(MA. Cantab., C.Eng. UK, MICE, FRSA)
Himanshu Parikh obtained his master’s degree in engineering from Cambridge University and practised in UK for 10 years before moving to India in 1982. In India, he has done innovative work with high profile clients in structural engineering as well as in urban planning, environmental up gradation and infrastructure design, with an emphasis on low-income urban and rural areas. His focus is to use water and sanitation infrastructure as a principal catalyst of poverty alleviation. In structures, Mr. Parikh has developed the concept of ‘mindful buildings’ based on simplicity, frugality and multiplicity. After 35 years of practice in India, currently he is a visiting lecturer in UK teaching at Cambridge University and University College London.
Mr. Parikh has held various positions outside his practice, including professor at the School of Planning, CEPT University and member of Governing Council of Department of Science and Technology, India. He has been the recipient of several awards including the SOM Fazlur Khan Fellowship for excellence in structural engineering, the UN World Habitat Award for Urban Development, Aga Khan Award for Architecture and a Citation by Government of India. In recognition of his contributions, in 2005 he was invited as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Arts, UK.