The ACE Alpha Awards puts a spotlight on the entrepreneurs and innovators of the architecture, construction and design industry who have made immense contribution to their field and pioneered innovative designs. The eminent jury members of ACE Alpha Awards played a crucial role in recognizing the winning brands from the industry. During the first screening the nominations were screened and shortlisted by Ernst and Young, the process advisors and official tabulators of the ACE Alpha Awards. Following that, the final screening took place. In the final screening jury was given an elaborated presentation on the shortlisted projects by Ernst & Young. Here, the jury discussed, deliberated and decided the winners for the ACE Alpha Awards.
Mr. Abdulla Attari
Inter Craft, Founder
Abdulla Attari, an architect by profession, graduated from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1976. Having 7 Years of work experience in India and the Middle East and executed several large projects namely Dubai Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai International Airport, etc. In 1984, founded Inter Craft an interior designing company, taking up projects on turnkey basis.
Some of the prestigious Projects undertaken include Coca Cola India Ltd., Australian Consulate in Mumbai & UNICEF. In 1994, Attari changed the thrust of the company by focusing on designing, project management and consultancy.
Abdulla Attari keenly believes in sharing his knowledge and experience to the future generation. He has also served as a Vice Chairman of the Mumbai Regional Chapter of the Indian Institute of Interior Designers from 2002-2005. Presently he is a visiting faculty at I.E.S.college of Architecture.
Mr. Avishek Banerjee
Director, Advisory Services, EY
Avishek is Director, Advisory Services, EY in the real estate and construction sector. Prior to joining EY, he has worked with KPMG and PwC India.
He has also worked as design and project management consultant for apparel and sports lifestyle brands in India.
Avishek is an Architect (B.Arch) and PG in Management from MICA, Ahmedabad.
Mr. Harsh Jain
Nestopia, Founder & Managing Director
Harsh is on a mission of making interior design in India super easy, transparent and efficient. He founded Nestopia, India’s first tech-led interior design + build service that offers the best elements of design solutions, technology, service design thinking and project management.
Harsh began his career as Strategy & Business Ventures Manager at Centuryply, where he got excellent exposure to the intricacies of Indian interior design industry . His interests and strengths lie at the intersection of construction, technology, strategy and business design. Presently, he is enjoying the challenges of scaling design + build services in the unorganised and fragmented Indian construction industry.
Harsh graduated with honours in Bachelors in Finance & Philosophy from Rutgers University (USA) and London School of Economics (UK). He is also a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Certified Treasury Professional Associate (CTPA).
Harsh is a philomath and is a strong believer in experiential learning. In his spare time, he likes to play squash or go for a long run.
Mr. Manoj Galani
Managing Director, Mayash Space Designs
Manoj possesses 20 years of experience in the Integrated Design-and-Build arena. He has earned his spurs delivering solutions for clients that read like the Who's Who of the corporate world – names like India Infoline, Rediffudion Y&R, Acidaes Solutions, Llyods Register, Nitco, Scorpio Marine, SGS, Clear Trip, PPG Asian Paints to name a few.
As a Principal Designer & independent entrepreneur heading Mayash, Manoj's vision is of the company evolving as an organic whole, fusing high tech with high thinking, hewing to growth-oriented values and principles in order to attain preeminence in its field.
company should differentiate itself by applying frontline technologies to deliver projects that are environmentally friendly, and are in sync with the concept of “sustainable” living.
Mr. Sudhir Kulkarni
IDBI, General Manager
Shri Sudhir Kulkarni is a civil engineer and has been serving IDBI Bank since 1990 in various capacities. During his service in IDBI Bank, he worked in different places like Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Presently, he is General Manager of IDBI Bank and posted in IMD (Infrastructure Management Department) and Administration Department of the Bank at Corporate Centre, Mumbai.
He handles lot of civil projects of the Bank and has made significant contributions to the Bank. To mention a few, construction of Bank’s building at BKC, Mumbai, which has won the IGBC’s LEED INDIA “GOLD” Rating. This complex is considered one of the Best in the Industry, built in the area of about 3.50 lakh sq.ft and is a landmark in green initiatives in the country. A mention was made in the book "Green Buildings of India", which showcased 101 unique sustainable building projects. He is also involved with the setting of Banks’ Branch expansions pan India. His hobbies are cricket, reading and spending his free time with family members. He has two children studying engineering at Mumbai.
Mr. Prem Nath
Architect Prem Nath & Associates,
Ar. Prem Nath, practicing since nearly 50-years, has excelled in wide array of projects viz. Residential and Commercial complexes, IT/SEZ Parks, Integrated townships, Hotels-Resorts, Malls-Multiplex, High-end Residential. He is frequently referred to as, a “Seminal Architect”, in recent years, has won “HUDCO, Design Award 2015” for Green Architecture, “Top Architects through Decade” CWAB Award 2015, “Design Legend” by Society Interiors, “Most Promising Brand” award in Architecture & Real Estate at World Brand Summit, Dubai,
Hospitality Architecture Award by IDE, “Life Time Achievement Award” by Construction Architecture Update, NDTV Excellence In Architecture Award, ‘CW India’s Top Ten Architect’ & CNBC Awaaz CRISIL’s “High End Interiors’ award & many more. Qualified from Sir J. J. College of Architecture; Prem Nath is also Chartered Engineers, Certified Valuer & Real Estate Appraisers & an Advisor for Real-Estate Investments, FDI. Prem Nath is a member of USGBC & IGBC.
He is one of the few people in India who have ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) certificate to practice in the USA – which is highly looked upon; he has his name in the Who’s Who of Interior Designing, too. Ar. Prem Nath established PREM NATH & ASSOCIATES in 1967. The firm is a ‘Complete Design Organization’, having professional practice all over India, having offices in Mumbai, New-Delhi, Ahmadabad, Kolkata
Mr. Rajiv Mishra
JJ School of Architecture, Principal of
Sir J.J. College of Architecture
A graduate of Architecture from the Academy of Architecture, Rajiv Mishra’s special Interests include issues dealing with Urbanism, Community Architecture, Heritage Conservation, and Technology in Building Management, Classical Arts and Education of Architects and Planners in a changing society.
He has a Professional work experience of 20 years & currently works on existing projects as the Director of the Sir J.J.College of Architecture Consultancy Cell.
Presently he is the Chairman- All India Board for Architecture Education by AICTE ,Term 2010-13 and Term 2013-16 Chairperson – NBA for Architecture Education, Elected Executive Committee Member At Council of Architecture(2012-2016), Member – Mumbai Heritage Conservation committee, Member –State Environment Impact Assessment Authority Maharashtra, and engaged in reviewing his completed Doctoral work on the topic “Alternative model for Squatter Up gradation in Mumbai” at the Department of Housing, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi.
Ms. Radha Kapoor
Indian School of Design and Innovation,
Founder & Director
Radha Kapoor is the Founder and Director of ISDI, located in Mumbai and established in 2013 in association with Radha’s alma mater, Parsons - The New School of Design, New York. Radha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Communication Design.
In 2009 Radha launched DOIT CREATIONS as a holding umbrella company to conceptualize and promote new creative and innovative concepts. To unleash her creative skills, Radha formed BRAND CANVAS, an innovative way of bringing art into the workplace.
Radha’s DOIT CREATIONS recently acquired a 40% stake in ‘Business World’, resulting in her joining the magazine’s board. Radha is on the YNG Board (YPO NEXT GENERATION) as Education Chair.
Mr. Vikas Kesarkar
CMC, Sales & Marketing -
Sr. Vice President
Mr. Kesarkar is the strategic head for pan India marketing and sales at Classic Marble Company (CMC). Responsible for formulating and implementing sales & marketing plans, he also handles the company’s distribution network, depots and regional & branch offices. He serves as the link between operations and management and is responsible for conceptualization, implementation and execution of CMC’s corporate objectives and goals.
It was during his tenure at CMC that the company launched its flagship brand Kalingastone. Under his marketing leadership, the company made successful inroads into even the remotest regions of India, implemented innovative marketing drives and over time, became the makers of India’s highest selling engineered stones.
His passion for work and meticulous approach has helped him grow and handle bigger responsibilities with ease and lead the organization towards their overall goals and objectives. In his tenure at CMC, spanning a period of over eight years, he has been responsible for the overall development of CMC’s business and revenue growth besides developing and upgrading existing marketing strategies to open up new avenues for the company’s products.
He has experience of heading product divisions at national levels independently and has spent more than 15 years in the tile industry where he launched many new offerings whilst exploring and learning the nuances and processes of the industry. On many occasions he has been recognized and rewarded for his exemplary performance in sales, market development and growth; and for meeting the overall objectives of the companies. A seasoned professional, Mr. Kesarkar has a total experience of over 25 years in business management application that includes market analysis, sales and marketing, team building and quality assurance. In his eventful career, he developed strategies and tactics that went on to become industry benchmarks.
Mr. Vilas Avachat
Indian Institute of Architects,
Ar. Avachat Vilas Vasant, Vice President IIA, graduated from the Academy of Architecture in 1977. He worked with various renowned Architectural firms in Mumbai before leaving for the Arabian Gulf in 1980 where he worked for a number of Qatar Government Projects for a decade, post which he established, Vilas Avachat & Associates, 1991.
His firm has completed high rise residential buildings, commercial projects, resorts, hotels and industrial projects across North India. Currently, he is working on one of the largest SRA projects of 126 acres and 25000 slum dwellers at Golibar, Santacruz.
Presently he is a visiting faculty at IES College of Architecture and the National Vice President (2016-17) at The Indian Institute of Architects. He is also the convener, NATCON 2014, Mumbai and IIA Representative, Maharashtra Chapter.
Ms. Anita Dake
Anita Dake, founder, Vector Designs graduated in Architecture from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. She pursued a degree in Permaculture Design Course, Eco-literacy and Eco-design from Brisbane, Australia and has in depth knowledge in the fields of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources & Conservation.
She is a Member of the Council of Architecture and visiting faculty at BNCA College, Pune.
Her firm Vector Designs specializes Architectural Designs, Landscape Design for Environmental restorations and Architectural Realization for Spatial Structures in Steel, Fabric & Glass.
Ms. Deepa Nair
Deepa Nair, Editor, Better Interiors, has been writing on architecture, interior design and decor for more than 15 years. Armed with a degree in Economics, a post-graduation degree in English literature and a diploma in mass communication and journalism; she started her design journalism journey as a correspondent with Society Interiors (Magna Publications).
She was part of the founding team of Better Interiors magazine (now, a part of the famous Network 18 media group) which kick-started in the year 2005. She has interacted with innumerable design professionals, industrywallas and lifestyle store-owners alike, and therefore has numerous articles to her credit.
Architecture, interior design and decor are subjects she is most passionate about; and considers herself lucky to read, write and learn everyday on these disciplines.
Ms. Rouble Nagi
Rouble Nagi Design Studio &
Rouble Nagi Art Foundation,
Rouble Nagi is the Founder of the ‘Rouble Nagi Art Foundation’ & ‘Rouble Nagi Design Studio’. She is an Award winning, internationally acclaimed artist with over 800 murals to her credit. With over 150 exhibitions worldwide, she is a member of the India Design Council (IDC), and is one of the pioneers to start the Mumbai beautification with ‘Art Installations’ around the city.
Rouble Nagi is an art connoisseur, curator and collector, who promotes young and talented artists from India and abroad.
The Rouble Nagi Art Foundation is a NGO working in India, conducting art workshops throughout the country with over 32 Balwadi’s in Mumbai alone. Her paintings are collected by Corporates, Celebrities, Government of India and Museums.