Keynotes

Ashok B. Lall
Principal, Ashok B. Lall Architects, New Delhi
Ashok B Lall

Ashok Lall, b. 1948, graduated from the University of Cambridge U.K. in Architecture & Fine Arts and obtained the Architectural Association Diploma in 1970. His architectural firm (estd. 1981) is committed to an architectural practice based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The firm has won a number of awards and its work has been published widely. Engaged in architectural education since 1990, he has developed curricula and teaching methods to address environmental issues. He has published many articles and presented papers on environmentally sustainable design and has been an active member of institutions and groups promoting awareness and building competence in sustainable design of buildings. He has been invited to deliver lectures and present papers on sustainable design for a developing world at various fora in India and internationally, including UK, Australia, Switzerland, Egypt, London, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Mexico. He was chair of the Jury for the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, Asia Pacific Region.

Prof. Richard de Dear
University of Sydney, Australia
Prof. Richard de Dear

Over the last 34 years, Richard de Dear has built a career in the area of human thermal comfort. He has published 200 peer-reviewed papers and several monographs on the topic and is currently the most highly cited author in the peer-reviewed literature. Within that body of research it is his work on the “adaptive model of thermal comfort” that has had the greatest impact, underpinning the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ thermal comfort standard (ANSI/ASHRAE 55-2004, 2010, 2013), which has subsequently gone on to informs several other national and international standards/codes around the world. Among his current duties Richard is the Director of the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab and is currently Head of Architectural Science Discipline at the University of Sydney. Previously he has worked at the Technical University of Denmark and the National University of Singapore.

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Dr. Ardeshir Mahdavi
Director, Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology, Technical University of Vienna
Dr. Ardeshir Mahdavi

Professor Dr. Ardeshir Mahdavi is the Director of the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology as well as the Chair of the Graduate Studies Program in Building Science and Technology at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Professor Mahdavi has held academic positions and activities in numerous countries around the world, including Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, Turkey, and USA.

Professor Mahdavi’s area of research and teaching covers building physics and building ecology, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, urban physics, building informatics and computational building performance simulation, building monitoring, diagnostics, controls, and automation. Professor Mahdavi has directed a number of internationally influential research efforts pertaining to eco-efficient buildings, indoor climate, urban microclimate, integrated computational design support systems, building automation, and human factors (including occupancy modeling as well as thermal, visual, and acoustical comfort). He has pioneered the application of simulation-based predictive building systems control methods and the introduction of human ecological reasoning in building science.

Professor Mahdavi is a frequent keynote speaker at international scientific conferences and has authored more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings. Professor Mahdavi is a member of the editorial board of five international scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). His other current and past organizational memberships include ASHRAE, IESNA, SHE, ÖNORM, ÖAL, and IÖHE. S

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Dr. Chandrashekar Hariharan
Chairperson, ZED Group, Bangalore
Dr Chandrashekar Hariharan

Dr. Chandrashekar Hariharan is an economist who turned to business in the mid 1980s. He has presided over projects on water, energy and green buildings for over 25 years. He heads Biodiversity Conservation India, known more popularly as the ZED group for its ‘zero energy developed’ residential and townships.

He is chairperson for a clutch of organisations at the 500-crore ZED group which is the largest [and the earliest] green homes builder in India, currently creating 1.5 million sq.ft. of ‘zero energy developed’ signature homes. It is set to expand to offering 5,000 ZED homes over the next 3 years in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other regions.

He is steering at Zero Energy Foundation, dedicated to nurturing deep-eco enterprise and entrepreneurs.

In Feb 2010, he was conferred the distinguished Udyog Rattan Award for Excellence by the Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi. The Week magazine chose him on its 30th anniversary to be among ’30 Indian Pearls’ to commemorate the event. The Builders’ Association of India conferred its Distinguished Green Builder Extraordinaire award on him in Jan 2012. Personally, he sees himself as having failed. The one reason, he believes, is that people don’t appear to want as much for themselves as he wants for them.

He has been driving initiatives at the Indian Green Building Council.

Over the last decade, he has served as consultant for governments of Uttaranchal, Kerala and Nagaland on eco-conscious tourism infrastructure and environment policies, apart from serving as consultant for urban water supply and sanitation development for the Manila-based Asian Development Bank. He has also consulted on energy practices for the Paris-based ADEME for promoting energy efficiency in buildings.

Wife Prof Kanchan Kaur is Vice Dean of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore. Son Nirvikalpa is a film-maker, documenting the damage to micro environments across India.