Speakers | Bangalore


Abhishek Somany

MD, Somany Ceramics

Abhishek Somany, the eldest son of Mrs. & Mr. Shreekant Somany is one of the strongest pillars behind the incessant success of Somany Ceramics Ltd. Somany Ceramics Ltd. is a company engaged in the manufacturing of ceramic tiles, polished vitrified tiles, glazed vitrified tiles, digital tiles, sanitary ware & bath fittings. Somany is also the First Company in the Indian Tile industry to be accredited with Bureau of Indian Standards Certification for Tiles. Somany is also the First Company to get a patent for the VC (Veil Craft) Shield Technology. Born on January 11, 1972, he is an alumnus of Hyderabad Public School. Subsequently, he completed Bachelor of Business Administration in General Administration & Marketing from Richmond University, U.K. in 1992.

Having more than 18 years of rich experience in the Ceramic Industry & International Marketing, he started his career with an initial training at Kanoria Chemicals, (Renukoot Works) U.P. Later on he resumed his specialized intensive training in M/s. Pilkington's Tiles U.K. at their Manchester and Brighton Plants. M/s. Pilkington's Tiles U.K is a company engaged in the manufacturing of glazed ceramic wall and floor tiles. Soon after his specialized training, he joined Somany Group as a Management Trainee, later on took complete charge of domestic marketing as President, and then became Executive Director. Currently, Mr. Abhishek Somany is the
Joint Managing Director of Somany Ceramics Ltd. He is in-charge of operational responsibility and day-today functioning of the Company. He is also personally involved with the Product Designing and Sales & Marketing of Somany Ceramics.

Under his leadership, Somany has bagged many prestigious awards and recognition across the Globe. To name the few, Somany received “Indian Power Brand Award” for two consecutive years; awarded with Asia’s Most Promising Brand of the year in ceramics tile category and the list goes on. Mr. Abhishek Somany also received an award “Power Brand Hall of Fame – Corporate Leader – Ceramics Industry for 2011-2012”.

He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Leading from the front, he is confident to take Somany Ceramics Limited reach the zenith of the Indian Ceramic Industry and make Somany the most sought after tile brand in India.


Alan Abraham

Joint Principal Architect of Abraham John ARCHITECTS

Abraham John ARCHITECTS is an architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm based in Bombay. The work portfolio is diverse and varies from luxury villas, high end residences and unique offices, as well as hospitality & institutional projects. They are currently designing several luxury villas in Goa, Pavna, Pune, Khandala & Kochi.

Their portfolio also comprises several institutional projects across India - earthquake and cyclone proof structures in Karaikal, Vijayawada, Latur and Rajkot.

The design approach of the studio is to re-connect architecture with nature, make optimum use of space, natural materials and customised furniture, lighting & landscape to reinvent & transform spaces.

The studio strives to create design that inspires, and approaches each project, regardless of size & scale, with an understanding that architecture has a unique power to influence lifestyle and society.


Alfredo Munoz

Founder and Director of ABIBOO Architecture

Alfredo Munoz is the founder and director of ABIBOO Architecture. He is an architect in Spain and International Associate of the American Institute of Architects. His practice and research focuses on the development of integral processes at the intersection of arts, engineering, sensorial approach to architecture and anthropology. Prior to ABIBOO Architecture, Alfredo Munoz worked in Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan and the USA for internationally renowned architects like Campo Baeza (Spain), Inaki Abalos & Juan Herreros (Spain), Toyo Ito (Japan) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) (USA) on major projects worldwide. He has been a Visiting Professor at European University in Madrid and lectured at Columbia University in New York, University of Pennsylvania, Pescara University, the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology and Tongji University in Shanghai, among others.

ABIBOO Architecture (www.abiboo.com) is a boutique firm with operations in New York (USA), Madrid (Spain) and Chennai (India). Through innovative design processes, exclusive attention to details, strong interest in construction technology and in the blurring frontiers of theory and practice, ABIBOO has specialized in Architecture, Urban and Interior Design. ABIBOO Architecture is currently designing and developing projects of many different scales in four different continents by combining  the Latin creativity and passion, the Anglo-Saxon technical rigor and the fast global expansion offered by the emerging countries. Over the last 5 years ABIBOO has worked on more than 30 projects in India (Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkota), including the design for full townships, large residential developments or  luxury villas.


Amardeep M Dugar

Principal of Lighting Research & Design

Dr. Amardeep M Dugar, IALD, IES, SLL, is the founding principal of Lighting Research & Design, a firm that specializes in applied research and design consultancy. Dr. Dugar received a B.Arch. from GGSIP University in New Delhi, India. After completing an M.A. in architectural lighting from the University of Wismar, Germany, he went a step further to pursue a Ph.D. in architectural lighting from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand to solidify his academic and professional leadership role into a career at a higher level. Dr. Dugar is a practitioner who brings his research into client service and professional development, and an academic who brings practical knowledge into teaching. He practices lighting design and has won international awards in the field, contributes papers to high-quality conferences and publications, organizes hands-on practical lighting design workshops for students and practitioners, and teaches at several architecture and design schools.


Anabelle Viegas

Architect, Urban Designer, scholar and maker

Ar. Anabelle M Viegas Dmello is an Architect, Urban Designer, scholar and maker. She is the co-founder of Think Happy Everyday™ [THE], a startup focused on Design Research, CSR initiatives and Urban Solutions. Anabelle is also an Associate Professor at BGSSAP, Bangalore and is a part of the design team at the school. She holds a Masters in Urban Design and was awarded a distinction at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London (UCL) for her research work done on developing a new methodology of deciphering the urban. Anabelle has previously worked at Integrated Design a Bangalore based landscape and regional planning practice. She has worked across scales and projects — environmental planning, regional design, campus planning, landscape projects and architecture.

The GET & British Council scholarship winner in 2013, she has also founded [THE] Workshop –– an initiative aimed at nurturing a community of makers, designers and students exploring new age fabrication. Being an Urban Designer her ability to comprehend varying scales and strategically accommodate computational methodologies to better manipulate design inputs is her foundation and taking forward the understanding of such ideologies is wherein lies her fervor.


Arjun Malik

Architect, Malik Architecture

There was always a certain inevitability about my decision to be an architect. It was ultimately the paradoxical nature of the profession, and the belief, through constant exposure to my father’s practice, that architecture, like cinema or literature, was a medium for commentary and personal expression, that led me down this path.

I completed my bachelors in architecture at the Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture and went on to receive a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Columbia University in New York.

I returned to join my father’s 30 year old firm in 2005 .

Through our work, we have tried to develop an idiom that would reconcile the intellectual and intuitive aspects of architecture, that would provide a tangible link to the past without getting nostalgic, that would be technologically progressive without being experientially stunted, and that would, ultimately, speak through the intangible science of perceptual phenomena.   

The current over-emphasis on the intellectual and conceptual dimensions of architecture has contributed to the disappearance of the physical, sensual and embodied essence of architecture.

In our practice, we focus more on generic metaphors rather than specific analogs, relying on the intuitive reading of context, allegory and functional parameters to generate typological shifts. Empirical mathematical processes are tempered with the exploration of phenomenological precepts to generate architecture that transcends the merely intellectual and visual and addresses the often ignored experiential aspects of architecture.


Bertil De Kleynen

Director of Architecture & Landscape, Atkins Asia Pacific

Bertil's career has spanned thirty years with architectural, transportation and masterplanning projects on many of the world's continents. 

Often involved at the interaction between development and transportation, Bertil's appreciation of sustainable city development is rooted in sound Transport Oriented Development  (TOD) philosophy.  TOD is a fundamental funding mechanism for successful and sustainable urban design, and a key component of Atkins' Approach to Future Proofing Cities.

Based in Hong Kong for the last 20 years, Bertil has contributed to the hugely successful MTR developments, as well as various levels of TOD integration in China, North America, SEA, and in India.   Major projects include the new Kolkata Airport, Bangalore Metro, Kowloon Development in Hong Kong, Dubai's Purple Line, Vietnam's Landmark81 and the supertall 568m Pearl of the North in Shenyang.


Boman Irani

CMD, Rustomjee

Boman R. Irani is the Chairman and Managing Director of Rustomjee Group, and is the driving force behind the success story of the Real Estate brand ‘Rustomjee’.

Boman is a first generation real estate developer and an entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience and knowledge of the industry. He has coupled business acumen with international exposure to put to use powerful and very successful strategies.
Under his leadership and guidance, Rustomjee has earned the distinction of a respected corporate and a well-known brand in an extremely short span of time. The group has development portfolio of more than 30mn square feet in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) region and a sound track record of sustained growth, customer satisfaction and innovation. Rustomjee has constructed and delivered about 8.4mn square feet of development through a number of residential projects, townships and commercial spaces in the MMR and has been ranked among the best developers in Mumbai. 

Boman is the Vice President of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI) that represents 1,000 leading real estate developers from Mumbai and the MMR representing the development issues and interacting with the state and the central government.

He is also the founder and chief benefactor of the ‘Rustom Irani Foundation’ which manages and runs institutes in all spheres of education from pre-school to post-graduation, with the capacity of more than 12,000 students.

Two things are closest to his heart “Homes for All” and “Making Education a Priority”.


Britta Knobel Gupta

Founding Partner, Studio Symbiosis

As co-founder of Studio Symbiosis Architects we have been involved in projects of various scales and sectors ranging from Hospitality, commercial, residential, mixed use and master plans. Graduated from Architectural Association school of Architecture, London she has been looking at create robust and efficient forms with sustainability embedded in the designs and integrating computational techniques in the design process. Post graduation she worked in London as Lead Architect for Zaha Hadid Architects for a period of five years involved in a number of key international projects such as Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre, Broad Art Museum in Michigan, Dubai opera house, and luxury villas.

She has just won the "Europe 40 under 40"  for emerging design talents throughout Europe, won European 'Newcomer Award 2002', several scholarships like DAAD and her works have been published widely.

The work done by us in Studio Symbiosis has been published widely and we have been honored with prestigious international awards namely; Iconic Award 2014, German Design award 2015, International Property awards 2015-16 to name a few.
Britta was invited speaker at some of the most prestigious platforms namely; Tedx Germany, Smart Geometry Hong Kong, CIBF Congress by AIT in Hamburg Germany, HDS Mumbai, 4th Annual IQPC Facade Design & Engineering Summit in Mumbai, SEARCH Forum 2013 and AA Visiting School Bangalore.


Dikshu Kukreja

Principal Architect, C. P. Kukreja & Associates

Dikshu C. Kukreja  received his  B.Arch Honours  as Gold Medalist from   School of Planning & Architecture. He attended the prestigious  Taliesin Fellowship at Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture,   USA and received his Masters of Architecture & Urban Design  from Harvard University.  He was elected the founding Vice President of Asia GSD, which grew to become one of the largest student organizations at Harvard University.  He has worked in India, France and USA and has lectured and taught at institutions both in India and abroad.  He has been Guest Writer for The Times of India and Hindustan Times newspapers on Urban Issues and featured by CNBC TV on the programme ‘Young Turks’.   He was  selected as Cultural Ambassador by Govt. of Finland.  He is Member, Governing Body, Sushant School of Art & Architecture and  elected as the youngest President of Harvard Club of India and the first architect to achieve this distinction.     His firm CP Kukreja Architects is now ranked amongst the top 100 architecture  firms in the world and top 10 in Asia.   He has   been selected as the ‘Young  Icon of the Decade’, Best Citizen of India and most recently as the Face of 21st Century Architecture in India.  

Some of his prestigious projects include  Aerocity complex at Delhi International Airport comprising of 14 hotels and over 5000 rooms,    Project with 100 storey building in Sri Lank with built-up area of  7 million sft,  ultra luxury housing projects such Provence and Eiffel Tower  where each apartment is 15000 sft,  Shopping Malls, Corporate Offices, IT Campuses etc. 


D Satya Murthy

Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Urban Development Department, Bangalore

Shri Dharanipragada Satya Murty, born on 15 January 1960 at Rajmundry, Andhra Pradesh.

Passed M.Sc. (Botany) at Andhra University, Waltair, Andhra Pradesh, India in 1981. He then Joined IAS of Karnataka Cadre  in 1984 and held various positions of responsibility starting from the Taluks, Districts, State and upto the Government of India level in the capacity of Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Secretary, Excise Commissioner, Inspector General of Stamps & Registration, Principal Secretary to Government, etc. for the last twenty nine years.  And  he is presently working as Principal Secretary to Government, Water Resources Department, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore  since April 2010. Before joining IAS, he served as the IFS probationer at the Indian Forest College, Dehradun from May 1983 to August 1984 and before IFS, I was selected for appointment as the Officer in the Indian Defence Service (Group-B) in the Civil Services Examination of 1982 held by the UPSC, New Delhi.

He has won  many AWARDS & MEDALS and to say a few –  GOLD MEDAL for standing First in the University in M.Sc.(Botany) ,  DIRECTOR'S SILVER MEDAL in Basic Political Science & Constitution of India, in the Phase-III examination of the IAS training program at Lal Bahadur Sastry National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh (1986), NATIONAL AWARD in the National Essay Competition conducted by the National Literacy Mission on Literacy / Adult Education in the open category "Literacy accelerates the pace of development" (1997), National Productivity Award as the Managing Director, Karnataka Agro Industries Corporation Ltd., Bangalore from the National Productivity Council, New Delhi for the Second Best Agro industries Corporation in the Country  (1998)., Gold Medal  for the Paper on "Karnataka Valuation and E-registration (KAVERI) - 100% computerization of Subregistries in Karnataka".  Received Chief Minister’s Ratna Award for the excellent performance achieved in KNNL (2010-11).  Also received Awards titled Jyotisha Vachaspati and Nakshatra Siddantha Kesari in recognition of invaluable contribution made in the field of Astrology, from JRK Astro Research Foundation and presented by His Excellency Hon’ble Government of Andhra Pradesh.


Harish Bijoor

Brand Domain specialist

Harish Bijoor is currently a Brand Domain specialist operating out of Bangalore. He runs a unique boutique consulting outfit branded “Harish Bijoor Consults”, a brand name that has a consulting presence across the markets of Hong Kong, Seattle, London and the Indian sub-continent. He spent the most recent 18 months of his career as the  Chief Operating Officer, Zip Telecom Limited. He has spent the last eight years prior to his Telecom stint with Tata Coffee Limited in various Brand Domain specialists moving through the Brand Management and Marketing Hierarchy. The last eight years have seen Tata Coffee Limited unleash a flurry of value-added coffee brands in the domestic market. Some of these brands include Tata Café, Tata Kaapi, Coorg Pure Coffee, and Coorg Double Roast. The company launched an aggressive presence in the liquid coffee vending market as well with a large number of coffee points across the country. Harish’s career with the company culminated with leveraging exciting joint ventures with aggressive partners in the market. Barista coffee included, in the front-ended liquid coffee Café segment! He has spent the first eight years of his career with Brooke Bond Lipton India Limited (now Hindustan Lever Limited) moving through the Sales and Distribution stream during the first four years and the Brand Management stream in the next four. Brands handled: Teas: Red Label,  Special, Super Dust, 3 Roses, Taj Mahal. Coffees: Bru, Deluxe Green Label, Tripti, Café, etc. He has been an active member of the Plantations sub-committee of the Planning Commission for the formulation of the XIth Five year Plan(2007-12). He has a depth of involvement in the rural markets of India, Vietnam, South Africa and Indonesia.


Jipu James

Regional Director & Head Construction Management

Jipu is currently heading the Construction management business for the business line, Project & Development Services, in India. This business is incubated in the year 2006 in India, and it was in 2013 that James took over this business.

The revenue done by this division was close to $ 28 million in 2014; He has successfully added new clients like Exxon, ANZ, Lenovo, CAT, Cadbury, IBM etc. to the portfolio while growing the repeat business from clients like Accenture, Cap Gemini etc. James was also instrumental in winning the first green flied and retail roll out project in the turnkey model for JLL.

Prior to this he was responsible for the inception and incubation of the Industrial sector for JLL India. From 2009 he has been instrumental in developing the nascent service offering of project management for Industrial sector. Currently the sector has a strong client base with over 25 and more than 23 projects running across India.

Prior to joining JLL, He was with L&T EC,  involved in a variety of projects from power plants, to water distribution and marine construction. In the last two years with ECC, James was handling estimation and project monitoring of ports & harbor business of L&T ECC.


J Mayer H

Partner, J. Mayer H. Architects

J. MAYER H. und Partners focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. Recent international projects include Metropol Parasol, the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Sevilla, Spain, the Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium, and several public and infrastructural projects in Georgia, for example an airport in Mestia, the border checkpoint in Sarpi and three rest stops along the highway in Gori and Locchini. And some exciting projects are coming up soon: the Karlsruhe 300 anniversary jubilee pavilion KA300 in the royal gardens, a parking garage facade in Miami, USA, the FOM university and the Rhein740 housing high-rise in Düsseldorf and VOLT, a new retail and experience complex in the heart of Berlin. From urban planning schemes and buildings to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology and nature form the background for a new production of space.

J. MAYER H. was founded in 1996 by Jürgen Mayer H. in Berlin. In January 2014, Andre Santer and Hans Schneider joined as partners in the firm. Jürgen Mayer H. studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and Princeton University. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and is part of numerous collections including MoMA New York and SF MoMA and also private collections. National and international awards include the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award-Emerging-Architect-Special-Mention-2003, Winner Holcim Award Bronze 2005 and Winner Audi Urban Future Award 2010. Jürgen Mayer H. has taught at Princeton University, University of the Arts Berlin, Harvard University, Kunsthochschule Berlin, the Architectural Association in London, the Columbia University, New York and at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is member of the advisory boards at Princeton University Architecture School, The Bauhaus Stiftung Dessau, Flussbad Berlin e.V. and Make Shift Architecture Festival Berlin 2015.


Kanhai Gandhi

KNS Architects Private Limited

‘KNS Architects Private Limited’ is a multi-disciplinary and international award winning Architecture and Interior design firm based in Mumbai. The Company was formed in 1997 by Ar. Kanhai Gandhi, Ar. Neemesh Shah and Ar. Shresht Kashyap and since its inception the Company has successfully designed and executed several projects across India.

KNS Architects offers services and solutions in the three verticals: Architecture, Interior Design and Retail. A preview could be seen on our website www.knsarchitects.com

Over the years, KNS Architects has carved out a niche for itself in the high end design market and is known to deliver out of the box designs and solutions. Our diverse portfolio includes Master planning, malls, hotels, residential and commercial buildings, bungalows, second home schemes, high end apartments, commercial interiors, restaurants, clubhouses, showrooms etc. Innovative designs, adaptability to various styles, on-time delivery and cost-effective methods lend a cutting edge to KNS Architects. With a team of young and dynamic architects and designers, the Company’s vision is to merge its strengths with the Clients aspirations to achieve great heights of excellence.

KNS Architects is among the foremost architecture and interior design companies with several awards and accomplishments such as IIID Award, AICA Award, AII Award, IIJS Awards, VM&RD Award, Archi Design Award, All India Achievers Award, Award from the Indian Navy , ‘Excellence Award for Architecture and Design’ by Trends Excellent Awards ; and ‘International Design and Architecture Award 2012’ by Design et al – London, ‘Generation Next Architects 2013’ by ITP Group and recently won two ‘Internatiional Design & Architecture Award’ 2014 by Design et al (London) along with A+D Cera Award at Turkey. The firms projects have been featured in numerous National and International Magazines as well as coffee table books such as 50 Luxurious Apartments in India, 50 Beautiful Houses, 50 Corporate Offices India and Commercial Design Magazine as 50 Most Influential Designers in India  to name a few.


Kapil Bhalla

Principal Architect and planner

Architect Bachelor Of Architecture, (1985) Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai Master Of Architecture, (1987) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA Executive Education Graduate School Of Design, (2008) Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Kapil Bhalla, as Principal Architect and planner, enjoys the challenges posed by the diverse nature of his profession. This produces an architecture that creates places; which enrich the way people live, work, play and heal. A deep interest in Frank Lloyd Wright's work drew him to Midwest America, from where he obtained his Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne. Together with Jayashree Darda Bhalla, he founded SEARCH on the bedrock of academic brilliance. Kapil has wide ranging interests; his attention to detail and exceptional time management skills resulted in the growth of the architectural practice with repeating clientele. It is upon this relationship with clients in which he places his trust and confidence and therefore respects religiously. Kapil instills within each and every person associated with SEARCH, direction, guidance, integrity and above all, accountability


Kapil Gupta

Director, Serie Architects

Serie is an international practice specializing in architecture, urban design and research on the city. The work of Serie is known for its organizational intelligence, elegance and contextual engagement. The design of Serie is led by Christopher Lee and Kapil Gupta and our portfolio of work includes projects in India, Singapore, China, the Middle East and the UK, and has been based on a series of high profile design competition successes. Founded in 2006 by Christopher Lee in London and Kapil Gupta in Mumbai, India, Serie maintains offices in London, Mumbai, Singapore and Beijing.

In 2011 we won the international design competition for the 1,200sqm BMW London 2012 Olympic Pavilion. This building was in the centre of the Olympic Games Park and was open to the public throughout the Games period. In 2012 we won the international open design competition for the Singapore State Courts Complex. This complex will comprise two 150m high towers with an area of 110,000sqm and construction budget of US$350m. In 2013 we won the open design competition to extend the National University of Singapore School of Architecture.  This building will be a model example of environmental design in tropical climates and will form a central role in the school’s pedagogy. In 2014 we won a design competition for the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai.

The practice is known for its theoretical position which emphasises the study of building typologies and their evolution. We base new architectural solutions on the careful study of historical building precedents. With a close relationship to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and Harvard Graduate School of Design in the USA where Christopher Lee is a member of the academic faculty Serie has re-opened interest in this field as one of the key areas of architectural discourse.
Fundamental to our work is a highly refined approach to design with emphasis on rigorous geometry and the innovative use of materials. This design focus is complemented by a meticulous and inventive approach to construction. This combination of capabilities has allowed the firm to develop a reputation for exciting, contemporary design.

Serie Architects won the ‘Young Architect of the Year Award’ in 2010. This is the most prestigious award in the UK for architects under the age of 40. The award recognises innovative design, successfully completed projects and inventive theoretical work.


Khozema Chitalwal

Principal Architect, Design Group

My journey into interior designing was quite unplanned. I had joined the studio of Ar. Rusi Khambatta for my internship. There were a lot of town planning projects that were being handled in his office that time; but another architect Raja Aederi shared that office space and practiced interior designing. That is where and when my interest in interior design kicked off. I started looking at things from a different perspective and the detailing involved in this line excited me.

Around 1996-97 Designers Group was introduced to a few hospitality consultants and I found the process of creating a new identity for each project very challenging and stimulating. Eventually as a studio, we drifted towards specializing in hospitality projects. The Taj Group of hotels turned out to be the flagship project; as we were appointed the local consultant for the entire remodelling scheme.

To describe the philosophy of Designers Group in short; I would say we follow the brief given by the client; and create well-planned and functional spaces in a style that can be classified as simple, minimalist, and contemporary.

This approach has worked well for us so far, and all my staff members also have nicely picked up the same ideology. We generally pick up young talent, and then groom them, develop their individual talents, and then raise the bar higher for each one, as per their personal standards.

Each project is handled by a senior associate, who leads the team. Of course, the process always begins at my desk. I am very actively involved in the designing and detailing; however, every job well done is always the result of a great team effort.
Sujata looks after the administrative aspects of running the office; and of course manages the soft furnishings section; that is so crucial to the hospitality industry. The trends and styles are ever-changing and it is quite a task to understand the specific needs of each project and come up with suitable options for the client to select. She is also involved in the planning and discussions around the design process; and she also asks my opinion on the choice of carpet or curtain; but we generally maintain a professional approach—we do not interfere heavily into each other's zones!


Manit Rastogi

Managing Partner, Morphogenesis

Graduated from SPA New Delhi and the AA London, Manit is the Founder and Managing Partner of Morphogenesis, one of India’s leading award-winning Architecture and Urban Design practices. Morphogenesis has been ranked yet again, for the third time running, among the Top 100 Architectural Design Firms worldwide by Building Design Magazine, UK in WA100 2014. Morphogenesis works with some of the best names in the industry such as Tata Housing, Reliance, Piramal Indiareit, L&T, Punj Lloyd, Ambuja Realty, Mahindra Lifespaces and the Intercontinental Hotel Group to name a few.

Manit is a Fellow of the IIA (Indian Institute of Architects) and the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, UK). Manit has taught at various universities, been a juror on several design and award juries. Manit is a founder member, Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (ADaRSH). As a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of GRIHA, and as member, Resource Persons Group on Environment and Ecology- Lt. Governor’s Secretariat, New Delhi, Manit works with urban policymakers to spearhead initiatives with an emphasis on environmental sensibility and social welfare.


Manuelle Gautrand

Principal Architect and Director of the agency MANUELLE GAUTRAND ARCHITECTURE based in Paris, France.

Manuelle Gautrand was born on July 14, 1961 in Marseille (France). She obtained her graduate diploma in Architecture from the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier" in 1985. She worked for 6 year in different architecture studios in Paris. She founded her office in 1991, first in Lyons and then in Paris. She lives and works in Paris since 1994.

She is the principal architect and director of the agency MANUELLE GAUTRAND ARCHITECTURE based in Paris, France.

Since its creation in 1991, the agency has carried out numerous buildings for large public and private clients, in France and abroad, in fields as diverse as cultural facilities (theaters, museums, cultural center), offices, housing, hotels, retails and leisure facilities, etc. The most important projects of the practice are the “C42” the flagship showroom of Citroën Automobiles Firm on the Champs-Elysées in Paris which has given the agency an international and general public reknown, the former theater of “Gaité Lyrique” in Paris, fully transformed to become a place dedicated to digital culture, the "LAM" - Museum of Modern Art and Outsider Art in Lille and the “Cité des Affaires” in Saint-Etienne. Manuelle Gautrand’s work has been recognized by many national and international architectural awards. Refusing to lock in an architectural style or type of program, Manual Gautrand claims "the luxury of being unaccustomed" in her architectural production and seeks to re-enchant our environment.


Michael Foley

Managing Director

Michael Foley runs an independent studio 'Foley Designs' known for its innovative thinking processes, zeal for design, originality of thought and the ability to use market and consumer understanding to create new benchmarks in design. Every design at the studio revolves around a mark of inventive thinking. Michael first made his mark with his creative direction at Titan Industries giving a contemporary makeover to the time-wear category; today his studio's sensibilities redefine several challenging areas of Industrial design elevating design to a platform that is reflective of what people want, today.

Inventive thinking is the hallmark of Foleydesigns and is reflected in every design project. However, mere design is not our final product. What we deliver are experiences that are fresh, desirable, and influential.

Michael Foley first made his mark with stunning, contemporary designs that gave Titan Industries an aesthetic makeover. As the Chief Creative Advisor, he was responsible for the overall design direction for the company's product portfolio. In the latter half of 2006, Michael felt the need to move his work to a broader, more challenging platform and the design studio, Foleydesigns, was born. It consists of a 40-member team, hand-picked by Michael, for design prowess, originality, and the ability to translate consumer understanding into fresh, inviting design.

Foleydesigns has been involved in landmark projects such as the design of the Queen’s Baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, ‘Violet’- the world’s first wireless surround sound system, Formula one trophies in 2012 and 2013, and a Smart Watch innovation for a global market.


Milind Pai

Architect & Interior Designer

Milind Pai - Architect & Interior Designer was established in 1987. This was the very same year Milind Graduated from Sir JJ College of Architecture with a 1st class Degree.

Since then this Firm has seen a constant steady growth and has today evolved into a dedicated team of professionals committed to designing excellence and offering comprehensive services in Architecture, Interior Designing and Project Consultation.

The Main USP of this firm is their Multi Specialty abilities over the years and they have done various projects from Architecture to Interiors in Commercial, Residential, Retail, Hospitality and Institutional Sector. They presently operate from a well-equipped office at Mumbai’s suburb of Andheri.

Their company philosophy is very simple. “Dreams into Reality” which connects them from an Individual, aspiring to make his dream House to the Highest Corporate who is planning their Dream Business Complex.

The projects covered are Pan India and they are always expanding the reach further. Milind is an ardent traveller himself and tries to bring back this travel experiences to his Design Philosophy at work.

Their work is widely appreciated by the cross industry clientele and many Design Magazines, Portals and Design Blogs cover the projects executed. They also have a highly ranked Website on 1st page for relevant Search Words in this Category. Recently a reputed Corporate Research Organization, Top10companiesinIndia.com has ranked them in the Top 10 Interior Designing firms in Mumbai.


Mujib Ahmed

Principal Architect, Collaborative Architecture

Collaborative Architecture is an international award winning firm headed by Lalita Tharani and Mujib Ahmed. Based in Mumbai, Beijing and Calicut India , the firm has been in the fore front of new Asian Avant Grade. The studio recently started the China operations based in Beijing. The China studio is spearheaded by Ms. Jin Lu, who was the serving as the marketing head of erstwhile Nokia PCR. In 2015, the firm has teamed with world renowned studio JMAYERH headed by Jürgen Mayer to expand and explore design research and cutting edge innovation for projects in India, China and Middle East Region. 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.


Murali M

MD, Shriram Properties

Mr. M MURALI, 46 yrs is the Managing Director of Shriram Properties, the property development arm of USD 10 billion plus business conglomerate Shriram Group, Chennai. The Group manages assets of over INR 90,000 Crs

An Alumnus of Harvard Business School Mr. Murali is a civil Engineer and he, at the age of 28, in 1997 took over the reins of SHRIRAM PROPERTIES. From a mere USD 0.50 million company in 1996-97, Shriram properties, to-day is a multi million company with nearly USD 4 billion business across India. Mr. Murali has been instrumental in attracting FDI and Non FDI investments of nearly USD 450 million from majors like Walton Street Capital, Starwood Capital Group, TPG Capital, TATA opportunities fund, Sun Apollo, ICICI Prudential, ASK, Motilal Oswal and Amplus. Trust, Transparency and credibility are his watchwords.

Mr. Murali is a most sought after panelist for High –Level National and International seminars and forums besides invited speaker of world renowned business schools. He is on the Governing Council of many Real Estate Bodies in India .
In October 2014, Associated chamber commerce and Industry, while determining Real Estate Excellence Awards adjudged Shriram Properties as the ‘Best developer of Southern Region’. This recognition comes to Shriram Properties for the second successive year, having been adjudged similarly in the year 2013 too.

Shriram Properties is also adjudged as the ‘Best Realty Investment Partner in India’ by ASSOCHAM for the 2014. Mr. Murali’s desire is to ever remain as the most trusted and progressive developer in the country.


M V Harish

Chief Operating Officer - Project & Development Services, India

Harish is the Chief Operating Officer of Project & Development Services in India based out of Bangalore. He oversees the P n L of Project management division and is in-charge of delivery and operations at a Pan-India level. Harish closely works with all delivery, operations and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) members to boost their operational efficiency and governance in the business. Harish also provides strategic oversight to Industrial, Hospitality, Greenfield and Fit-out projects.

In his previous role, Harish was heading the Warranted Price services (Turnkey delivery model of JLL) and Infrastructure Project services in India. He has managed projects for prestigious clients such as KL International Airport, ITC cigarette factory, Accenture, Oracle, Exxon Mobil, Morgan Stanley, Affiliated Computer Services etc.

Prior to joining JLL, Harish was associated with Bovis Lend Lease, Bovis Maclier WTWN, Sepakat Setia Perunding and Tata Consulting Engineers.


Naresh Narasimham

Principal Architect and Managing Partner, Venkataramanan Associates (VA)

Principal Architect and Managing Partner, Venkataramanan Associates (VA) 1985 – Till date

Naresh V Narasimhan is a practitioner and leader with over 30 years of experience in architecture and urban design. He is best known for his association with Venkataramanan Associates (www.vagroup.com) – an award- winning architecture firm that saw a meteoric rise under his leadership. In addition to his architectural practice, his contribution to urban development as an urbanist, activist and creative entrepreneur has been far-reaching. As co- founder of BATF (Bangalore Agenda Task Force), co-founder of MOD Institute (an international collective of urban designers, researchers and curators) and founder of NumaBengaluru (a coworking space and business accelerator) ), Naresh has fuelled a variety of progressive causes in the city. He also regularly advises government bodies on infrastructure development. Naresh studied architecture at Manipal Institute of Technology followed by further education in Project Appraisal & Risk Management at Harvard Institute for International Development . His interests range from socio-economic modeling, open data and communication strategies to cinema, art appreciation and popular culture. Naresh is also a prolific speaker who has been invited to lecture at several national and international events.


Nejeeb Khan

Managing Director

Nejeeb Khan is a master’s degree holder from the University of Colorado and is a member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) & American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2003, he founded KGD-Architecture along with Ned Kirschbaum and Jim Bradburn of Fentress Architects. His prior exposure to large scale projects globally brings an ambitious vision for KGD as a player in the AEC Industry. He is an architect, an innovator and above all a visionary who believes that hard work with smart technique is the key to opening new frontiers in the architecture & designing sector.

Nejeeb’s work has been covered by various media platforms and he has also represented KGD’s vision and mission at various events and conferences. His views and projects based on sustainable designs and green architecture has been widely appreciated. He believes that new age architects have a far greater challenge in designing assignments, as there is high level of innovation & precision required.

At KGD, Nejeeb shares his experience and knowledge with the people. He feels that employees form the foundation of the organization and everyone in the team is equally important. Clients across the sectors have trusted Nejeeb as he has always been a no-nonsense consultant.  Today, because of his hard work and direction, KGD has become an integrated practice offering Architecture, Interior, Landscape, MEPF and PMC with a professional strength of more than 300 people.

Apart from his regular work schedule, Nejeeb is also inclined towards contributing to the nation. He takes regular updates of the company’s CSR activities and has also keenly associated himself with projects such as model Anganwadi, underground parking structure at Commercial Street and various other sustainable urban interventions. His vision is a holistic one which does not limit itself to just designing elevations but extends to a broader context which prioritizes nation building.


Nirmalaya Kumar

Deputy General Manager – Marketing , Berger Paints (I) Ltd.

Mr. Nirmalaya Kumar , Deputy General Manager – Marketing , Berger Paints (I) Ltd. , A Mechanical Engineer with Post Graduation in marketing started his career in protective coatings division and followed it with a sprawling career of sales and marketing in various capacity. He presently looks after the project business and marketing of multiple product category.


Nuru Karim

Founder and Principal NU.DE

Nuru Karim, Founder & Principal NU.DE  has studied architecture in Mumbai, Montreal and London. He received his Masters in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association [AADRL], London, United Kingdom in 2006. Nuru has won several awards and competitions for his work. The Charkha a public art project was nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He has also been the recipient of the NDTV Awards 2014 for the Deployable Arts Pavilion. His projects were featured at the Architectural Association, London, DRL 10 in 2008. Nuru has also experimented with art installations, with his work ‘Machining Sound’ in collaboration with LAN and DuPont Corian featured at the Bodhi Gallery in Mumbai in 2008 to critical acclaim. Apart from his own design practice, Nuru has also taught Architecture Design Studios and conducted Design Workshops and is regularly invited as a guest jury member for several leading national design schools. Nuru Karim's writings and projects have been published in a variety of professional journals , both national and international, as well as through architectural exhibitions and conferences. 


P K Das


P.K. Das is popularly known as an Architect -Activist. His priority has been to establish a very close relation between architecture and people by involving them in a participatory planning process. His wide spectrum of work includes organizing slum dwellers for better living and evolving affordable housing models, engaging in policy framework for mass housing, reclaiming public space in Mumbai by developing the waterfronts, Re-envisioning the city and the Open Spaces of Mumbai, urban renewal and conservation projects along with an architectural practice involving planning, urban design, architecture and interior design assignments.

He is the Joint Convener of the Housing Rights Organization called Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti, Chairperson of the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre, Council member of the Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Mumbai chapter, member of the Steering Committee set-up by MMRDA for the preparation of a Vision Plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and founder of P.K. Das & Associates, a Planning & Architectural firm.

He has been widely published and has also delivered talks and lectures across the world. His work in the development of Mumbai’s coastline and his slum rehabilitation projects has won him several national and international awards including the first Urban Age Award instituted by the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank conferred to the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre in which P.K. Das is the Chairperson. ‘Struggle for Housing – A people’s Manifesto’ and ‘A village called Puntamba, a Social-Architectural study’ , ‘Vision Juhu-Expanding Public Spaces in Mumbai’, ‘On the Waterfront-Reclaiming Mumbai’s Open Spaces’, ‘Mumbai’s Open Spaces – Maps & A Preliminary Listing Document’ are some of the more known publications of Mr. Das

With an extremely strong emphasis on participatory planning, he hopes to integrate architecture and democracy to bring about much desired social change in the country.


Rahul Kadri

Principal Architect & Partner at I.M.Kadri Architects.

Mr. Rahul Kadri spent his formative years amidst lush landscapes exploring the forests of the Kumaon Himalayas while studying at Sherwood College, Nainital. This early relationship with nature infused within him with a deep passion to create buildings & spaces, which are in harmony with its natural context.

He completed his diploma in architecture from the Academy Of Architecture, Mumbai and went on pursue his master’s degree in Urban Planning from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1988).

He assumed directorship of Kadri Consultants Pvt. Ltd in 1995 and since then has designed & executed several architecture & town planning projects under his leadership. He has designed townships for Tata’s, Jindal’s & Reliance, Hotels & Resorts for Taj & Club Mahindra, College Campuses for Symbiosis & The Supreme Court Of India and more. Over the years he has honed his skill & passion to create places where people and nature thrive.

Apart from his engagement with architecture Mr. Rahul Kadri has been actively involved in proposals for the effective development of open spaces in Mumbai.

Mr. Kadri is a Trustee of Save The Children India – an organization committed to the cause of the education of the least privileged children in India


Ratan J Batliboi

Founder-Director of Ratan J Batliboi Consultants Pvt Ltd

Ratan J. Batliboi is the Founder-Director of Ratan J Batliboi Consultants Pvt Ltd, amongst several other design firms. A rank holder & recipient of the V.S. Gore Gold medal & Claude Batley prize for design. He graduated from Sir J J college of Architecture-Bombay University in 1980.He has over three decades of experience in design & execution of large scale architectural projects that include several industrial, hospitality, institutional, research buildings, mass rapid transportation projects & retail design.

His Urban design & Mass rapid transportation projects stem from his passion for architecture & a heart that beats for Mumbai- the city of his birth, to which his commitment is amply seen in the difference that his projects have made to the city.... Marine Drive, Bandra Worli sea-link, suburban railway stations, etc.

He has relentlessly pursued excellence, innovation & integrity in his architectural practice and has been a mentor and source of inspiration to young architects. He is credited with contributing & executing many creative ideas including in the diverse fields of mass rapid transit system and large span steel structures. Ratan J. Batliboi keeps pushing boundaries defying being boxed into an architectural "style". Leading a team of over 80 professionals, he brings his enthusiasm, energy & excellence to any project of any scale that he works upon.


Reza Kabul

Director, ARK - Reza Kabul Architects Pvt. Ltd. (Mumbai, India)

One of the foremost talents in the realm of Indian architecture, Reza Kabul’s foray into the industry was a random experience of viewing books on architecture that proved catalyst enough for a switch from engineering to architecture. After a brief stint at a prominent architecture studio in Mumbai, he set up ARK - Reza Kabul Architects Pvt. Ltd., India in 1988. Reza Kabul has envisioned and successfully executed a string of path breaking projects centered on the design philosophy of ‘liberating spaces’. He has handled projects for leading names in Indian real estate industry, and continues to enjoy the trust and appreciation with projects that set pioneering benchmarks in architectural design. In 2013, Reza Kabul partnered with a team of talented American architects to establish ARK Studio West, the American counterpart of ARK. A speaker for ‘Marcus Evans Tall Buildings Conference’ in Seoul, Korea (2008) and a pioneer in tall buildings, Reza Kabul has been listed in the Limca Book of Awards (2003) for Shreepati Arcade, the tallest building in India. His signature projects are spread globally in United States, India, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Bhutan, Korea, and Nairobi.


Satish Rana

Principal Designer at Light Vision India (LVI)

Satish Rana, Principal Designer at Light Vision India (LVI) is an English Literature graduate who got into lighting driven purely by passion for the subject and a will to challenge his own abilities time and again. 

LVI just turned 10, and in its 10 years in the industry, amidst constant competition, challenges and condemnation, they have managed to hold their ground and make a mark.

They believe " God has given you one face & you make yourself another"*. Thus the opportunities which knocked at their door, they en-cashed them and made them their strengths.
Ingenuity, passion and courage, coupled with an artistic sensitivity and technical knowledge have been the driving force behind each design, each project. Their unconventional and non- conformist approach has always supported their cause, bringing them where they are today.

Seema Puri

Principle Architect

Philosophy : A design should rise and mould itself from the urban fabric while yet etching itself onto it, architecture, landscape and interior design should blend perfectly so as to melt the barriers between inside and outside.
Architecture should be timeless so its interpretation in almost any day or age is the same. This is the philosophy that the husband and wife firm of Seema Puri and Zarir Mullan believe in, and which they have tried to successfully achieve in the past few years.

Profile : Seema Puri Mullan – Principle Architect.

Having completed her Government Diploma in Architecture (G.D.Arch)   from Rachana Sansad’s “ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE” Mumbai in 1991, she has worked for a number of years before setting up her own practice in 1998.

Her practice has conceptualized, designed and executed a wide range of Architectural and Interior projects of diverse nature ranging from corporate buildings, Residential Schemes, Showrooms, Cafeterias and Private Bungalows.

Award won in Residential Building Category:  In October 2003, by Indian Institute of Architects for Sukhwani Bungalow at Pune

Award won in Best Residential Category:  In October 2008, by IAD for another bungalow in Pune (Homestead)

Award won in Best Architect Merchandise: In October 2009, by IAD for Jewellery showroom Batukbhai and Sons, at Nagpur.

Award won in Commercial Category:  In November 2011, by Society Interiors for Notan Heights at Mumbai.

She is recently working on a large number of Commercial & Residential buildings in Mumbai & Delhi.

The firm offers a complete design solution from concept stage to execution.


Shirish Beri

Principal Architect, Shirish Beri and Associates

Ar. Shirish Beri’s works, which tend to reflect his values in life, have dealt with this issue of sustainability since 1975. They strive to address his life concerns of man moving further away from nature, from his fellow human beings and from his own self. Through his work, Shirish Beri also probes the multisensory and the immeasurable dimension of space while trying to evoke a reflective pause amidst today’s clutter and background noise. He feels that issues of sustainability can be aptly addressed only through the right attitudes and goals. His designs try to achieve an  inherent  sense  of  unity  and  harmony  with  various   natural  and  man-made  elements and forces.

He has designed a number of campuses for national & regional level institutions for research, rehabilitation, health care and education, along with various other types of buildings. They have won him a number of national – international recognitions.
He  has  been  invited  to chair  and  give  talks,  slide  shows  and  conduct  design  workshops  in   various  professional and educational institutions and  in  national /  international   seminars in India and abroad. Two exhibitions, a film and a book on his work have been received very well everywhere.


Sujit Nair

Sujit Nair Design Group

SDeG ( Sujit Nair Design Group ) was founded in 2007 and is currently involved in projects of varied types and scales. The practice is interested in the many possibilities that emerge from complex urban flows and shifts in culture, politics, socio-economic patterns, belief systems and capital, resulting in Architecture of wide-ranging circumstances. By aiming to be consistently experimental and switching tactics swiftly, design can be liberated from predetermined and preservationist notions - SDeG believes in an architecture of overlapping attitudes, technologies and techniques, that respond to fluid project situations and contemporary urban transformations.


Syed Mohamed Beary

CMD - Bearys Group

From a humble beginning in 1981 as a Real Estate Consultant, he founded & spearheaded the Bearys Group and drives it by professionalism and constant amelioration. Today Bearys Group spans the entire gamut of the real estate sector.

While “Delivering Excellence, Consistently” sums up the group’s spirit, today ‘Triple E’ i.e. ‘Entrepreneurship’, ‘Environment’ and ‘Education’ forms the foundation and essence of all Bearys endeavours.

Entrepreneurship - Honing the knowledge & expertise gained in real estate, the group successfully diversified into Property Development and has created a distinct niche. This has culminated in delivering award winning projects that are architecturally significant, functionally sound, environmentally conscious and offer highest value for investment.  In his quest to expand the base, he has led the group to further diversify into ‘Infrastructure and Construction Engineering’, ‘Facility Management’, ‘Project Management Consultancy’ and has evolved as a Turnkey Solution Provider. Bearys have entered the retail sector as a dealer partner for world renowned Herman Miller furniture. Bearys have also forayed into Information technology with Bearys Global InfoTech Ltd.

Environment - All Bearys projects are eco-friendly initiatives that respect nature, contribute to the neighbourhood and are synonymous with ‘Sustainable Green Development’. To the Groups credit is ‘Bearys Global Research Triangle’, India’s First Platinum LEED Certified Research Park both by USGBC and IGBC among other unique award winning landmarks. Bearys is perhaps the only developer to have 3 Platinum LEED certified buildings to its credit. He is a founding member of the Indian Green Building Council and chairs the Bangalore chapter with zeal to take it to the forefront of the Indian Green Building Movement.

Education - The passion instilled by his late father who was a teacher has helped him found many educational institutions from primary to collegiate levels and professional colleges in his native Kodi, Kundapur, Udupi District including an engineering college, Bearys Institute of Technology in Mangalore.  Bearys Enviro-Architecture Design School in Mangalore is the new addition to their illustrious institutions.

Mr. Syed Mohamed Beary attributes his success to nothing but his unflinching faith in the Almighty and a belief that it is ultimately only one’s deeds that will be remembered by posterity. It is this eternal truth and conviction that helps him passionately drive every endeavour making it unique, distinct and worthy. His larger dream is to make India Fully Literate, Housing Affordable and above all to build India Truly Green.


Zubin Zainuddin

ZZ Architects

ZZ Architects is a creative and design driven studio environment that encourages collaboration with new ideas. The firm provides an array of services in the field of Architectural Design, Interior Design, Space Planning, Landscape Design and general project management of its design projects. With a dynamic team of over 65 Architects and Designers, the firm has completed over 500 projects across diverse categories in all major cities in India and some selective cities abroad.

Over 13 years into the field of design and after completing many prestigious projects, the firm has chartered its own course and is constantly scaling new heights. The multi award winning firm is best known for the high quality of work and its collaboration with some of the world’s leading manufacturers. From high-end residential architecture and interior design to large scale master planning projects, ZZ Architects has been constantly trying to reinvent itself and has created a unique identity within the Indian design scene.