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Prof. Charanjit Singh Shah

Founding Principal

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Prof. Charanjit Singh Shah
Founding Principal

Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture & Planning, New Delhi (1970) Registered Architect CA/75/24; (CoA) Fellowship with Indian Institute of Architects Mumbai (1980); Fellowship with Institution of Valuers (1987)

Prof. Charanjit Singh Shah is an architect, planner & infrastructure expert with five decades of practice. He is an author, scholar, educationist, teacher, art & architecture critic practicing sustainable green architecture.

His works speak of his contribution looking beyond architecture & development of large infrastructure projects like Airports, Metro, Railway station, Transit Orient Development, Inter Modal hub & creating Sustainable, Walk-able, Cyclable neighborhood & creating Indian sustainable Smart Cities of tomorrow. He is being adorably called as 'AIRPORT KING.'

Few of his milestone projects include Chennai Airport, Amudham Dairy Complex, NCUI Institutional Complex,  Raipur Airport, Goa Airport, Vadodara Airport, Agartala Airport, Bhubaneshwar Airport, Charbagh Railway Station, Kota Railway Station, Times Square Mall in Naya Raipur, GEMS School Kochi, IIM Ranchi, IIT Jodhpur, and Kongu Convention Center, Tamil Nadu and the recently executed Kartarpur Landport Terminal at Dera Baba Nanak inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi in November 2019.

Dr. S.S. Bhatti has been tempted to call Prof. Shah the 'Patrick Geddes of India' in creating Sustainable Architecture.

Recently, his works and legacy of the past 50 years have been published in the national monthly Architecture + Design December Issue 2019.

Prof. Shah has also successfully initiated Smart Habitat Foundation – a center of excellence in pursuit of art and architecture, urban planning, transport, and infrastructure – a platform where academicians and practitioners come together to interact in form of a serious dialogue bridging the gap between academics and practical application.

Certifications:

Bachelor of Architecture (1970), School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India

Fellowship with Indian Institute of Architects, Mumbai (1980)

Fellowship with Institution of Valuers (1987)

 

A C A D E M I C  P O S I T I O N S  H E L D  

Professor, Director Academics Head, Jamia Mila Islamia, Faculty of Architecture, New Delhi (20022007)

Visiting Professor at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (1996-2005)

Professor, Vastu Kala Academy of Architecture, New Delhi (19992001)

Professor, Apeejay School of Architecture and Planning, Greater Noida

P R O F E S S I O N A L   A D V I S O R

AYA Awards Secretariat (1997-99)

ArchiDesign Perspective

Usha Shri Ram Furniture Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Consulting Editor, American Biographic Institute

 

PUBLICATIONS

Redefining Indian Smart & Sustainable cities
Evolution and Usage of Steel
Architect's Handbook - Ready Reckoner
Architectural Handbook Series - Water Supply and Sanitation
Architectural Handbook Series - Kitchens
The Romance of Construction
Professional Practice & Project Management towards Sustainable Development
Various prominent publications in print and digital media like A+D, Glitz, Ace Update, NBM &CW, IFJ, Interior Exterior, etc.

AWARDS

National Unity Award, 1995
Udyog Gaurav Award, 1996
Certificate of Merit, Indian Institute of Architects 
Best Planned Airport, Raipur Award, CBR Transportation Award, 2013
Lifetime Achievement Award, CBR Global Transport Engineering, 2014
National Tourism Award for Best Airport (Rest of India) - Raipur Airport-2015
National Award, Chennai Airport, INSDAG
ArchiDesign Perspective, Architect of the Year 2016
Best Hospitality Project of the Year 2017- Times Square Mall, Raipur-2017
jewel of Punjab Award, 2017
IIAA -  International Architecture Award for Chennai Airport, 2018
FICCI - National Award for Chennai Airport
Construction World Architect and Builder Awards- India's Top Architect, 2019

POSITIONS HELD

Chairman, Indian Institute of Architects (Northern Chapter)
Chairman, SAARCH
Founder Secretary-General, Guild of Practicing Architects

Ar. Gurpreet S Shah

Principal Architect & Urban Designer

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Ar. Gurpreet S Shah
Principal Architect & Urban Designer

M.S. in Architecture & Urban Design, Columbia University,USA (2004) Bachelor of Architecture, Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon, Haryana (2001) Registered Member of Council of Architecture, New Delhi (2002); Registration No.: CA/2002/30368

Ar. Gurpreet Shah has more than a decade of local and international architecture and urban design experience. With his vision to deliver a new generation of Airports and Mass transit facilities that are sustainable and also give a world class travel experience, Mr. Shah has pioneered sustainable infrastructure designs in India.

Prior to joining Creative Group Mr. Shah has worked with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, New York, USA. Here he led the development of future campus planning frameworks for Indiana University, Bloomington and Princeton University, New Jersey. The work includes an analysis of the infrastructure, land utilization and the open space to develop a framework plan for future development.

He won the Indian Institute of Architects’ (NC) Design Award in 1999 and the William Kinne Fellows Award – A Travel prize awarded by Columbia University to study “Monuments and Contested Public Space” in Greece and Istanbul in 2004.

In Q1 of 2012 his team successfully completed the much coveted Mega Design project for Modernization of Chennai Airport. Under his leadership the firm has won the design competitions for Airport Terminals at Vadodara, Raipur and Goa, their city-side development, the Metro Station at Chennai Airport, Sustainable housing for TERI, LIC housing (Jaipur), Corporate Offices for OIL India Ltd. and Haryana Power Generation Corporation etc. With the sustainable Ananda housing project, Ar. Gurpreet Shah has pioneered the highly functional yet efficient designs for low cost housing. With a consistent record of delivering designs close to original intent and within the stipulated time and budget, his projects have won many accolades and received much acclaim from the press, profession and general public alike. Some of which include Best Infrastructure Project of the Year Tamil Nadu by UltraTech 2012 for Chennai Airport, Best Infrastructure Project of the Year by AICA (2013-14) for Chennai Airport, Best Airport(Rest of India), National Tourism Award by Ministry of Tourism for Raipur Airport, Outstanding Concrete Structure, ICI by Ultratech 2014 for Goa Airport.

His designs have been recently selected for four new railway stations in Naya Raipur through a global design competition. He is also entrusted for designing Gems School, the first school in the smart city of Kochi. By virtue of his diverse experience and unique design ideology, the firm has been selected by various cooperates to design their office complex all over India.

 

Prabhpreet S Shah

Executive Director

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Prabhpreet S Shah
Executive Director

MBA Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Mr. Prabhpreet Shah is spearheading the strategy, feasibility analysis and commercial development analysis for project initiatives at Creative Group. He brings with him nine years of rich international strategic management, techno- commercial feasibility analysis, business development and consulting experience across the real estate, architecture, infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals and IT sectors. Mr. Shah is an engineer and an MBA specializing in Marketing and Finance. He graduated as one of the top students from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, being the Dean’s list and Merit list awardees at the school. He has worked with and consulted several leading multinational firms and on mergers & acquisitions, new market entry, operations optimization and business process enhancement etc. Mr. Shah has widely travelled across the globe.

Under his leadership the firm has established several local and international alliances thus bringing innovative techniques and design practices to the firm that are global in nature yet customized to the local needs. Mr. Shah has led the firm’s foray into real estate development through URC Creative Developers (P) Ltd – a venture for contemporary real estate development for the economically and culturally diverse Indian Diasporas.

Mr. Shah is leading various aspects including project identification, land acquisition, project feasibility/financial analysis, land valuation, project cost estimation and pricing, project financing and sales & marketing activities.

Projects Undertaken:

  • 1. Ananda Housing,Tirpur
  • 2. Chennai Airport,Chennai,India
  • 3. Raipur International Airport,Raipur,India
  • 4. Kongu Convention Centre,Erode,Tamil Nadu
  • 5. IIT Jodhpur, Net Zero Concept
  • 6. Intermodal Station Pre-feasibility Project,MEGA,Gujarat

Late Ar. Frederic Schwartz

Principal Architect

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Late Ar. Frederic Schwartz
Principal Architect

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture, 1978 University of California at Berkeley, A. B. Architecture, 1973 (first in class).

Frederic Schwartz a design principal at Creative Group is an internationally renowned architect and planner focused on architecture, planning, interior and sustainable design. Schwartz public sector clients including national governments: USA, India, China, Singapore, Haiti and Germany and New York City agencies such as the Department of Transportation and the Housing Authority.

He has received 24 American Institute of Architects Awards and is the winner of 15 major national and international competitions including recently for three major new airports in India (the country’s first “green” airport) and an international master planning competition in Guangzhou, China, for an expansion equal to the size of Manhattan. Schwartz is currently partnering with the US National Park Service on a new sustainable design center in the Delaware River Gap National Park.

The firm has recently been selected for a public/ private housing initiative by the government of Ghana and international investment group to design a prototype new super-green new town for 20,000 for the capitol city of Accra that will be replicated in 10 other locations. FSA is responsible for the design of modular; factory produced affordable, sustainable housing and the entire public infrastructure including health clinics, community centers, schools and the sanitation facilities

Mr. D. S. Bakshi

Senior Vice President
Middle East Operations

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Mr. D. S. Bakshi
Senior Vice President
Middle East Operations

Sahil Johri

Senior Manager

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Sahil Johri
Senior Manager

B.E. Mechanical Engineering, PGDM

Ar. Nisha Agnihotri

Senior Associate Architect

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Ar. Nisha Agnihotri
Senior Associate Architect

M.Arch (Construction Management), Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (2009); B.Arch (Mahatma Education Society College of Architecture, Mumbai (2006)

Nisha has extensive experience in executing projects of all magnitudes and nature. With her strong commitment towards Creative Group, she has overseen the execution and delivery of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and mass transit projects.

Besides dealing with large scale projects ranging from sprawling townships to urban scale master plans, she also provides client interface, meeting management, scheduling and monitoring of projects. Being a dynamic provider of architectural services, she uses a collaborative approach to create and deliver outstanding customer experiences.
Over the past few years, Nisha has developed her vision to deliver a new generation of design which is sustainable, global and timeless.

Ar. Scott B. Knox

Studio Director

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Ar. Scott B. Knox
Studio Director

Masters of Architecture (1999), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (1988), University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison,Wisconsin, USA

Scott B. Knox is a  senior architect and urban designer with widespread experience in housing, transportation, and community design. His design inspiration in the built environment comes from the relationship people have with nature.  The thought process of his work blends architecture, engineering, film, theatre, writing and speaking.

Over decades he has designed large scale projects like Logan Airport, Smithsonian  Institute,  Albany Nanotech, Johns Hopkins University, Global Foundries, Toronto International Airport, Tartikov Village, USB Financial and Honeycomb Village. For him, leadership and follow-through go hand-in-hand to lift the inspiration of design into reality. 

As the Studio Director of Design at Creative Group, he has been at the forefront of developing landmark sustainable projects in India in aviation including Shirdi Airport, Agartala  Airport, Indigo Hangar Facility, Bhubaneshwar Airport, Varanasi Airport and Pertrapole Landmark, along with various Multimodal hubs and Railway stations.

He is also leading the initiative for 'DigiYatra' - Advanced Airport Design systems
for smart Airport/ IT and security systems and better architectural design.

 
P R O F E S S I O N A L P O S I T I O N S  H E L D  

  • Sr. Architect/Urban Designer, Sunlight HV LLP (SLI), India (July 2015- 2018)
  • Sr. Architect/TI Designer, CH2MHill, Malta, NY (2014)
  • US Operations BIM Lead, M+W Zander (M+W), Albany, NY. (2006 – ’08)
  • Project Architect, Collins + Scoville Architects (C+S), PC, Albany, NY. (2004 – ’06)
  • Project Architect, Bonstra Architects (BA), PC - Washington, DC. (1999 – ’02)
  • President, Institute For Monumental Architecture (IMA) a 501c3, Washington, DC. (1999 – ‘04)
  • Architectural Master Planner, Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut, & Kuhn (EEK), N.Y. & D.C.  (1998 – ‘99)
  •  Job Captain, Skidmore, Owings, Merrill (SOM), New York, NY. (1996 – ’98) 

 

 

 

 

Ar. Puneet Bhardwaj

Senior Associate Architect

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Ar. Puneet Bhardwaj
Senior Associate Architect

PGDCM, NICMAR Pune, Bachelor of Architecture, Vastu Kala Academy, IP University, Delhi

Ar. Surjit Singh

Senior Associate Architect

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Ar. Surjit Singh
Senior Associate Architect

B.Arch, IIA

Er. R.K. Nirwal

Associate Director (Projects)

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Er. R.K. Nirwal
Associate Director (Projects)

M.Tech, Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering, IIT Delhi, LLB, Delhi University

Mrs. Kanureet Shah

Executive Director - Administration and Finance

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Mrs. Kanureet Shah
Executive Director - Administration and Finance

BCA Punjab University, MBA Punjab University

Ar. Daksh Sharma

Architect

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Ar. Daksh Sharma
Architect

Ar. Pankaj Sehrawat

Architect

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Ar. Pankaj Sehrawat
Architect