Dr. Bimal Patel is an architect, urbanist and academic who has crisscrossed disciplinary, professional and institutional boundaries to explore how architecture, urban design and urban planning can enrich the lives of people in India’s cities. He received his PhD and Masters in City Planning, and Masters in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley in 1995 and his Diploma in Architecture from the School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad in 1984. He is Chairman and Managing Director, HCP Design, Planning and management Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad and President, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel's work has won numerous awards. In 2019 he was awarded the Padma Shri.