Speakers | Chennai


Arun Karthik

MD, Design Qube

An acknowledged architect among the design fraternity, he has won national level design competitions and also holds visitor professorship in various architectural universities in Chennai. He is also associated with CEPT University, Ahmedabad for its research activities in building energy analysis and thermal comfort studies. Arun is a registered architect and a member of Council of Architects and the Indian Institute of Architects.

Leading the firm, with strong environmental values & policies that are actively sought to be incorporated in the projects created, Arun started his career with Architect Nimish Patel, Ahmedabad. During his internship, his interests grew in the field of building science related to Vernacular Indian Architecture and Intuitive Green Design Methods. Contemporary and modern in design approach, his design efforts focus in space and material efficiency, minimizing resource consumption and running costs, while not compromising on the visual elegance of the projects. With wide knowledge base in various spectrum of architecture and design, he has held the national championship in architecture quizzing in the prestigious event of ‘Archumen’ 2008.

Winning 2 national level design competitions by IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) and by Water Portal, Arun derives his inspirations from nature’s working methodologies. His dissertation on ‘Bio-mimicry in Architecture’ stands as a testimonial for the same. With inputs from Malaysian Architect Dr. Ken Yeang, he went on pursuing ‘Bio-Climatic Skyscrapers’ for his architectural thesis and envisions using his knowledge in his professional practice.


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.


Oscar Concessao

Principal Architect, Oscar & Ponni Architects

Oscar & Ponni  Architects, Chennai – INDIA -  Brief Profile

Architect Oscar G. Concessao and Architect Ms Ponni M. Concessao husband and wife team completed the B.Arch Degree from the Regional Engineering College, now National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli in 1986, and 1987. After their graduation in India Oscar went to the USA on a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, Norman and did his Master’s degree in Architecture in Urban Design in 1987.  Ponni also followed to the USA, with a Tata scholarship and completed her Master’s in Architecture from Cornell University in 1989. Both Architect Oscar and Architect Ponni have done their advanced professional studies specialization at Harvard University. Both Oscar and Ponni have been conferred with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Malaysia and Universita of Milano for Modern Architecture and Architectural Science.  They both worked in New York City with leading architects specializing in Skyscrapers, Institutional buildings, Hotels, Hospitals and Stadiums. They returned to India and settled in Chennai, Ponni’s hometown and started their Architectural and Interior design practice on 1996. Oscar & Ponni Architects have won more than 67 International, National and State Awards for Architecture & Interiors


Pavitra Sriprakash

Chief Designer & Director, Shilpa Architects

Pavitra Sriprakash is an architect and urban designer with a focus on Sustainability. She is the Chief Designer and Director at The Global Design Studio of Shilpa Architects which is an acclaimed design house that draws inspiration from cultural values that are distinctly rooted in the sub-continent, fusing vernacular methods with modern design and construction practices. Having practiced urban design and planning in New York and Chicago, Pavitra’s work has been India focused since 2008. She is also the Director of Nirmana Realty Investments, a global hedge fund that has investments in emerging markets infrastructure and early stage investments in Silicon Valley technology companies.

She has designed projects across India, and has also delivered on projects in the United States of America, Norway, Japan, China and Kuwait as part of SGBL Studio, Shilpa’s International Urban Design Studio. She is an expert in sustainability and has completed research in Columbia University on “Sustainable Programmatic Landscapes” and the interface between architecture and landscape design in planning robust urban spaces.

She has been invited as an expert speaker by CII, The Indian Green Building Council, The Economic Times and various forums to address groups about her perspectives about Green Buildings and Sustainability.

She has a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University. She is currently the head of The Chennai Chapter of Columbia University’s Alumni Association. She is an accomplished Bharathyanatyam Dancer & an artist. SHILPA Architects’ philosophy focuses on innovative solutions for environmental and socioeconomic sustainability. SHILPA’s portfolio of Green Projects include clients in the private and public sectors for Corporate Offices / Campuses, Museums, Heritage, Art Academies, Educational Buildings, Hospitals, Hotels & Resorts, Residential Townships, Mass-transportation Infrastructure and stand alone projects which have received critical acclaim.


Pramod Balakrishnan

Principal Architect, Edifice

Architect Pramod Balakrishnan is a graduate from CEPT. His first few years of professional experience was with a British firm in Kuwait. He was part of the design team and did projects in Yemen Iraq Bahrain and Kuwait. 

He returned to india in 1985 and set up his practice edifice architects and interior designers chennai in 1987. 

Having had no connection with the city the early years were challenging. But in about four years the firm had done some fair amount of work that helped it grow. 

The chinmaya international school at siruvani won them a commendation award. Polaris soft ware labs facility extended their repertoire into IT. and soon they were working on many large projects across the country. 

The firm believes in creating environments and not objects and keeping to culture and context. 

"Your building has soul" is one of the best compliments that they say they have received from a client. 


Prasana Kesavan

Director, Studio 7 Consultants


Architect Shri. Prasana Kesavan has been Practising Architecture Design Consultancy for more than a Decade. He has Completed his Under graduation in Architecture from University of Madras and has specialised in Project Management (PG) from National University of Singapore. He has been practising Architecture in Chennai from the year 2007 till date. His prior work experience includes working in various High scale projects based out of Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Thailand. His Field of Expertise not only involves Architecture Consultancy he is also well versed with Project Management, Interior Design, Urban Design, Valuation and Infrastructure Planning.

Key Areas of Specialisation includes:  Affordable Housing Projects, Advanced Project Management, Design Management, Infrastructure Engineering, Precast Construction Technology, Slip- form Mivan Technology, Sustainable Design Methodology, Green Buildings, Retail Interior Designing, Special Economic Zone development, International Procurement, Business Development, e-Office Management,etc.,

Ar. Prasana Kesavan has been practicing in three different formats; he has his Proprietorship Firm in the name of Prasana Kesavan Architects. He is also the Director of M/s STUDIO 7 Consultants Pvt Ltd. He is also a Managing Partner with M/s STUDIO 7 ARCHITECTS. 


T Chitty Babu

Chairman & CEO, Akshaya

Brief Profile of Mr. T. Chitty Babu- Chairman & CEO Akshaya Pvt Ltd

The brainchild of Mr. T. Chitty Babu, a skilled civil engineer turned passionate entrepreneur, Akshaya Private Limited, began its journey with a crystal clear blue print – to make dreams and aspirations of a perfect living come true.

As a responsible corporate citizen Akshaya has joined hands with IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) as founding member to build only Green Buildings with 15 certified / pre-certified projects with 4 platinum, 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Green Certified. Akshaya is the proud recipient of the “Achievement Award for Best Project” at the prestigious “Vishwakarma Award 2011” from Construction industry Development Council for “Adora” project and “Vishwakarma Award 2012” from Construction Industry Development Council for projects ”Domaine” and “Adena”. Also Akshaya received multiple “Best Projects Award 2012” from CNBC Awaaz.

The slew of accolades, awards and applause have had only one effect. As Chairman & CEO, T. Chitty Babu put it, “Akshaya means eternal. So complacency cannot be in our blood, by design. The spate of recognition showered on Akshaya, has made every one of our 235 employees, hungrier. The search for the better will continue to be our credo. And we will not rest until we raise the bar in developing the loveliest of homes and the swankiest of commercial spaces in the most transparent manner.”

Mr. T. Chitty Babu is the Executive Committee Member of IGBC, Chairman of COC (Code of Conduct) & CGRF (Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum) of CREDAI (Confederation of the Real Estate Developers Association of India), Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and he has been a leading light of the real estate industry. In the last decade, he's held many key positions in CREDAI including that of National Secretary, President – Tamil Nadu and President – Chennai. He's also a former Convenor of the Infrastructure Panel of CII Chennai and present Chairman of CII Smart City. And he’s a member of the CII National Committee on Real Estate & Housing 2015-16.