Ar Puran Kumar
Principal Architect, Studio PKA

Principal Architect, Studio PKA

An IIT Roorkee alumnus, Ar Puran Kumar believes in flowing with the tide and making the best of what life offers. He believes in creating spaces that exude a strong sense of place and identity. Now 25 years into the practice, he continues to explore and adopt fresh, innovative and exciting new ways of breathing life into the wide gamut of projects that come his way. From Corporate Interiors to Residential Spaces to Adaptive Re-Use, Studio PKA, now located within the Art District (SoBo or South Bombay), is breaking new ground as it expands, evolves its design language and ventures out in search of new typologies in the field of architecture and design.

From collaborating to experimenting, and constantly questioning the status quo – the design studio seeks a conviction in its processes with an added dimension of empathy.

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Principal Architect, Studio PKA
Ar Chitra Vishwanath
Biome Environmental Solutions and Biome Trust

Biome Environmental Solutions and Biome Trust

An ardent believer of sustainability, Ar Chitra Vishwanath since the beginning of her career, has focused on creating architectural designs that made use of indigenous natural resources like mud. Having designed more than 500 projects that include constructing sustainable buildings, water harvesting, and sanitation structures, Ar Vishwanath is known to use earth as a basic material for her work.

Both her ventures, Biome Environmental Solutions and Biome Trust focus on key ecological and social issues in each project. The team follows the philosophy of ’employing local resources in an optimised way, planning considering the natural elements, passively and actively, and rendering the social impact of construction positive, improving lifestyle quality of both, the doers and the users.’

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Biome Environmental Solutions and Biome Trust
Ar Tony Joseph
Principal Architect, Stapati, Kerala

Principal Architect, Stapati, Kerala

Ar Tony Joseph’s works span  across a very wide spectrum, with projects ranging from urban design schemes, master planning, mixed-use developments, premium hospitality projects, commercial complexes to residences, interiors, and even product designs. His practice, Stapati is built on the core principles of integrity, sustainability, and innovation. Under his leadership, the firm has imprinted its name on the list of ‘Top 50 Most influential design firms in South Asia’ and has been there for five consecutive years.

He is also the Founder Chairman of Avani Institute of Design, Calicut. Ar Joseph has designed some of the finest holiday resorts of the country. He was also an invited artist in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, wherein he had beautifully designed the Biennale Pavilion.

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Principal Architect, Stapati, Kerala
Ar Shirish Beri
Founder, Shirish Beri & Associates, Kolhapur

Founder, Shirish Beri & Associates, Kolhapur

Ar Shirish Beri’s deep search for meaning in life has made him explore various mediums of understanding and expression such as painting, poetry, philosophy, deep ecology and extensive travelling. Through his work, Ar Beri probes the multisensory and the immeasurable dimension of space while trying to evoke a reflective pause amidst today’s clutter and background noise.

Ar Beri has received numerous accolades for his exemplary work, the most significant being the Great Master’s award for 26th JK AYA 2017, Architecture+Design & CERA Awards 2014 – The hall of fame award, Arcasia gold medal 2009-2010 for the best designed public-institutional building in Asia and the Arcasia gold medal 2017 for the best designed single-family residence in Asia. A Fellow of the IIA & IIID, Ar Beri is well-known for his motivational talks and design workshops. His recently published book ‘Spaces inspired by nature’ is an inspiration in itself.

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Founder, Shirish Beri & Associates, Kolhapur
Pushpa Bector
Executive Director, DLF Shopping Malls, Delhi

Executive Director, DLF Shopping Malls, Delhi

PUSHPA BECTOR is Executive Director, DLF Shopping Malls, which comprises of 5 properties across Delhi NCR and Chandigarh namely DLF Mall of India – India’s Largest Mall, DLF Promenade, DLF PLACE, SAKET, DLF CyberHub and City Centre DLF, Chandigarh.

She has been a major role player in spearheading major projects for DLF Mall of India which including leasing, overall operations of the mall and leading the marketing front completely.

Under her supervision, DLF Promenade has become one of the largest epicentres of fashion and has become the ultimate shopping destination for people across the country. Redefining the modern shopping retail experience, DLF Place Saket, is undergoing a complete revamp under the skilful supervision of Ms Bector. With her broad vision, Ms Bector has been successful in converting DLF CyberHub into the best social hangout place in the Delhi NCR region.

From leasing of Cyber Park, Horizon, Cyber City and more, to taking care of the day to day strategies, Pushpa Bector is a hands-on person to deal with everything. Following her continuous contributions to the Retail and Real Estate Segment, she has been honoured with most prestigious awards like Most admired shopping centre professional of the year, Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards 2019, Retail professional of the year, Ms Bector- BTVI awards, Women Super Achiever by ET NOW Stars and many more.

Prior to DLF, she was the CEO of Funky Orbits and other retail projects under Apollo International Ltd. She has also worked with the Oberoi Group of Hotels and Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd.

 

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Executive Director, DLF Shopping Malls, Delhi
Padma Shri Prathibha Prahlad
Bharatnatyam Dancer, Founder, Delhi International Arts Festival, Delhi

Bharatnatyam Dancer, Founder, Delhi International Arts Festival, Delhi

A noted Bharatanatyam dancer, educator, choreographer, arts administrator, and author, Prathibha Prahlad is a multifaceted personality, who founded the Delhi International Arts Festival. She was the youngest recipient of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for dance, which she won in 2001. She received the Padma Shri in 2016.

Her impeccable art has made her worthy of some other accolades like Karnataka State Government Award and the Sangeet Nritya Academy Award of Karnataka.

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Bharatnatyam Dancer, Founder, Delhi International Arts Festival, Delhi
AR Abha Narain Lambah
Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai

Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai

Head of Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Abha Narain Lambah is a conservation architect, an author, a lecturer and an advisor to several prestigious forums. Ar Lambah’s Mumbai-based company has worked on a range of projects across India. Among the many feathers in her cap are helping conserve 15th-century Buddhist temples in Ladakh and Hampi; preparing masterplans for ancient Buddhist sites in Bodh Gaya and Ajanta Caves, Shimla’s Viceregal Lodge, Raj Bhavans in Nainital and Kolkata; and giving old palaces in Gwalior, Hyderabad, Indore and Patiala a facelift.

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Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai
Nandita Abraham
President, Pearl Academy, Delhi

President, Pearl Academy, Delhi

Nandita Abraham is an energetic leader who works with a mission to keep students at the centre of all initiatives. With over twenty five years of experience across corporate and academia in the US, Hong Kong and India, Prof. Abraham joined Pearl Academy in 2001 as a faculty. She has been a member of the CII National Committee of Design, a member of the Research, Education and Industry Committees at IFFTI and has presented her research in Australia, the UK, India, Canada and Taiwan focusing on the areas of Pedagogy, employability and international collaboration.

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President, Pearl Academy, Delhi
Ar Sheila Sri Prakash
Founder & Chief Architect, Shilpa Architects Planners Designers Pvt Ltd, Chennai

Founder & Chief Architect, Shilpa Architects Planners Designers Pvt Ltd, Chennai

Sheila Sri Prakash is one of the first women in India to have started her architectural firm back in 1979. Her more than three-decade career, boasts of completing approx. 1200 globally acclaimed architectural projectstill date. Ar Prakash is the first Indian architect to serve on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF)  Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation (role of arts in society). Listed amongst the “Top 100 most influential architects in the world by Il Giornale dell’ Architectura, Ar Prakash is known for her dexterous architectural theories surrounding ‘reciprocity in design’.

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Founder & Chief Architect, Shilpa Architects Planners Designers Pvt Ltd, Chennai

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