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.

Ar. Karan Grover

Karan Grover has been passionately advocating the need to look at ones culture and heritage for clues as to the direction for a contemporary architecture and sustainable development relevant to the Indian context today. He has enthused children in conservation and been nominated a "social entrepreneur" as a Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, Washington. He almost single handedly won India's nominations for UNESCO's World Heritage Site status for Champaner after a 22-year old campaign. In 2004, Grover became the first architect in the world to win the USGBC "Platinum" Award for the greenest building in the world. He was made the Permanent Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Environment at the hands of former President Dr. Abdul Kalam in Delhi. He spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative, New York at the personal invite of President Clinton in 2006.

Karan has been selected as the winner of the Green Globe Award for Architect, Infrastructure Category from Green Globe Foundation. The "CII–Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre" - the first LEED US Platinum Building in India has been selected as the 2009 winner of the "Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards", under the NGO Category.

In 2009 he was given the Keys of the City of Birmingham by the Mayor of Birmingham at the Inaugural Address of the International Green Congress. The World Economic Forum at Davos has named him as a member on the Panel for Sustainability for 2009. In the same year he has been honored with three more awards - the ACE Award 2009, the Nirman Navratna Award 2009; and CNBC AWAZ Award 2009 and was nominated as one of India's top 10 architects consecutively for the 5th year by the Construction World.

He has been differently labelled on several occasions – a "Man of Taste" in the Economics Times, a "Hot Architect" in India by Construction World; a "Charismatic Crusader" by the Verve magazine; one of the "500 Visionaries of the 21st Century" along with the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton and complimented for his sense of fashion by being selected as one of "India's 50 Most Stylish Men" by Man's World.

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.