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Ar. P R Mehta
Partner, DAG Architects

Ar. Premendra Raj Mehta is a partner of DAG Architects since its inception in 1979 with many years of professional experiences both within and outside India. He completed his B.Arch in 1976 and PG Diploma in Architecture/Urban Design in 1979 from SPA, New Delhi. Ar. PR Mehta has represented India internationally in many forums. He has been a Jury member in many high profile projects including airport terminals in India.

Prof. Manoj Mathur
SPA, New Delhi

Prof. Manoj Mathur is a veteran practicing architect-designer who presently is teaching at the well-known Department of Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is one of the highly passionate and committed-to-his-job professionals. He has a diverse portfolio of projects in public-oriented architecture and this includes commercial, education, health-care, group housing, infrastructure and entertainment. He designs structures which are purposeful and serves the needs of the users in the best possible way.

Prof. Charanjit S Shah
Founding Principal, Creative Group

Prof. Charanjit S Shah established Creative Group in 1973 with a sincere approach towards Green Architecture in India. He has spearheaded some landmark sustainable projects including the most recently inaugurated Swami Vivekananda Airport at Raipur and Kamaraj Airport Terminal at Chennai. His passion for architectural education made him an honorary recipient of the Professor Design Chair from the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.

Prof. Beni Lew
Ariel University, Israel

Dr. Beni Lew is a Professor at Ariel University and CEO of Tech-Bulls research and engineering. Until 2021, he was a scientist and the Head of the Department in the Volcani Center in Israel. Dr. Lew is well known abroad for his water and wastewater treatment research, has been granted several international prizes for his research and teaching skills and; has been invited to lecture several times in different countries (Brazil, Greece, USA and India).

Sunita Kohli
President, K2INDIA

She is a research-based interior designer, a leader in historical interior architecture and architectural restoration, and a manufacturer of fine contemporary and classical furniture. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Rashtrapati Bhavan; a member of the General Council of the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and is on the Academic Advisory Board of the Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Haryana. Being the first interior designer to be conferred the Padma Shri, she is the first Indian to be invited to give an illustrated lecture at the prestigious National Building Museum in Washington DC in 2003.


ID Lipika Sud
Director, Lipika Sud Interiors Pvt. Ltd.and Dimension Designers Pvt Ltd

Lipika Sud is a renowned Interior Designer and a leading entrepreneur with more than 3 decades in the fields of Interior Design, Project Management and Sustainability. She has designed several projects including residential, corporate, institutions and hospitality in India and abroad. She is the Founder President of the Guild of Designers & Artists and has created collaborative platforms that empower craftsmen. She has also instilled the essence of entrepreneurship through educational programs in Design Schools to propagate the message of design importance in institutions.

Manishi Aggarwal
Co-founder, Design Cosmos

Manishi completed her B. Arch in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture. She is an experienced owner with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. A professional skilled in space design and planning, architecture, interior design, sustainable design, comprehensive planning and residential design, she shares a passion for excellence through her works in design.

Ar. Vineel Mathi
Design Lead, MAP Design Consultants

Vineel completed his B Arch from National Institute of Technology, Patna. He believes in understanding clients’ needs and their way of living that is the only way for designing affordable housing. As an architect, he works on sustainability and makes sure that the design process is more interactive and fun by taking clients’ suggestions.

Ar. Gagandeep Kapila
Director, Workshop For Metropolitan Architecture

Gagandeep believes in characterizing and personalising the space, suiting the ideas and notions of the person.

Priyanka P Mehra
Founder at P S Design

With over 18 years of experience in the field, Priyanka established PS Design in 2009. Boeing is an architect with an excellent design approach to interiors. Her passion for design and creativity is fueled by her desire to learn new things and never follow any trends, both personally and professionally. An avid traveler and an eternal student, she gathers inspiration from everywhere.

Ar. Aashish Vaishnava
Founder, MD, & CEO, AV International Design, Golf Course Architect

Mr. Aashish Vaishnava is recognized as India's most reputed and trusted Golf Course Designer and Architect. His exceptional talent and expertise in the field have earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious title of Best Golf Course Designer in India. Over the years, Mr. Vaishnava has come to realize that golf is not merely a sport but an entire industry in itself. He actively participates in the planning and execution of various real estate projects throughout the country, including the development of golf courses, driving ranges, golf townships, and high-end golf resort facilities.

Nikita Bajaj Pathak
Founder Partner at Design21

Nikita has worked as an architect with an award winning design firm in India- Mani Chowfla Architects, in her initial years and moved to the USA to work on numerous independent interiors projects. Over 11 years of professional experience in various projects from architecture to interiors, having a sharp edge on handling design and execution challenges. An unique thinker, she brings in newness with relevance to each project. She is also a Certified Associate in Project Management from Project Management Institute, USA.

Chandrika Sahay
Director & Principal Architect at Meraki Dezine

An architect and Interior designer, Chandrika is the founding director and Principal Architect at Meraki Dezine. She believes in bringing something new, out of passion for traditional Indian architecture and sustainable design. She started designing healthcare spaces, offices, high-end homes and villas, as well as retail and hospitality establishments. After having international exposure and architecture firm work, she is able to direct all aspects of design, strategy, and quality. She manages all operations, including project management and client service.

Ar Amrita Dasgupta
Co-Founder at Studio CoDe

Amrita Dasgupta is a practicing architect and visual designer who believes in the transformative power of good design and its ability to transcend borders. Amrita is a LEED 2.1 Accredited Professional with over 19 years of experience. Her Architectural experience spans environmentally responsible large buildings and institutional campuses through Interior architecture for offices, residences and studios. She is also currently teaching housing/ large scale buildings in the B.Arch. program at the Sushant School of Art & Architecture (SSAA) in Gurgaon.

Ar Dona Alex
Co Founder at Myspace Architects

Ar Dona Alex completed her graduation in architecture from College of Engineering, Trivandrum and later gained her Master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Reading, UK. Being an inquisitive researcher and academician, she has been associated with Amity University since many years. Her concerns for social issues and thrive to bring innovative solutions to inherent problems have led the firm to take several research projects, some of which have won international recognition.

Ar Rahul Tyagi
MD at R T & A Pvt Ltd

Rahul Tyagi, an architect and industrial designer based in India, started his own firm RTA in 2001 with the idea to produce meaningful architecture and design. He has ever since then been evolving his own design language and solutions to the various problems of architecture and design. Apart from being the trainer of green buildings design and attempts to make all his buildings eco conscious, he has designed products like juke box to large scale projects like group housings, hospitals and convention center.

Ar Suraj Mittal
Founder, Future Concepts

Ar Suraj Mittal founded Future Concepts in 2015- a brand that strongly works on the principles of authenticity and originality. He was influenced by Architecture from a very young age while working at a real estate and construction business. The time spent learning and eventually supervising made him privy to the various nuances of design and construction techniques. His first project was to design a coffee shop in Delhi. He believes in enhancing the quality of living and follows innovation backed by sustainability.

Ar Gaurav Gupta
Principal Architect, De:Cape Studio

After completing his Masters of Urban Planning and Specialization in Housing from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and Bachelors in Architecture from Babu Banarsi Das National Institute of Technology and Management, Ar Gupta established his firm De:Cape Studio in 2018. His firm is currently working with Ar Christopher Benninger on the Hindi version of his famous book, 'Letter to a Young Architect’. Ar Gupta has lectured at over 10 Indian institutes and conferences, and has been a judge at the NASA Architecture Festival as well.

Ar. Abhishek Bij
Partner and Lead designer, Design Plus Architect

Abhishek completed his B Arch from Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon in 2006. His, views on computational design, ethics of practice, Architectural Design processes, Democratic Spaces are widely presented and published, including his TEDx Talk in 2018. In 2010, He was recognised as one of the top designers under the age of 35 for DesignXDesign. In 2021, he was recognized as one of the top 50 Architects under the age of 50 at the I&AD Awards.

Ar Eishan Jain
Deputy Director, ADP Architecture

Eishan is a pragmatic deputy director ta ADP Architecture with commendable leadership skills. He takes a simple approach to design, making it easy for the clients to understand the complexities of the various design processes. With over a decade of experience in the field and working with international practices, based out of Delhi NCR but working in pan India with experience of handling a wide variety of projects such as commercial, educational , healthcare, shopping malls, and residential.

Ar Harsh Varshneya
Principal Architect, STHAPATI

Harsh designs the multi-disciplinary projects that the firm takes on with a nuanced understanding of the complexity and responsibility involved in changing the natural and built environment. His professional work in Europe and dense urban areas of India are complemented by his recent studies in Sustainable Tall Buildings (M.Arch), Nottingham where he focussed on tall building design with an ultimate aim to achieve the social and environmental sustainability. Some of his professional and academic works have been published in UK and India’s leading Architectural design magazines also.

Ar Sushant Verma
Co-founder & Design Head at rat[LAB]

Sushant Verma is a Design Entrepreneur, Architect, Computational Designer & Educator, currently leading rat[LAB] Studio (Research in Architecture and Technology) that investigates intersections of design, art & technology through architecture, interior design and art installations. He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from Architectural Association, London and is a former architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London & a Sr. Editor at Arch2O. He collectively with his organization rat[LAB], has so far organized 40+ educational workshops, given 30+ public talks/ lectures, received 9 accolades / awards, exhibited on 22 occasions, published 6 research papers and has had about 60+ media impressions in print and digital in the field of architecture & design.

Ar Vivek Gupta
Architect, Arvind Vivek and Associates

Vivek, with over 30 years of experience, is a name to reckon with in the field of urban planning, architecture and interiors. He believes in the philosophy of BUILD TO SUIT architecture, keeping in mind the climate, coordinates, and the client’s needs. Presently, Vivek’s team includes architects and planners, and has been a part of some prestigious projects, serving a vast national and international clientele in the field of architecture and design.

Ar Shruti Dimri
Principal, Anagram Architects

In her practice spanning two decades, Shruti has headed and worked on a variety of institutional, commercial and group housing projects across the country. A trained hindustani classical singer, her hands-on approach to design percolates to the smallest detail in every project. Her approach to design is twofold--one being style to the solution, which she thinks comes through simplicity, and the second is fun. Her pro-active work work philosophy to design permeates to the minutest element in each and every project she is to design permeates to the minutest element in each and every project she is involved with.

Ar Shweta Kaw
Principal Architect, Studio Meraki

With more than 17 years of experience as an architect, Ar Shweta Kaw founded her own company 5-6 years ago. Hailing from a generation where imagination was the creative way to functionalize architecture and interior design concepts, Shweta firmly believes in understanding design in depth and detail. The architect firmly believes in the design philosophy of leveraging the new knowledge in the modern architectural plethora.

Ar Abhigyan Neogi
Principal and founder, Chromed Design Studio

After graduating from TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi in 2008, he stamped his belonging in the fraternity with a name like Morphogenesis. He started Chromed Design Studio in 2010 with a large scale F&B project “Hive” in Gurgaon and a farmhouse in Delhi. Since then there has been no looking back for Chromed Design Studio and it has successfully completed many popular projects under the able leadership of Abhigyan.

Ar Rudraksh Charan
Managing Partner, 42MM Architecture

With over 13 years of professional experience, Rudraksh's focus has been in the “making” of buildings offering simple and artful solutions to complex problems. His efforts are evident in sectors such as commercial, hospitality, residential and urban planning. His technical and construction experience, working in every aspect of overall project delivery including cost and schedule management, enables him to work with the client and design team to achieve the project’s goals and vision. He focuses on developing creative and innovative solutions that meet both aesthetic and pragmatic requirements, allowing buildings to positively impact the environment while addressing the specific needs of inhabitants.

Aditya Garodia
Principal Architect, 727 Architects

Aditya completed his B. Arch from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur in 2011. After that he moved to Guwahati in 2013 and becamie the principal architect of 727 Architects along with his wife and partner Manisha. He has worked in various sectors such as hospitality, commercial, institutional and residential, Industrial sectors on both architectural and Interior designing. The brand have designed railway stations, skill development centre, ISBT, hotels, residences, offices etc, creating a niche in the market.

Ar Pankaj Phukan
Owner, Pankaj Phukan and Associates

Pankaj Phukan started Pankaj Phukan & Associates in the year 1995 with the vision to give extraordinary experience to clients in terms of architecture and design. Creating marvelous contributions in the field of architecture design, Mr. Phukan is giving us major goals to admire upon. He is the owner of Pankaj Phukan & Associates with his recent projects being Dr.Das Super Speciality Hospital, at North Lakhimpur, JNSM Diagonistic Centre, MNGL, Girl's Hostel Building and Type III Qtr.s for NIPER, Sangsari, North Guwahati and many other projects.

Ar Amitabh Sarma
Senior Architect & Founder of Akar Foundation

Mr. Amitabh Sharma is the Senior Architect & Founder of Akar Foundation. He completed his B Arch from Sir JJ College of Architecture and has been doing tremendous work since past decades in the field of architecture and design.

Ar Rittick Hazarika
Founder, RHDA

Rittick Hazarika leads the firm RHDA, Rittick Hazarika Design Associates. He is a graduate from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, 1998. He spent his early years working with Gautam Bhatia's of Architecture Alliance, New Delhi before starting on his own in Guwahati in 2003. The brand caters to a wide range of clients and projects which encompass various categories including luxury residences, hotels and resorts, residences, gated community developments and green buildings etc. He has a keen interest in furniture design and has collaborated in some product designs involving wood and bamboo.

Ar Ragini Goswani
Owner, ECOSPACE- Green Design Consultancy

Ar. Ragini Goswani, the visionary owner of ECOSPACE- Green Design Consultancy, is a trailblazer in sustainable architecture. With a passion for eco-friendly design, she seamlessly integrates green principles into her projects, demonstrating a commitment to environmental responsibility. Her innovative designs showcase a harmonious balance between functionality and ecological sensitivity. As a leader in green architecture, her consultancy goes beyond conventional practices, emphasising sustainable building solutions. ECOSPACE stands as a testament to her dedication to creating spaces that not only meet aesthetic and functional needs but also contribute positively to the environment, making Ar. Ragini Goswani a notable figure in the realm of sustainable design.

Ar Topubratta Dutta
Founder & Principal Architect, Topubratta Dutta Architects

Ar. Topubratta Dutta, Founder & Principal of Topubratta Dutta Architects in Dispur, Guwahati, stands as a beacon of architectural ingenuity. With a keen eye for innovation, Dutta brings forth a distinctive approach to design, seamlessly blending functionality and aesthetics. His portfolio encompasses a diverse range of projects, showcasing a deep understanding of regional context and a commitment to sustainable practices. As a thought leader, his influence extends beyond his architectural creations, contributing significantly to the cultural and aesthetic enrichment of Guwahati. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of design, Topubratta Dutta Architects is synonymous with excellence in the architectural realm.

Ar Pinaki Bhattacharjee

Ar. Pinaki Bhattacharjee, the creative force behind Pinaki Bhattacharjee Creations in Ulubari, Assam, is a visionary architect with a distinctive approach to design. Known for his innovative and contextually sensitive creations, he brings a unique blend of functionality and aesthetics to each project. His portfolio spans diverse architectural realms, from residential gems to commercial marvels, showcasing a commitment to excellence. With a profound understanding of regional context, Ar. Bhattacharjee's designs seamlessly integrate cultural nuances. As a respected figure in the industry, he continually contributes to the architectural discourse, making Pinaki Bhattacharjee Creations a hallmark of architectural brilliance in Ulubari, Assam.

Ar Amrita Sabhapandit
Assistant Professor, Royal Global University

Amrita completed her M. Arch from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and B. Arch from Chandigarh College of Architecture, Punjab University. She is a Registered Architect under Council of Architecture (C.O.A.) and member of Architect’s Association of Assam (A.A.A.). Her research interests lies in urban sociology, urban design and lacemaking, nature-based solutions, history, heritage, and conservation.

Ar Debashish Chakraborty
Chief architect & Partner, Designers’ Guild

With 24 years of experience in the field of architecture, interior design and planning, Debashish have come across the wide spectrum of design and technology changes in the plethora of design development. He completed his B. Arch in the year 1997 from NIT, Trichy. He is also the member of Architect’s Association of Assam (A.A.A.). He recently completed- IIBM Project in Khanpara, Guwahati. His dedication, creativity, and attention to detail have transformed the landscape in the most spectacular way.

Ar Ayanjit Choudhury
Owner, Ayanjit Choudhury Architects

Ayanjit graduated as an Architect from Manipal School Of Architecture - Manipal University, Manipal. He is currently practicing as an independent architect in Guwahati, Assam, under the firm name- Ayanjit Choudhury Architects. They cater to various kinds of projects such as residences, apartment complexes, resorts, factories, commercial spaces, hospitals, hotels, township planning etc.

Avinash Chirania

Ar. Avinash Chirania of 4LINE Architects, Guwahati is known for innovative and sustainable designs, seamlessly blending functionality with aesthetic brilliance. With a keen eye for detail, Chirania shapes residential and commercial masterpieces that transcend conventional boundaries. His portfolio reflects a commitment to sustainability, and he actively promotes architectural innovation. As a thought leader, his influence extends beyond design, contributing significantly to 4LINE Architects' identity. With over a decade of experience, he stands as a luminary in the architectural landscape, leaving an indelible mark through his passion for creating spaces that marry form and function seamlessly.

Ranjib Baruah

Ar. Ranjib Baruah, currently President of Association of Architects Assam, is based in the vibrant city of Guwahati. He is a visionary and influential figure in the field of architecture. With a career spanning over three decades, Ar. Baruah has established himself as a prominent architect, renowned for his innovative designs and commitment to sustainable practices. His architectural creations seamlessly blend traditional elements with contemporary aesthetics, reflecting a deep understanding of the cultural context of the region. Ar. Ranjib Baruah's portfolio encompasses a diverse range of projects, including residential, commercial, and institutional structures, each characterised by meticulous attention to detail and a passion for pushing the boundaries of design.