Gurpreet Singh graduated from CEPT and established his practice, Aakar Design, in 1983. Over 30 years, the practice has completed many projects from Tanneries in Russia, Memorial in Delhi to the King’s Educational Academy in Bhutan both awarded through Invited International Design Competitions. Concurrent to designing several Educational Institutes, he undertook a professional course at the Harvard University in “Learning Environments for Tomorrow”. Gurpreet extends this passion by being a Founder Member of the NGO ‘Ritanjali’ which has done extensive building work in the aftermath of the Bhuj Earthquake and the Tsunami in Tamil Nadu. His eye for detailing finds expression in collecting and restoring Vintage Cars.
Dilip Patel, a student of 1973 batch, completed his graduation in Architecture at SA, Cept in 1979. Before starting private practice in Ahmedabad, he worked at Cept Study Cell for a year. Since 1980, his company “Aakruti” has been involved in Architectural and Interior Design projects of various nature and scales across India. He is a visiting faculty at Cept.
Anjali Balachandran Yagnik
Anjali Balachandran Yagnik graduated from the School of Architecture, CEPT in October 1980. She spent almost all of the next decade working and studying in the Bay Area in California, USA. She graduated with a Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1988 having taken almost all of her credits in the Building Process Program with Prof. Christopher Alexander, and her world view continues to be inspired by his teachings as she approaches her senior years. Returning to India in 1991, she established her practice in architecture in Bangalore along with her late partner Vijay Yagnik, who was also an alumnus of the School of Architecture at CEPT. The firm has been, and continues to be, prolific in the fields of multi-family housing, retail interiors, single-family homes etc., and was commissioned in 1998, from amongst many other invited competitors, to be the architects for a prestigious Software Technology Park in Bangalore. Apart from her professional work, she enjoys being a critic on design studio reviews for the interaction with students, and the window to different, changing ways of thinking that this provides, in addition to the opportunity to sharpen her skills in assessing design value. She was on the jury for the 24th JK Cements Architect of the Year Awards recently.
Salil Ranadive is a graduate in Architecture from CEPT, has studied at the ETH in Zurich on an exchange Scholarship and is a member of the Architectural Association AA London. Over two decades of rigorous practice, he has to his credit a spectrum of several noted projects - that span a wide range of scales and typologies, and are located across a wide canvas of geographical regions, which he continues to build upon through his recently established firm: SALIL RANADIVE ARCHITECTS SR+A. His engagement with Architecture & Urbanism goes beyond his practice. He is an active Juror at CEPT and Advisor at the College of Engg Pune, the Immediate Past President of FAAA and a vocal member of the City’s architectural community. He remains passionate about his practice of Iyengar Yoga and High Altitude Trekking.
Ujjaval is a 2000 batch CEPT Architecture graduate and bagged a distinction in MA in Urban Design from National University of Singapore in 2010. After his initial work experience with HCP in Ahmedabad, he moved on to Singapore. In Singapore he pursued his higher education and worked with well reputed local firms on private residences, high rise residential, commercial developments. He has also accomplished being a full time lecturer and Module Coordinator for History and Theory in Architecture to first year Architecture students at Singapore Polytechnic for three consecutive years. During his tenure at Singapore Polytechnic he undertook part time one year course in teaching and obtained a ‘Certificate in Teaching’. After six years of stay in Singapore since July 2014 he has moved his base back to Ahmedabad to establish his own design firm called “Reasoning Instincts Architecture Studio” along with his wife Bhairavi (also a CEPT graduate 2000 batch). Currently he is involved in part time teaching at CEPT and focuses on his own practice in Ahmedabad.
Umang Goswami is Principal designer at PDC Architects and founder of Urbanplay . In the past, he has worked as an Architect at Malik Architecture , Mumbai in project teams that have won several architectural design awards. He was selected as an intern at Studio Daniel Libeskind during his undergraduation . Umang holds a Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the CEPT University , AHMEDABAD(2014). His thesis, “RE Imaging industrial town - Case of ALANG” was selected for campus portfolio . Umang has been actively involved in architectural education, as a visiting design critic at several architecture schools. He has lectured at architect forums, design schools and public events.
His practice is interested in the many possibilities that emerge from complex urban flows and shifts in culture, politics, socio-economic patterns, technologies and techniques, that respond to Radical approach, project situations and contemporary urban transformations.