There is a need for change in the way our cities are shaped, understood and managed. Any change here is woven with the threads of power, money, principle and perception. For the architect who intends to be a changemaker of cities and its spaces, there is politics, profession and passion that get embroidered into this fabric of change. Dr Patel's work in the past couple of decades has shown that change-making of the cities is contentious but has to happen. He has been weaving this fabric with conviction and cleverness, across Education and Practice. 

The discussion is divided into two parts, first on Practice and then on Education. The following themes will be discussed- 



Economics of Public Projects
Politics of Urban Design
Business of Architecture



Discipline or Profession
Pedagogy - Creative Genius or Collaborator/ Knowledge or Sense
University or Marketplace



  • Date

    23 June 2020

  • Interact

    Not an isolated panellist screen. Open chatroom to share your thoughts and questions.

  • Time

    11.00 AM- 12.30 PM

Invited Speaker

Dr Bimal Patel

Chairman and Managing Director, HCP Design & President, CEPT University

Dr Bimal Patel is an architect, urbanist and academic who has crisscrossed disciplinary, professional and institutional boundaries to explore how architecture, urban design and urban planning can enrich the lives of people in India’s cities. He received his PhD and Masters in City Planning, and Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995 and his Diploma in Architecture from the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad in 1984. He is Chairman and Managing Director, HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad and President, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel's work has won numerous awards. In 2019 he was awarded the Padma Shri.


Naresh Narasimhan

Architect, Urbanist, Activist and Creative, Entrepreneur.

Naresh V Narasimhan heads Venkataramanan Associates, a second generation multi-disciplinary award-winning architecture firm based in Bangalore. Steeped in values of integrity, commitment, professionalism and ethics, VA has held a steady reputation for delivering high-quality projects across various sectors. Naresh, trained as an architect at the Manipal Institute of Technology, India (B Arch 1985) later studied Project Appraisal and Risk Management at Harvard University (1995). Apart from heading the architecture practice at VA, he founded the MOD Institute, the Bangalore Agenda Task Force addressing highly relevant urban issues. His interests range from socioeconomic modelling, knowledge-sharing and communication strategies to cinema, art appreciation and popular culture. A prolific speaker, he is frequently invited to lecture at several events nationally and internationally


Vijay Narnapatti

Founder, mayaPRAXIS design+architecture

Vijay Sambasivam Narnapatti is an architect, urbanist and design educator based in Bangalore. He founded mayaPRAXIS design+architecture with partner Dimple Mittal in 2001. mayaPRAXIS has won reward and international recognition for its architectural design work. In 2012, mayaPRAXIS was featured as one of the Practices of Consequence by the Indian Architect and Builder and one of the Emerging Practices of India by Arch Daily. Vijay is a Professor in the School of Architecture Christ, Bengaluru and a Founding Faculty of the school. He has lectured around the country in various events, been an organiser, panellist or moderator in some. He is also part of research and interest groups that look into aspects of urbanism in the context of Bangalore. He has also penned a few articles and papers. Vijay received his Bachelors degree in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi in 1992 and a Master of Science in History and Theory of architecture from the School of Design Architecture Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnatti [USA] in 1997.

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