Architecture and Issues of Inclusive Cities in India Today
Hafeez Contractor (‘77 MS.AUD)
Introduction by Geeta Mehta ('75 MS.AUD)
Mitu Mathur ('10 MS.AUD), Architect, Gian P. Mathur & Associates, New Delhi Rajendra Kumar, Director, School of Architecture, Noida International Univ., India
Vijay Garg, President, Council of Architecture, India
Nishant Gupta Associate Architect Hafeez Contractor, Mumbai
in conversation with Hafeez Contractor and Geeta Mehta
Hafeez Contractor heads one of the largest Architectural firms in Asia with over 650 employees. The firm has worked with over 1000 clients, with millions of square feet of ongoing projects in over 100 cities sprawling over 5 countries. India Today has listed him in the most Powerful Indians and the Government of India has awarded him Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honors in India.
Contractor’s work focuses on social housing. He has worked with officials of the urban development department and senior authorities to rehabilitate some of the poorest areas of Mumbai. Including designing the tallest building in the subcontinent, The Imperial Towers. Additional major projects include one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, 23 Marina in Dubai; modernizing the two busiest airports in the country, Mumbai and New Delhi; The largest integrated business district in the country, DLF Cybercity in Gurgaon; Numerous awarded mixed-use developments for Hiranandani Developers and DLF spanning over 1000’s of Acres; benchmark sustainable IT Campuses for IT giant Infosys and TCS; and DY Patil Stadium.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.