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HOLISTIC DESIGNS by Sanjay Mohe & Gayathri Shetty on 20 APR, Monday, from 5.30 - 7.00 PM

Ar. Sanjay Mohe

Mentor

Sanjay Mohe graduated from Sir J. J. College of Architecture in 1976 and went on to work with the likes of Ar. Charles Correa. Mindspace, the brain child of Vauki Prakash, Suryanarayanan and Sanjay Mohe was established in 2004 and is currently run by Suryanarayanan, Medappa and Mohe. Mindspace strives towards a more sustainable approach towards Architecture and their ideals revolve around the five elements of nature. Climate and context are the two main factors around which their designs are centered. Instead of aping the west and designing glass blocks unsuitable for India’s climate, one needs to act with common sense while constructing spaces and design spaces responsive to local climes.

Ar. Gayathri Shetty

Architect

GN Architects was established in 1993 by founding partners Gayathri Shetty and Namith Varma. Their avant–garde designs curate a unique blend of the past’s grounded richness and the future’s sense of utility. Identifying each project’s unique setting and reinterpreting the vernacular with a sensitivity towards nature has always been a source of inspiration for GNA. Equipped with the mantra “reduce, recyle, retrofit and reuse,” the people at GNA see their unique position as an opportunity to contribute to and ensure sustainability in this day and age. Their time–tested approach has garnered 50+ prestigious awards.

LEGALITIES & DESIGN by Ajesh Shankar , Siraj Hassan , Prarthana A G on Apr 22 from 5.30-7.00 PM

Ajesh Kumar Shankar

Law Associates

Ajesh enrolled as a member of the Karnataka State Bar Council India in 1998, specialises in constitutional and commercial laws. He primarily practices at the High Court of Karnataka and also appears in various other High Courts and Civil Courts, the Supreme Court of India and before Arbitral Tribunals as an Advocate. Some important cases of public interest taken up by Ajesh before the Honourable High Court was with regard to enforcement of segregation of waste at source and recycling of solid-waste generated by people, with regard to prison reforms to ensure better facilities for under-trials, with regard to ensuring construction of buildings to be compliant with development laws. Ajesh heads a firm based out of Bengaluru and has a team of 10+. In addition to his legal practise, Ajesh contributes to society by supporting various trusts and charities who are focussed in making peoples life enriching and happy.

SIRAJ HASSAN

Architect & Interior Designer

Siraj established a design practice – "Siraj & Renu" along with his architect wife Renu Hasan in the early 80’s, and the firm has since designed landmark projects all over South India through their offices in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. A few of their recent notable projects is The Movenpick Hotel, Bangalore, The Aloft Hotels ( Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore & Chandigarh ), Ocean Spray – a 5 star resort in Pondicherry has been featured in major national interior design publications, ITC Gardenia, Bangalore ( Resident Interior Designer ), The Grand Hyatt, Kochi ( Resident Interior Designer ), Lemon Tree Hotel, Chennai, The Residency Group of Hotels (Chennai, Coimbatore & Pondicherry). Both Siraj and Renu are actively involved in participating in IIID ( Institute of Indian Interior Designer ) and they are also past Chairman of IIID Chapters in Bangalore and Hyderabad, respectively and conducted and judged many design competitions for young designs on national level.

Prarthana A G

Architect & Interior Designer

After Graduating with B.Arch. degree from Bangalore University, Prarthana has worked with some of the award winning Architecture and Interior design Firms in India, Middle East and North America. Her work experience of over 17 years ranges from Corporate, Hospitality, Residential to Retail Interiors from concept design to project management. Having pursued design throughout her career in various forms and being an avid traveller has given her a unique breadth of knowledge and shaped her design approach which is evident in her body of works. Her designs are practical, classy and minimalistic with attention to detail. She strongly believes in ‘Think simple – to reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest of terms, getting back to first principles.’

Rakesh Kodoth

Architect

Rakesh is educated in Bangalore and London and has worked in India, Middle East and Canada with some of the most high profile and award winning architecture firms in the region. Rakesh’s experience of over 18 years across a wide variety of projects includes residential, commercial, hospitality and mixed use high rises. He has been responsible for landmark projects such as The Palm Island Jumeirah, Al Tayer Motors Showroom, UAE and Maple Leaf Quay mixed use high rises, Toronto. With a Masters in Architecture, Energy and Sustainability, Rakesh is a passionate advocate of sustainable practices and believes architecture is a key component of environmental, economic and social sustainability. Having traveled across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, Rakesh brings a global approach to regional design solutions. In addition, Rakesh is also an academic advisor at Mysore School of Architecture and regularly contributes improvising architectural education provided by the school.

Moderated by

Ar Anshul Chodha

Architect

Ar Anshul Chodha graduated from MIT Manipal in 1996 and worked as a Senior Associate Architect with Khosla Associates for six years prior to establishing his own practice. At the age of 30, he founded his own architectural firm in Bangalore, in 2003, called Sanctuary. He has a knack to blend minimalism with Asian Tropical architecture and materials. “The infusion of the intangible into the design gives it a quality of ‘Timelessness’ and that, I believe comes from tapping into and gaining an understanding of ‘The Supreme Consciousness’ that lies within each one of us and with the honest approach of doing every piece of work as an offering to the Divine”, believes the amazing architect.

YOUNG PRACTICE by Akshay Heranjal and Rajesh Shivaram on 25 Apr from 5.30 - 7.00 PM

Akshay Heranjal

Architect

Akshay Heranjal is the Co-Founder and Principal Architect of ‘The Purple Ink Studio’, a multiple award winning practice in Bengaluru, which was started in 2011, with his partner Aditi Pai, a landscape architect. Over years, the practice has grown, diversified and has won 7 International Awards, 15 Indian Awards and 15 Shortlists in the last 8 years since their inception. They won the most coveted ‘Best Practice in India of 2016’ award from TRENDS EXCELLENCE AWARDS, WADE Asia 2017 Young Architect of the Year, PERSPECTIVE 40under40 ASIA in Hongkong - Listed as one of the 40 creative architects in Asia under the age of 40 who will shape the design world in the decades to come and as the Top 50 Next Gen Architects who will shape India, among other numerous National & International Honors.

Ar. Rajesh Shivaram

Architect

Two years of graduating BIT, Bangalore, in the midst of real estate boom in 2003, Rajesh Shivaram decided to go independent and set up Technoarchitecture.. Their architecture is experimental and attempts to modulate space to create beautiful , peaceful or dramatic spaces. Out of the numerous 25 + awards the firm’s won over the years - the A+D young award 2014 , IIID young architect award 2009, NDTV design excellence award 2016 and the recently India’s top 50 next gen architect award who will shape India are note worthy. Rajesh Shivaram’s - MAAYAJUG, a spiritual library is one of his path breaking works..

GLOBAL TO PERSONAL with Swanzal Kapoor, Iram Sultan and Amrita Guha on 24 Apr from 5.30-7.00 PM

Swanzal Kak Kapoor

Architect

Swanzal Kak Kapoor is the design principal and co-founder at Saka studio,based in Gurgaon.She has 19 years of experience of working in a diversity of contexts and scales and believes in an architecture of resonance and a culture of social responsibility. Her architectural and interior work celebrates cultural specificity,craft, embodied emotions, ecological consciousness and collaborative synergy. She also volunteers her time as the honorary joint secretary of the IIID Delhi Regional Chapter Managing Committee. Recent awards include the IIID National Award 2016 for residential design and the World Architecture Community Award 27th cycle in March 2018 for Tree House.

Amrita Guha

Architect & Interior Designer

An alumni of Vaastu Kala Academy, New Delhi and RachnaSansad, Mumbai in her formative years as a budding designer she trained under several product and interior designers of repute. Amrita remembers as a beginner being in the crosscurrents of modernism and post-modern classicism, where functionalism was being eroded by a lavishness more often inspired by caprice than by discipline. Amidst the underlying struggle, her temperament steered her towards a rationalism that was essentially minimalist, and she has allowed this discipline to influence her work ever since .

IRAM SULTAN

Architect & Interior Designer

The Iram Sultan is the founder of Iram Sultan Design Studio which has been providing interior design solutions to luxury residential and boutique hospitality projects with over eighteen years of experience. Their design philosophy stresses a close link between the disciplines of architecture and interior design, is elegant, timeless and thoughtful, with a keen understanding of design history and a passionate love of art underpinning our work. Architectural Digest has listed them as one of the top 100 design firms in the sub-continent for three years in a row and they have been awarded with the ID Honors award by Elle Décor. Their portfolio includes homes for the Hero group, the Modi family along with hospitality projects for the Taj Hotels and The Park Hotels.

Moderated by

Gunjan Das

Architect

Gunjan is an architect with a Master’s in City & Regional Planning from Clemson University, USA and B. Arch from BMSCE, Bangalore. From designing at a macro level, her keen eye for detailing has transcended her practice to designing interiors at a micro level. She has designed interiors for various multi disciplinary projects. She has taught at Ramaiah & Jain Colleges and is on the Board of Syllabus committee for MCC B’lore, She has conducted workshops for Asian paints across the country. She is actively involved with IIID, BRC & is the current Hon.Secretary. She also handles SWAP and CoDe studio projects, organizes events and works for the Antarya magazine. Her projects have been featured in ‘50 most beautiful homes’ and various magazines and newspapers. Their own office design was shortlisted for the WADe Asia award, 2019.

DESIGN INCEPTION by Senthil Kumar Doss and B.L. Manjunath on 27 Apr from 5.30 - 7.00 PM

Senthil Kumar Doss

Architect

Architect Senthil Kumar Doss, graduated from ( NIT ) Regional Engineering College, Trichy in 1999, is the founder of Play Architecture, an experimental design studio at Bangalore. Play Architecture tested various “Isims” in Architecture, complementing and successfully integrating research and practice since 2005 and has been recognised through various Indian and international journals. Apart from Practice, Senthil teaches Guest lectures/ Conduct workshops at various schools of Architecture in India and Dubai. An ardent on-site, hands-on Architect with a passion for martial arts.

BL MANJUNATH

Civil Engineer

Has a Master of Engineering ( Civil ) from UVCE, Bangalore. He has 25+ years of experience in structural engineering design, construction and management. This experience includes design and detailing using specialised techniques for educational institutions, material handling plants in thermal stations, industrial buildings and others. Deciphering the seed of the structural system while designing and exploring materials to their full potential considering their maximum stretchable bandwidth before failure. Learning structures from nature and from everything around us. Our vision for the role of engineering in design and of design in engineering was shaped by humanistic, rather than simply technical principles.

Digital Marketing by Siddarth Rajsekar- moderated by Sathish Desai on 29 Apr from 5.30 - 7.00 PM

Siddarth Rajsekar

Digital Coach

Siddharth Rajsekar is an acclaimed lifestyle entrepreneur and sought-after digital media strategist who has worked with global brands and celebrities. He knows that he has come into this world with a clear purpose and mission to help 1,000,000 people live a lifestyle of FREEDOM.

Moderated by

Sathish Desai

Architect

Sathish brings with him a passion for Design, both at the Macro and Micro levels. Be it ‘Planning’, ‘Architecture’ or ‘Product Design’ - ‘functional aesthetics’ ‘Minimalism’ and sensitive detailing elevate his spirit. At GNA, he started out as a Junior Architect in March 1995 and rose to the position of a Director by June 2006. He co-founded an architectural consultancy practice named Ecumene Habitat Solutions Pvt Ltd in 2010. In 2013, to pursue his personal mission - Sathish founded “Creo Concepts Architects” to service design solutions domains of - Architecture, Interior & Space Design and Product Design. Creo a team of enthused young professionals is based out of Bangalore presently is engaged in Housing, Institutional, Commercial, Retail and Social Projects spread across the country.

Impact of Education on Design by Bijoy Ramachandran, Smita Khan, A. Srivatsan, Akshara Verma on 30 Apr from 5.30 - 7.00 PM

Bijoy Ramachandran

Architect

Bijoy Ramachandran is an architect and urban designer based in Bangalore. He is currently a partner at Hundredhands and the Design Chair in the Department of Architecture, BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore. Bijoy is also an external moderator for the final year design studio at the Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and serves on the Academic Council of the Wadiyar Centre for Architecture Mysore and Avani Institute of Design, Calicut. Apart from architecture he has also made two films - ‘Architecture & the City: A Bangalore Perspective’, a documentary feature on professional practice in the city and ‘Doshi’, on the Pritzker award winning Indian architect and B.V. Doshi, directed by Premjit Ramachandran.

Akshara Verma

Architect

Akshara Verma (1988, India) an alumnus of RV School of Architecture in Bangalore, India; her undergraduate thesis receiving National acclaim at the COA-NIASA Annual Thesis Awards in 2011. She has strived to gather diverse and versatile work experience over the years, spanning genres of architecture, interiors, graphic design and media-studies. Currently based in Bangalore, she is now partner at ACE Group Architects and an active collaborator with the Office of Cognitive Design (OCD). She also lectures at the CMR-University School of Architecture in Bangalore.

Prof. A. Srivathsan

Architect

A. Srivathsan is an architect and urban designer, and currently Director, Centre for Research on Architecture and Urbanism, CEPT University Ahmedabad. He was previously the Academic Director of the University, taught for a decade in Chennai, and worked for about 8 years as a senior journalist with The Hindu, the national newspaper. His research and writings include the themes of urban history and planning, contemporary practices and architectural education. Srivathsan has recently co-edited the book titled The Contemporary Hindu Temple- Fragments for a History

Smita Khan

Architect

Architect Smita Khan is a doctorate in Architecture from VNIT. She graduated from VRCE with a gold medal and completed her Masters degree in Architectural Design from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. She is an active contributor to SHK Architects as an expert in a pro bono capacity. She also teaches at the Department of Architecture & Planning at VNIT, Nagpur.

Moderated by V. Vishwanath

V Vishwanath

Architect

V.Vishwanath an Architect from BMS college of Architecture is a co founder of Vishwanath associates along with his Artist wife. Vish, a Rotary international Group study exchange prog Ambassador visited USA in 2001-02 to study the Nuances of Architecture. Member of BOS for VTU in framing the syllabus for Architectural education in Karnataka. Vishwanath is currently serving on the Board of BMS college of Architecture & is actively involved in Education visiting various schools of Architecture for Guest lectures. He has Designed projects across our country & neighbouring countries.Was instrumental in designing , building & running a senior citizens’ home & a Govt school as a CSR initiative from his office.

DESIGN EMPATHY by Shahrukh Mistry & Shyamala Prabhu on 1 May from 10.30 - 12.00 Noon

Sharukh Mistry

Architect

Sharukh Mistry is a founder partner of Mistry Architects – a firm that over three decades has become a legend known not only for sensitive architectural creations but as much for a sensitive architectural practice of sharing and caring. Despite running a diverse practice, ranging from Tsunami rehabilitation projects and SOS villages to giant exhibition centers, Mistry choreographs interactions between the clients, the earth on the site, the project managers and contractors, the trees, and the laborer’s children, thus making it unmistakably clear that Shahrukh’s architecture definitely has a heart.

Shyamala Prabhu

Architect

Shyamala Prabhu is an alumnus of Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda. She has more than two decades of experience in running her own Office. Her Projects have been mainly high-end bungalows, penthouses, corporate offices and showrooms. She has been a part of the managing committee of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) for over a decade and was the Chairman of IIID – Bangalore Regional Chapter for 2 years from 2017/ 2019 She is now a member of the National Executive Committee . Her design mantra is to keep a contemporary minimalistic look with a dash of eclectic feel. According to her, fusion never goes out of Fashion. When one deals with function with clarity, form takes shape. She is of the opinion that an honest design has a lasting appeal .

HANDCRAFTED INTERIORS by Bhyrav B.R & Aatira Zacharias on 01 May at 5.30-7.00 PM

Bhyrav B.R & Aatira L. Zacharias

Leapingfrog Studio is a Bangalore based practice founded by Aatira and Bhyrav. Over the past six years they have been involved in realising several architectural and interior projects across South India . The studio attempts to script deeply personal spaces that encompass a client’s aspirations while challenging the brief . They have been producing work across typologies and scales while creating unique spatial identities .

KISS OF LIFE by Naresh Narasimhan on 02 May from 10.30 - 12.00 Noon

Naresh Narasimhan

Senior Mentor_ GURU

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

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