Ar. CANNA PATEL
Canna Patel is an Architect and Interior Designer with over 28 years of professional experience. Having completed her Bachelors in Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad she did her Masters at U.C. Berkeley. She is the Chairperson HCP Interior Design Pvt. Ltd. (HCPID), widely regarded as a reputable and professionally managed firm.
Her early career focused on Interior Design projects, in which she has established a nationwide reputation, renowned for her signature style of designed interiors that complement and indeed, seamlessly blend with the Architectural forms and spaces. Focus on detailing and integration of art in her interiors and architecture are trademarks of her work.
Her Indian upbringing and exposure to the country’s cultural diversity and rich heritage has had deep and significant influence on her creativity and an eye for contrast. Further education and work experience in the US, and extensive travel all over Europe, China, SE Asia and Australia has also influenced much of her work. The combination is many ways represents synthesis that reflects contemporary India. More recently, she has executed Architectural commissions that reflect a fine sensitivity to Indian climate, social norms, cultural values and aspirations.
WADe INDIA –Women Architects and Designers of India), May 2016
Nari Shakti Awards, JSAF – 2013
Business Women committee, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) – Innovative
Application in Architecture, Furniture and Interior Design – 2009
Winner in the Public / Institutional Category and Runners Up in the Corporate Interior Design
Category for the 12th IIID MK National Awards- 2007
Udgam Achiever Award, Udgam School Alumni Association – 2007.
Society Interiors Editor’s Choice Award-2007
IIID – M.K. Awards, India, Runner up in Public Space Category – 2003
The Indian Institute of Architects, India, JIIA Award 2002 for Interior Category – 2002
School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India, Gold Medal for the undergraduate thesis – 1986
School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India, Merit Scholarship – 1980‑1981
Government of India, National Merit Scholarship – 1978
Shortlisted for Awards:
Among five shortlisted nominees for Interbuild and idi RED Awards, 2006
Appointment at Design Jury:
Decowood Design Divas, Juror 2016
IIID Design Excellence Award 2016, Juror – 2016
Smart Green Awards & Summit, Juror 2016
NDTV’s first Design & Architecture Awards, Juror 2014
IIID ANCHOR Awards (Regional + National Jury), 2013
Aces of Space Awards, Juror, 2012
A + D Spectrum Foundation Awards, Juror- Interior Category – 2006
Durian Society Interiors Design Awards, Juror-Student Competition-2006
A + D Spectrum Foundation Awards, Juror- Architecture Category – 2007
Durian Society Interiors Design Awards, Juror-Student Competition-2009
Indian institute of interior designers (IIID) mega event: Home sweet Home contest”, Indore .
IIID – Pune Chapter, Archfest “Re-renaissance-The change within” Pune 2010
Appointment at Events as a Speaker:
WADe India – Awards & Conference at Gurgaon, Panel Discussion on ‘Challenges for Women Architect/Designer to start Own Practice in India and the Ways to Overcome
Walk the Talk with Your Mentor, ET ACETECH as an Eminent Mentor, January 2016 at Ahmedabad
Green Building Congress, Nov 2015 at Gandhinagar – Discussion on a topic ‘Architects perspective on Green Interiors.
Festival of Architecture And Interior Designing, Sept 2015 at Delhi- Discussion on a topic ‘Cutting Edge Design – Innovating the Indian Image of Architecture for future times’
World Architecture Festival (WAF) April 2015 at Ahmedabad Discussion on ‘Contemporary Directions in World Architecture’
IIID Regional Chapter at Bangalore – January 2015 “Unique Yet Global” Insight 2015, Conference at NID Bangalore
IIID – Hyderabad, January 2015 “Unique Yet Global”
Design Dialogues–December 2014 Mumbai – Presentation on ‘Think Global …Act Local
PechaKucha Event–September 2014 Mumbai – Audio Visual Slide show, 20 slides – 20secs ‘As I see It’ ,
Festival of Architecture And Interior Designing, Sept 2014 at Mumbai- Discussion on a topic ‘Luxury & Necessity’.
HAPPY BUSINESS TO YOU, Pordenone – Italy, February 2012, attend a conference featuring “Unique Yet Global”, along with 10 leading designers from India.
Sparkle 2011, Surat
IFI, Annual Conference, IIM, Ahmedabad – November 2008
IIID Traditions in India, CEPT, Ahmedabad – September 2008
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbesziehungen e. V.) Gallery, Berlin, Germany – August 2007
“in site – Interior Architecture in India” , Exhibition featuring work of Canna Patel and 6 leading Architects / Designers from India.
Indian Institute of Interior Designers, India – April 2005, one of the speakers on “VIth National Convention – INNOVATION 2005”
NASID, Ahmedabad, India – January, 2005. Participated in a seminar on “Debate/discussion on a topic ‘Rapid Globalization vs Indianess’
Can there ever be a harmonious co-existence of the two”
Design Sutra, International Conference by IFI – December 2003.One of the “Moderators for Key Note Speakers”
Women Architects Forum, seminar on `Women and Built Environment – March 2002.
External Juror for Diploma Thesis at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India – July 2001.
TVB School of Architecture, New Delhi, India – March 1995. Participated in a seminar on “Gender and Habitat”
Programme Planner and Organizer for the exhibition and the meet.
“Women Architect’s Meet”, Ahmedabad, India – August 1991
Participated in a seminar on “Interior Design Today”, Jaipur, India – June 1986
Programme Planner and Organizer for the exhibition, and an audio‑visual slide show. “The Chair”, an Exhibition, School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India – January 1985.
Indian Institute of Architects, Pune, Women in Architecture, Jan 2013
Rotary Club Ahmedabad, August 2012
India Institute of Architects, Aurangabad, Unique yet Global, June 2012
Hochschule Luzern Technik & Architektur, Lucerne, Feb 2012
Domus Academy, Milan, Feb 2012
Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, May 2011
National School of Interior Design, Rajkot – March2007
Inspection of BNCA , Pune 2006
School of Interior Design, I.E.D., Vidyanagar, India – October 2006
Forum for Exchange and Excellence in Design (FEED), Pune – July 2006
Sinhagad University, Pune, India – February 2006
Pidilite Knowledge Series, Rajkot, India – January 2006
Indian Institute of Interior Design, Delhi, India – December 2005
Indian Institute of Interior Design, Pune, India – September 2003
Indian Institute of Interior Design, Surat, India – July 2002
Indian Institute of Interior Design, Baroda, India – June 2002
Indian Institute of Technology, Pawai, Bombay, India – March 1995
Department of Achitecture, University of California, Berkeley, USA. – August 1992
School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India – May 1991
Registered Architect, Council of Architecture, New Delhi, India, since 1987
Member of Indian Institute of Architects, India, since 2002
Founder Member of Women Architect’s Forum, Ahmedabad, India – 1991
Founder Chairperson of Indian Institute of Interior Designers, Ahmedabad India, 2003-2007
Inspection on behalf of Council of Architecture, Pune – February 2006
In February 2015, She was appointed as Academic Advisory Board for the School of Environment Design and Architecture at the Navrachana University.
Canna Patel takes an active interest in training and education of Architects and Interior Designers and contributes by way of teaching delivering lectures at workshops and seminars.
Visiting Faculty at Cept University: Developed advanced studio elective for juniors and seniors:
Design – Expressions and Technology: January 2017
Textile in Built Environment: July 2016
Textiles & Upholstery in Interiors: July 2015
Material and Methods of Construction: December 2013, January 2015, January 2016
Design Management: July 2014
Professional Practice: July 2013
Visiting Faculty at NID:
Materials and Innovations, January 2015
Guide for Under Graduate Interior Design Thesis Students:
|Year||Topic||Name of Student|
|2016||Heritage Hospitality||Sanjana Shah|
|2016||Commissioned Art as a practice in interior projects.||Riddhi Pandya|
|2016||Volume-Re-use-Dialogue: an inquiry into attitudes towards Re-use of Industrial Buildings||Advait Patel|
|2016||The study of role of interior textiles to build a perception of interior spaces with traditional built form||Darshini Shah|
|2015||Verandah Spaces||Aashna Dave|
|2014||Life Safety In Commercial Spaces||Kinjal Shah|
|2013||Space Through the lens of a Narrative: reading & interpreting interior spaces||Ankita Trivedi
|2011||Artificial Light||Hinal Muzumdar|
|2010||Representation in interior Design||Yash Rathod|
|2005||Textile Design||Poorvi Das|
|2004||Healing Spaces||Jahanvee M.S|
|2000||Play of Color||Tejal Chudasama|
|1997||Restaurant Spaces – Language of Color||Shefali Parikh|
An Art of Dealing with Interior Designer, April 2014 and May 2014
An Art of Managing Soft Furnishing on Interior Projects, June 2014
Y not live in style without losing your mind, December 2015
Define your Portfolio, February 2016, March 2016, July 2016, September 2016
Effective Way to Present, March 2016
Periodicals (90 Periodicals over 27 years):
AMA NEWS – “An Architect with timeless thoughts” October 2001- Profile,
ARCHITECT & INTERIORS INDIA – “HCPIA’s Art of Design”, September 2012, A Slice of Life (Alliance Francaise), December 2013,
Sustainability, January 2014, India’s Hot 100 7th Anniversary Supplement, January 2014 . The Hot 100 Architects & Designers, March 2015. ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN – “The Amin House Jan.- Feb. 1993 , “Anand”, May-June 1999 – “A Grim Scenario”, December 2005 – “Contemporary Women Architects”,2009 –Residences with a difference “Rustic Retreat” ,
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS – Canna Patel, March 2014,
ARCHITECTURE UPDATE – Y-Not Exhibition, February 2016,
BETTER INTERIORS – A Splendid Home, 2011, For Leisure’s Sake”, June 2006, “Engineered Elegance”, September 2005,
“Simple living high ceilings” , November, 2005 ,Magical Realism, Suramya Abode Weekend Homes – July 2016
COMMERCIAL DESIGN– Philosophy of Design – September 2013,
DESIGN & INTERIORS– “Home theatres”, October, 2007, “A study in Contrast”, September, 2008,
DESIGN DIFFUSION NEWS –,“Projects in India”, May, 2007, “Celebrating Nature”, December 2009 , Canna Patel’s Project, November 2012, Alliance Francaise, December 2014,
DESIGN MATRIX – , RARA AVIS – Canna Patel, August 2012 , D.K.Sharma Residence,2012, Nupur Patel Residence, July-August 2014, Suramya Abode, March-April 2015, Gujarat Raj Bhavan, VVIP Guest Suite, July-August 2016
DESIGN TODAY – 4th Anniversary Issue, “Innovative design ideas for home”, “Indian” November, 2007, October-November, “Heart Hub” , March, 2008
DOMUS – Alliance Francaise, September 2014, Bhavinbhai Weekend Home, January 2016,
ELLE DÉCOR – Cover Story “In the Studio of Canna Patel” 2012, Y–Not Exhibition, June-July 2014,
FEMINA BOOK OF INTERIORS –“On Practical Magic in the Home”, December 2002, Ar. Canna Patel Residence, April-2005, Pramit Patel Residence’ Outhouse, Billimora, June 2015,
G2 THE GLOBAL GUJARATI – “The art of architecture” Volume 4, March 2010,
GERMAN NEWS – “In site in Berlin (Exhibition ‘In site- Interior Design in India’)” February, 2007,
HOME & DESIGN TRENDS– Dr. Dipen Desai Residence, December-2014,
HOME REVIEW – Y-Not Exhibition, January 2016, , Pramit Patel Residence , Billimora, April 2015, AMA Institute Ahmedabad ,2011 , Manubhai Zaveri, 2011 , “A Collaborative Vision”, June 2009, “Thinking Local , Designing Global ” ,March 2009,, “Design for Wisdom”, November 2009 , “Corporate Chic”. March-April, 2008, “A creative recipe” July-August, 2007, “Tangible Brilliance”, April 2003,
IIID INSITE– “Focus: Ahmedabad”, April-June 2005,
INDIA MONDO ARC – Light on, women, May 2016.
INDIAN ARCHITECT & BUILDER – “The Handa Residence”, Ahmedabad”, Nov.1996, “Germane Reflection”, November 1998,
INDIAN DESIGN & INTERIORS – “House for Nikhil Patel, Indore” Dec.’96 – Jan ’97, Living Room” October 2004 , “Interplay of Concepts”, “,” September 2005 , “Fun, Fitness & Play” January 2006, Tribal Truck Art , July 2006 , IDI Red awards, November 2006 , “It’s all in the details”, December, 2007, “Kitchen Basics”, March, 2008,
INSIDE OUTSIDE – “A Master Re-visited”, January 1998, “Designers Profile – Canna Patel” June 2000, “Ideas and Images, October 2002,
INSITE STORY – “IIID MK. Award” August, 2008, Product Insight, Y-Not Exhibition, May 2016, Women In Design, January 2017
KITCHEN DESIRE– Choreographing Movements In Spaces, May-June-2014,
KITCHEN IDEAS– SPACES – Global yet Desi, Jan-March 2015,
LIFESTYLE ABRAXAS – Interior Focus, H.N.Safal Corpoate house, February 2013,
LIVING ETC – “At home with Canna Patel”, June 2009,
SIMPLY GUJARATI –“Designs on the Globe” November, 2006, “Design: office” Design, August, 2007, “Corporate House”, August, 2008,
SURFACES REPORTER- “Experiences With Wallpaper! January 2015, Women Role Models In Architecture & Design, May 2016
WADe India Award – Exclusive Special Coverage, June 2016
SWAGAT – (featured as Jury Member for A+D Spectrum Foundation Awards 2007) March, 2008,
TODAY – “Mixed Dialogues” September”, 2007,
WASHROOMS AND BEYOND – My Space, December 2013.
News Prints (27 News Prints over 19 years):
Ahmedabad Mirror, Inaugration of an Exhibition ‘SPACE’ at National Institute of Design, 05th May 2016
Ahmedabad Mirror, Y-Not In-house Exhibition. December 2015
Times of India, Connected Home, September 2014
Ahmedabad Mirror, Y-Not, April 2014
HT Homes, New Delhi, 11 October 2013, Walk through a Celeb Home
DNA after hrs, Ahmedabad – Designing life-long Impression
Ahmedabad Mirror, Father’s Day – June 2013 Liberal & Open Minded, that’s him
Times of India, Ahmedabad 7th March, 2013 Alliance Francaise Institute Architecture + Interiors by architecrure.
DNA, Divya Bhaskar, Economic Times, Ahmedabad Express, 11th October 2012 – LightO Launch
Times of India, Sunday Times 12th August 2012 – Spaced out “Room between Day and Night”
Ahmedabad Mirror, 8th January, 2012 – Putting Life on canvas
Gujarat Samachar, 15th November 2011 – “Children’s Day Quiz Competition organized by Visamo Kids
Times of India, 8th September, 2011 – “Rendezvous with French Architecture”
Ahmedabad Mirror, 8th September, 2011 –“Design Celebration”
Ahmedabad Times, 11th April, 2009 – “Art Matters”.
DNA, Ahmedabad, 9th March. 2009. – “GCCI Felicitates women for excellence”
City Bhaskar, Indore 26th February 2009. – “Home sweet home, Juror Indore”
Times of India, Ahmedabad, 26th Nov. 2008. – “Indian Designs applauded at iiid”.
The Economic Times, Ahmedabad, 12th May 2008- “Interior Design riding on realty boom”
Times of India, Ahmedabad, 10th May 2007. – “Royal Treat”
Times of India, Ahmedabad, 5th May 2006. – “Orange Delight”
Business Standard, Ahmedabad, 1st June, 2005 – “Experiential Designs”
Times of India, Ahmedabad, 18th April 2003. – “Making Reading a Pleasure”.
Times of India, Interiors, 20th November 2000. – “Grooming your Home”.
Times of India, Ahmedabad, timescity.com, July 2000 – “Designing a lifestyle”
Times of India, Saturday Times, 18th April 1998 – “3-D approach”
Indian Express, Magazine on 18th February, 1997 – “Super Women”.
Daily News & Analysis I AHMEDABAD I, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Diwali Décor
The Times of India, Ahmedabad, Monday, November 07, 2016 – Juror at ET & SG Smart Green Awards & Summit 2016
Kensville Golf living by Savvy Group Infrastructure – Bhavinbhai Weekend Home, June 2015
Red FM 93.5, Designing a Bathroom and Tips, July 2013
FM 95 Radio One, Quality Mark Women Award winner series, January 2016
Plus Publishing- International Interiors, volume- I, Aug. 2002
Prakash Books – Living In India, Dec. 2006
A History of Interior Design in India, Volume I- Ahmedabad
Divya Bhaskar – The Realty Magnates of Gujarat, May. 2012
Divya Bhaskar – Vibrant Spaces, Dec – 2012
ITP Publishing – Coffee table book, Dec – 2012
FOAID- Idea Next, 2014 & 2015
Skyboard Media – 50 Amazing Homes in India, Dec – 2015
InCITE – #91 Residences – Contemporary Indian Houses, Nov – 2016
Border Books – The Modern Home – Luxury Design & Interiors In India, Dec. 2016
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, USA. 1989
Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship, Kamal Mangaldas, Architect, Ahmedabad, India. June 1982
Key concepts for Effective Environment In Residential Open Spaces, School of Architecture, Ahmedabad
Masters in Architecture (M.Arch.) – Granted, May 1989.
University of California, Berkeley, California, Berkeley, USA
Diploma in Architecture – Granted, September 1986
School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad, India
Apprenticeship – May to December 1983.
Fritz Schwarz, Architect, Zurich, Switzerland
Seminar – on Fundamentals of Finance – March 2006
D&B Finance Education Solutions, Ahmedabad
Partner, from 1990 to 1994
Hasmukh C. Patel Associates, Ahmedabad, India
Partner, from 1996 to 2002
3-D Workshop, a furniture company, Ahmedabad, India
Director, from 2002
TDW Furniture Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad, India
Associate Architect & Interior Designer, May 1995 – March 2000
M/s. Hasmukh C. Patel, Architects and Planners, Ahmedabad, India
Design Director – Interiors, from April 2000 – April 2006
HCP Design and Project Management Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad, India
Chair Person – May 2006 onwards
HCP Interior Design Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad, India
Professional Experience in U.S.A:
Bull, Volkmann and Stockwell, San Francisco, U.S.A. – June 1989 to January 1990.
Designer: Designing from conceptual planning to development of detailed design ideas, and developing the overall design vocabulary.
David Bartlett Associates, San Francisco, U.S.A. – October 1992 to January 1993.
Project Designer: Conceptual and schematic design, making and evaluating model studies and preparation of presentation drawings. Presenting the design to the clients. Coordinating and communicating with cost consultant.
Gap, Store Planning, San Francisco, U.S.A. – April 1993 to October 1993
Job Captain: Space planning, construction drawings, consultant and site coordination, for stores in Alabama, Sacramento and Greenwich.