and Master Planner
Principal Landscape Architect
Ravindra Bhan And Associates
PROJECT VRUKSHA FOUNDATION Rd (NGO)
Kishore Pradhan is a senior and renowned Landscape Architect, and is credited with being one of the pillars for Landscape Architecture profession in India.
At a very young age nature cast a hypnotic spell on him, be it in reality, art or literature and drew him towards the outdoors.
Pradhan pursued architecture at Sir. J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. After graduation, he acquired proficiency in French language and was awarded a scholarship from the French Government for higher studies.
He chose ‘Landscape Architecture’ as the subject of specialization and soon found himself in Versailles, enrolled in Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Horticulture, in the Section du Paysage.
During his sojourn in France, French culture and philosophy inspired him greatly. On his return to India in year 1972, he founded his firm Kishore D. Pradhan, Architectural and Landscape Consultant.
His very first landscape design project being the Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Goa for Taj Group of Hotels.
Apart from his professional practice, Pradhan is on the advisory board of various committees and institutes; he is also a regular invitee to deliver lectures and as a jury member to various institutes and architectural summits.
With over 45 years of diversified international experience, Satish Khanna has worked on a wide range projects in the US, the Gulf, Nepal, Philippines and almost all regions of India.
Graduated with Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, USA, under the tutelage of Prof. Ian McHarg - the imminent Ecological Planner, who changed the perception of man’s relationship with nature.
During ten years stay in the US, involved in numerous Planned Residential and Recreational Communities as well as Flood Control and Recreational Dam projects.
As a member of the multi-disciplinary team from the US, involved in development of large Naval Townships in the Gulf and Caspian Sea regions.
As Landscape Architect member of an international team of the World Bank, participated in Master Development Plan for transforming environmentally fragile Subic Bay Naval Community in the Philippines from defense to civilian use.
His portfolio in India include a wide range of projects including townships, large residential and recreational communities, industrial estates, academic and institutional campuses, airports, hotels and resorts.
Fellow of the Indian Society of Landscape Architects, Satish Khanna has been on Visiting Faculty and Jury Member of Schools of Landscape Architecture in India, Jury member of National Architectural competitions, his works have been published in the US and India.
Recipient of Prime Minister’s National Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Design, The Indian Society of Landscape Architects has awarded him ISOLA Gold Medal – the highest honor for Lifetime Achievements and Exceptional Services to the Profession.
Recently he was honored by HI-Aim Hospitality and Tourism Conference in recognition of his contribution to the Hospitality Industry.
Ravindra Bhan architect, landscape architect and ecological planner, studied architecture in London and later in America from where he also completed his formal education in landscape architecture and ecological planning.
He has worked as an architect and landscape architect in London , USA and Finland for fifteen years.
Professor Bhan has lectured extensively in USA on the ecological aspects of planning and has also taught at the university of Washington St. Louis, Missouri and the University of Pennsylvania.
He came to India as a Ford Foundation expert to help organize and set up the Department of Landscape Architecture in Delhi School Of Planning and Architecture.
Where he was professor and head of the Department. Professor Bhan is recipient of many national and international awards in architecture and landscape architecture.He was also awarded the prestigious Aga Khan award for Mughal Sheraton Hotel project in India for his outstanding contribution to architecture and landscape architecture.
Professor Bhan is engaged in architecture, landscape and planning projects.
Some of his important projects are:
Development plans for Ayodhya Ghats U.P.
Indira Gandhi Memorial – Shakti Sthala, New Delhi.
Site development of ISKCON Temple, New Delhi.
Andrews Ganj Housing – architecture and site development
Site development & landscaping of Golden Temple Corridor, Amritsar (in progress)
Integrated development of Samadhi Complex – New Delhi (in progress)
Ram Sharma received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Delhi University (1957), Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University (1959) and Master’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute (1962).
He taught for over 40 years at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, prior to heading Sushant School of Art and Architecture Gurgaon, as its Director - from year 2004 to 2008.
From February 2011 to February 2016 he served as Chairman, Executive Council of School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
He served as Member of the Delhi Urban Art Commission from 1982 to 1986. In his capacity as a member of the Commission he made significant contribution towards preparation of ‘Conceptual Plan for New Delhi - Delhi 2001’, sponsored by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.
He has served on a large number of Technical Committees constituted by the Government of India including the Apex Body for Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands.
In 1985 he was appointed Commissioner for an Exhibition on Contemporary Indian Architecture, which was jointly organized in Paris by Government of India and France
Ram Sharma established his practice in New Delhi, in the year 1963. He has designed a wide range of projects covering Architectural, Urban Design and Landscape.
The list includes, (a) residences, (b) group housings, (c) civic, cultural recreational buildings, and (d) sports, educational, commercial and institutional, industrial, shopping and exhibition complexes.
Noteworthy projects are:
01. Raj Niwas, office and official residence of Lt. Governor of New Delhi. 02.Yamuna Sports Complex, New Delhi (70 acres).
03. Science and Technology Centre for The Doon School, Dehra Dun.
04. Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, Bhadohi (20 acres).
05.Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh, (60 acres)
06. National Museum of man, (Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya), Bhopal (200 acres)
07. Conceptual Plan for Hussainabad, Lucknow
08. Urban Design study for densification in Zone3, Bungalow Area, New Delhi (180 acres)
09. Nehru Park, New Delhi (100 acres).
10. Landscape and tourist infrastructure for Kalka-Simla Highway ( 91KM).
Ram Sharma has played an active part in national architectural and urban design competitions and has won fourteen awards including four first prizes. He has also served on a number of juries for architectural, urban Design and landscape competitions.
A number of his design projects, and write-ups relating to education and issues concerning natural and built environment have been featured in several journals in India and abroad.
In February 2012 in an award distribution ceremony organized by Indian Institute architects he was inducted into ’Hall of Fame’ “for outstanding achievement in the field of architecture and contribution to the profession and education”.
In February 2014 he was conferred with ISOLA-2013 award by Indian Society of Landscape Architects “for his works and contributions which have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of public and environment”.
He've highlighted awards and recognition received by organizations for his initiatives in bold. Besides that, He've also included information about his activities.
He practice organic farming and spread awareness among people about sustainable living and waste management. His inspiration for this cause is his mother. She was practicing organic farming on a piece of land next to our house. He initially used to help her out in the garden by weeding the garden, watering the plants and harvesting. His interest grew slowly as time went by and he began to take more interest in the garden. As he gained more knowledge about the practice of organic farming, He realized how important it was for more people to gain knowledge about the importance of organic farming and its key role in sustainable agriculture. Hence He decided to take this initiative forward.
He organized an event on the occasion of World Environment Day, 2015, where HE distributed 1,000 tomato saplings to walkers at Cubbon Park in Bangalore, to spread the message of sustainable living and organic farming and to provide an experience to people about how it was to grow their own food. He also do work on management of solid waste. He give talks in schools on the aforementioned topics.
In 2016, He held three events. The first was in KBR Park in Hyderabad, where He gave away close to 700 tree saplings of different varieties to the visitors at the park to increase the green cover in Hyderabad and raise awareness about the ill effects of global warming. The event was sponsored by the Telangana Forest Department. The second drive was in his locality and the mission was to increase the number of trees in the community. They gave away around 400 trees to the residents of Banaswadi in Bangalore. These trees were subsidized by the Karnataka Forest Department. He have also created the first recreational garden and given away saplings to teachers as drives at his school in National Public School Indiranagar, Bangalore. The final drive was conducted in association with Prafull Oorja at ED Venture Academy and other special needs schools where they worked with special needs children and taught them a bit about farming practices.
He've worked with schools in the installation of vermi-composting set-ups for wet waste management in their campuses. He've also conducted talks and drives at corporates to spread awareness.
The other outreach methods that He use are through my YouTube channel, His Organic Farm (www.youtube.com/myorganicfarm ), where He upload videos demonstrating organic farming and waste management. The channel has been very successful in its outreach, having more than 14,000 subscribers, 220,000 views and has been viewed in more than 180 countries. Along with the YouTube channel He also have a website(www.myorganicfarm.net) which contains more information about the activities I do and a blog.
He received recognition from the United Nations Environment Program for the activity that He conducted in Cubbon Park. His activity has also been featured on their website. He have been recognized by his community welfare association, the Bhuvanagiri Welfare Association for his initiatives in association with them. He have also been awarded the 1st place in Bangalore for Green Apple Day of Service – India Award 2015 by the United States Green Building Council for the contributions He have made towards the environment. He is the Senior Secretary of the Environment/Social Service Club in his school (SEWA). The school has greatly helped him to carry out his initiatives, as they encourage the all round development of children. He have also been recognized by his school for his achievements in organic farming and featured on the school website. He've also been recognised by the Ashoka Foundation as an Ashoka Youth Venturer for this project.
At the age of 4 lost both parents and bought into the child fund association under ms. Mari Isaac. All the schooling and college is done at Bangalore
Currently PRESIDENT of PROJECT VRUKSHA FOUNDATION Rd (NGO).
Launch of Vruksha.com (Every tree counts) In 10/10/2010 designed and launched www.vruksha.com , a Biodiversity portal. This portal has been developed by a team (4 members) that conducts tree census in Bangalore. This effort is the first of kind in India and entails a detailed tree census of urban areas. As a first step, the tree census has been conducted for three wards in Bangalore Urban (Jayanagar East, Pattabhi Nagara and Byrasandra). The tree census involves mapping of trees by street location and by species.
The intent of this website is to helps maintain green cover, and publicize information on tree cover. With this information, citizens can become aware of loss of trees in their vicinity and can work to protect trees in this area. For the BBMP, the information would be important while taking decisions on road expansions and other initiatives that might come in the way of cutting down trees.
While in ATREE, in collaboration with Dr. Harini Nagendra, stopped the cutting of 1223 trees in Jaya Mahal during December 2010. Get the number of trees. 883 to 1223. Wrote a detailed report and submitted to Dr Harini. Which was published in Bangalore Mirror. Article led to Justice Shailendra Kumar of High Court of Karnataka stalled the cutting of trees.
In 05/06/2014, was part of a team that conducted a roost study of Rose-Ringed Parakeets at Rajajinagar, Bangalore.This study resulted in sensitization of the citizens and local officials to provide space for urban wildlife to survive.BBMP forest cell by conducting tree census and helping establishing report. From past few years working as a Tree Doctor consulted by Forest Department BBMP, MEG (Indian Army) , many RWA’s of Bangalore. People call me as India’s first Tree Doctor.
Teaching Children on Urban Forestry and Field Trip in a Educational institutes and Adventure Clubs for more than decade.
Giving awareness classes to corporate houses like RMZ, CISCO, MEG(Indian Army) etc. Was part of “Report on environmental and ecological impacts of tree felling for proposed steel flyover on Bellary Road and road widening of Jayamahal Main Road, Bengaluru” with Prof. Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University , Ms. Seema Mundoli, Azim Premji University.
I am part of First tree committee of Karnataka as Board member.
India’s first crowd funded tree transplantations successfully done with the Sarjapura resident welfare association.
Technical head for a 1 crore plantation drive for Samartha Bharata 2017.
Helped to save successfully 4000 parakeets roosting by putting ecological report at K R City market
Worked extensively to conserve Ulsoor lake(famous fish kill),Devarabisanahalli,Sankey tank,Srigandhada kavalu lake, etc, with the help of friends of lake and namma bengaluru foundation.
Works and Achievements:
i.) Served in the Karnataka Forest Department for 36 years in various capacities.
ii) Scientifically managed Bandipur, Nagarahole, Ranganathittu, B.R.T., Bhadra, Mukambika, Sharavathy, Someswara and other wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks of Karnataka State.
iii) Authored the Management Plan for the Bandipur Tiger Reserve (1973) Also drafted Management Plans for Nagarahole, Melkote sanctuaries etc.
iv) Was the Curator Mysore Zoo (1978).
v) Discovered the Kokrebellur Pelicanry in 1974.
vi) Was the pioneer in Urban Forestry in India. Successfully greened Bangalore and its environs by planting 1.5 million trees from 1982 to 1987, for which the National Award, Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra, was awarded. The methods adopted by me in city-planting works were emulated by other states later.
vi). Was consultant to IISC on tree-planting.
vi) Recipient of Outstanding Civil Servant Award of Anil Kumble Foundation for 2010., for wildflife, Research papers and other articles on wildlife, urban forestry, etc.
vii) Receipent of E. Hanumantha Rao Trust & Bharatatiya Vidya Bhavan Wildlife Photography Award 2012
Projects carried out:
i. JBIC Project on ‘Conservation Oriented Eco-Tourism at the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary’ during 2003-2004, ii. Biodiversity Project of BMR during 2007-2008. iii). Windmill Project for SUZLON at Jamnagar, Gujarat. ( 2007).
i) Project Tiger Bandipur Management Plan (1973).
ii) 'Your Trees-the Bangalore' published by the Bangalore Urban Art Commission (1994).
iii) 'A Handbook on City Trees and Urban Planting’ (2002).
iv) 'Forest Trees of South India' (2004)
v) Golden trees, greenspaces and Urban Forestry (2006).
vi) Sanctuaries and Wildlife of Karnataka (2009, Reprint in 2010).
vi) Drafted chapter on wildlife of Karnataka in the KBSAP Report. (2003-2004).
vii) Several research papers on wildlife, birds, plants in BNHS and other magazines, and contributions to News papers etc.
i) I am providing Consultancy Services in Forestry, Rural and Urban Forestry, Industrial plantings, Wildlife and Environment, Lakes and so on.
ii) I was on the panel of Wildlife Consultants of the WWF Bangalore.
iii) Was Consultant in drafting the State Biodiversity Conservation policy.
iv) Was Consultant to BATF, Bangalore, in tree planting and Environment.
i) Wildlife Studies.
ii) Bird studies.
iii) Wildlife, Bird and Nature photography.
iv) Studies in Forest flora, Botany, History, Archeology etc.
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