The firm Prasanna Desai consists of enterprising architects capable of handling projects in Interiors, Architecture, Urban and Landscape Planning with competence and speed. Contextually responsive design concepts from our hallmark, thanks to the work-experience with renowned architect Mr. A.P.Kanvinde and an exposure to the architectural trends in Delhi for 18 formative years of academic and professional life.
We have won eight National Architectural Design competitions, comprising 4 Commercial Complexes, 1 Fruit and Vegetable Market Complex, 1 Exhibition Pavilion, 1 Exhibition Ground Complex and 1 Housing Design competition, all of which speak for the comprehensive synthesis of interior, architecture, urban design and landscape planning that we specialize in.
We stood first in a national competition for a commercial complex, spread over 12 acres and costing Rs. 30 crore, the prize for which was presented to us by the then vice-president of India Mr. S. D. Sharma. Another success was the Nehru Place Commercial Complex for Jaipur Development authority, awarded to us through a national competition and inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan Mr. H. D. Joshi. Our award-winning housing scheme for CIDCO was executed at New Bombay and later recognised by way of the 'J K Architect of The Year Award' in 1993, as the best housing in India.
This recognition of our insight into various aspects of contemporary housing has encouraged us to undertake projects like slum-redevelopment at Kothrud and housing-cum-shopping complexes at Vimannagar and Hadapsar, which have been appreciated for their innovative approach.
The firm has designed and executed a factory building for M/S XYTEL India Pvt. Ltd. at M.I.D.C. Bhosari and several office and residential interiors for private, government and public sector organizations, namely, National Co-operative Development Corporation (NCDC), Bank of India (BOI), Rajasthan Industrial Development Corporation, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd. and Pravara Medical Trust Rural Hospital, in addition to consultancy services for Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), and the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), New Bombay.
We have also been involved with the ambitious Jayshil Township planning project at Panvel and have been commissioned by the PMC as architects for Juna Bazar Redevelopment, Housing for PMC Pune which was voluntarily proposed by us and commended for its user friendly character.
Our works have been have been published in various Indian and foreign architectural journals and newspapers. Our Nehru Place Commercial Complex design was also selected by the Govt. of India for the Architectural Exhibition of the best Indian contemporary buildings held in Paris in 1985 as a part of the Festival of India.
Ar. Prasanna Desai is also involved with architectural education and has participated in various national & international seminars held in India. He has also presented various papers all over India and has been on the jury of various architectural design competitions, leading architectural schools of India and is also a member of “Advisory and Evaluation Committee Mutha River Front Development” Pune Municipal Corporation & " ECO Housing Committee" by Pune Municipal Corporation & US - AEP to formulate a ECO Housing Policy for Pune.
Recently completed projects include Lemon Tree Hotel in IT Park Hinjwadi Pune & Udyog Vihar Aurangabad , Other major Architectural projects in which we are currently involved are a 3.5 lakh sq.ft & 10 lakh sq.ft housing at Khondwa & Wagholi in Pune for a Bangalore Builder, 40,000 sqft Shopping & Commercial Complex for PMC, 15,000 Sqft Regional Office Building for MHADA at Solapur, 250 Room Lemon Tree Hotel - Amir Pune,
In last couple of years the office is involved with city up gradation projects such as the Urban Design of the Pune BRTS - Pilot Project ( for UMTC New Delhi & PMC – 108 Cr) , Slum Up gradation Projects under BSUP – JNNURM on seven sites in Pune ( for SPARC , CHF & PMC, 750 Dwelling Units, 30cr ) where in the office is working out a strategy for rehabilitation of the slum in the existing urban fabric.
In April 2010 Ar. Prasanna Desai to a big lead in analyzing the current DMRC Metro report for Pune & presenting the Impact of the proposed over head metro on the urban fabric of the city to the decision makers & citizens and formulation of the Pune Technical Collation ( PTC ) a consortium of 21 technical organisations & schools of architecture from Pune.
A model unit for city garbage segregation / recycling to be done by the rag pickers being developed for ( Kagad Kach Kashtakari Panchayat ) KKPKP an NGO working for empowering the waste pickers is the current research / development being done by the office.
Development of Street Designs for J.M. Road, F.C. Road & ITI Road in Pune have been some of the Initiatives taken by the office with Elected Representatives, Citizens & Authorities in upgrading the Quality of Life on the Indian streets.
Recently we have completed the DPR for Slum Development Bhubaneshwar with USAID ( FIRE D ) for Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation & Neighborhood up gradation plans for Satara Municipal Council.
The firm believes that an Architect who is trained to be a sensitive person needs also to be a aware citizen thus playing a much larger role in the development of the society and contribute considerably for the betterment of the quality of built environment in the cities.
Given an opportunity the firm shall keep its tradition of designing conscious spaces in Interior, Architecture, Urban and Landscape Planning leading to a healthy & sustainable built environment.