Keynote Speakers

Ar. Ashok B. Lall

Ashok Lall, b. 1948, graduated from the University of Cambridge U.K. in Architecture & Fine Arts and obtained the Architectural Association Diploma in 1970. His architectural firm (estd. 1981) is committed to an architectural practice based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The firm has won a number of awards and its work has been published widely. Engaged in architectural education since 1990, he has developed curricula and teaching methods to address environmental issues.

He has published many articles and presented papers on environmentally sustainable design and has been an active member of institutions and groups promoting awareness and building competence in sustainable design of buildings. He has been invited to present his work on sustainable design for a developing world at various fora in India and internationally, including UK, Australia, Switzerland, Egypt, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Uganda, Iran, Philippines and Mexico. He was chair of the Jury for the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, Asia Pacific Region. He is presently Design & Technology Chair at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai. His current interest is in developing strategies for sustainable urban development in the context of rapid urbanization.



Dr. Arvind Krishan

Prof. Arvind Krishan is an architect-structural engineer with a Master in Architecture from the University of Washington USA, Masters in Structural Engineering and Ph.D in Energy Efficient Architecture from Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, India. He is former Dean, Head Department of Architecture, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi.He is a leading architect in the country in the field of 'Green Buildings' - Climate Responsive / Energy Efficient Architecture having designed projects of diverse nature and magnitude in the country and abroad, with more than four decades of professional work.

His innovative design for Punjab Energy Development Agency Office Building, Chandigarh has been awarded '5-star rating – the most energy-efficient building in India' by Bureau Of Energy Efficiency Govt. of India and the Best Exemplary Green Building at TERI 2018.

His professional work is supported by intense research in the field of Climate Responsive/ Energy Efficient Architecture, funded through various national and international agencies: British Council, European Union, Goethe Institute Max Mueller Bhawan, Govt. Of India etc. He is an international consultant to World Bank for their projects in China & India. He has won design awards in competitions and publication awards for research work.

Recipient: International award - Jeffrey Cook Award 2010 for Desert Architecture awarded by "The Cook Foundation" & Desert Architecture & Urban Planning Institute– J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel at UNESCO supported 3rd. International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, Israel.

He was invited panel member/speaker of Yale University delegation to UNFCCC COP16, World Summit on Climate Change 2010 at Cancun, Mexico; He is a member of UNEP Expert group on Eco-cities. He is member International Advisory Panel, UNESCO Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific. He is an Associate of PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture) International and member International Advisory / Scientific Committees PLEA, World Sustainable Building Conference SB-08.

He has lectured extensively in India and abroad. His work is widely published as books, research reports and papers through international publishers/research journals / national and international conferences. He is author and editor of the internationally acclaimed book Climate Responsive Architecture, published by Tata McGraw-hill. The book has been translated in Chinese language, published by McGraw-hill and Chinese Architecture & Building Press, for teaching and professional use in China.

A major review of his professional work has been published in the following, besides other professional magazines and research journals:

1. L'architecturs di Arvind Krishan, By Angela Alessi;
2. AMBIENTE CONSTRUITO – BUILT ENVIRONMENT, Architectural Journal, Italy March 2000
3. IN SYNERGY WITH ENERGY, By Kavita Parwin Talib
4. INDIAN ARCHITECT & BUILDER, Architectural Journal, India, March 2001
5. A NEW LANGUAGE OF ARCHITECTURE – SUSTAINABILITY, Arvind Krishan
6. A + D, Architectural Journal, India, October 2007
7. ARCHITECTURE FOLLOWS THE SUN, Arvind Krishan
8. BuildTech, Architectural Journal, India 2012


Ar. Shirish Beri

Ar. Shirish Beri's works, which tend to reflect his values in life, have been bearing their distinct mark on modern Indian architecture since 1975. They strive to address his life concerns of man moving further away from nature, from his fellow human beings and from his own self. Through his work, Shirish Beri also probes the multisensory and the immeasurable dimension of space while trying to evoke a reflective pause amidst today's clutter and background noise. His designs try to achieve an inherent sense of unity and harmony with various natural and man-made elements to become as sustainable as possible. He also finds expression through painting, sketching, writing poetry, photography, film and organic farming.

He has designed a number of campuses for national & regional level institutions for research, rehabilitation, health care and education, along with various other types of buildings. They have been widely published in over 150 publications in India and abroad. His work has won him a number of national – international recognitions.

Two of his designs were nominated for the Aga Khan award in 2010. He has won the Arcasia gold medal twice for the best designed public building and residence in Asia. His project was shortlisted by "Architectural review cityscape awards" as one of the three best designed public buildings in the world.

He has been awarded the highly coveted A+D Cera "Hall of fame award" that is awarded to only one architect in the country and "J.K. Great Master's Award" for his contribution to architecture in the past four decades. This prestigious J.K. award is given once in two years to only one senior architect selected from eleven countries.

He has been invited to chair and give talks, slide shows and conduct design workshops in various professional and educational institutions in India and in many other countries. Two exhibitions, a film and a book – "Spaces inspired by nature" on his work have been received very well everywhere.