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Steel Structures & Metal Buildings 5th Anniversary: Architect Sheila Sri Prakash and Shilpa Architects were featured along with distinguished names within the Architectural and Engineering fraternity worldwide, in the 5th Anniversary issue of Steel Structures & Metal Buildings Magazine Special Edition.

The Industrial Factory for their prestigious client, OBO Betterman (Manufacturer of Electrical, Cable Management and Lightening protection systems), showcased how steel can be an integral part of modern day construction!

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Gallery Veda @ Shilpa Architects launches a contemporary group show which includes works of the seven known and upcoming artists. 

Each work stands out in its unique way and yet compliments each other. If you are looking for a vibrant and diverse experience there no better place than this show. 

The artists represented are :

Chippa Sudhakar
Jacob Jebaraj
Sridhar Poluru
Kumaresan Selvaraj
Aswatha
Isaiarasi
Nele Martens

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26 May 2015, Mahindra Lifespace office launch: Sheila Sri Prakash and Pavitra Sri Prakash at the Mahindra Lifespace international office launch in Dubai. 

Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited, the real estate and infrastructure development business of the $16.5 billion Mahindra Group, announced the opening of its first international office in Dubai, UAE. 

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22 May 2015, Women in Architecture 1975: Ar. Sheila Sri Prakash will speak at the International Seminar: Women in Architecture, organized by The Universitat Politècnica de València, ETS Arquitectura, departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos and AULAhna on occasion of the 40th anniversary of AD 1975, August issue, also titled "Women in Architecture”
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India Art n Design, Celebrating Indian Creativity - Beyond Architectural Critique: 361 Degrees Conference 2015. 

"Understanding the similarities between dance and architecture, Ar. Sheila Sri Prakash opined and substantiated her philosophy of resonance vs. bhavas (as in music and dance) by reiterating the responsibility of the architect to his client."

http://inditerrain.indiaartndesign.com/2015/03/beyond-architectural-critique-361.html

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The 3610 Conference 2015 - an egalitarian platform on discourse in architecture and design conceptualised and hosted by Jasubhai Media Pvt. Ltd. brought to the fore what exactly goes on behind the scene and inside the mind of an architect...
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Indian Architect & Builder, 361° CONFERENCE: Arch. Sheila Sri Prakash was one amongst 14 eminent speakers from over 10 countries, across 5 continents, 'Discoursing' at the DIS.ARCHITECTURE 361 Degrees conference, on 4th March 2015 at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai.

She delivered the keynote lecture, and excerpts have been published in this month’s magazine edition of Indian Architect & Builder

Also read on Shilpa Architects' blog at  http://www.shilpaarchitects.com/blog/?p=1255 or at http://www.shilpaarchitects.com/pdf/1429867224IAB%20361.pdf

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Indian Architect & Builder, 361° CONFERENCE: Arch. Sheila Sri Prakash was one amongst 14 eminent speakers from over 10 countries, across 5 continents, 'Discoursing' at the DIS.ARCHITECTURE 361 Degrees conference, on 4th March 2015 at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai. She delivered the keynote lecture, ...
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11 Apr 2015, Shilpa Inaugural Intern Convocation: Shilpa Architects recognized the contributions of the Interns for the year 2013-14.

It was an interactive session and we were thrilled to hear the students share their experiences during the internship and discuss their future plans.

Shilpa also initiated an intern / employee alumni directory which will be managed in Linkedin. This will give all interns & employees (past / present) a platform to collaborate and be connected with each other and with the company.
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Bamiyan Cultural Centre, Afghanistan: Design Competition entry by Shilpa Architects.

The cultural clash embedded within the history of Bamiyan is countered by a heterogeneous spirit of unified peace, which inspires our design. Our core design philosophy strives for a refuge, through “Salam” achieved through “Buddham”, “Dhammam” and “Trust”, for the “Sangham” of Bamiyan and our world. It draws from the rich shared heritage of Bamiyan, while building for a peaceful future by offering visitors an energy experience that intently harnesses vernacular architecture and local art.

The energy experience is delivered by the solar-thermal “Bodhi” tree which is found on site in the Bodhi Courtyard which
1) Serves as the energy source and proverbial refuge for the community
2) Concentrates solar energy to provide heating for the building

The Bodhi is within a glazed courtyard, enveloped by the building
whose structure is inspired by a meditating form in the lotus position. The stepped roofs resemble the terraced topography formed like a silk drape, in homage to the Silk Route connecting the various UNESCO World Heritage Protection sites in the region.

“Bodhi” connects cosmic energy from the sun and transmits heat which is stored in a thermal sink. The closed loop heating system creates a low-cost, low-tech, off-grid solution designed and proven in South Asia, in our LEED-NC Platinum rated projects. The installation of light concentrated by mirrored accumulators entrap the sun’s energy and transfer heat to a thermal sink containing suitable phase change material such as rock salt. This material is contained underground with a heat exchanger that imparts energy to a closed circuit of water-antifreeze flowing through radiant pipes in the floors. This system transports the fluid after it returns from the building, to a network of geothermal reservoirs, to gather heat from the bedrock before it returns to be recycled through the solar thermal sink. The electrical load of this system is handled through Concentrated Photo-voltaic (CPV) solar orchards in the site that provide power enabling a net zero status.

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16 Jun 2015: World Economic Forum (WEF) Round table: Ar. Sheila Sri Prakash has been invited to participate in the  Future of Urban Development and Services (FUDS) Roundtable in New Delhi, organized by the Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries at the World Economic Forum on 16 June 2015 at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.

The FUDS serves as a partner in the transformation of cities around the world, as they address major urban challenges. The FUDS initiative brings together business leaders from the infrastructure, urban development, mobility, ICT, energy and health sectors, government representatives and leading built environment and cities experts, to identify cities around the world and help them address major urban development challenges and transition towards a smarter, more sustainable future through the adoption of new urban development models. 

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Zique a unisex Salon and Spa brand which launched its flagship store in Chennai, is set to raise the bar in the Beauty and Lifestyle business. Zique realises that style is a constant evolution hence being one-of-a-kind is integral to this notion, right from the brand name 'Zique', to the tagline 'Beyond Unique'. 

Designed by Pavitra Sri Prakash, the Design Director of Shilpa Architects, Zique was built by STONE LOTUS, the turnkey design/build arm of Shilpa Architects.

Its luxurious, style-infused, exotic interiors paired with exclusive services and world-class quality adds an aspirational value and inspires one to stand-out-from-the-crowd. The design of the salon is a function of the overall effect of the salon – OVERSIZED! By having strategies to maximize the double height of the space – the salon is located on the ground floor and a glass encased spa on the mezannine floor. Metallic gold accents have been thoughtfully added into the space as far as possible – right from the oversized mirrors to the smaller details and purse holders for individual client comfort. The addition of a unique kids friendly area, with specialists who focus on haircuts for kids is a special feature of Zique. 

All design elements have been uniquely customized for Zique, right from the mirror detailed reception table to the oversized door, which has moulded masks that glow from the lighting within the salon. Located in a prime location in Chetpet, the salon has a great tree covered parking area and glistens with its moving gold sequined dynamic façade which is easily spotted from anywhere along the busy Chetpet main road.

Being different evokes trends and Zique, a Paul Mitchell focus salon, lends this exceptional factor to its clients. It will create trendsetters across all ages and expand its horizons to promote the message of evolutionary style, across India and the world.

Photographs by Zique.

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22 May 2015, Women in Architecture 1975: Ar. Sheila Sri Prakash will speak at the International Seminar: Women in Architecture, organized by The Universitat Politècnica de València,  ETS Arquitectura, departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos and AULAhna on occasion of the 40th anniversary of AD 1975, August issue, also titled "Women in Architecture”.  

Ar. Sheila will focus on the India overview, and the development of the Architectural Practice over the last 40 years.

https://womeninarchitecture1975.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/expert-sheila-sri-pakrash/

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17 Apr 2015, O Kadhal Kanmani Movie Release: OK Kanmani, a Tamil romantic drama film directed by Mani Ratnam and produced by his home studio Madras Talkies released.

Nithya Menon, the actress plays the role of an Architect which is shot at the Global Design Studio of Shilpa Architects in Chennai.

Photos of moments in the design studio taken from the movie trailer. 

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An International, award-winning firm of Architects and Designers headquartered in Chennai.
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Shilpa Architects Planners Designers is an international, award-winning Architectural Design firm headquartered in India. The firm was founded by Sheila Sri Prakash in 1979 and is acclaimed for pioneering work in Environmentally and Socioeconomically sustainable design. Designers from Shilpa have represented India at several International forums as speakers and have been invited participants / members of the World Economic Forum, US Green Building Council (USGBC), The World Bank and The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
 
In 2009, Shilpa acquired SGBL Studio (Sri Prakash, Gullo, Brossa & Leenknegt), which is an Architecture and Urban Design firm. With offices in Chicago, New York and Seoul, this company has executed projects globally including the US, Belgium, Norway, China, Japan, Kuwait etc. Shilpa also executes high-end turnkey design-build solutions through a wholly-owned subsidiary called Stone Lotus.
 
The firm's portfolio spans the entire range of the real estate industry. Shilpa has always had a focus on green and sustainable architecture and has been a steering member of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). With its own LEED Certified professional in house, Shilpa is in the advantageous position of designing and simultaneously facilitating the process for LEED Certification.