Prof. AGK Menon- Academician Architect Urban Planner Conservation Consultant

Prof. AGK Menon has undertaken several pioneering urban conservation projects in India on behalf of INTACH. He has also authored documents that have set guidelines for conservation practice in India, including The Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage & Sites in India, 2004. As the co-founder of TVB School of Habitat Studies, he remains a passionate interlocutor in mediating the development of Delhi as a Heritage City.

Sheila Sri Prakash - Founder and Chief Architect, Shilpa Architects

The first Indian architect to serve on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, Sheila Sri Prakash formulated the Reciprocal Design Index in 2013 to establish, document and incentivise sustainable design of cities. She is widely consulted on matters of urban sustainability by several governments and is closely associated with the Chennai Smart City project, as an Independent Director and Urban Expert. Last year, she was awarded the Bene Merenti Medallion by the University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania, for championing the cause of Sustainability at the World Economic Forum, Global Environment Fund and the UN Habitat III.

G.H.Basavaraj - Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer (IIT-Bombay) CMD Chetana Consultants

Chetna Consultants and Chetna Engineering Services is the brainchild of G.H. Basavaraj. The companies provide consultancy for structures, MEP, project management, energy modelling, industrial architecture and tunnel design. Basavaraj, an engineer completed his BE (Civil) from GBDT college of Engineering Davangerebagging the 6th position at his college. He completed his Post Graduation in Structural Engineering, from IIT-Mumbai in 1978 and has since been a key player in the civil engineering sector.

Dr. V. Ramachandran - Head (Technical) UltraTech Cement Ltd. | Ph. D (Structural Engg.) M. Tech. (Marine) B. E. (Civil)

He was a faculty of Civil Engineering for over two decades before joining UltraTech Cement in 2005 as South Zonal Head in Bangalore. While at UltraTech Cement, he has led many construction industry initiatives like promotion of concrete roads, mass housing projects with alternate technologies and was also engaged in special subject lectures in academic institutions. Associated with many statutory bodies, Dr. Ramachandran is a distinguished professor with in-depth technical knowledge.


Hirante Welandawe - Head and Chief Architect, HW Architects Academician

With over 25 years of experience, Hirante Welandawe’s passion lies in exploring the potential that architecture offers to upgrade the living experience of the individual and the community. An Aga Khan Award nominee, Welandawe focuses on projects that have a strong social agenda and a sustainable programme such as Fernando House and Nelungs Art Centre in Sri Lanka.

Neera Adarkar - Architect (Sir JJ College of Architecture) Industrial Design (IIT Bombay) Urban Conservationist Chairperson, Society of Environment and Architecture

A practicing architect based in Mumbai, Neera is currently running a joint practice under Adarkar Associates, engaged in architecture, planning, conservation and urban research. Having actively participated in the struggle for Textile Mill Lands of Mumbai, her work emerges from a deep concern of social, urban and gender issues. She has been an active participant in the Women’s Movement over the last three decades. A recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Bombay, 2013 she has co-authored with Meena Menon ‘One Hundred Years One Hundred Voices: Oral History of Millworkers of Girangaon’ (2004) and has edited an anthology: ‘The Chawls of Mumbai: Galleries of Life’ (2011). Neera has contributed essays to many publications and has delivered lectures at universities and conferences.

She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the department of Urbanism and Architecture of the Katholieke University, Belgium.

James Law JP** - Principal Architect, James Law Cybertecture Technologist and Entrepreneur

His firm provides architectural services such as interior design, masterplanning, consulting, technology and industrial design, artwork production and design and build services. Firm’s philosophy promotes a more intelligent world with the help of architecture, interior space, artwork, technology, and strategy.

His OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low cost, micro living housing unit for Hong Kong has received wide acclaim.

Mitchell Joachim** - Principal Architect, Terreform One Radical Thinker

He is an architect who puts faith in radical thinking to create exceptional designs by merging architecture, ecology and urbanism. A winner of multiple awards, he has also co-authored three books and is a featured speaker for TED Talks. His fascinating vision about the future is truly inspiring and many of his works have been widely exhibited.

Dr. M.R. Kalgal - Ph. D (Structural IISc.) M. E. (Pre-Stressed Concrete) Technical Advisor,UltraTech Cement Ltd.

Dr. Kalgal, has spent more than 20 years in teaching, research and consultancy. After heading the technical division of a Prestressing company BBR(I), he joined UltraTech Cement Ltd., as Head, Building Products Division. He served as Joint President and Head, Technical Services and is presently Technical Advisor at UltraTech. He is AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor to BMSCE since 2012. He has been actively involved in organising several national and international conferences. He is actively involved in several professional bodies like VP (South) of IAStructE and Secretary General of ACCE(I). He is also selected as Vice President of Asian Concrete Federation for the years 2017-19.

Prof. Mahesh Tandon - Managing Director, Tandon Consultants Pvt Ltd

Prof. Tandon has designed many structures which have been widely acclaimed and have received recognition in India as well as internationally. His structures have been described as highly creative, futuristic, aesthetic, environmentally sensitive and innovative. This international expert in Structural Engineering is winner of the multiple awards from various institutions. He was appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor for IITs at Kanpur, Roorkee and Gandhinagar (2005-2015). Currently (2017-2019) he has been appointed as Guest Professor at IIT Gandhinagar. He has made significant contributions in the development of a culture for innovation in structural engineering by sharing his expertise and experience.


B.V. Doshi - Founder & Chief Architect, Vastu-Shilpa Academician Institution Builder

As one of India's most influential 20th century architects, and an important collaborator of both Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, B.V. Doshi has an impressive portfolio spanning over 70 years. Through the work of his studio Vastu-Shilpa, he has established himself as a key figure in the development of low-cost housing and modern city planning in India, championing architecture that is true to modernist principles as well as local traditions.Doshi’s modernist ideas can be found at NIFT, New Delhi, his workspace Amdavadni Gufa, and CEPT in Ahmedabad.

Mahendra Raj - Founder Mahendra Raj Consultants Veteran Civil Engineer

Engineers lay the founding stones for architecture. And in his 60-year career, Mahendra Raj has been one on several iconic projects. Whether it is Le Corbusier’s sculptural high court in Chandigarh, B.V. Doshi’s Tagore Memorial Hall in Ahmedabad or Raj Rewal’s Hall of Nations at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, the structural engineer has left his indelible mark. The 92-year-old has also contributed to the cutting-edge airports in Hyderabad and Jaisalmer.

Brinda Somaya - Principal Architect and Managing Director, Somaya&Kalappa Consultants (SNK) Urban Conservationist

Upon completion of her Bachelors of Architecture degree from Mumbai University and her Master of Arts from Smith College, USA, she started her firm, Somaya and Kalappa Consultants. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from her American alma mater. She is also the recipient of the Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Indian Institute of Architects, and is the Chair person of the Board of Governors, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada. She has recently been appointed by Cornell University, U.S.A. as the A.D. White Professor-at-large.

Amitabh Kant* - CEO, NITI Udyog (National Institution for Transforming India), Government of India

An Indian Administrative Services officer, Amitabh Kant’sinitiatives like ‘Incredible India’ and ‘God’s Own Country’have helped spread tourism in India. NITI Udyog’sMake in India schemehas changed the way international companies conduct business in India. He has also worked as the CEO of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, a project that is aimed at the development of futuristic, smart industrial cities in India.