Meet the Team

1. Owner

Christopher Charles Benninger

Chairman And Owner

Christopher Benninger is one of India's highly decorated architects. His well known award winning projects are the Mahindra United World College of India, the Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, the "Suzlon One Earth" world headquarters, the National Ceremonial Plaza at Thimphu, Bhutan, and his own studio and residence "India House" in Pune. Each project addresses the complex issues of design, context, climate, materials, sustainability, and technology, amidst the client's programmatic needs. Benninger studied urban planning at MIT and architecture at Harvard where he later taught. He settled in India in 1971 founding the School of Planning at Ahmedabad as a Ford Foundation Advisor where he continues as a Distinguished Professor. His name appears along side Geoffrey Bawa, Charles Correa and Balkrishna Doshi as one of the six recipients of the Great Master Architect Award in India presented every three years.

His firm, Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, has recently been awarded India's most sought after commissions: the Azim Premji University at Bengaluru; and the Indian Institute of Technology at Hyderabad, along with the Indian Institute of Management at Kolkata. His city and regional planning works range from Sri Lanka, across India to Bhutan. Benninger's expansive campuses reveal an understanding of Indian "place making" reflecting the great temple complexes and the Mogul campuses. His narrative presents a language that lies between American ideals embedded in its wooded Arcadian landscapes and sacred notions enshrined within Indian courtyards, generating a unique approach to architecture and place making.

His recent book, Letters To A Young Architect [www.amazon.com & www.kindle.com & www.flipkart.com], focuses on the practice of architecture in developing societies, and was on the Top 10 Best Selling Non-Fiction Books List for 18 weeks in India, bringing to the general public ideas related to the built environment. The book is also translated into Chinese language and published from Shanghai. Currently Prof. Benninger is working on his second book "The Plan" to be published in December 2013 this year.

Education Details
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (Mit) Cambridge
Urban And Regional Planning | Joined 1971
Harvard University
Masters Of Architecture | Joined 1967
University Of Florida
Bachelor Of Architecture | Joined 1965
Gainesville, Florida
High School | Joined 1961

2. Associate

Deepak Kaw

Assosiate

Deepak Kaw studied at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University), Ahmedabad. He also studied at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands. He joined the firm in November 2002 and ever since worked in both India and Bhutan studios. He has been a key part of the Bhutan studio since 2003 and has worked on the Urban Design Proposal of the Trashi Chhoe Dzong Precinct and the architectural designs of The United Nations House, National Secretariat Complex, Supreme Court, Tshechu Ground, IIM Calcutta and IIT Hyderabad.
Education Details
(Cept University), Ahmedabad
Environmental Planning And Technology
Shivaji Karekar

Associate

Shivaji Karekar graduated as B.Arch from BKPS college of Architecture, University of Pune. He has been with the firm since 2002, working in both India and Bhutan studios. He has extensive site experience. As an Associate Architect he has worked on in the Pune studio heading Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies campus in Pune, Nagloka complex at Nagpur, SIMS at Lonavala and Multi-Speciality Hospital at Udgir.
Education Details
B.K.P.S. College Of Architecture; Pune
Graduate

3. Director

Daraius Choksi

Mr. Daraius Choksi, Director, is an Architect graduated from Mumbai University in 1998. After practicing in Mumbai for over a year he shifted his base to Pune from Mumbai, to be associated with CCBA.

He started working as an architect on the Kochi Refineries building and was based out of Kochi for over two years wherein he gained an in depth insite into building design and site execution.

Since then he has been associated with CCBA and is Director Studio. He has worked on the complete gamut of projects in the studio ranging from residential, hospitality, and commercial, corporate and educational. He is involved in almost the entire studio projects through all stages viz design, tendering and site execution

His passions include travelling and have travelled over most of Europe besides India, reading and teachings are other things he is passionate about. He has been invited to be a member of select juries and has given guest lectures at various forums and institutions.

Education Details
Mumbai University
Graduate
Nikita Oak

Director

Mr. Nikita Oak, Director, born in 1959, is an Architect, Urban Land Manager and Urban Designer. He Graduated from C.E.P.T. Ahmedabad (1983) A.I.T., Bangkok (1990) , and Pratt Institute, New York (1995) respectively. Over the past twenty five years he was associated with Prof. Benninger for eight years as an architect at the Centre for Development Studies and Activities (CDSA), Pune.

He has worked in New York for 16 years teaching CAD to architects as a part of Continuing Education program and working in various firms as an Architect, Planner & Urban Designer, on Healthcare, Education, Hospitality, Retail and Residential projects of varying scale. This included design; space planning, preparation and coordination of deign development, construction documents and tenant improvement packages. Coordinating between, clients, contractors and consultants. Making presentations before local bodies, including local government officials, elected representatives, local residents and community representatives.

He has been taking Architectural Design Studio classes at BNCA, Pune. He has also taken Design Studio classes at MMCA, Pune.

At CCBA, he brings his experience of problem solving with design related issues, due to his extensive diverse background, excellent computer, analytical, organizational and management skills to develop & maintain architectural systems and processes that would result in the evolution of a more meaningful design.

Education Details
Asian Institute Of Technology (Bangkok)
Graduate
C.E.P.T. Ahmedabad
Graduate
Rahul M. Sathe

Director

Mr. Rahul M. Sathe, born in 1972, is a civil engineer by profession and associated with the firm as Director of Projects since 1996. Rahul plays a key role in project planning and strategy. He is involved in project management, contracting, feasibility studies, cost estimation, tendering and site supervision. He was instrumental in making feasibility studies and investment plans for urban development and new town planning projects taken up by the firm. He has been responsible for making the financial and investment plans for urban development in many cities and urban centers of growth in the Kingdom of Bhutan. He is also closely involved in the development and promotion of the India House Art Gallery in Pune.
Ramprasad Akkisetti

Founder Managing Director

Mr. Ramprasad Akkisetti, is the Founder Managing Director of Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Private Limited (CCBA). He has been associated with the firm for the past 16 years, during which time it has grown from a small practice to one of the country's premier architectural firms. With academic backgrounds in medicine, psychology and anthropology, he has been into teaching and is also the author of the first Indian textbook on psychology, called "Psychology for Beginners", in addition to having written about architecture and published photographs in more than 100 journals and magazines in India and abroad. He has also ventured into the world of Art by starting an exclusive art gallery called India House Art Gallery, in Pune.

4. Other

Abizar Teawala

Architect

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B. Arch
Aswathy Ganesh

Architect

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B. Arch
Bhargav Khurjekar

Architect

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B. Arch
Bhushan S. Pise

Senior Architect

Bhushan is an Alumni of Sinhgad College of Architecture (Formerly known Sinhgad Technical Education Society) Pune from where he graduated in 2006. A resident of Pune district, he has been associated with the firm ever since December 2006; after graduation and work profile of 6 month under the guidance of his college professor.

Bhushan began his career as a junior architect on India House, Pune and International School of Aamby, Lonavla. He co-ordinated the projects like Bajaj Science Centre in Wardha and Lodha Golf Link Village in Pune. He was also associated with other projects of the firm such the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. Bhushan have gained experience of managing projects both in the studio and on site (India/Bhutan) from master planning and design of the Denchi, the United Nations House, and Royal Supreme Court Complex in Thimphu, Bhutan. He is a Project Architect for the project as well as a key contact point for the Client, Contractors, other consultants and the consortium. Now he leads the team of one of the Industrial sector for Forbes Marshall Green Field Project of 50 Acres at Chakan.

His hobbies include Archiving, creating standard data system in studio related to Architecture and Office Management. His co-curricular are Swimming, Badminton, and Travelling amongst others.

Education Details
Sinhgad College Of Architecture
Graduate
Devyani Shekhawat

Architect

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B. Arch
Dnyaneshwar Gaddamwar

Architect

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B. Arch
Gaurav P. Inamdar

Senior Architect

After having done his internship with Professor Benninger in 2006, Gaurav graduated as an architect from the University of Pune in the year 2007. He has been associated with the firm since then.

During his tenure of six years, Gaurav has worked closely with Professor Benninger on several projects ranging from design of private residences to large scale universities. He has primarily worked on the master planning and design of the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), the Stone Hill International School, Bengaluru, International School Aamby, The Azim Premji University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad amongst others.

He is currently leading the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, at CCBA, the first phase of 1.87 million square feet which has moved on to the construction stage.

He took a sabbatical of one year wherein, he worked on heritage restoration projects associated with the United Nations Asia Urbs Project in Pondicherry and Tranquebar in South India, apart from the design and execution of a private residence there.

His co-curriculars include Sitar, Hiking, Travelling and Spiritual Enhancement amongst others.

Education Details
University Of Pune
Graduate
Jasmeet Kaur Jite

Architect

Education Details
B. Arch
Krishnadas Vadgama

Model Makers

Noel Jerald V

Senior Architect

Noel is an Alumni of National Institute of Technology (Formerly known Regional Engineering College) Tiruchirapalli from where he graduated in 2006. A resident of Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, Noel has been associated with the firm ever since his graduation.

Noel began his career as a junior architect on Bajaj IT Tower, Pune and Stone Hill International School, Bengaluru. Now as a Project Architect, he leads the teams of four projects (Nettur Technical Training Foundation Institute, Katpadi, Tamil Nadu; Bajaj Institute of Technology Wardha ; DTCP office Hyderabad and Bajaj Institute of Management Nagpur). He is also associated with other projects of the firm such Azim Premji University, Bengaluru; master planning and design of the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), Taj Blue Diamond (Extension), Pune, International school Aamby Lonavala, India House Pune, and Forbes Marshall, Pune.

His hobbies include Archiving, creating standards on works related to Architecture and Travelling.

He has designed his own residence using vernacular materials of Dindigul region, Tamil Nadu. Besides being featured in several Architectural magazines he has been awarded "Young Architect of year Award 2012 (22nd AYA)" by JK cement also was selected as one of the "Top 50 Young Architects (IGEN 50) of India-2012" by the magazine Architects and Interiors India.

Education Details
National Institute Of Technology Tiruchirappalli
B.Arch, Architecture, 8 | 2001 - 2006
P Vignesh

Intern Architects

Rahul S. Deshmukh

Rahul is an Alumni of Priyadarshini College of Engineering & Architecture, Nagpur from where he graduated in 2007. A resident of Nagpur district, Maharashtra, Rahul began his career with R-Tech Designer's, Nagpur worked with them for a year and joined CCBA in May 2008.

As a fresher in CCBA, Rahul worked on working drawings of Suzlon One Earth Campus where honed his computer and graphic skills. He also experienced site visits that gave him site experience which would be required for his future assignments. He later worked on the Faculty Housing for the International School Aamby, Lonavala; before shifting on to the Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies. Kirloskar Institute required the master planning of the whole campus at the beginning with phase wise execution of various departments. Here Rahul was given the M.D.P Hostel Building, as an individual task to detail and prepare working drawings as well as seek design consultations with Prof. Benninger. Rahul gained much of his confidence and site experience during the working of this project under the mentorship of Associates and Senior Architects

As of now Architect Rahul Deshmukh is a Project Architect at CCBA and is handling the prestigious Lifecare Multispecialty Hospital which is located at Udgir-Latur, Maharashtra. As a project architect he is handling the first Hospital Project of the studio.

In his free time his interests include photography and travelling.

Education Details
Priyadarshini College Of Engineering & Architecture
Bachelor Of Architecture (B.Arch.) | 2002 - 2007
Rohit Chhetri

Intern Architects

Sachin Y. Deo

Senior Architect

He is an architect from Pune University (SCOA) with seven years' experience in the field after graduation in 2006. He is from Pune; Maharashtra is and associated with the firm for last 7 years.

As a fresh architect, he began work on the concept design for Bajaj IT tower and DTCP Hyderabad. Later worked as a team member and leader for the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta project wherein he gained wide experience of working from inception to construction in the project from 2006-10.

Now as a Project Architect, Sachin is currently working on Residential project for Mumbai based Lodha Group which is one of the largest High end developments around the Pune city. Sprawling over 108 acres with a 9-hole Golf course, it houses more than 10,000 people with built up of 45 million sq.ft. . He was also closely involved in design development of Taj Blue Diamond and Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.

Born and brought up in Pune, Sachin is well-versed with the City and its unique life style and has a keen interest in the Conservation of Heritage structures. He enjoys travelling and photography with music.

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Pune University
Graduate
Sahil Pherwani

Architect

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B. Arch
Sampat Sutar

Architect

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B. Arch
Shivkumar Makwana

Intern Architects

Siddharth Bansal

Architect

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B. Arch
Sri Pravallika V

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M.B.A
Sundar Bommaji

Architect

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B. Arch
Vivek Panchal

Architect

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B. Arch
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