02_Saloni Shah

Ms. Saloni S. Shah

Architect – Urban & Regional Planner

Saloni Shah is an Architect – Urban and Regional Planner graduated from School of Architecture, and School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad, having keen interest in the field of art history, architectural design, and design education.  She firmly believes that ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’, which inspires her to head OBL/QUE, a unique firm based at Surat (Gujarat), providing innovative art and design solutions for architecture, interior design as well as public art projects.  Saloni has been working as a partner with her husband Mr. Snehal Shah in their firm ESSTEAM (previously known as S. Team Design Services) since its inception 13 years ago, and is also passionately involved in academics, serving as a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, SCET, Surat since the last 9 years.   She is also an active mother of two, gradually getting convinced that finding time for both work and family is all about “rhythm” rather than balance.

01_Snehal Shah

Mr. Snehal P. Shah

Architect – Urban Designer

Mr. Snehal Shah is an Architect-Urban Designer graduated from School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad, having experience and strong inclination in the fields of micro-level design issues, energy efficient design, space optimization, mass housing and project implementation strategies.  He has based himself at Surat, Gujarat and has worked on projects of varying scales at Surat, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ghaziabad, Vadodara, Sangli and Pune among others.  His firm ESSTEAM (previously known as S. Team Design Services) – a wonderful team of 38 multifaceted individuals has successfully completed over 300 projects of varying scales in the last eleven years, having won a number of awards at regional as well as national level.  Snehal also has a passionate interest in teaching, and is associated with the Faculty of Architecture, SCET, Surat as a visiting lecturer since the last twelve years.  Snehal believes that if people are happy, the organization is bound to do good work and prosper.  In his spare time, Snehal enjoys a good game of tennis or cricket, and reading non-fiction related to character development.

03_Kaizer Batliwala

Mr. Kaizer Batliwala

Industrialist

Kaizer Batliwala is a dynamic industrialist having manufacturing units in Dubai and Ahmedabad with state-of-the-art infrastructure for Metal Fabrication.  Kaizer’s strength of detailing of components and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to diversify into manufacturing various items used in architecture and interior design projects, integrating other materials such as glass and wood in his products.  Backed by decades of knowledge and expertise from the family business, his set-up is the right choice when it comes to delivering quality through usage of right technology.   Kaizer’s hobbies include playing football and badminton, and driving.

04_Walter D'Souza

Mr. Walter D’Souza

Artist

Walter D’souza is an eminent artist based at Ahmedabad.  Born in Mumbai, Walter completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painitng and Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Vadodara.  Since over 25 years, through his works, Walter has made a good name for himself in the field of fine arts, his forte being in the media of lithography and MS murals. He has had one man shows and works exhibited at many reputed art galleries across India as well as across the globe.  Walter has also been actively involved in teaching since the last 25 years at various institutes such as School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gandhinagar, Industrial Design Centre, IIT-Mumbai, School of Architecture, Vallabh Vidyanagar, and Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.

05_Jabir Kureshi

Mr. Jabir Kureshi

Graphic Designer

Jabir is a Graphic Designer working professionally and passionately as an artist apart from being the creative director of his ten year old graphic design firm Brains Creative Unit based at Surat.  Though his firm deals with logo design, branding, poster design, signage, brochure and catalogue design, Jabir’s special skills include sketching, making portraits, landscapes, murals and working with various media like oil and acrylic on canvas, wood, metal, and fiber.  In his spare time, Jabir likes going for long drives.

06_Abhijit Paul

Mr. Abhijit Paul (Lalon)

Artist

Lalon is a sculptor and toy designer with a graduation from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with a passion for materials, music and macro system thinking. Currently he is based in Ahmedabad and is busy with freelance consultancy project work, part time teaching in a design institute and coming up with a range of eco friendly toys and accessories for his own company ‘Khidki”.  His belief that design is not only about lifestyle but about improving lives of people has motivated him to take up people-centric projects and challenging conditions.  In his spare time, he likes to spend time playing with children and watching the moon floating in the night sky.

07_Kekul Vikas

Ms. Kekul Vikas

Architect – Artist

Kekul Patel graduated from School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad with a gold medal for the thesis “A study of relation between housing environment and health”, which emphasized the importance of multidisciplinary approach for providing a better living environment for the common mass.   Later, she completed B.A., Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, USA, during which she won a Best of Show award for the work done at the University.  This helped in combining the understanding of elements and techniques of architecture and the finer senses of art.  She has participated in various art exhibitions in India and abroad, and has even held a one man show of her work, which was well appreciated.  She has also been teaching Architecture and Interior Design Students in Surat since the last 15 years.