Integral Designs International Studio, New Delhi, India
Over the last twenty-five years, Samir Mathur has been a dedicated teacher, insightful reformer, seasoned practitioner, and a steadfast steward of the environment, while championing the profession of landscape architecture in India. His firm has completed over 500 projects of a diverse set of typologies and scales, drawing from international best practices and simple construction methods while also showing deference to local materials and social requirements. Samir's sensitive approach to complex terrain, climatic conditions, and financial constraints on projects in India has made him the leading choice for major organizations. He has been extensively involved with writing guidelines and publications related to urban landscape, sustainability, heritage issues, and environmental issues critical to the quality of life in India. His reach includes drafting the landscape chapter for the National Building Code of India, helping frame the Unified Building Bylaws for Delhi, and championing heritage landscapes as a member of the Heritage Conservation Committee. He has been one of the leading figures of the Indian Society of Landscape Architects since its inception. Throughout his career, with one foot in education and one foot in practice, Samir has been mentoring and guiding young professionals in India. His many accomplishments reflect a philosophy of landscape architecture that is innovative, progressive, and responsible.