Born: 1st Sept 1955
City of Residence: Mumbai,
P K Das’ priority has been to establish a very close relation between architecture and people by involving them in a participatory planning process. His firm P K Das and Associates’ wide spectrum of work includes projects in urban planning and design, architecture, interiors and social and environmental sectors.
With more than 150 projects to his credit, his current planning and architectural works include townships, industries, a stadium, museum, public places of historical significance, Mumbai’s waterfronts, holiday homes, clubs and resorts, schools and institutes, corporate offices and call centers, large-scale housing and individual residences.
Das is also actively involved in organizing slum dwellers for better living and evolving affordable housing models, engaging in policy framework for mass housing, reclaiming public space in Mumbai by developing the waterfronts, urban renewal and conservation projects.
He has been widely published and has also delivered talks and lectures across the world. His work in the development of Mumbai’s coastline and his slum rehab projects have won him several national and international awards including the first Urban Age award conferred to the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre whose Chairperson is P K Das. With an extremely strong emphasis on participatory planning, he hopes to integrate architecture and democracy to bring about desired social and physical regeneration in the country.
Das was the only Indian speaker invited to the UIA-2008 Congress held in Torino. On 24th January, 2009 he delivered the key-note address at a conference at the School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK. Subsequently Das has been a key-note speaker at the Morgen / Tomorrow Congress in Amsterdam in October, 2009.
Link to Pdf P.K. Das Architect – Activist : A Brief Biography
Proprietor: P K Das And Associates, Architects
Chairperson: Mumbai Waterfronts Centre
Committee Member: Mumbai Concept Plan (An initiative by the government of Maharashtra, aimed at evolving ‘Vision Mumbai 2050’)
Co-Convenor Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti: An organization for the protection of Housing Rights.
Executive Member: Indian National Trust For Art And Cultural Heritage (INTACH)- Bombay Chapter
Visiting Professor: Academy Of Architecture, Bombay, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Bombay, CEPT, Ahemdabad.
Adjunct Professor: Department of Sociology, Mumbai University
Council Member: Elected Council Member of the Indian Institute of Architects, 1990-1992
Joint Editor: The Indian Institutes of Architects’ Newsletter-1987 to 1989
Editor: The Indian Institute of Architects’ Newsletter 1987 to 1989, A Monthly Publication
Executive Producer And Co Director: ‘Slum Bombay’ – A Film on Housing for the Poor, Produced by The Indian Institute of Architects in Conjunction with Commonwealth Association of Architects and HUDCO