He is an Architect, Interior Designer, Urban Planner and avid Academician. He is a graduate of CEPT University – 1978 Batch, and did his Master of Urban Planning from HNGU, Patan. He is also a qualified LEED AP (BD+C) with USGBC since last eight years and LEED AP with IGBC, proposing and promoting sustainable practise, since last 34 years.
He spent formative years of his professional journey with the renowned architect Shri.Anant Raje, Ahmedabad, learning the basics of architecture. Established his own Architectural – Interior Design practice in 1990 in Ahmadabad. His projects involve wide variety of both Architectural & Interior Design projects such as, Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Healthcare, Institutional and Industrial projects.
He also got associated as Head / Principal / Chief Architect with top leading AEC giants of national & international repute i.e. VMS Engineering, L&T ECC, Shapoorji Pallonji, Jacobs Engineering & Mott MacDonald. He was involved as Design Lead on very large scale prestigious projects like, IIMA Faculty Building Annexe-Ahmedabad, Langage Energy Centre - UK, Eden Garden Stadium - Kolkata, Garima Park, TCS - Gandhinagar, NTCB – Shell R&D Centre - Bangalore, Dandi Kutir, Museum on Gandhiji - Gandhinagar, Sinermas Oleo Plant, Jakarta - Indonesia, Comfort-Inn Hotel, CT - USA. This exposure and experience led to develop expertise and excellence in prevailing Indian and International architectural and construction practise
Before joining P P Savani University, he was involved as visiting faculty with the leading Architectural Institute i.e. CEPT University and as Associate Professor with NIRMA university. He is visiting various institutes i.e. CEPT University, Anant Institute of Architecture, LJ Institute of Architecture, SAL Institute of Architecture and ITM Baroda as Jury member and also as external examiner from GTU.
He has joined P P Savani University School of Architecture and Interior Design with clear objectives of implementing an integrated and disciplined approach to design education. He advocates the most appropriate, advanced and innovative teaching methods, comparable to the best in the world. With a very strong industrial experience and exposure, he believes in extending the class room exercise and activities to the field. He believes in inspiring students to be active learners and explore and experiment endless possibilities in the world of architecture. He has a vision to give the best to the society by promoting and producing the competent and confident professionals in today’s competitive world.
Ar. Ashvin Modi
Ar. AshvinModi is the Principal of School of Architecture in P P Savani University.
He is a graduate of CEPT University Ahmedabad- 1975 batch.
After working with reputed architects on various large scale projects in initial years, he embarked upon his private architectural practice in 1983. AshvinModi Architects, the 34 years long practice encompasses huge array of large to small scale projects in the tune of 200+, varying from residential, institutional, industrial and corporate sectors. The firm has always attempted a contextual, dynamic & innovative approach for all of their projects. Though a practicing professional, he has always been an avid academician. He has been a visiting faculty, final year thesis guide and examiner with many prestigious universities like M.S. University- Vadodara, APIED - VallabhVidyanagar, SMAID - VallabhVidyanagar and SVIT College of Architecture – Vasad.
He has joined P P Savani University School of Architecture with a focused objective of implementing an integrated approach to design education. He has a vision to produce the best quality graduates from both the departments of Architecture and Interior Design. He is optimistic to utilize the most advanced and innovative teaching methods, comparable to best in the world. He envisages to bridge the gap between the theoretical knowledge and on ground practical skills by leveraging upon his own industry experience. He believes in inspiring students to be active learners and explore the limitless possibilities in the world of architecture.
He has been the Founder Chairman and member of Indian Institute of Interior designers, Bharuch, Member of Council of Architecture, Member of Indian Institute of Architects, Vice President of Bharuch District Traffic Education Trust, Member of Rotary Club of Bharuch since 1989 and President in the year 1992 ,with many significant awards till date.
Dr. Leena Garg
Architect and Planner
Graduation (B-Arch) from M.S.U. Baroda (1990) with First class, Post-Graduation ( Master in Town and Regional Planning)First class with distinction & batch topper from S.V.N.I.T Surat (2004), and Ph.D. (Topic: ‘MODELING RESIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT PATTERN IN NEWLY EXPANDED FRINGE AREA OF A FAST GROWING METROPOLITAN CITY ON SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL BASIS’) from S.V.N.I.T. in Town Planning (2017).
Having more than 27 years of Industry and teaching experience. Authored journal publications for various International and national journals besides more than 22 papers for conferences & seminar presentations and proceedings.Also co-authored Book chapter for springer publication focusing upon ‘smart’ growth and development at regional and city level. Area of interest includes socially and environmentally responsible Architecture, inclusive growth, smart and innovative solutions for inclusive living in changing times.
Ar. Girish Panchal
Mr. Girish Panchal is the Head of the Department of the School of Architecture. He is Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from Sir J.J. School of Architecture Mumbai and Diploma in Project Management & Project Planning.
He was a visiting faculty at International Institute of Fashion & Interior Design (Mumbai), and Thakoor Polytechnic Mumbai. He is an energetic architect professor who has an interactive approach to teach the art of architecture subject.
He is adept at developing comprehensive lessons and communicating directly with students to improve their grades and creating unique projects which allows students to develop their competencies.
In his entire carrier he has been associated with well-known firms like Premnath& Associates, ABM Architects and RatanJ.Batliboi Architects, Mumbai on projects like Hotel Windsor Manor, Hotel Ambassador, Hotel Bawa International, Hotel Horizon, Corporate office for Grindlays Bank, Patspin India Ltd and GTN Textile Ltd.
He has been involved with Al Murooj Complex, Jumaira Lake Towers, Jumaira Beach Residence, and New Gold Souk near BurjKhalifa Dubai as a Project Coordinating Architect.
He has designed many international exhibition stalls, car showrooms for Toyota, Renault, Volkswagen, Lexus, Television Studio, National Bank of Oman, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries and Army Museum in Muscat, Oman.
Ar. Alpesh Golakiya
Ar. Alpesh Golakiya is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture in P.P. Savani University. He has done Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) from Faculty of Architecture, SCET; Surat. He is an alumnus of P. P. Savani School.
He has used his sound management skills to give shape to his entrepreneurial ambitions. He runs his own Design institute and Architectural firm called “A. GOLAKIYA Architects” in Surat. He is an associate member of IIA and IIID. He has been a successful mentor to many students aspiring for careers in Design and Architecture.
He has worked in many residential high-rise and commercial projects with Raghuvir Developers in Surat. Having an intrinsic interest in Green Building/ Energy Efficient architecture, he has worked as LEED green building architect for Surat’s most famous residential project “Raghuvir Shell”.
He was involved as a Planner in “Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana” for Mr. Vallbhbhai Savani’s (Founder of P. P. Savani group) Village named “Ranparda” at Palitana, Gujarat.
Ar. Dhruti Shah
Ar. Dhruti Shah is an Assistant Professor at School of Architecture in P. P. Savani University. She has pursued her Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch.) from Arvind Patel Institute of Environmental Design (A.P.I.E.D), SP University, V.V Nagar. She has done Masters of Architecture in Urban Conservation (M.Arch) from KamlaRahejaVidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Design (K.R.V.I.A), Mumbai & her thesis project was – “An Approach to reinforce Cultural Heritage of the historic Trading Town - Economic Revival through community participation”, Case: Rander, Ancient River Port Town of Gujarat.”
She has a professional experience of three years in the field of Architecture Design, Urban & Architectural Conservation where she has worked in various scales of projects including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and urban scale project. She has worked as a part of a team which made an initial action area plan for strengthening cultural Identity of Historic Town - Sanjan, where she helped in tracing the historical and cultural significance of the place & understanding major issues for heritage based Urban Development.
She is also a young professional member of the ICOMOS India.
She is passionate about calligraphy, sketching, doodle making, capturing emotions of people and essence of places in photos and also loves to make traditional art forms of painting (Warli&Madhubani painting). She likes to explore historical places and indulging in the history of it.
Ar. Janak Kaur
Ar. Janak Kaur is an Assistant Professor at School of Architecture in P. P. Savani University. She has pursued her Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch) from Rajiv Gandhi ProdyogikiVishwavidhyalaya (R.G.P.V. University), Bhopal and has received the Gold medal for being the topper of the University.
She has done Masters in Environmental Planning (M.Plan) from C.E.P.T. University, Ahmedabad.
She is an Associate member in Institute of Town Planners, India (I.T.P.I.).
During her course of studies, she has achieved various awards that include Award for best thesis in Architecture by IIA (2011), Pidilite Award for excellence in architectural studies, Chancellor Gold medal, for being the topper of the university and award for Best Presentation Techniques in Showcase-2010. She has shown exceptional leadership qualities while remaining president of the student’s council in her college.
She has more than 4 years of professional experience in the field of Architecture and Planning wherein she has worked in various scales of projects including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and urban. At city level, she has made subsequent contribution in preparing Area Development Plan and Street Design Guidelines in T.O.D Master Plan for 5 cities of Madhya Pradesh and for framing objectives of Indore Smart City Development Project.
She has also worked as a freelancer.
Ar. Ruchi Gandhi
Ar. Ruchi Gandhi is an Assistant Professor at School of Architecture in P.P. Savani University. She has pursued her Bachelor from Sarvajanik College of engineering & tech., Surat, Gujarat.
She has been awarded a gold medal from Indian Institute of Interior Designs, Surat Regional Centre (2012) for the overall best performance in Academics and also received Scholarship from Landscape Institute of India (2012).
She has done Masters in Architecture from Sarvajanik College of engineering & tech., Surat, Gujarat and was top 10 shortlisted winners of COA National Awards for Excellence in Post-Graduate Thesis in Architecture (2017) and thesis project was – Reinvigorating the City Center of Dudhiya Lake, Navasar, Gujarat.She has more than two years of professional experience in the fields of Interior designing and Architecture wherein she has dealt with residential, commercial, institutional scale projects.
Mr. Vinayak Pandya
Mr. Vinayak Pandya is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture in P. P. Savani University. He has done Bachelor of Visual Arts in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and Masters of Visual Arts in Printmaking from Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajiro University of Baroda.
He is an accomplished Visual Artist and has won many awards. They include Best Painting Student Award and Scholarships, Surat, 2012, Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, Ahmedabad, 2013. (Print making),National Scholarship H.R.D. Government of India New Delhi, 2013-14,West Zone Gujarat Stat Award For Pencil Drawing, Pune 2016 and PrafullaDahanukar Art Foundation Award for Digital Art, Pune. March 2017.
He is a cricket buff and also loves challenging adventure trips.
Ar. Steffi Mathias
Miss Steffi Mathias is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture of P PSavani University. She has done B.Arch. from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU), Surat.
She has experience in working with Ar. KalapiBuch and MaitriBuch at Sfurna Designs, Bharuch. She also had a stint in teaching at Sfurna Design School.
She did her training under HCP, led by Ar. Bimal Patel in Ahmedabad; there she received value added exposure to Urban Planning and various other aspects of project management.
She has also worked with other architects in different exhibitions and research projects in the field of Architecture.
She has demonstrated leadership skills in her college, where she worked as a core committee member in heading the National Association of Students of Architecture.
She is an enthusiastic individual and is passionate about sports and music.
Mrs. Tejal Gamit
Mrs. Tejal Gamit is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interior Design of P P Savani University. She has completed her B.Design from A.P.I.E.D (S. P University),V.V.Nagar. She has also done her diploma in architecture from G.P, SURAT.
She did her architectural training under AR.AJIT JARIWALA. During her training, she got exposure in urban Residential architectural work .Under this well-known Architects hands she got wide perspective about very important factors of design “LIGHT AND VOLUME”. She also got chance to work with him in the field of interior after completing her Interior degree.
She has also worked with AR.SANJAY JOSHI in various interior projects. There she worked in residential as well as corporate sector also. She got wide exposure in, “dealing with contractors and dealers” and of “all kind of materials” and of “site handling” there. She us also practicing her personal projects.
Ar. Maitri Buch
Maitri studied architecture at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She did her training at the Auroville Earth Unit chaired by UNESCO, under aegis of Architect Satprem Maini at Auroville. She joined Ar Kalapi Buch in 2005. She since has been responsible for several architectural, landscape design and interior design projects. She also innovated ‘Mind Sketch’ a system of analysis to know the person of an individual and there by suggesting the kind of space that will be appropriate for them. Besides se had been visiting faculty at APIED, VDA, SDPS Indore, P P Savani University. She has guided many thesis students of various different collages. She is also called upon as a juror to various institutes. She has conducted numerous workshops and presently she is an integral part of a very innovative and new concept to explore architecture fusing the Indian Classical Music called “Muzitecture”.
Maitri has co- founded Sfurna Designs in year 2011.
Maitri has co-founded a design School named Sfurna Design School in Bharuch in year 2016. It presently runs the course of Interior Design.
Ar. Kashyap Bhuva
Ar. Kashyap Bhuva is a Visiting Faculty at School of Architecture in P. P. Savani University. He has pursued his Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch.) from Arvind Patel Institute of Environmental Design (A.P.I.E.D), S. P. University, V. V. Nagar.He has done Masters of Architecture in Advanced Architectural Designs (M.Arch) from School of Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University. He also has a more than 10 years of experience in the professional and as well as academic.
Ar. Preeti Shah
Ar. Preeti is exploring the experience of rendering her services at PPSU as a faculty of Architecture. She has accomplished her masters degree from University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, USA. Her designs are arrived through intense researching of the physical and metaphysical entities involved in a given project. She has five plus years of professional experience focusing on minimalist architecture and wholesome design.
Ar. Shahabuddin Contractor
He passed out Architecture from Allana college of Architecture, Pune in the year 2005 with a first class. During the course of studies, he has worked with prominent architects like Ar. Karan Grover on LEED projects. After passing Architecture, he spent three years in field in Surat as a project architect for multiplex, commercial and residential township projects. After that, he migrated to Saudi Arabia for project of ministry of finance in French company (Saudi Oger, based in Riyadh). Returning from Saudi, he opened his firm “Tameer” at Bharuch and practices various residentials, corporates and interior based projects in and around Bharuch. He is currently secretary IIID Bharuch, an active member of Rotary Club of Bharuch and is involved in various social activity cause making 13 years of successful professional career. Joined PPSU in year 2019 as a visiting Assistant Professor for CTS and Furniture Design Studio.
Ar. Vidita Parikh
Ar. Vidita Parikh has earned her Diploma in Architecture from Govt. Girls Polytechnic-Surat . She has pursued her Bachelor degree from Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology (SCET)- Surat. During the academic period she worked with renowned architects, Ar. Sanjay Joshee (Surat) and Ar. Hiren Patel (Ahmadabad). During her internship period itself, she started working on hands-on projects varying from small scale product design to large scale commercial projects. Landscape design for Magnet commercial hub by Ganesh housing in Ahmadabad is one of her well-known executed competition projects during her internship tenure.
She has a professional experience of five years in the fields of architecture, interior and landscape design. She has worked with Ar. Aniket Bhagwat, Ar.Vishal Shah & Ar.Vishal Desai where she worked in projects of various scales including residential, commercial, institutional & industrial. Also, she is the founder architect of firm the Little Studio. She is a professional member of IIA - Surat, IIID - Bharuch & BAUDA.
Mrs. Payal Sheladia
Mrs. PayalSheladia is an Assistant Professor in School of Architecture & Design of P. P. Savani University. She has pursued her B.Design from S.I.D (School Of Interior Design), Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat.
She did her Interior Design training under Ar. Sanjay Sheladia; during her training she got exposure in Residential Interior Design as well as Commercial Interior Design work in various cities. Under this well-known Architect’s hand, she got wide perspective about very important factors of Design i.e. ability to conceptualize interior detailing including Lighting, Color, Materials-Finish selections, Space planning & Architectural elements. She also got chance to assist him in the field of Interior Design after completing her degree. She got wide understanding in “Dealing with contractors & dealers”, “All kind of materials” & of “Site handling” there. She is also practicing her personal projects as lead designer under the firm named ‘Studio Palisa’ in Surat as well as Ankleshwar. She has expertise to create a wide variety of interior environments from traditional to contemporary & is committed to coordinating the design efforts with organized & well managed projects that consistently exceed client’s expectation.
Ar. Hemant Wala
Hemant Wala is a practicing Architect - Interior Designer from Amadavad. He is also in teaching since last 38 years, having taught at more than 20 institutions, including NID, NIFT and CEPT. He has also conducted many Design Workshops across the country. He is on panel of external examiner for many architectural colleges. He is instrumental in developing few courses at National level Institutes. He has also developed an outline of a course for Masters of Design Education. He is also on panel of COA expert committee that carriers out inspection of architectural colleges in India.
There are more than 40 research papers to his credits, prepared and published is different national as well as international conferences. He has wrote more than 800 articles in newspapers and design magazines, on subjects related to art, architecture, design, city planning and Hindu Philosophy.
To his credit, there are more than 300 architectural – Interior projects, includes mainly institutional and administrative buildings.
He is very active in different professional organizations, like IIA, COA, GICEA etc. and have contributed to them in different capacity.
His areas of interest are Design Methodology and Theory, Basic Design and Indian Wisdom.
Ar. Sagar Desai
Ar. Sagar Desai graduated from SCET (Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology), Surat. He pursued Post Graduation from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He is also an IGBC-AP (Indian Green Building Council-Accredited Professional).With an extensive experience in academia & as a professional he has also contributed at Calcutta Riverside Project. As a researcher his area of interest is smart cities and published many papers on the same. He is actively involved in Institutional Consultancy Projects. He is also in the board of certain international institutes, for research paper reviews. He did his second masters in urban planning and has also completed his PG diploma in Environmental development & sustainability. He is in continues process of knowledge gaining and sharing through workshops and lecture series like GICEA. Beyond being an academician is also a very good chess player and swimmer.