The Central Vista project in New Delhi, Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi, Sabarmati Riverfront Development in Ahmedabad or the Jagannath Temple master plan in Puri – all these symbols of India’s cultural and urban landscape can be located in different corners of the country, but a common name with these landmarks is Bimal Patel, the main architect behind all these projects.
Patel is an architect, urban planner and scholar who has crossed disciplinary, professional and institutional boundaries to explore the ways in which architecture, urban design and urban planning can enrich the lives of people in Indian cities.
He is President of CEPT University, Ahmedabad and runs HCP Design Planning and Management Private Limited, an architecture, planning and project management company.
Besides these flagship projects, HCP Design’s work profile indicates that many of the recent major urban projects in Gujarat cities involve the services of Patel and his company.
Whether it is Central Vista of Gandhinagar, several riverside parks in Ahmedabad, the revitalization plan of the walled city of Ahmedabad, the public transport zone of Ahmedabad or the Center for Performing Arts of Ahmedabad , Patel’s company is involved in all of these projects.
Similarly, the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, Amul Dairy in Mumbai, Container Terminal in Chennai, the architectural design of IIT Jodhpur and many other such urban structures laid out in some parts of the country have architectural contributions of Patel and his company.
Bimal graduated with a degree in architecture from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad in 1984.
He received a master’s degree in architecture and urban planning in 1988 and a doctorate in urban and regional planning in 1995 from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1996, he founded the Environmental Planning Collaborative, a nonprofit policy advisory, research, and advocacy organization.
Since 2012, he has also led CEPT University as President.
His work has won numerous awards, including the Padma Shri in 2019, which is among the highest civilian honors bestowed by the President.
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