TEAM

Bhavya Singh
Architect, Urbanist

Bhavya believes in the power of built environment towards impacting our cities and communities in making them more sustainable and inclusive. She works on interdisciplinary strategic interventions involving elements from architecture, urban design and sociology to catalyze social change, while keeping the user at the core. She brings experience in projects relating to design research, architecture, spatial planning, urban governance, child development, women’s safety, and non-profit endeavors. Bhavya graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture and went on to earn an MBA in Urban Infrastructure & Real Estate from the RICS School of Built Environment. Her fellowships incude being an incubatee with N/Core, Young Social Entrepreneur with the Singapore International Foundation, Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellowship with Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), and She Creates Change empowered by the Change.org Foundation. With a keen interest in human-centered design, she has previously led the Delhi Chapter for OpenIDEO.

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Shikhar Singh
Architect, Urban Designer

Shikhar is an architect and urban designer with a keen interest in urban problem solving and city evolution. With an experience of more than 10 years, Shikhar has worked with leading architects in Lucknow, Delhi, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad. He has a broad experience spanning work on a variety of projects like campus design (schools, institutions, colleges & universities), master planning, high & low rise housing schemes, hospitals, city centers, I.T. Parks, mixed-use projects,  and commercial premises. He graduated from Sathyabama University and has a Master’s degree in Urban Design from CEPT, Ahmedabad. Shikhar is also the founder and moderator of the country’s biggest social networking group for Architects and Designers- The Switch.

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Prerna Nijhawan
Architect

Prerna is an architect with over three years of experience in design, spatial planning and project execution. She is a well-rounded professional who has a passion for being part of project processes from conception to execution. She has worked on several architectural turnkey projects. Her passion for the built environment lies in the confluence of sustainability and context. This led to her becoming an India Fellow where she worked with female migrant workers and adolescents in rural Rajasthan, and gained grassroot understanding of social issues. She is inspired to find ways of using her skills to enable social change.

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MENTORS

Ujwal Thakar

Ujwal is a partner at N/Core and a mentor to many young social entrepreneurs. He has held key senior management positions at several leading banks including Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas and Times bank. In 2002, he entered the social sector as CEO of Pratham, India's largest NGO in the elementary education space, putting to use his expertise in raising and managing funds, strategizing and project execution. He also served as CEO of GiveIndia, a pioneering platform for philanthropic exchange. Currently, he serves on the board of several nonprofits.

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