Speakers | Hyderabad

Harish Lakhani

Harish Lakhani

Principal Architect, H. P. Lakhani & Associates

Our firm, H.P. Lakhani and Associates, founded by our Principal Architect Haresh Lakhani came into being, about two decades ago in 1994 in Hyderabad. He graduated from Mumbai and studied Design at the LS Raheja College of Architecture, Mumbai. His work repertoire includes many successfully executed architectural and interior design projects in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and the USA engaging in wide-ranging projects from gated communities, apartment complexes and individual residences to hospitality, commercial and retail spaces and hospitals. A self-taught Architect with an experience spanning over 20 years in the field of Architecture, Interior Designing and Consultations, He has to his credit many accolades and awards and has been amply recognized for his distinctive work.

When showcasing our brand image, all our projects demonstrate the HP Lakhani Associates touch. Our evocative designs, our intuitive design presence, fine-tuned and customized solutions, coupled with synergized approaches, applying age-old design principles to present-day innovations, optimized spaces, spatial development, achieving perfect amalgamations of contemporary and traditional designs, minimalistic and simplistic design elements, adapting newer textures and finishes, initiating changing heights and forms and evoking a sense of drama when managing natural light flow and shadows, eliminating hard and fast lines between the interiors and exteriors thus giving the feel of a perfect synchronization of architecture, landscape, interiors as one organic structure.

Manoj Wahi

Manoj Wahi

Principal Architect, Designer Web

Studied B.Arch. from College of Architecture, Lucknow University.

He has Co-Founded Designer Web an Architectural, Interior Design & Project Management Firm in 1996.  He is based out of Hyderabad but has worked on various projects in Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore Mumbai and Kolkata where Designer Web has its offices. The Focus and expertise  is more on Interiors having worked on a wide spectrum of projects like Corporate offices, IT & ITES, Retail, Healthcare, Hospitality and Residences, though  Corporate & IT makes up a sizeable share.

Some noted clients include IGate, Reliance, Cognizant, PWC, L&T, CtrlS, Ashoka Builders, Kony Labs, Mahindra Satyam(now Tech Mahindra) and Sri Krishna Group.

The philosophy is to design spaces that are functionally efficient, Aesthetically Distinctive and having full regard for the Site, Context and the Client’s brief, consistent always with the cost targets, Time schedules and following Good construction practices.

Attention to Detail and Value Engineering are other key areas that take center stage in his designs whether it is a 3 lakh sq ft IT office or a 1500 sq ft café.   The exposure from working closely with  the Corporate sector including MNC’s for nearly two decades majority of whom are repeat client’s has helped him Immensely in understanding how the modern Office is constantly evolving in its functionality due to Emerging Sectors and new Business ideas and models, the  design methodology revolves around these client centric requirements.

Feels strongly that the Trade and Profession has to work more closely to keep pace with Dynamics of new materials and Technologies that are inseparable for Good Design.

He is currently member of the Managing Committee of IIID Hyderabad Regional Chapter and has been involved in organization of various forum activities and events benefitting the Fraternity and Students. He is also Passionate about Fire Safety and Security and is an Active member of FSAI. He is of the opinion that every Design professional needs to contribute in some form or the other to inculcate a spark for design brilliance in the new generation of Architects & Designers.

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Syed Muzaffer Hussain

Retd. Director of Town & Country Planning, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh

Joined the Department of town & country planning A P as Assistant Director of Town and Country Planning in the year 1981 and retired April in 2010 on superannuation as DIRECTOR OF TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING A P.

Worked in the cadre Director of Town and Countr Planning, A.P for thirteen years which also includes the post of chief city planner of Municipal corporation of Hyderabad.

During the tenure as Director of Town and Country

Planning A.P. Introduced administrative reforms and issued JOB chart for the staff, delegated powers to the subordinate staff for quick disposal of files and approved many Govt. /semi govt. & Private projects, lay outs and building plans for Individuals/Developers Professional institutes in the state.

Prepared project reports,financial requirements for budget approval , monitored & implemented govt schemes for which funds were released by the state & central govt.s from time to time.

As head of the department Handled the service matters of the staff of Town planning of the state including legal issues arising out of them.

Conversant with the matters related to preparation & presentation of the budget in the government.

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Raj Expedith

Principal Architect, Raj Expedith Associates

ARPUTHARAJ EXPEDITH WAS BORN IN MADRAS IN THE YEAR 1944, SON OF LATE RAJABAHADUR GNANAPRAGASAM, ARCHITECT IN THE ERSTWHILE NIZAM'S GOVERNMENT. GRADUATED WITH GOVERNMENT DIPLOMA IN ARCHITECTURE IN THE YEAR 1967 FROM THE GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, HYDERABAD. FURTHER, GRADUATED FROM THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS LONDON IN THE YEAR 1973. STUDIED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FROM THE THAMES POLYTECHNIC LONDON. MEMBER OF THE ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY OF LONDON AND ALSO STUDIED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT STUDIES IN LONDON. WORKED WITH THE CANADIAN FIRM N J PAPPAS AND ASSOCIATES, MONTREAL AS AN EXPATRIATE ARCHITECT STATIONED AT MALAYSIA BUILDING THE ANKASAPURI COMPLEX CONSISTING OF TELEVISION, RADIO STUDIOS AND TEACHING COMPLEX FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA, AND ASSIGNED WITH SIMILAR PROJECTS IN SINGAPORE AND HONG KONG. WORKED IN UNITED KINGDOM WITH WARE MACGREGOR PARTNERSHIP IN DESIGNING RADIO STUDIOS AND OPEN UNIVERSITY AT MILTON KEYNES. WORKED WITH DESIGN CONSULT INTERNATIONAL IN EAST AFRICA NAIROBI.

1976 - ESTABLISHED THE ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE IN HYDERABAD IN THE NAME OF RAJ EXPEDITH ASSOCIATES. ASSIGNED WITH SEVERAL PRESTIGIOUS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, STATE GOVERNMENT AND NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONAL PROJECTS SUCH AS THE UNVERSITY OF HYDERABAD, NORTHEASTERN HILL UNIVERSITY AT SHILLONG, BHARATHIAR UNIVERSITY AT COIMBATORE, THE LUMBINI PARK AND THE JALAGAM VENGALRAO PARK AT HYDERABAD. THE PRACTICE IS STILL BUSY WITH MANY SPECIALIZED PROJECTS SUCH AS THE NEW TOWNSHIP OF SHILLONG IN MEGHALAYA IN INDIA AND OTHER PROJECTS OVERSEAS.

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Samar Ramchandra

Principal Architect, SRA

Samarendra Ramachandra, graduated with B.Arch (Hons.) from II, Kharagpur in 1993. He started his professional architectural journey with Neeraj Manchanda, an architect involved in relevant architecture and appropriate technology.  

With Neeraj Manchanda Associates, he worked in the rural areas of Rajasthan and Punjab on development projects in design and project management of schools, technological centres and SOS children’s villages. On returning back to his home town of Hyderabad he established his own architectural practice under the name of Samar Ramachandra Associates in 1996. 

Following a practice of high integrity, creative emphasis and contextual architecture, the architectural firm has been involved in a vast portfolio which covers residential, commercial, and institutional projects. The scale of the projects vary, from small urban residences to large housing layouts, retail interiors to multiplexes and malls; and learning centers to institutional campuses.

He also started an ALDB (architect lead design build) firm called SRA Build to enhance built quality standards in the projects.

In a conscious emphasis on training young architects and grooming them into the industry over the decades, he established archxplore:  a not for profit architectural education and awareness body for architects and concerned citizens and SRA Eduan education initiative for architectural students. He is currently a Member, Board of studies, B. Arch & M. Arch programs, JNAFA University, Hyderabad.

Srinivas Murthy

Srinivas Murthy

Architect & Founder, Architect & Design Foundation

Srinivas Murthy G, is an distinguished architecture and design consultant with a world wide arena of professional engagement. Since its inception in 1992, during the last two decades of professional existence, SMG has achieved many remarkable milestones both in professional practice and academic initiatives worldwide in the field of architecture and design. SMG is a founding board member of the World Association of Architectural Organisations [AAO] Chicago, a network of international design organisations dedicated to enhancing public dialogue about architecture and design. He has been instrumental in providing AAO with its international agenda and has participated in many intiatives including relocation of Alaskan tribes in North Pole Region due to Global warming. SMG is also the Founding President of Architecture and Design Foundation [India]- an organisation dedicated to spreading awareness about values of good design and architecture amongst common people. It conduct many public awareness programmes and has recently recently launched country largest
campaign targeting about 5000 school students, called ”Children for Heritage”, wherein through out the year, every week two schools are taken to a heritage site to sensitise them about importance of protecting and restoring heritage structures and monuments.

His architectural design studio SMG Design Inc., is based out of Hyderabad and has undertaken many prestigious projects in the field of Medical and Health Care, Museums Design, Tourism, Corporate and IT Infrastructure, Master Planning of large townships and Academic Campuses. Some of the National Competitions that he has won include, the master plan design competition for District Park, and IT Incubation Tower at Vizag, Central University of Kerala, Kasargod and Integrated Tourism Master Plan for Eco Tourism in Chhatisgarh.

Venugopal

Venugopal

Principal Architect, The Design Concern

Architect and urban designer P.Venugopal is a scholar-practitioner with about twenty five years of professional experience. His studio practice encompasses work on a wide range of projects. The design of NALSAR University of Law campus in Hyderabad is one of his well known works. He is recipient of Architectural design awards at the national level, including the JK award, Archi design award .His work has also been nominated for the Aga khan award.

Venugopal is engaged with urban design advocacy. This includes, lectures in public forums, recommendations on dovetailing urban design guidelines with building regulations, urban design proposals and advisory, to urban local bodies on probono basis. He has strived voluntarily for inclusion of urban design in relevant state government tender processes.

Over two decades, he has also been engaged with teaching as studio faculty, juror and mentor on workshops, in various schools of Architecture. Also a writer, his articles are published in Economic and political weekly, The Hindu and other Telugu news papers. He has recently authored a book titled “21st Century Global Thinking & Concerns in City Building”, which sets out to be a frame work and reckoner for reference by urban local bodies engaged with city building.

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Yeshwant Ramamurthy

Principal Architect, Studio One Architects

A graduate of Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai, Ar.Yeshwant Ramamurthy began his career with M/s CnT, Bangalore. Two years later he moved overseas to work on town planning projects in Iran and- Returned to his home town, Hyderabad to commence practice in 1979.

For over 35 years as principal architect of Studio One, Ar. Ramamurthy has designed buildings across various typologies ranging from high end private residences to humble affordable housing using sustainable technology. The firm’s core competence is in hospitality design, having executed over 80 projects in this design vertical. He also works in the areas of heritage conservation, craft revival and design history documentation.
As a founder member of the Hyderabad chapter of Institute of Indian Interior designers, he served as chairman 2006 – 2008, and continues to mentor its growth. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. The Council of Architecture has nominated him as convener of its publications committee. He is on the academic board of studies in architecture at the Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University, Hyderabad. He is on the managing committee of the Telangana chapter of IIA.

Conducting Heritage walks of architectural monuments in Hyderabad and making technical presentations are other ways in which he contributes to the city’s design fraternity. Commercial Design magazine recently rated him amongst India’s 100 most influential designers.