Shilpa Architects

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Shilpa Architects
Official logo
Practice information
Key architects Sheila Sri Prakash
Pavitra Sri Prakash
Founded 1979 (1979)
Buildings Cholamandal Artists' Village
Mahindra World City, New Chennai
Awards 2003 DesignShare
2002 Builder's Association of India

Shilpa Architects is an international architecture, design and planning firm that was founded in 1979 in Chennai, India. It currently operates offices in Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, in India and in New York and Chicago in the United States and provides urban design and master planning services. The firm's designs can be seen at Cholamandal Artists' Village, Mahindra World City, New Chennai, Paranur on GST Road and it is known for its work inspired by sustainable vernacular architectural practices as well as a sensitivity for society[1] and the built-natural environment.


The firm was established in 1979 by Sheila Sri Prakash as a proprietary firm and is the first woman-owned and operated architecture firm in India.[2] Sheila Sri Prakash currently serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, as one of 16 leading experts from around the world that have been called upon to devise plans to improve the state of the world. She received her architectural degree from the Anna University School of Architecture and Planning in Chennai and completed an Executive Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.[3] She was also an International Fellow of Architecture at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana for her scholarly work on Indian Art, Architecture and Vaastu : The Indian Art of placement or Vastu Shastra.[4] Since its inception, the company has grown to over 80 professionals and has operations across India and in the USA. The firm's designers have been invited to speak at several national and international forums[5] such as the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Shilpa Architects was instrumental in the institution of the Indian Green Building Council and continues to remain a member of that organization.[6] The firm is known for designing planning and architectural solutions that cater to the millions of underprivileged by delivering shelter through low-cost, durable, mass-construction techniques. In 1987 - the year of "Shelter for the shelterless" by the Shelter programme in Tamil Nadu state,[7] the firm was invited by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, Madras Metropolitan Development Authority and the World Bank to prototype a model that has since been adopted successfully in a large-scale format across Tamil Nadu and India.[8] Sheila Sri Prakash holds patents for innovative designs in structural and architectural elements for low cost yet improved quality of construction.[9]

In 2003, Designshare awarded Shilpa Architects a Recognized Value Award for its innovative design for educational infrastructure.[10]

In 2008, the firm received the IAD Award.[11]


  • Government - Reserve Bank of India, Tamil Nadu Housing Board
  • Art and Culture - Madras Art House,[12] Kuchupidi Art Academy
  • Education - Sishya School, Chengelpet School,
  • Headquarters - State Bank of India, Rane Automotive, Mahindra Lifespace, HDFC Bank, CAMS
  • Hotel/Residential - Radisson Hotels and Resorts Chennai, Puravankara, Mahindra Research Valley, IVR Prime by IVRCL
  • Master Planning - Mahindra Research Valley, L&T South City
  • Mixed-Use - Akshaya Homes
  • Office Building - HDFC Bank,[13] State Bank of India, IL&FS, Cethar Vessels
  • Research - Reciprocal Housing, Moulded Inspection Chamber
  • Retail/Leisure - Taj Hotels & Resorts, Bodhi Spa at Radisson, Tuscana Restaurant, Sterling Resorts Ooty, BBar, Burgundy Restaurant, Nirmana Beach Resorts
  • Transportation - Paranur Railway Station, IL&FS Transport Hub,
  • Industrial/Manufacturing - Modern Bread Chennai, Snowcem Chennai, Greaves India
  • Sports Stadiums - Volleyball Stadium Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu Volleyball Stadium - Chennai


Shilpa Architects has recently been called upon to restore some of India's archaeological treasures as one of the country's select few experts in architecture, design, restoration and preservation by the Archaeological Survey of India.[14]


The firm has diversified with subsidiaries in the investment & asset management space - through Nirmana Investments Pvt Ltd which was founded by Bhargav Sri Prakash - and in turn-key interior fit out solutions - through Stone Lotus - and delivers architectural designs internationally through an overseas subsidiary.

Pavithra Sri Prakash has recently been inducted into the Board of the company and is an Architect and Urban Designer by profession. She received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Anna University School of Architecture and Planning in Chennai and completed her graduate degree[15] in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York.

The company recently inducted Amrit Sahasranamam as the Chief Financial Officer. Amrit Sahasranamam has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science[16] from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.[17]

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