Vishwanath Dham, Varanasi

    Listen to this webinar to learn the views, strategies and nuances of urban design.

    Presented by

    Biman Patel
    Dr. Bimal Patel
    HCP Design Planning And Management Pvt. Ltd.


    Dr. Bimal Patel is a practicing architect, urban designer, urban planner and an academic. For over thirty years he has traversed disciplinary, professional and institutional boundaries to explore how architecture, urban design and urban planning can enrich the lives of people living in India’s cities. He received a Diploma in Architecture from the School of Architecture, in Ahmedabad, India in 1984.  In 1981 he apprenticed with Prof. Frei Otto in Stuttgart Germany. Between 1985 and 1990, he studied, researched and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from where he received a Masters in Architecture, a Masters in City Planning and a PhD in City and Regional Planning in 1995.


    Dr. Patel heads HCP where he has led work on a wide range of institutional, commercial, housing, industrial and urban design and urban planning projects across India. In 1996, Dr. Patel founded Environmental Planning Collaborative (EPC), a not-for-profit consultancy, policy-research and advocacy organization. EPC’s innovative approach and nationally recognized work have transformed planning and urban design in Gujarat.


    Since 2012, Dr. Patel heads CEPT University as its President. There, he has led a comprehensive re-imagination, re-invention and modernization of this fifty-year-old institution’s pedagogy, research focus, institutional organization, governance and infrastructure. Dr. Patel's research focuses on architecture and urban planning history, land use planning, real estate markets, building regulations and land management.


    In March 2019, Dr. Patel received the Padma Shri award for his work.  



    Key topics and learnings


    Listen to this webinar to learn the views, strategies and nuances of urban design to kickstart a social and architectural intervention to improve infrastructure, enhance safety and render a divine experience to both residents and visitors set in the context of renowned Hindu temple in Varanasi, Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple.


    Highly recommended to all architects, urban planners, landscape designers, building professionals and all design students. Hear it from the master, Padma Shri Dr. Bimal Patel and get insights as well as a master template for large scale urban proposals which can be suitably applied to improve our towns and cities.

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