My entrepreneurial activities are multi-faceted between landscape, urban design, urban planning, architecture, policy analysis, community activity and philanthropy. My association with Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad since its inception in 1995 is the longest. EDC is partnered and lead by Landscape Architect Akshay Bhargava. EDC provides landscape, architecture, and master planning services for large scale residential, recreational, institutional and industrial developments with inclination to ecological restoration. In the past, my association with other organisations in namely, TARU Ahmedabad; CEPT Ahmedabad; Modi Associates; Urban Development Group; and Stein, Doshi and Bhalla (now Vastushilpa Consultants) all in Ahmedabad, as architect-urbanist were great learning experiences. Further, my advisory engagements with the local communities and governments on various aspects of lake management are carried out through not-for profit initiative of EDC under registered not-for profit organisation namely, Eco Development and Research Cell (EDRC). The exposure to diverse contexts and working cultures are the assets to my research and teaching. In July 2020, I joined full time water actions at the  SaciWATERs Hyderabad.

Projects

  • Nau Chauki Pal, Landscape and Heritage Regeneration, Rajsamand

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Vision Plan for Conservation and Landscape design of 10 Acres Lake (Rajsamand) Front Garden and its Environs. Proposal for development of terraced gardens, planning for the tourist route, entrance gates, parking, light and sound show, greening, cleaning, and safety. Ecological up-gradation of the hill slopes and the lake front, Nature Interpretation Center in the heritage structure, conservation of the Palace, etc…. read more

  • PP Savani University Campus Master Plan and Landscape Design, Surat

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Master Plan and Landscape design of 100 Acres campus premise. Supervising development of Entry area, Campus Plaza, Lake area, Campus Gathering Space, Hostel Area and internal and external Courts. Ecological up-gradation of campus… read more

  • Rainbow Gardens II, Rajkot

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Master Plan, Landscape, Infrastructure and Architectural design of 10 Acres site for residential development with 70 bungalows, Hotel, Club-Auditorium, Swimming Pool and Golf Course. Custom design of water features, outdoor furniture, exterior lighting and water recharge systems.. read more

  • Saurashtra University Campus, Rajkot

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Master planning of 410 Acres university premises, land suitability and zoning, road networking,
    water harvesting/recharging, environmental upgradation strategies and preparation of master plan
    report for urban design guidelines for future development and phasing out the development
    activities. Landscape design of campus plaza, approach roads, sports complex etc… read more

  • RK Castle Resort, Udaipur

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Master Plan, Architecture and Landscape design of 20 Acres hilly site for development of Fortress like Palace premise. Supervising development of the main building, multiple courts, entrance gate area, cottage and hotel area, swimming pool and circulation in the steep slope. Ecological up-gradation of the hill slopes… read more

  • Hotel Khirsara Palace, Rajkot

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Master Plan, Conservation, Landscape and Architectural design of 15 Acres Fortress Palace premise. Supervising development of fore court, inner courts, entrance gates, swimming pool and circulation. Ecological up-gradation of the hillock slopes and the Khirasara lake… read more

  • Gyanoday Tirthkshetra, Nareli, Ajmer

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Master plan for 210 Acres Pilgrim site based on jain mythological principles. Landscape design
    of progression path to the temple, temple precinct, exhibition zone, entrance gates and fore court.
    Upgradation of residential area, cattle shelters, recharge pond, slopes of the hills… read more

  • V.V.P. Engineering College, Rajkot

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Landscape master plan for 45 Acres Institutional campus for Technical Educational. Establishing hierarchy of open spaces from internal courts to large courts. Design of assembly courts, internal courts, amphitheatre, campus plaza, play fields, student activity areas, circulation areas and parking. Recognized by I.I.A as outstanding institutional campus, year 2002… read more

  • Indubhai Parekh School of Architecture, Rajkot

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Landscape master plan for 5 Acres Institutional campus. Design of assembly courts, amphitheatre, campus plaza, play fields, student activity areas, circulation areas, parking… read more

  • R.K. Marbles New Morwad Mines, Rajsamand

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Landscape design of a marble dumpyard reclamation site. The premise houses corporate office,
    petrol pump, staff building, restaurant, play courts, machine rooms and sewage treatment plant.
    Highlights are the corporate image in landscape design and landscape management plan… read more

  • Reliance Rural Retail Hub, Pan India

    At Environmental Design Consultants Ahmedabad

    Master plan of 10 Acres site for Modular Layout of rural retail hubs (8000 units) across India. Urban design guidelines for modular and prototype developments. Sustainable building design demonstration of retail centre, agro produce warehouses, milk chilling plant, capacity building centre, demo farms, petrol station and public spaces. Landscape guidelines for ecological developments. Circulation design for raw material, finished material, pedestrian & vehicles… read more

  • The Gir Relish, Amreli

    Master Plan, Landscape, Infrastructure and Architectural design of 800 Acres site for Eco- Tourism including farmhouses, recreational parks and business park. Report on site analysis, project feasibility, overall strategy for development, development guidelines. Landscape design of golf course, recreation zones, lake promenades, entrance gate area and other open spaces… read more

  • Conservation/Renovation of Nagaur Fort, Nagaur, Rajasthan

    At M/S Jain Associates Ahmedabad (Jan-Mar’1994)
    – Documentation of Nagaur Palace-Fort complex, also called the Ahhichatragarh Fort. Renovation plan to convert it into palace Hotel and Museum. Preparation of report. Promotion of the renovation plan in Nagaur festival and Royal Camp organized in the palace- fort complex. Later the Project also won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013…. read more

  • Development of Patan Village and Somanth Talav, Patan

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Environmental up-gradation plan for the lake and its surroundings. Capacity building, awareness campaign and assistance in fund management. Detail design and supervision for execution… read more

  • Lighthouse Beach Area Development, Veraval

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Feasibility, Conceptual plan and development guidelines for city level recreation. Master plan proposal for beach development. Design and supervision for execution… read more

  • Somnath Temple Area Upgradation, Patan

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Conceptual plan of Somnath Temple precinct. Master plan of approach road and beach area development. Planning and Design guidelines and preparation of report… read more

  • Veraval Port Improvement Plan, Veraval

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Rapid Environment Impact Assessment of harbour and fish processing (industrial) area. Improvement plan for the port including conceptual plan for aquarium. Improvement of living conditions of the fishermen and awareness campaign for fishing, fish productivity and general hygiene. Advocacy to implement Common Affluent Treatment Plant for fish processing units… read more

  • Environmental Assessment & Physical Development of Veraval Harbour Area, Veraval-Patan

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Primary survey, Development Proposal for the physical improvement of Veraval- Patan town.Identification of projects and proposal for phase wise development. Conceptual planning for development of pilot projects. Coordination with institutions and public awareness campaign… read more

  • Rapid EIA of Sabarmati River Front Development (SRFD) Project, Ahmedabad

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Survey of existing Public Institutions and other land uses in the SRFD influence area and study of existing physical, nvironmental, social and economic status. Land Use Analysis with stress on nature of transformation & potential/ conflict due to implementation of SRFD project… read more

  • Development Strategies for 5 towns in Suarashtra region, Gujarat

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Conceptual Development. Study of 5 Suarashtra towns (Junagadh, Somnath, Porbandar, Palitana & Dwarka) with stress on present status, the development trends & strategies. Report for each city, identifying specific areas & necessary projects to develop the infrastructure & tourist potential of the place with proposed recommendations & broad cost estimate… read more

  • New Approach Road development, Dwarka (Initiative – III)

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Design Proposal for land reclamation for promenade along Gomti river for direct approach to the temple. Design for the facilities that are identified for the approach road, such as information centre, parking, toilets and guest houses at the entrance. Guidelines for edge transformation. Restoration of HariKund and create a continuous passage to Gomati Ghat… read more

  • Dwarkadhish Temple Precinct Development, Dwarka (Initiative – II)

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Design Proposal for Improvement of the Physical Environment of the Dwarkadhish temple precinct. Stress was on a sensitive approach towards upgradation of the temple precinct to meet the current requirements and yet restore the sacredness… read more

  • Redevelopment of Gomti ghat and Chappan sidi, Dwarka ( Initiative – I)

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Development of ghats is a renovation work and specific details are worked out for execution. Stress was to accommodate the encroachment by several priests, identifying appropriate ghat design to tackle back- water, and coordination with the funding agency… read more

  • Dwarka Urban Design Initiative, Dwarka

    Reconnaissance study of city of Dwarka. Recommendations for improvement and generate measures for growth of tourism. Identifying projects and proposal for phase wise development. Urban design demonstration of pilot projects. Coordination with concerned institutions and supervision for execution of pilot projects… read more

  • Building Status Assessment of earthquake affected structures in Ahmedabad

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Assisted building retrofication experts in preparation of format to categorize building damages, house to house survey of damaged buildings, interaction with victims, data input & conduct mass awareness program on construction techniques… read more

  • Yashodadham, Rehabilitation of earthquake affected Nani Chirai Village, Bhachhau

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Primary survey of old village and physiographic analysis of relocation site. Program formulation, Master plan and development guidelines for Yashodhadham (area of 14 hectares and target group of 289 families). Architectural design and supervision of dwelling units and social amenities. Infrastructure planning for water supply, drainage network and street lighting… read more

  • Rehabilitation of Social Amenities in 26 earthquake affected villages, Bhachhau District

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Primary study of village plans and identification of plots for development of social amenities. Design of primary health centre, primary school, secondary school, aanganwadi, goushala, water supply network in the villages. site supervision for execution… read more

  • Damage Assessment of 26 earthquake affected villages of Bhachhau District

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Reconnaissance survey of the 26 earthquake affected villages. Documentation of damages and enlisting the requirement of the villages particularly social amenities. Capacity Building and Counselling of villagers for rehabilitation and reconstruction… read more

  • Master Plan for the Impact of Science City on Surrounding Development, Ahmedabad

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Simulation of the nature of transformation on surrounding development due to the impact of development of science city. Development Plan proposal for surrounding area of science city covering approximately 3000 hectares and taking account of topography, road and transportation network, density distribution, amenities distribution, open spaces network. Urban design guidelines and development control mechanisms and design demonstration… read more

  • Master Plan for the Science and Technology Park adjoining Science City, Ahmedabad

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Site analysis, feasibility study and simulations of the anticipated development in and around science and technology park. Land-use Plan for the Science and Technology Park (area 350 hectares). Stress on overlays of density distribution, open space network, road & transportation network, amenity distribution, street sections and built form. Urban Design Guidelines for built environment, anticipating the nature of ancillary institutions required due to science city. Master Plan highlights interlinking of water bodies through green and open space corridor… read more

  • Conceptual Plan for proposed Science City, Ahmedabad

    At Center for Research and Development Unit, CEPT Ahmedabad

    Case study of various science city projects from across the world. Program formulation of the proposed science city. Conceptual Plan for proposed science city (100 hectares area). Urban design guidelines for development and design demonstration… read more

  • ‘Serenade’ Villa Rawal, Rajkot

    Development of 3 Acres weekend house with clearing in the woodland, multiple terraces, party lawns, fishing pond, vegetable garden etc. Custom design of rain water harvesting system, water features, play equipment, exterior lighting, outdoor furniture… read more

  • Rainbow Residency I, Rajkot

    At Environmental Design Consultants, Ahmedabad

    Master Plan, Landscape, Infrastructure and Architectural design of 5 Acres site for residential development with 24 boundary less bungalows clustered around combined gardens to facilitate community living. Design of club, entrance gate and swimming pool. Landscape development emphasizing on interactive and experiential landscaped spaces… read more

  • Arham Kutir Cottages, Balotra

    Master planning, Site analysis, project feasibility, layout of 93 Acres for residential development. Design of cottages and clusters, all amenities, entrance gate. Infrastructure planning, road networking and rain water harvesting. Landscape design of the premises, party areas, cottage clusters etc… read more

  • Valley View Farms, Balotra

    At Environmental Design Consultants, Ahmedabad

    Master Planning, project feasibility, site and infrastructure planning of 37 Acres for residential development. Development regulations, guidelines and water harvesting systems. Design of the clubhouse, residential units, all amenities, entrance gate. Landscape design for the premises… read more