California style, but also became increasingly interested in the issues of low cost housing. He was also an active member of the group known as Telesis, which sought to bring better design to the needs of the middle and working classes.

With the outbreak of the Korean war and the rise of McCarthyism in 1950, he felt the need to find a location where his talent as an architect could be more freely expressed, and so left the US, first to Mexico and then to Europe, and finally to teach at Bengal Engineering College (now Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur) outside Calcutta.

In 1952 he moved to India, and became head of the department of architecture at the Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta. He worked in New Delhi from 1955 onwards, starting with another American architect, Benjamin Polk and even after retirement in 1995, continued to design for the architecture firm he founded. Over the year, he brought in ‘California modernism’ to several buildings he designed in Delhi, including, the Ford Foundation headquarters and the India International Centre (IIC) (1962), United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the World Wide Fund for Nature, a conservatory within Lodhi Gardens, Gandhi-King Plaza, an open-air memorial in IIC, Triveni Kala Sangam at Mandi House, the American Embassy School and the Australian high commission in Chanakyapuri. Among his notable buildings outside Delhi was the Express Towers, the first high rise built in India, and at the time it was completed, the tallest building in South East Asia.

Several of his disciples went on to establish leading architectural firms and real estate development businesses; J. K. Jain (architect & real estate developer), Chairman at Dasnac Designarch; and Anuraag Chowfla and Meena Mani (architects), Principals at Mani & Chowfla, to name a few.

In 1993, Building in the Garden, a study of his work, by Stephen White, dean of the School of Architecture at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island was published. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 1992. He married Margaret Suydam in 1938. He died on 6 October 2001, at age 89 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is survived by their sons David and Ethan.

Selected projects

G. Shankar

Gopalan Nair Shankar, popularly known as G. Shankar, is an architect from KeralaIndia. He advocates the use of locally available materials, sustainability, eco-friendliness and cost effectiveness. He founded the Habitat Technology Group, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1987 and as of 2012, serves on a number of boards. He did his architecture studies from College of Engineering Trivandrum (1982 batch) and later did M.S. from Birmingham School of Architecture, UK and Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. He has also won 3 national awards for green architecture, slum resettlement and eco city design. His attitude to “green architecture” has gained him a reputation as the “people’s architect”.Shankar was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2011.

Kamal Sagar

Kamal Sagar (born 16 July 1969) is an Indian architect, designer, real estate developer, restaurateur, and music enthusiast, based in Bangalore, India. He is the founder, and chairman of Total Environment Building Systems, Founder and Chairman, Total Environment Hospitality (Windmills Craftworks).


Early life

Kamal graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 1992, with a degree in Architecture. After a short stint with Omni Architects at Lexington, Kentucky, in the US, he returned to India and designed the Poonawalla Stud Farms at Hadapsar and Theur, Pune, and also built them out in a span of just 8 months, in time for the Asian Racing Conference by Asian Racing Federation on 27 January 1995. At the farms, he extensively used exposed brick masonry, sourced from the state of Kerala, evolving a special technique with the help of steel spacers to bring out the character of every individual brick – in line with his core design philosophy of natural exteriors for all his buildings, to help them blend with the natural landscape. He believed that natural materials had more character, brought the building to life and aged gracefully unlike artificial materials, which did not change with time.


Kamal moved to Bangalore in 1995, and after working for 4 months with Mistry Architects, started his architectural practice, first in his own name, and then, in the name of Shibanee & Kamal Architects, along with wife and partner, Shibanee In 1996, in his search for a one-bedroom apartment, he realized just how bad the state of large scale housing projects was, and saw tremendous scope to make a difference in this area. After several failed attempts in trying to get Developers to accept his design ideas, he decided to take on the task of developing and constructing his projects himself, and not just designing them and founded Total Environment, a construction and real estate development company, that would build out his designs without compromise. Total Environment has since, built 2.5 million square feet of high quality, individually customized and furnished space, mostly homes, across Bangalore and Pune. Leading through design and a combination of technology & craftsmanship, each Total Environment home is a sensitively detailed, high-quality space that celebrates nature by embracing it.

Kamal’s work has always been inspired by music and art. He founded Windmills Craftworks, in 2012, a Jazz Theatre, Microbrewery and Restaurant, where the audience is able to experience great talent at close quarters, with exceptional sound quality and in a beautiful, warm and comfortable setting and with some of the best beer and food in Bangalore. In less than two years, Windmills Craftworks soon established itself as the best live music venue in Bangalore, bringing path breaking music ranging from JazzBluesrockfolkBluegrassIndian Classical musicIndian folk music and Latin.



Kamal’s work has focused on mostly on creating warm spaces and a high quality experience in high-rise housing projects, through homes that embrace nature. He was surprised to see how people all over the world could build large housing projects where homes did not have gardens – he felt that a garden was a very basic human need.

Kamal introduced the idea of a garden with every home. Referred as Gardens in the Sky. In 1996, at his project Green is the Colour, Bangalore, he created gardens cantilevering in alternate directions on consecutive floors. When his customers refused to pay for these gardens, he decided to go ahead and provide them at his own cost. Over the years, he experimented with various different formats for these gardens, with most rooms in each apartment, opening onto these gardens through large wood frame sliding glass panels.

Kamal also believed that the furniture in a home is integral to the planning and layout of the home and cannot be excluded from the scope of the design of the home and, from 2002, started designing and building most of his homes as completely furnished homes. He also developed a software platform through which he brought design to every single home buyer – a platform that allows a home-buyer to individually customize every detail of his house – from wall layouts and furniture layouts to materials and finishes – down to the detail of the shelving in the wardrobes.


1995 Poonawalla Stud Farms, Hadpsar, Pune, India
1999 Ion Idea Corporate Campus, Whitefield, Bangalore, India
2000 Bougainvillea, Vibhuthipura, Bangalore, India
2000 Green is the Colour, BTM Layout, Bangalore, India
2001 The Good Earth, Ulsoor, Bangalore, India
2001 Webb India Limited– Corporate Office & workshops, Bommasandra, Bangalore, India
2004 Shine On, Rahath Bagh, Bangalore, India
2004 Time, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India
2006 Footprints, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India
2006 Residence for Navin Dhananjay, Hennur Road, Bangalore, India
2008 Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore, India
2009 Orange Blossom Special, Uday Baugh, Pune, India
2010 Greensleeves, Singasandra, Bangalore, India
2015 Windmills of Your Mind, Whitefield, Bangalore, India
2015 The Magic Faraway Tree, Phase 1, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore, India 2015 Learning to Fly

Awards and recognition

In recognition of his work, Kamal has won several Architectural Design Awards – at both National and International levels – including the award for the Best Residential Architecture – Asia Pacific Region, and Best Residential Development, India 2009 from CNBC, as well as Most Innovative Design, 2013 from CREDAI Karnataka, for his project Windmills of Your Mind, Habitat Award for Apartment Planning from A+D Spectrum Foundation, for Time, 2005, Best Group Housing Project from JK Cements Architect of the Year Awards and Habitat Award for Apartment Planning, from A+D Spectrum Foundation, 2003, for The Good Earth

Sl No. Award Institution Year Project
1 Best Group Housing Project JK Cements – Architect of the Year Awards 2003 The Good Earth, Bangalore
2 Habitat Award for Apartment Planning Architecture+Design Spectrum Foundation 2003 The Good Earth, Bangalore
3 Habitat Award for Apartment Planning Architecture+Design Spectrum Foundation 2005 Time, Bangalore
4 Best Residential Development CNBC Arabia 2009 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore
5 Best Residential Architecture CNBC Arabia 2009 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore
6 Best Residential Architecture CNBC Arabia 2009 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore
7 Best Innovative Design Credai Bangalore 2013 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore

Prem Nath (June 6, 1941), Ar. Prem Nath is an Iconic Indian architect with a wide spectrum of work. Awarded Architect of Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal 2019 during the virtual event of NATCON 2020 by the Indian Institution of Architects (IIA) with a citation describing him as a “Seminal Architect” and a “Trail Blazer” in the field of architecture. Ar. Prem Nath has many “FIRSTS”, to his credit which includes First ever Revolving Restaurant, First Health Spa, First Multiplex Mall in the Country, First Fast track I.T Building, First Gold graded & HUDCO Award winner Township, First Platinum Rated School & many more to the list. He is the founder of Prem Nath and Associates, an architectural firm based in Mumbai, founded in 1967.Additionally, Mr. Nath is a Chartered Engineer, a Certified Valuer and Real Estate Appraiser In a career spanning 50 long years, he has received many awards such as “Most Promising Brand” in Architecture and Real Estate at World Brand Summit, Dubai, “Life Time Achievement Award”, “India’s Top Ten Architect” award and “HUDCO Design Award for Green Architecture for HMEL Township and many more.

Early life
He completed his schooling in Delhi, and started working with an engineering firm where he used to take blueprints for draughtsmen. There he developed his interest in the field of architecture and enrolled himself in a graduate diploma program at Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. After completing his diploma with highest honors from Sir J. J. College of Architecture in 1965, he started his career as an interior designer and used to work hard for 18–20 hours a day.
Although he started getting recognition after his college project got appreciations during an exhibition which later also brought lot of opportunities for him and paved way to success. He was invited by J.A. Stein to work with him but he preferred to stay in Mumbai and opened his own firm Prem Nath & Associates in 1967. The firm, today, is well known as PNA, a ‘Total Design Group’ with an infrastructure, able to handle complete assignments, from the stage of Planning, Designing, and Service Co-ordination up to completion of the Project. Highly respected by his colleagues for his functional and unique designs. He is an enthusiastic member of the American Society Of interior designers and a fellow of the institution of Engineers (India) Charted Engineers and finds mention in the international edition on who’s who in interior design. He has won the Architect of the year award in 1996 from Accommodation Times, the International Award if Architectural practices in 2005 from Actualidad, Spain. His creations are iconic structures of the Mumbai skyline. He is known for taking some leading initiatives such as India’s first Revolving Restaurant – Ambassador Hotel, Mumbai. India’s first Platinum Rated School campus – Cygnus World School in Vadodara, Gujarat, India’s first Multiplex-Mall – Fame Adlabs at Citimall, Andheri, Mumbai designed for Ajmera Group, in early 2000s, India’s first green rated township, HMEL Punjab.
Memberships and Certifications
Fellow of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Ex president of Indian Institute Of Interior Designers (IIID). He is one of the few designers in the country to have received the ASID (American Society Of Interior Designers) certification. Also the member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) President of AAJJA (Alumni Association of Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai).
Some of the Notable Projects are listed below:
• Golden Palm Resort, Bangalore
• HMEL Township, Bhatinda
• Cygnus World School, Gujarat
• Celebrity Homes
• Bhakti Park, Residential Complex, Mumbai
• “IIA Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal, 2019” at NATCON 2020 by Indian Institute of Architects.
• “Life Time Achievement Award 2020” by Reality+ INEX Awards, Mumbai
• Awarded with ” Archid-Lifetime Achievement Award 2019″ by Archid,Mumbai.
• Bestowed with “DNA Sir J.J. Architecture Award’18” by Sir J.J. College of Architecture.
• Recipient of “Lifetime Achievement Award: Architecture” by GROHE Huran Report 2017
• Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 by WB honours.
• Icon of the Year 2017 for Outstanding contribution to Architecture by Brands Academy
• Awarded “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Icon of Spaces 2017, Singapore
• Bestowed with “LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT” Award by Society Interiors, Mumbai 2017
• Awarded the “Most Trusted Brand of Asia – Most Admired Architect of India” at the Indo-UAE Global Investment Summit, Dubai 2016
• HUDCO Design Award 2015 for Green Architecture – HMEL Township
• Ar. Prem Nath felicitated with “Top Architects through Decade” CWAB Award
• Receipient of “Design Legend” Award by Society Interiors, Mumbai 2015
• Recipient of “Most Promising Brand” in Architecture & Real Estate 2014-15 at World Brand Summit, Dubai
• Recipient of “Life Time Achievement Award in Hospitality Architecture” by ide, 2014
• Recipient of “Life Time Achievement Award” by ERA Fame Media Group, September 2013
• Recipient of “Life Time Achievement Award for Excellence in Architecture” by NDTV Profit – Brands Academy, Dec. ’12
• Recipient of “Achievers Award” in Indian Architectural Design Festival, in September 2011
• Recipient of “Best Hospitality Design Excellence Award”, by Construction Source India (CSI), 2010
• Recipient of the “India’s Top Architects Award – 2008”, by Construction World Magazine.
• Recipient of the “India’s Top Architects Award – 2007”, by Construction World Magazine.
• Recipient of the CNBC Awaaz CRISIL Award for “High End Residential Interiors – 2007”
• Nominations the CNBC Awaaz CRISIL Award for Best Architectural Commercial Building- 2007
• Nominations the CNBC Awaaz CRISIL Award for Best Residential Interiors – 2007
• Nominations the CNBC Awaaz CRISIL Award for Best Commercial Interiors – 2007
• Raitech a Hi-tech I. T. Park Project of about 5.1 million sq. ft. coming up at Sonipat, Haryana was won by the firm, amongst National & International competitions.
• Won Design competition for Bank of Baroda Commercial / Data Center project, at BKC, Mumbai.
• Won Design competition for Air Force Museum by Airport Authority of India (AAI), New Delhi in June 2007, placed second.
• Recipient of The “India’s Top Architects Award – 2006”, by Construction World Magazine
• Society Interior’s award for “Interior Architecture – 2006”
• Won Design competition for Karnataka Housing Board “Mandya” The project consists of residential development scheme including schools, parks, recreation centers, community facilities
• International Award of Architectural Practice – 2004 from Actualidad, Spain, received at Athens.
• First Prize and Project Award – 400 Bed G.T. Hospital Complex, Mumbai.
• Recipient of “Architect of the year award – 1996 from Accommodation times.”
• Won Design competition for Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Technical Complex Project at Ahmednagar. The project consisted of Engineering College, Polytechnic, Provision for I.T.I., English Medium School and Administrative Blocks comprising Administrative Offices, Hostels, Library, Auditorium, Residential Complex, Student’s centre, Sports complex etc for 4,500 students.
• First Prize and Project Award – Planetarium Complex for Municipal Corporation of Bangalore.
• Commendation Prize for Design of T.V. Centre at Calcutta.
• First Prize and Project Award – Commercial Complex for Municipal Corporation of Bangalore.
• “Bharat Gaurav, 1996” Award for Economic Growth & National Integration, from Industrial Economic Forum, New Delhi.
• “Architect of the Year, 1996” Award from Accommodation Times, Mumbai.

Shimul Javeri Kadri

Shimul Javeri Kadri (born 1962) is an Indian architect who runs SJK Architects, an architectural firm in Mumbai which has won multiple international and national awards including the Prix Versailles Award (2016) and the World Architecture Festival Award (2012). SJK Architects has also been named one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 (AD 100) and Top 50 (AD50) that features the most influential architects and interior designers in India. Kadri has a philosophy of building in harmony with nature— using natural elements, sunlight, wind, natural materials, and cultural contexts.

Her projects include museums, hotels, office and industrial buildings, educational institutions, and bungalows.


Kadri studied architecture in Mumbai at the Academy of Architecture, and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She set up SJK Architects after she returned to India from the US in 1990.

Award-winning buildings she has designed include the Automobile Design Studio for Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, India, which won the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Award 2016. The design of the Dasavatara Hotel in Tirupati, India won the Prix Versailles Special Prize in 2016, while the design of the Lotus Cafe in the same hotel won the Prix Versailles in the Restaurants category.  The design and architecture of the Nirvana Films office, Bengaluru, has won multiple awards including the World Architecture Festival Small Project of the Year Award 2012, the Excellence in Design Award, and the FuturArc Green Leadership Award.

Other significant projects include the Synergy Lifestyles factory in Karur, Sparkrill International School and SR Engineering College in Warangal and Ayushakti, an ayurvedic health resort in Mumbai. The challenge was to build this ayurvedic resort in a crowded Mumbai suburb within a narrow 16 m wide plot bounded on three sides by residential buildings, yet infuse it with light, air, space, joy and peace.

Shimul serves as a trustee for Akshara, a women’s resource centre in Mumbai a for Save the Children India where she has been actively steering education and women’s projects.

Bijoy Jain

Bijoy Jain (born 1965) is an Indian architect and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of architecture at Yale University. He received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He then worked in Richard Meier office at Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995. He returned to India in 1995 and founded his own firm Studio Mumbai. His works have been presented in many venues including the Alvar Aalto Symposium, the Architectural League of New York and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, which holds several of his project archives. He was also a finalist in the Agha Khan Awards 2010 Cycle.

In 2015, Jain’s work was featured alongside Umberto Riva’s in the exhibition Rooms You May Have Missed at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.


  • Global Award for Sustainable Architecturefrom L’Institut Francais D’Architecture, 2009
  • Design for Asia Award from the Hong Kong Design Center, 2009
  • Third BSI Swiss Architectural Award, Switzerland (2012)

Personal life

Bijoy Jain was in a relationship with supermodel Lakshmi Menon.