With over 30 years of experience, architect Vivek Gupta, the founder and managing director of the New Delhi-based architecture and design firm Arvind Vivek and Associates (AVA), is quite the behemoth in his field. He leads sprawling projects in urban planning, architecture, and interiors, be it in the spheres of commercial, residential, retail, wellness and corporate spaces. The geographical footprint of these projects extends not only across India but also to Dubai, Turkey, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Germany, and Singapore.
Hiren Patel graduated in 1989 from CEPT University of Ahmedabad. He went to Switzerland to work for a while and began working on some architecture projects upon his return to India. Soon, he was drawn to interior design. After around 15 years of practice, he also became inclined to landscape design. Currently, architecture, interior design, and landscaping are the three legs of his firm, Hiren Patel Architects.
Realtor Sameer Sinha, Founder and Managing Director of Savvy Group, Ahmedabad, began
his career in Chicago working on multimillion dollar infrastructure projects in the early
1990s. In 1996, he established Savvy Infrastructures in Ahmedabad along with two college
classmates. Sameer discusses his passions of sustainable design and technology in this
conversation with our Founder Ruby Jagrut.
Our guest is instantly recognized as the director of the 1981 film Umrao Jaan. He is also an
artist, poet, and fashion designer. Born in Lucknow in 1944, he graduated in science
from Aligarh Muslim University and started his career in advertising before moving to
films. In 1990, he created a fashion label with his wife, Meera.
Professor Aniket Bhagwat is a third-generation landscape architect practicing in
Ahmedabad with M/s Prabhaker B Bhagwat, a firm started by his father eight decades ago.
An outspoken and stimulating writer, he also co-edits and writes for SPADE, India’s only
peer-driven design magazine. He strives to bridge the gap between the profession and
academics through discussion and criticism.
An architect and interior designer with over 30 years of magnificent professional
experience , Canna Patel has studied at the prestigious CEPT University of Ahmedabad and
at UC Berkeley. Canna eventually founded the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID),
Ahmedabad chapter. Today, she is an interior sub-consultant on the ruling party’s
ambitious Central Vista Redevelopment Project.