TRANSFORMATION 2020: ‘Aligning State Architecture with India’s Transformational Agenda’ at the 3rd edition of The Economic Times Architecture & Design Summit in Chennai

Chennai 3rd August’2015: Mapping the infrastructure initiatives to achieve the transformation of India’s evolving skyline, ET Edge, an Economic Times initiative organised the first regional leg of the 3rd edition of The Economic Times Architecture & Design Summit 2015 on 31st July at Hotel Radisson Blu in Chennai.

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T. Chitty Babu, Chairman & CEO, Akshaya, Pramod BalaKrishnan, Principal Architect, Edifice, Pavitra Sriprakash, Chief Designer & Director, Shilpa Architects, C.N. Raghavendran, MD, CRN Architects, Shreekant Somany, CMD, Somany Ceramics, Oscar Concessao, Principal Architect, Oscar & Ponni Architects, Mujib Ahmed, Principal Architect, Collaborative Architecture

The Summit was marked by the presence of leaders from the sector, who discussed around the theme – ‘TRANSFORMATIONS 2020’. The platform brought together influencers of the architecture and design community who discussed on various topics viz. ‘Role of the states in aligning Architecture with India’s transformation agenda’; Trends in Architect Design: Residential & Commercial and so on.


Pursuing yet another defining focus that influences the rapid economic development in India, the summit enabled break-through discussions & seamless interactions to identify ideal practices on developing India’s urban infrastructure. Mr. Oscar Concessao, Partner, Oscar & Ponni Architects said, “As architects we have been given a vision by PM – Smart Vision & AMRUT. Due to the urbanization happening in India it is our duty to collaborate all the stakeholders involved in taking this vision to reality “

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Arun Karthik, MD, Design Qube, Prasana Kesavan, Director, Studio 7 Consultants, Sriram Ganapathi, MD, KSM Architecture, Suniil Philiip, Partner, Pradhan Sethi Philip, Biju Kuriakose, Co-Founder, Architecture Red, C. S. Raghuram, Director, CRN Architects

With the support of architects to create newer living spaces, smart cities and infrastructure development, the summit was committed towards celebrating and developing architecture from leading architectural practitioners, contractors, developers, policy makers and engineers. Bringing together industry stakeholders from across the region, this summit provided an excellent opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders from the architectural community and explore the potential that the region has to offer.

These sessions were attended by eminent thought leaders of the sector such as Shreekant Somany, CMD, Somany Ceramics; Mujib Ahmed, Principal Architect, Collaborative Architecture; Pavitra Sriprakash, Chief Designer & Director, Shilpa Architects; C.N. Raghavendran, MD, CRN Architects ; T. Chitty Babu, Chairman & CEO, Akshaya; Pramod BalaKrishnan, Principal Architect, Edifice; Oscar Concessao, Principal Architect, Oscar & Ponni Architects; Sanjay Kalra, President -Sales & Marketing, Somany Ceramics; Prasana Kesavan, Director, Studio 7 Consultants; Arun Karthik, MD, Design Qube; Biju Kuriakose, Co-Founder, Architecture Red; C. S. Raghuram, Director, CRN Architects and Sunil Philip, Partner Pradhan Sethi Philip.

On this occasion, C.N. Raghavendran, MD, CRN Architects said, “Time has come to push our boundaries and go beyond pleasing ourselves and our clients. We should transform the cities and communities that we live in and give back to the society.”

Talking on the theme Transformations 2020, Shreekant Somany, CMD, Somany Ceramics said, “We need to have greener areas in cities as pre – requisites better roads and waste management. We also need to look at sewage bifurcation system and use them separately.”

This initiative that started in 2013 with resounding successes in the Western & Northern regions has penned a success story by bringing together over 10,000+ delegates, 100+ speakers, 50+ partners and media from all over the globe till date. This summit has significantly created a platform for stakeholders to share concerns, discuss solutions, leverage trends and create the blueprint of a futuristic India.


The Summit culminated with Cocktail & gala dinner.


About ET Edge: Times Conferences Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times subsidiary founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, roundtables and case studies. The forums would ensure that senior decision makers are equipped with information to respond to challenges they face not just in India but also globally.