Hasmukh Patel founded HCP as a three-man office in 1960 after obtaining a B.Arch from MS University, Vadodara and an M.Arch from Cornell University, New York. His practice has since grown in strength to over 200 people with a legacy of over 800 built projects. His work covers a diverse range of projects, all of which are practical, modest, easy to maintain and user-friendly structures. Some of his most celebrated projects are the Chinubhai Centre, Patang Hotel, Newman Hall, Centre Point Apartments, St. Xavier's Primary School, Reserve Bank of India and Dena Bank. He was the Honorary Director at the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad from 1972 to 1981 and Dean from 1978 to 1988 during which period CEPT consolidated its position as a premier institution. He served as visiting professor at many universities in India and abroad. Hasmukhbhai was also an avid painter, and loved exploring different mediums of output for his creativity.
Dr. Bimal Patel is an architect, urbanist and academic who has traversed disciplinary, professional and institutional boundaries to explore the ways in which architecture, urban design and urban planning can enrich the lives of people in India’s cities. He heads HCP as its Chairman and Managing Director. Bimal received a Diploma in Architecture from the CEPT, Ahmedabad, in 1984. He received a Master’s in Architecture and a Masters in City Planning in 1988 and a PhD in City and Regional Planning in 1995 from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1996, Bimal founded Environmental Planning Collaborative (EPC), a not-for-profit consultancy and policy-research and advocacy organization. Since 2012, he has also been heading CEPT University as President. His work has won numerous awards, including the Padma Shri in 2019, which is amongst the highest civilian honors conferred by the President of India.
Bobby is an architect and academician with over 25 years of international design experience including project design leadership and principal level practice leadership. He joined HCP as Director of Design in 2012, after being associated with the firm since the early 1990s.
Bobby has a B.A. Honours degree in Architecture from Kingston University, and a postgraduate A.A. Diploma with Honours from the Architectural Association in London. He has steered complex projects from their conceptual beginnings to detailed resolution and successful delivery in India, China, Australia, Korea and Europe. He worked with Ron Herron, Terry Farrell, B.V. Doshi, and also ran his own practice in central London. He has also taught at prestigious institutions in the UK, Australia and India.
Bobby’s works have been reproduced in numerous books and been exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts, RIBA and A.A. He maintains strong relationships with design professionals and academic institutions around the world, broadening HCP’s design dialogue and exploring collaborative international opportunities for HCP.
Dipak Kotecha is a Director and has been associated with HCP since November 2011. He completed a diploma in architecture from Center of Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad in 1983 and RIBA Part III from Leicester Polytechnic, UK. He has been a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 1987.
Dipak has worked in various well-known practices in UK and has a well-rounded experience in the field of architecture and interior design. He has consistently led large teams and delivered projects across all work streams, including commercial, retail, residential, leisure, educational, institutional and hospitality. In 2007, Dipak established a new office for a British architectural company in Mumbai and built it up to a healthy, 35-strong practice over four years.
At HCP, Dipak is responsible for mentoring and leading the Central Vista project as well as helping out on general operational aspects of the practice.
Ismet Khambatta is an architect and urban designer with over thirty years of professional experience in diverse areas of design. She divides her time between HCP and TDW Furniture Pvt. Ltd., where she is the founder and managing director.
TDW is a furniture, design, manufacturing and retail company based in Ahmedabad, which specializes in contemporary solid timber furniture, for homes, offices, institutes and the hospitality industry. She also heads Façade Applications for Conservation of Energy (FACE) a division of TDW, which designs and manufactures exterior shading systems for building facades.
Apart from her professional work, Ismet Khambatta contributes regularly as an external examiner and jury member at the National Institute of Design (NID) and CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
Kamlesh Mehta has been associated with HCP since August 1984 after completing B.Arch from Nagpur University. As a senior architect with 33 years of experience at HCP, Kamlesh has been the principal architect on several types of projects like commercial, real-estate, townships and housing. He constantly strives towards maximizing building efficiency and land utilization.
During his long career at HCP, he has also led service oriented dairy projects and stadiums such as Eden garden stadium and Cochin stadium. Some other significant projects that he has worked on are Applewoods Township, Safal Profitaire, Wagh Bakri House and Shamlaji Temple Development.
Krunal Vora completed his B E (Civil) in 1988 from L D College of Engineering, Ahmedabad and M S (Civil/Structures) in 1989 from University of California at Berkeley, USA.
Krunal has over 30 years of experience in Buildings & Infrastructure sector working across various geographies (India, USA, UK & Australia). Having carried out managerial roles within consulting, contracting and client organizations, he has accumulated diverse experience in delivering projects – from feasibility to commissioning. He has led multi-disciplinary teams and managed multi-office execution projects.
Krunal has been associated with HCP since June 2020, where he is responsible for overseeing Quality Management Systems and improving overall operations.
Niki Shah is an architect and urban designer with more than 15 years of experience. He studied B.Arch. at M.S. University, Vadodara and M.Sc. in Urbanism at TU Delft. He was awarded the prestigious Netherlands Fellowship (HSP Huygens) Programme Scholarship for studies at Delft.
Niki leads the Urban Design studio and mentors a multidisciplinary team of architects, urban designers and planners. With an eye for detail and a deep understanding of urban development issues, he brings a unique direction to the practice. Significant projects that he has worked on include Central Vista Redevelopment, Delhi; Amochhu Riverfront and Township Development, Bhutan; Sabarmati Riverfront Development, Ahmedabad; and Mumbai Port Complex Master Plan.
Niki is also involved in photography and graphic design for HCP’s publication and outreach activities. He also engages with universities as a resource person, jury member and thesis guide for research and design projects in an urban context.
Bindu Nair is a planner with 22 years of experience in statutory planning, spanning a significant portfolio of planning and research projects. She has prepared statutory Development Plans, Town Planning Schemes and Land Pooling Schemes for various cities in India. Significant projects she has worked on include Development Plan for Saputara, Alang Area Development authority in Gujarat and Redevelopment of the Eastern waterfront for Mumbai Port Trust.
Bindu leads a team of urban planners working on statutory planning, various projects on environment and tourism and also undertakes business development activities related to urban planning division. Her key publications include ‘Inventory of public land in Ahmedabad’, ‘Preserving and Revitalizing Mumbai’s Environmental Assets, An Approach’, ‘Inventory of Environmental Features in Mumbai, India’ and ‘Application of Satellite Images and GIS in the Preparation of Development Plans: Case Study –TUDA’, all of which are published in reputed international journals.
Prajesh Rawal has been associated with HCP since 1991 and has over 25 years of experience in handling large, complex architectural and infrastructural projects. He completed Bachelor of Engineering at Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar in 1990.
He is a very experienced project manager who progresses projects efficiently through various stages, ensuring that the best inputs are obtained in a timely manner. He is also responsible for client relations and final delivery of projects on time and within budgets. Significant projects he has worked on include the CG Road Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Gujarat High Court, Kankaria Lakefront Development and Sabarmati Riverfront Development.
Rajiv Shah has been associated with HCP since 2010 bringing over 19 years of engineering experience to the practice. In 1990, he studied Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at Gujarat University and in 1997 he studied Local Self-Government Diploma at All India Institute of Local Self Government, Ahmedabad. After that he pursued a post-graduate diploma in water-sanitation management from CEED, CEPT in 2004.
At HCP, he is responsible for heading the PMC arm of the company, overseeing all PMC projects and nurturing young engineers on site. Some of the key projects that he has worked on are the Civil Hospital and Safal Profitarie.
Vipin Gupta completed a diploma in architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad in 1984. He has worked with renowned practices in Delhi and has a rich experience in the field of architecture. He has consistently led large teams and delivered projects across all work streams, including commercial, retail, residential, leisure, educational, institutional and hospitality.
Vipin played an instrumental role in establishing the first Faculty of Architecture in Haryana and was one of the founding teachers at Sushant School of Art and Architecture. Alongside this, he established his office in Delhi where he worked with the governments of Sri Lanka, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. He has also worked with Mr. J. A. Stein, DLF Hospitality, Eigen International, Meinhardt Pte and REPL in leadership roles before joining HCP.
Vipin has been associated with HCP since November 2019, where he is responsible for the operations and Design Management of Central Vista Project in Delhi.