Professor Balkrishna V. Doshi is an architect, educator, and academician. After initial study in Bombay, he worked with Le Corbusier in Paris (1951-1954) as senior designer, and then in India to supervise Corbusier's projects in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. Professor Doshi established the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design in 1955, known for pioneering work in low-cost housing and city planning. He also founded and designed the School of Architecture and Planning in Ahmedabad. He has received numerous international awards and honours, including Padma Shri from the Government of India.
Source: Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Shrikant Nivsarkar is an architect and furniture designer. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design’s furniture design program from the 1970s. From 1978, he is Principal Architect of Nivsarkar Consultants in Pune. He is the first Indian President of International Federation of Interior Architects during 2007-2009. He is currently serving as a Member of India Design Council, as well as Member of Governing Council of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Gajanan Upadhyay is an architect, educator and one of India’s pioneering furniture designers. Having joined the National Institute of Design in 1963, he had the opportunity to work with George Nakashima in 1964 and has been part of realizing the range of furniture that was prototyped and modeled then. He went to train in furniture design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and practiced in Denmark from 1966 to 1974. On his return to India, he taught in the furniture design program at the NID until his retirement in 1996. He is currently associated with TDW, a furniture and interior design firm in Ahmedabad.
Pravinsinh Solanki is the head of the department of furniture and interior design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad since 2014 and is also an alumnus of the Institute. His professional experience includes working on various projects for design of high-end residential interiors, school furniture, event design and boutiques both in India and Italy. His special interests lie in bamboo furniture and he is the coordinator of Centre for Bamboo Initiatives at NID, Ahmedabad.