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Karan Grover and Associates is 25 years old. After being flooded out of their basement office 4 years ago, they have moved to the topmost floor in a building in Baroda on the banks of a tiny brown nala – the famous Vishwamitri River set amidst 1000 acres of green; with 23 crocodiles which sun themselves near the office cars every morning.

Karan Grover has been passionately advocating the need to look at ones culture and heritage for clues as to the direction for a contemporary architecture and sustainable development relevant to the Indian context today. He has enthused children in conservation and been nominated a “social entrepreneur” as a Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, Washington. He almost single handedly won India’s nominations for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status for Champaner after a 22-year old campaign. In 2004, Grover became the first architect in the world to win the USGBC “Platinum” Award for the greenest building in the world. He also went on to win his second Platinum Award for the interior of ABN AMRO Bank at Ahmedabad. Four more “Platinum” buildings are in the pipeline.

He was recently made the Permanent Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Environment at the hands of former President Dr. Abdul Kalam in Delhi. He won the US GBC Gold Award for the Keendiam diamond factory at Navsari as the greenest factory in the world in 2008. He spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative, New York at the personal invite of President Clinton in 2006.

Karan has been selected as the winner of the Green Globe Award for Architect, Infrastructure Category from Green Globe Foundation. The “CII–Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre” the first LEED US Platinum Building in India has been selected as the 2009 winner of the “Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards”, under the NGO Category recently.

In August 2009 he was given the Keys of the City of Birmingham by the Mayor of Birmingham at the Inaugural Address of the International Green Congress of the Green Building Focus. The World Economic Forum at Davos has named Karan Grover as their member on the Panel for Sustainability for 2009.

He has been differently labelled on several occasions – as a “Man of Taste” in the Economics Times for his interest in food; on the cover of the Construction Journal magazine as one of the “Hot Architects” in India; as a “Charismatic Crusader” in the Verve magazine for his campaign for heritage, conservation and sustainability; recently as one of the “500 Visionaries of the 21st Century” along with the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton and complimented for his sense of fashion by being selected as one of “India’s 50 Most Stylish Men” along with Amitabh Bachchan, India’s leading film icon.

Today he is working towards the need for practicing “Green Architecture” and speaks at many international public forums addressing over 20000 professionals and students pro bono annually – a personal commitment he made at the Clinton Summit.

In 2009 Karan has been honoured with three more awards - the ACE Award 2009 by Economic Times; Nirman Navratna Award 2009; and CNBC AWAZ Award 2009 and was nominated again as one of India’s top 10 architects in Construction World as well as being nominated the First Architect Fellow to the Indian Plumbing Association for his contribution to the profession.

Karan has recently been nominated as Member of the Confederation of Indian Industry Western Region Sub-Committee on Climate Change & Sustainability for the year 2010-11.

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