RAVINDRA PUNDE, Partner
Ravindra is the co-founder of Design Cell and the principal designer for the master planning, urban design and site planning projects. Under his leadership the firm has maintained a strong commitment to environmentally and culturally sensitive design outcomes. Ravindra's skills in urban design, large urban and detailed scales make him a valuable asset to the firm and clients. He has extensive experience in the coordination of project teams and the master planning, design and documentation of large landscape and urban projects. He has successfully led several national and international competitions for Design Cell.
Ravindra uses his practice as a laboratory to pursue a lifelong interest in architecture and urban design as a living design medium that deepens and enriches people's lives in cities, houses, gardens or elsewhere. Motivated by his context and readings of various Indian philosophers and leaders, Ravindra has always strived to give deeper meaning to all his work and has attempted to create design which contributes to society in a meaningful way. The public realm and the challenge of designing in complex urban design situations is a personal interest of Ravindra. In India, and other parts of world such as the US and Middle East, key urban design issues and concerns were addressed in several architectural and landscape projects. Involvement in the Mumbai International and Domestic Airport, undertaken at Design Cell has exposed him to the various levels of complexities involved in dealing with the urban landscapes.
Ravindra was previously visiting faculty at the Department of Architecture in School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India. He was the Principal of Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, India from 2010 to 2012.
SAVITA PUNDE, Partner
Savita is the co-founder of Design Cell and is the principal designer for landscape design and site planning projects. She has been practicing landscape architecture for more than twenty five years and offers vast experience in the master planning and design for variety of landscapes of different scales. Her sensitivity to plant selection and inherent sense of design is underpinned by her personal passion for horticulture. Savita's commitment to indigenous species research, as well as her knowledge of a wide range of native and exotic plants has proved an invaluable asset to the firm. Her interest in graphic representation has led her to maintain a hands-on approach to each of the project presentations.
She is actively involved in promoting the landscape architecture profession in India and also promoting Indian landscape designs internationally. She was the President of the Indian Society of Landscape Architects. She is also a visiting faculty at the Department of Landscape Architecture in School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India. She is a member of evaluation panel for TERI GRIHA - a non-profit agency evaluating green buildings, an Indian equivalent of USGBC. Savita is also on editorial board of Journal of Landscape Architecture, India.
Gaurish Chandawarkar is heading the Mumbai Studio of Design Cell and hopes to lead his team towards successful design and execution of projects in the public and private realm.
He is an ardent believer in team work and provides a great sense of motivation for his colleagues.
He has worked on projects of all scales and has been personally involved in all stages of a project ranging from design conceptualization, design development, construction documentation and construction administration.
He is also holding charge as Principal of the Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture, Mumbai since 2009.