Ahmedabad-based acclaimed architect and alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, Nimish Patel passed on for his heavenly journey this morning (December 12) at 9:23 A.M. The cremation will happen on 13th December from residence to V S Crematorium, V S Hospital, Ahmadabad. Patel is survived by his wife and architect Parul Zaveri.
Fascinated and inspired by the architecture of India, architect Nimish Patel started his Planning, Architecture, Conservation and Interiors consultancy firm- Abhikram in 1979. The prime aim of this was to walk around design directions and processes, which make Built Environment spiritually, religiously, environmentally and functionally more balanced, appropriate and relaxing for the user. Some of his notable works, include Torrent Research Centre, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Bal Prasoon School, Gulmohar Greens Golf And Country Club, Celebration Mall, Monsoon Palace Resort, Samsara Luxury Resort And Spa, Swami Vivekanand Vidhya Vihar, Khetarghar and Santoor Farm.
Nimish has always been a promoter of sustainability and conservation of the national asset. His family association with the freedom movement and the Gandhian thoughts had deeply influenced him throughout his architectural journey.
Apart from winning several awards for his outstanding works in Architecture, Interior Design and Conservation fields in India, architect Nimish Patel and his partner architect Parul Zaveri won internationally prestigious UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards 2001 to 2004 & 2007 to 2009 & 2012 at Bangkok. Moreover, they are the first Indian Architects who were shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Ashden International Awards, also known as the “Green Oscars”. Parul Zaveri has also been one of the panellists at the WADe Asia, the Biggest Architecture & Design event led by Women.
The duo had also initiated the 'Unknown Crafts Persons' Trophy (UCP Trophy), through Virasat Foundation, Ahmadabad at the Annual National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) Convention. It was started to let students expose, analyse, inspect and know themselves to the range of Crafts which exists all over the nation.
Architect Nimish Patel lectured broadly, nationwide and aboard. He also used to be a visiting faculty at CEPT for Architecture, Urban Design & Planning and taught at the Masters of Built Environmental Programme at UTS, Sydney, Australia.
The entire Surfaces Reporter team is deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Architect Nimish Patel. Our most sincere condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace!
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