Karan Grover is a corporate architect who looks forward to working extensively in the public sphere. He dreams of designing a practical and sustainable green special economic zone (SEZ). He won India’s nominations for UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Champaner, almost single handedly after a 22-year old campaign.
Karan Grover and Associates, though a young architectural practice, has emerged into a multi-disciplinary organization with an in-house engineering team which is seen as an integral part of architectural design activity.
He has been nominated a “social entrepreneur” as a Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, Washington. In 2004, Grover was 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 by former President Dr. Abdul Kalam in Delhi.
Among his other achievements are the US GBC Gold Award in 2008, the Green Globe Award for Architect, Infrastructure Category from Green Globe Foundation and the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards” in 2009.
He has been differently labeled on several occasions as a “Man of Taste” in the Economics Times for his interest in food; by 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; as one of the “500 Visionaries of the 21st Century” and also as one of “India’s 50 Most Stylish Men”.