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  • » Vinod Gupta
    Graduated in architecture in 1969 from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. He spent two years studying pre-fabricated housing in Denmark. From 1973 to 1989 he was full-time faculty of architecture at School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. In 1984 he completed his work for Ph.D. at the Center for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Among the special findings were the use of texture on buildings and the fragmentation of form to achieve cooling in the desert city of Jaisalmer.

    He initiated the teaching of passive solar architecture and energy conservation in buildings at the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi and continues to be a visiting professor there. Vinod Gupta is advisor to the Delhi Urban Arts Commission, member of the Board of Studies and the Committee on Doctoral Programmes at SPA, member of the Technical Advisory Committee for GRIHA, the national green building rating system for India.

    Together with Rasik Bahl, he founded Space Design Associates in 1983. He has been involved in a number of research projects incorporating solar heating and natural cooling in buildings. The hostel buildings at Jodhpur University and at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and the campus for the Solar Energy Centre at Gurgaon, near Delhi are his well known solar passive projects.

    The office building for CMC Ltd. at Bombay is famous as the first intelligent building of India where energy conservation is achieved by application of microprocessor control technology. A recent project is a housing scheme for the National Media Centre near New Delhi, which addresses the issues of choice in housing and the environmental impact of large-scale development.

    Vinod Gupta is concerned about the impact of modernisation of building technology on the quality of workmanship and the loss of livelihood for traditional craftsmen. This concern is reflected in his designs, many of which use large amounts of traditional crafts.

    Vinod Gupta believes that buildings are built not in isolation, but in the overall socio-economic context and physical environment. Efficient design solutions have to emerge from the context as much as they do from the architect’s style of working.

    The design of furniture for networked offices has occupied Vinod Gupta's attention for the last decade. Going beyond the commonly available, mass-produced, generalised furniture for offices, his designs show greater respect for customer requirements, functional efficiency and ergonomics. The office interior for UBEST at Calcutta shows a unique system for organising a modern office. For KLG Systel’s offices, he has evolved a completely new system that makes it easy to implement the concept of task lighting and task cooling in any office. His current work on design of ergonomic office workstations include a new seat and table combination capable of improving the health of office workers.

  • » L P Singh
    Graduated in architecture from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi in 1980. He started his professional career with Rasik Bahl and joined Space Design Associates in 1983. In 1990 he became an associate of the firm and was in–charge of many prestigious architectural and interior design projects including The National Media Centre Housing at Gurgaon near Delhi, the building for Jahanpanah Club, and the office for American Institute of Indian Studies. In 1998 he founded Space Design Consultants with Vinod Gupta. He has a special eye for detail that shows up in all the architectural and interior jobs that he handles. L. P. Singh specializes in furniture design ranging from intricately carved wood furniture to contemporary designs with glass and metal. Many of his designs carry forward the Indian tradition of perforated panels as visual design elements in a contemporary context.
 
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