Speakers

Haig Beck & Jackie Cooper, Australia

Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper collaborate as editors, critics, writers and publishers, raising awareness of architecture internationally. Haig edited Architectural Design (1976-79). In 1979 he and Jackie launched International Architect; in 1996 they launched UME, promoting discourse on regionalism, national identity and cultural continuity in architecture. They are authors of critical/interpretive monographs, including on Glenn Murcutt. Haig was professor and head of school at the University of Melbourne, 1993-96. They see architectural publications as a crucial intermediary step in the progression of ideas from hypotheses to theories to built demonstrations. They foster and direct architectural research through the act of…

James Law, Hong Kong

James Law JP is an architect and entrepreneur. Renowned for creating the philosophy of Cybertecture in which a better world is designed with technology to alleviate suffering for mankind, his company’s projects cover buildings, spaces, technologies, education and social enterprises. James is a Justice of the Peace, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum; a Council Member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation; Board Member of the Hong Kong Design Centre, Board Adviser of the Hong Kong Designers Association, and Member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council Real Estate Advisory Board. James is the…

Narendra Dengle, Pune

Narendra Dengle is a practising architect, educator and writer. His works, since 1974 include rural and urban projects addressing contemporary cultural, environmental and aesthetic issues. He has taught at the SPA, New Delhi. He is a member of the Charles Correa Gold Medal Jury for the best student thesis (2005-2016). He has been a member of the Urban Heritage Committee for Pune and Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani_Wai-Satara. His books include ‘Jharoka’(Marathi) 2007, ‘The Discovery of Archtiecture: A contemporary treatise on Ancient Values and Indegenious Reality’jointly authored with M N Ashish Ganju, 2013 and ‘Dialogues with Indian Master Architects’2015.  

Shirish Beri, Kolhapur

Ar. Shirish Beri’s works, which strive to address his life values and concerns, have been bearing a distinct mark on modern Indian architecture since 1975. His works have been widely published and have won him a number of national – international awards and recognitions, including the highly coveted J.K. Great Master’s award and the A+D Hall of fame award. He has been invited to chair and give talks, slide shows and conduct design workshops in various professional and educational institutions here and abroad. His book (Spaces inspired by nature), exhibitions and a film (The unfolding white) on his work have…

Shubhra Raje, USA

Shubhra Raje is an architect and educator who is the founder-principal of shubhra raje_built environments, an inter-disciplinary design and research practice based in Denver (USA) and Ahmedabad (India). She completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in Ahmedabad (India), and earned a Masters in Architecture from the Cornell University (USA) with a major in Architecture and Theory + Criticism. Apart from the design of buildings, Raje has been actively involved in civic, educational and cultural affairs in both India and the United States, having served on the commissions for neighborhood groups, as…

Nela de Zoysa, Sri Lanka

Nela De Zoysa is a practicing architect from Sri Lanka, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon. FAIA), a Fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (FIA (SL)), a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA), a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Australian Architects (FRAIA), an International Associate of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Int’l. Assoc. RAIC), and a Life Member of Indian Institute of Interior Designers (IIID) She has the distinction of being the only living Architect is Sri Lanka to be a Hon. FAIA and FRIBA, the first in Sri…

Vishu Bhooshan, UK

Vishu Bhooshan currently works as a Senior Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects as part of the Computation and Design Research (ZH CODE) group at London. He completed his bachelor degree from Pune, India (2010) and his Master’s degree at the Architectural Association, Design Research Lab (2013). He previously worked as an Architect in India at B.S Bhooshan & Associates, Mysore & Mind Space Architects, Bangalore. His current research focuses on big data, 3D printing and topology optimisation. He has developed computational design tools for data-driven design processes including the gathering and visualization of 3D Urban City data, using statistical learning…

Sebastiano Brandolini, Italy

Born in 1959 in Italy. Graduated in 1982 from The Architectural Association, London. From 1982 to1996 worked as editor of the Italian architecture magazine “Casabella”; since then acted as architectural correspondent and writer for many magazines, specializing in the evolution of cities and landscapes. Has written monographs about various architects, including the Dutch Jo Coenen, the Finnish Gullichsen Kairamo Vormala, and the Italian Alberto Ponis. Has written extensively about his hometown, Milan and the experience of its metropolitan region. Has taught in different architecture schools in Italy, including Milan, Venice, Genoa and Ferrara; since 2009 he is teaching Landscape Architecture…

Snehal Shah, India

Snehal Shah studied at CEPT University, Ahmadabad, graduating in 1980. His thesis was supervised by BV Doshi. He undertook postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association Graduate School in London under Royston Landau and Robin Middleton. He worked in Lugarno at the studio of Mario Botta for two years before returning to India in 1987. In that year he passed the RIBA Part Three professional exam and began practice in Ahmedabad. Since 1987 he has been an honorary professor at CEPT. He has lectured in Asia, Europe and the USA, as well as many cities of the country. His writings on…

Ryoichi Misawa, Japan

Ryoichi Misawa is the Managing Director of Misawa Associates & M.A.I. Inc. He specialises in architectural design and landscape design for condominium projects. Having a professional experience (Design Department of construction company, Misawa Associate Co. Ltd. and M.A.I Co. Ltd) of 47 years, he has a specialisation in architectural design and landscape design for a number of condominium projects. His design concept is known for consistent concept from high-grade condominium design through interior design. He is the recipient of several awards, the most being Good Design Award for 2000 (Azabu-kasumicho Park Mansion), 2004 (Park-City Seijyo), 2004 (Chiaro uno furniture series),…

Habeeb Khan, India

Architect Habeeb Khan, graduated in architecture from VNIT (formerly VRCE) and went to the USA, where he completed his masters in architectural design in 1988 from University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. After his masters degree he worked in Philadelphia, coordinating major retail design projects for retail giants across the world. Habeeb has been invited to many national and international conferences as keynote speaker. Some of the few are IIA NATCON 2009, Nagpur and 2012 in Raipur, IIID NATCON at Goa 2008, Kolhapur 2014 and Indore2015, Chitale Endowment lecture Anna University Chennai,and the IIID Design Yatra in about 12 cities. He…

Ben Nakamura, Japan

Graduated : Tokyo University, Faculty of Architecture 1969 Worked at Maki and Associates, Inc. 1969-77, for Architectural Design and Urban Housing, Yokohama Sea Park, etc. design. Main works were Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Pavilion, Kato Gakuen Elementary School, S’t Mary International School, Likas Bay Sport Complex and Park, Saba, Malaysia, Yokohama Seaside Vice Principal: AUR Architecture urban Design and Research Consultant, 1977-87. worked for urban design for Saba State, Malaysia, and architectural design, Ishihara Nachiko Commemorative Gymnasium, St. Marie Auxliatriace, Fukuyama, Yokohama Sea Park Administration Center, Nasu Yu-ai-no-mori Timber and Stone Sculpture Symposium Tourist Center, etc. Founded Ben Nakamura and Associates,…

Sameep Padora, India

Sameep Padora is the principal architect and founder of Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a), a Mumbai based architecture studio engaged in projects of multiple scales, all framed within a larger interest in history and typological research. Sameep completed his undergraduate studies in Mumbai in 1996 followed by post-graduate studies at Cambridge, where he received a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 2005. He is a member of the Academic Council at the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA), the Board of Studies at School of Design, CEPT and sits on the National Technical Committee…

Kulbhushan Jain, Ahmedabad

Kulbhushan Jain, architect-urbanist and conservation consultant studied and worked with Louis Kahn. He taught at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, for more than four decades and held various positions including Director, School of Architecture, and Chairman, Doctoral Programme. He has been visiting a professor at MIT, Cambridge, USA; UBC, Vancouver, Canada and Polemi, Milano. He has worked as a consultant to NID, Ahmedabad; INTACH, New Delhi and MMT, Jodhpur. Jain has published several books, articles and conference papers. He has been a member of several juries for national and international design competitions.