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Rahul Kadri is a Partner & Principal Architect at IMK Architects, an architecture and urban design practice founded in 1957 with offices in Mumbai and Bengaluru. Kadri took over the reins of the practice from his father I. M. Kadri in the 1990s after completing a graduate diploma in architecture from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, USA. The period was marked by significant shifts in India’s socio-cultural landscape –– in a newly liberalised economy, models of patronage and typologies of projects evolved while modern technology made inroads into the architecture and construction industry; concerns of climate change emerged in mainstream discourse as well. In response and with Kadri at its helm, IMK Architects transformed to focus its practise on social consciousness and urban ecological sensitivity. Today, a unique, collaborative SCRUM design process, which involves intense workshops with all project stakeholders, ensures the effective and efficient delivery of holistic design solutions from buildings to city master-plans –– vibrant, dynamic, healthy and robust spaces where people thrive.
Founded in 1957, IMK Architects is an architecture and urban design practice headquartered in Mumbai with another office in Bengaluru. It is led by the father-son duo of I. M. Kadri and Rahul Kadri who are supported by a 35-strong multidisciplinary team of architects, designers, planners, engineers and visualisation artists. The practice’s early journey is intrinsically tied to that of independent India, and more specifically, to that of the country’s financial capital of Mumbai, its diverse work a reflection of changing times and imaginations as a young nation and its first metropolis navigated questions of tradition and modernity and business and politics on its way to a self-sufficient and economically-secure future. What remained constant, however, is IMK Architects’ focus on exploring the potential of architecture within the paradigms of culture and civilisation to serve the needs and aspirations of the communities it serves. Social consciousness, sustainability, and robust designs have been the cornerstones of the practice. Its unique, collaborative SCRUM design process, which involves intense workshops with all project stakeholders to question briefs and prioritise requirements, ensures the effective and efficient delivery of holistic design solutions that don’t just meet initial expectations but transcend them. Today, after over six decades of practice, IMK Architects draws from this rich legacy and cutting-edge research and innovation to create architecture that responds to time, place, and most importantly, people — vibrant, dynamic, healthy, socially-inclusive and ecologically-sensitive spaces where lives flourish and activities thrive.