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 .

Juror-Student Competition-2009

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.



Professional Lectures:


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



Professional  Affiliations:


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             


Committee Work:


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 Colour Iesha Parikh
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 UPDATE – Y-Not Exhibition, February 2016,

BETTER INTERIORSA 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

DOMUSAlliance Francaise, September 2014, Bhavinbhai Weekend Home, January 2016,

ELLE DÉCOR – Cover Story “In the Studio of Canna Patel 2012, YNot 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,, 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

GICEA, 2011

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



Professional Practice:


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.