About the Summit
Architecture and design are like icebergs. What may be perceived or visible may not encompass their whole expanse and impact. A part of them remains invisible and intangible and hence escapes the focus and discourse they demand, which calls for introspection, deliberation, and action. Our aim through ADM (Architecture, Design & More) is to create thought leadership and become a catalyst to reflect upon unique ideologies and methodologies to address the challenges that need significant consideration. And in our first edition, we aim to have focused discussions around the theme 'Designing the New World Order'.About Key People
Until two years back, the architecture, design, and building industry was impacted by wide-ranging design perceptions and technological advancements. However, with the unprecedented changing dimensions of the world and the onset of our new age 'pandemic' lives, the industry's approach, relevance, and challenges have intensified and transformed. The diverse interpretations and shifting perspectives that have emerged validate that the definition of 'future' is unique for every designer, rendering the meaning of the new world order as a paradox!
Through ADM Summit's 'Designing the New World Order', a virtual summit on architecture, design, and building, we attempt to explore, evaluate, and envision values, beliefs, avenues, technologies, strategies, intent, and new levels of purpose in the architectural design field. The summit is a step towards creating a platform that will inspire and influence and consciously or subconsciously create an awakening by advancing the frontiers of architectural and design thinking.
It will focus on four key themes of Society, Diversity & Inclusivity, Technology, Education & Careers, and include a Special Section with Students.The speakers will be an eclectic mix of global experts who represent the drivers of change in the architectural design and building industry. The sessions will focus on facilitating the cross-pollination of ideas through the formats of inspiring keynote sessions, engaging dialogues, and stimulating panel discussions.
Diversifying Architectural Design Education and Careers in the New AgeKnow More
An Initiative By
Britta Knobel Gupta
Britta commenced her Architectural studies in Konstanz Germany and Lyon France. She received a scholarship to study M. Arch DRL at Architectural Association School of Architecture London. In 2006 she joined Zaha Hadid Architects and was involved as Lead Architect. She has been awarded the Newcomer Award (2002), the prestigious 40 under 40 Europe (2014), & many more. As an invited speaker she has given many prominent talks and has been featured on CNN. She is returning as a judge to WAF Lisbon 2021.
Viraj Dave is the Managing Director at INFNITI4D & 360 EYE
A Maverick & visionary personality with never give up Attitude. Out of his 11 years of working experience, he had worked with UK based MNC, served as a business development manager in smaart training consultancy. His vision is to provide revolutionary & immersive Architecture Visualisation experience through 3D & 4D Virtual Reality solutions. Which allows viewers to explore any property on their finger tips with a platform which provides the project portfolio including 3d artistic images , Virtual tour , walkthrough videos and other project enhancement services. He is also one of the prime members of Mahamaya Studio, an initiative to expand the horizon of Indian C.G.I industry by helping indie 3d artists to grow.
Sumita Singha, OBE is an award-winning chartered architect, academic and author, based in London, UK. She has served on many committees of the RIBA for over 25 years and set up its equality forum, Architects for Change. She is a non-executive director of Europe's largest eye hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, author of many books and publications, and trustee of four charities. She teaches professional practice for architects in the UK and is a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano.
A graduate of the SPA, Delhi, Gita Balakrishnan is the founder of Ethos, an organisation that focuses on learning. Ethos launched Acedge in 2018, an online learning initiative. She is also a trustee of the NGO- AVAS, Association for Voluntary Action and Services and IHCNF, Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation. Gita is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the West Bengal Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects and has been awarded the IIA Outstanding Member Award and Presidential Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to IIA. She was on the Shortlist of the top 25 People in Kolkata in the Lead India Campaign by The Times of India.
Pravinsinh Solanki is an Industrial Designer with 16 years of experience working in India and Italy. At present, he is a Sr. Ass. Faculty with Furniture & Interior Discipline at NID. Solanki heads Skill Development Labs at NID. He has received many National and International awards for his innovative Bamboo Craft Products. Bamboo lovers address him as "The Hanger Man". Few of his sustainable works are on permanent display at the world bamboo museum, well-curated in different countries, published in magazines, newspapers and television. He offers sustainable workshops, is a Jury member for various National and International competitions and is also a TEDx speaker.
Dr. Debolina Kundu is a Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, India with over 25 years of professional experience in development studies. Her areas of interest are urbanization, migration, urban policies, municipal finance, governance and exclusion. She is currently the chief editor of journals - Environment and Urbanisation, Asia (SAGE) and Urban India (NIUA) and Country Investigator for the GCRF Centre for Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods. A member of the Fifth Delhi Finance Commission, she has published several articles and books on urban issues.
Dr Mahesh Daas is the eighth president of the Boston Architectural College. He is a designer, technologist, and experienced academic leader. His career spans 23 years at four universities including 14 years in higher education leadership roles. Prior to becoming president of the BAC, Daas served as dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
President Daas earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India; a master's degree in urban design from Kansas State University; and an executive doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Boman Rustom Irani
A first-generation real estate developer with over 25 years of experience, Boman Irani has been the driving force behind the exponential growth of brand Rustomjee. Having founded the company in 1996 with a vision to make a difference to people's lives, Irani has always focused on customer centricity. Irani also serves as National Vice President with the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) and is also the Vice President of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI). Apart from the mantra of "Homes for All", "Making Education a Priority" is a key vision of Boman Irani.
Sujit Nair is the principal designer and founder at SDeG, a multi-disciplinary practice based out of Bangalore, that he runs with his partner Aruna Sujit. SDeG has won awards for both and was in 2012 given the opportunity to exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale. SDeG was also featured on CNBC's 'young turks' in 2013, a show known to recognize emerging entrepreneurs. Sujit started his professional career at Zaha Hadid Architects, London. He has been active in architectural education, as a visiting design critic and has lectured at forums, design schools and public events.
Mumbai-based architect and urban planner Rajiv R Mishra has been the principal at Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Mumbai, since 2008 and is the director at Directorate of Art, Government of Maharashtra. Rajiv has been passionate about sensitizing young minds to think about innovative ideas to lead towards diverse possibilities. He took up teaching as a first choice at an early age to act as an agent of change for architecture education.
Vijay has been Design Principal at mayaPRAXIS since its inception in 2001 in Bangalore. He founded mayaPRAXIS design+architecture with partner Dimple Mittal in 2001. mayaPRAXIS has won reward and recognition for its architectural design work including the ARCASIA Award for Sustainable Design 2017, Architect of the Year 2011 for public building [21 st AYA awards, JK Cement], and more.
He is also a Professor of Architecture at the Christ University School of Architecture, Bengaluru, and a founding faculty member of the school.
Sabeena Khanna spearheads Studio KIA, a globally awarded and recognized design studio, along with her architect husband Rajiv. 35 years of professional experience has seen Studio KIA create, innovate and achieve projects across varied geographical boundaries.
K.I.A - Building Tomorrow, is an initiative of the studio to mentor, award, appreciate, encourage and inspire young talent and collectively work towards a better tomorrow which has its learning's from the past and salutes our today. Personally, Sabeena has served on various professional Juries, as a panellist, speaker, moderator, curator and mentor, member of Architecture Task Force committee and Women Entrepreneurship Committee at PHD CCI.
Vivek Gupta is a design practitioner in the field of Architecture, Urban Design and Interiors, for the past 36 years, having a mid-sized studio in New Delhi. The Studio is best characterized by its methodology to explore and test responses, to produce designs that fulfil the spirit of the brief, in an inventive and unique way. Currently, the studio is engaged in diverse projects such as - Master planning for eminent corporate bodies in New Delhi, Housing and Educational institutions Corporate interiors, Institutional buildings and much more...
With over a decade of hands on industry experience in the Film & TV
space, Samit Shetty is a specialist and go to person for Animation &
Visual Effects technologies. He has managed & collaborated on
entertainment projects of all sizes, working for some of the major
production houses in APAC, US & Canada. A trained post production
artist himself, Samit spent few years in the education segment as well,
training the next generation of artists, most of whom today hold senior
positions at leading studios.
In his current role as a Technical Specialist at Autodesk, Samit works closely with VFX Supervisors & Heads of top studios in the country to help them set up and optimize their technology workflows for best quality output and efficiency. He draws from his long experience in cinematic procedures, latest technologies, editing, Animation- VFX workflows to deliver the best solutions to Autodesk customers.
Ruhul co-founded and runs the radical architecture and urban research and school social enterprise, Paraa, focusing on enhancing communities of Bangladesh through collaborative and multidisciplinary practice. His focus is to drive the organisation strategically to impact positively in the communities & expanding on participatory modes of engagement, developing projects across the creative discipline of architecture and urbanism. Recent projects include BANGLA, a collaborative art installation in Whitechapel, London. He is also a founding Trustee of the British Bangladeshi cultural charity, The Oitijjo Collective.
Siddhant Shah, the founder of Access For ALL, is an internationally known Disability Access Consultant and is a national level award winner. Shah is a TEDx speaker and has been consulting various national and international organisations on inclusion, diversity and accessibility. Currently, he is the consultant to the Museum of The Prime Ministers of India, New Delhi.
Jacob DiCrescenzo is a high school sophomore in Evanston, Illinois, where he lives with his parents and sisters. He has a deep interest in architecture and hopes to one day train in the field. He is particularly interested in the relationship between human emotion and the built environment. His articles have appeared in Architectural Record, Common Edge, and ArchDaily. He still plays with Legos.
Anil Wanvari, is the founder, CEO and editor in chief of the Indiantelevision.com group. He has spent more than 37 years in the media industry and is considered India's foremost analyst, consultant and catalyst for the media sector. The Indiantelevision.com group was set up with a mission to educate, engage, entertain and enrich the audiences it serves via its various verticals. It achieves this through its various B2B and B2C portals: indiantelevision.com , tellychakkar.com , AnimationXpress.com and radionandmusic.com It engages with industry by organizing thought leadership forums under its various verticals: Kids Animation and More Summit and ANN Awards, Vfx and More Summit and Awards, Comic Books And More Summit and Awards, Gaming Esports and More Summit and many more. The group also executes market engagement activities for industry clients - both online and offline through roadshows and events and online campaigns.
Habeeb Khan is the current President of the Council of Architecture (COA), India. He also runs his independent studio which was awarded the INTBAU award 2018 for large scale promotion of traditional and vernacular architecture in the world. Khan has been invited to many national and international conferences as a keynote speaker. He is currently the Director at Priyadarshini Institute of Architecture and Design Studies (PIADS), Nagpur, and Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture & Design Studies (LTIADS), Mumbai.
With over 7 years of rich experience in the field of design, expertised in residential & commercial spaces. Mahima Khanna is all about experimental design , an enthusiast for organizing, detailing & alignment. Lover of Aesthetic & Design.
Rohan Dawar graduated from the University of Arts London with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design and moved to New Delhi shortly after to pursue a career in residential & Retail design. His aesthetic developed across the cities he has worked and lived in, pulling together the glamour of Interior design. He has taken part in small and large renovations, hotel lobby redesigns, Food Retail outlets and everything in between. These diverse experiences have allowed Rohan to hone his craft and create beautiful, one of a kind spaces for his clients. Rohan loves the challenge of selecting pieces from all over the place while meeting the client's needs and this is the biggest driving factor when I design. Like solving a puzzle, interior design is essentially the assembly of many unique pieces into one cohesive whole and it is a rewarding experience to see the end product.
Lorenzo Uribe is a 5th-year architecture student at IE University in Spain. He was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and currently lives in Madrid. He has gained experience working as an intern in architectural offices both in Bogota and Barcelona. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of Prologue Magazine: an annual student-run publication focusing on issues related to the fields of design, architecture and culture. His interests lie in buildings and beautiful things.
Manya Sharma is a 4th-year Architecture student from Manipal University, Jaipur, India with an inclination towards leadership, teamwork and management. She is currently the General Secretary of the MUJ Student council and the acting president for ASHRAE MUJ - Student Chapter. She has also taken part in several design competitions. She won the Best Delegate Award in 2016 from the Indian International Model United Nations. In the field of architecture, she is interested to learn about sustainable practices.
Martha Thorne is Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design, part of the innovative IE University in Madrid and Segovia, Spain. The Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize from 2005- 2021, she was curator in the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1995-2005. Her main interests centre on the contemporary city and how architecture, design, and urbanism can contribute to sustainability and resilience; and how architecture and design education can evolve in both content and pedagogy to be more relevant for today's challenges.
Romi Khosla is internationally well known as an architect and consultant on Urban planning with a double graduation from Cambridge University (Economics) and The Architectural Association in London. Romi Khosla Design Studios was established on his return to India in 1972. He has designed and built over a hundred buildings and been awarded national and international honours including the Volvo-Eicher Headquarters with the international LEEDS platinum award. He was a principal consultant to UNDP, UNESCO, WTO, UNOPS, working in conflict zones of Palestine, Kosovo Balkans, Cyprus, Tibet, China, Central Asia and a jury member of The Aga Khan Awards and the city of Izmir in Turkey.
Prasanna Desai runs an architectural and urban design practice in Pune emphasising the role of an architect in the Public Domain with a people participatory approach focusing on Equity and Empathy to Evolve. An inspiring teacher he has been active in academics for the last 4 decades mentoring & nurturing students. Currently, he is the Professor & Director at P.V.P. College of Architecture, Pune & has been the guiding force in the establishment of the Forum for Exchange & Excellence in Design (FEED).
Prof.ir. Nathalie de Vries
As the "DV" of MVRDV, founding partner Nathalie de Vries has led many successful MVRDV projects, with a focus on the invention of new building typologies and the creation of changeable, open systems. De Vries combines her work for MVRDV with a position as professor of Architectural Design and Public Building at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft. The central theme in her research, design, and construction of public buildings and public space is "Multiplicity in Design". In 2021, the municipality of Groningen appointed De Vries to the position of City Architect. In this role, De Vries advises on current urban design and architectural projects and brings spatial issues to the fore in order to improve the city's physical living environment and building culture.
Ryan Wong is a 3rd-year architecture student for the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) & specialisation in Building Information Modelling (BIM) at the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), The University of Melbourne. He was also an Architectural Intern at James Law Cybertecture International Holdings Limited where he has worked on OPod & BoxPod housing projects, Hong Kong & Vancouver, Bleeker House in Aruba, etc. He believes that the future of architecture is to build structures that are resilient and sustainable.
Rita is Managing Director of Singapore’s RDC Architects Pte Ltd, a practice centred on designing communities with an ‘integrated’ design approach to create an environment satisfying climatic, social, economic and aesthetic considerations appropriate to its context. Beyond breaking the gender leadership stereotype, Rita Soh has advanced the causes of professional ethics and collaborative partnership in Singapore and on the Asian fronts. She has also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament (2014-15) in Singapore’s largely-male dominated Parliament.
Sheila Sri Prakash
Sheila Sri Prakash is an internationally acclaimed Architect, Urban Designer, and Sustainability Expert, who founded Shilpa Architects Planners Designers in 1979. In July 2011, The World Economic Forum invited her to be part of the Global Agenda Council for Design and Innovation where she formulated the Reciprocal Design Index, to establish, document and incentivize 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 (board of the SPV), as an Independent Director and Urban Expert. She has been recently awarded the "Bene Merentii" (2017) Medallion by The University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, (est. in 1952) and the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, Romania.
Simon Allford is the 79th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He started his two-year term on 1 September 2021. Simon is a founding director of AHMM (where he leads a design studio of 200 architects), a frequent writer, critic and adviser; a visiting professor at Harvard; a previous chairman of the Architecture Foundation; and currently a trustee of The London School of Architecture and the Chickenshed Theatres Trust.
Tanuja is a partner at the studio practice of Kanvinde, Rai and Chowdhury, New Delhi. She is the President-elect. of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers for the term 2019-2021. A Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects, Tanuja has been actively involved in academics as a Visiting Professor at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for over 2 decades. She has been on the advisory board of Pearl Academy, Sushant School of Design & currently is an international advisor for the Jindal School of Design. Tanuja has served as a jury of several National Architectural and Interior Design Competitions. She is also the co-author of the monograph Achyut Kanvinde - Akar - on the works of the modernist Master Achyut Kanvinde published by Niyogi Books, 2017.
Yasaman Esmaili is an architect and educator from Tehran, Iran, currently based in Boston. In 2017, she founded Studio Chahar, a research-driven collaborative architectural design studio focused on community-based design, equity and innovation. Studio Chahar's collaborative projects have been recognized with several awards including a Regional Gold and a Global Silver LafargeHolcim Award and an AIA national award of honour. In 2020, Yasaman received the Tamayouz Award of Excellence, Rising Star category. Yasaman is currently an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Anssi Lassila is the founder and director of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture and Professor of Contemporary Architecture at the Oulu School of Architecture. His architecture combines a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques. Placing the human being at the centre, he has a keen interest in exploring the potential of wood as a sustainable solution and in developing new systems of modularity. His personal experience in working with wood extends from building with hand-carved logs to the use of CLT.
Apurva Bose Dutta
Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta is an Indian author, award-winning architectural journalist, curator, and editor, with 16+ years of global collaborations with architecture-design media houses, firms, organisations, and institutions. Recognised for her pioneering work in architectural design writing in India, she has been invited by the Australian and Finland Governments for International Media Visits of Architectural Writers. Author of Architectural Voices of India, she is passionate about writing, curating architecture-design content and discourses, offering training initiatives for architectural writing, and consulting for academic and professional platforms. (www.apurvabose.com)
James Law JP, is an architect, technologist 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 design. James Law is the architect of the world-renowned OPod Concrete Tube Housing Project designed to alleviate affordability problems for mass housing; architect for The Pad Tower - the world's first Apple iPod inspired building in Dubai; and the architect for the futuristic high-speed transportation system The Hyperloop.
Leena Kumar is a graduate of architecture and set up an architectural practice in 1990, KUMAR CONSULTANTS. The firm has worked through several projects of Hospitality, Residential, Institutional, Educational, Industrial, Commercial and Health Care. She was on the core technical committee of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for formulating the rating system of green interiors. She has a keen interest in community building and has collaborated with local authorities to design community living spaces for the economically weaker sections. She is presently the Jt. Hon. Secretary, IIA National Council and Chairperson, Assocham GEM, Karnataka Chapter.
Naresh V Narasimhan
Naresh V Narasimhan is a practitioner and leader with over 34 years of experience in architecture and urban design. He is best known for his association with Venkataramanan Associates, an award-winning architecture firm based out of Bengaluru, which saw a meteoric rise under his leadership. His contribution to urban development as an urbanist and creative entrepreneur has been far-reaching. He is also the co-founder of BATF - Bangalore Agenda Task Force, co-founder of MOD Foundation and chairman of Link Innovations. He also regularly advises government agencies on infrastructure development.
Sandeep Shikre spearheads SSA Architects with a team of 275+ young dedicated, committed professionals that renders Architectural, Interior Design and Construction Management Consultancy Services. Sandeep is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and has a deep commitment to sustainable development. He is the founding Member of IGBC and also Chairman of IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Mumbai Chapter. He is a patron of CTBUH (The Council for Tall Building in Urban Habitat) whose head office is in Chicago, USA and is on advisory committees for several forums.