Founder and Chief Architect
Shilpa Architects Planners Designers Pvt Ltd.
Sheila Sri Prakash founded Shilpa Architects in Chennai (India) in 1979 and has the distinction of being the first woman in India to have started and operated her own architectural firm, with over 1000 completed architectural works to her credit over an illustrious career spanning 35 years. As a world-renowned architect and thought leading expert, she has been invited to serve on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, a 16-member team of international experts in Design and Innovation, to formulate ways that improve the state of the world. She was invited by Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, to contribute to the 2012 London Olympics and attended the Global Infrastructure Summit on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design, to provide expertise on enhancing the long-term sustainability of London’s Olympic Infrastructure. Sheila was invited to participate and contribute to the United Nations 2012 Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, where three of her recommendations have been adopted in the mandate for Sustainability presented to heads of state from around the globe. In 2011, Sheila was named to the “Top 100″ most influential architects in the world, by the prestigious Italian Journal of Architecture – Il Giornale dell’ Architettura. She is internationally acclaimed as a pioneer of Holistic Sustainability, which extends the boundary of Sustainability to include socio-economic factors. She is creating the Reciprocal Design Index as part of her role at the World Economic Forum to provide a quantitative framework to measure existing cities, as well as conceptual urban designs, for their holistic sustainability. She is credited for bringing indo-centric design philosophies in combination with principles of holistic sustainability to projects around the world through her work as well as exhibitions featuring her work across Europe and America. She was a key charter member who was instrumental in establishing the Indian Green Building Council. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Anna University School of Architecture and Planning.
Several of her architectural designs can be seen at Mahindra World City, New Chennai, the Madras Art Museum at the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai, Paranur Railway Station etc., and the World Bank funded urban housing development program in the year of shelter for the shelterless. She is credited to be a pioneer among leading contemporary architects, for combining the principles of Bharatanatyam, classical Indian music, sculpture and architecture in award winning projects.
Sheila has a B.Arch from the Anna University School of Architecture and Planning and also attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.