G. Shankar (born 29 May 1959 Arusha, East Africa) is an architect from Kerala, India. Gopalan Nair Shankar is his full name. He advocates the use of locally available materials, sustainability, eco-friendliness and cost effectiveness. He founded the Habitat Technology Group, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1985, and is still the chief architect of the group as of 2012[update], and serves on a number of boards. He has also won the prize for the best architect in Kerala. His attitude to "green architecture" has gained him a reputation as the "people's architect". Shankar has been awarded the 2011 Padma Shri by govt. of India.
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