Rajiv heads up the Urban Design & Planning team at COLAB. He received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in 1976, and his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, in 1971.
Widely accredited for transformative projects across private, public and institutional sectors, Rajiv brings the knowledge and know-how from four decades of experience in mixed-use buildings, land use plans, mass transit systems, Transit Oriented Development TOD, large-scale commercial real estate development, and urban renewal / revitalization. His expertise includes multi-discipline design management, from interpreting the client’s vision, to conceptualization and submission of deliverables.
Regardless of the nature of the assignment, Rajiv is passionate about accomplishing the project objectives with creativity and technical excellence. Place making is an intrinsic part of his approach. On a $1 billion light rail transit construction project in metropolitan Portland OR, Rajiv’s input yielded timely resolution and consensus on a host of controversial preliminary design engineering features. This trailblazing technique known as Development Oriented Transit DOT, is incorporated into the plans and practices of many mass transit projects today.
He believes that in order for human settlements to thrive and benefit from urbanization, there must be thoughtful diagnosing, envisioning, planning and designing.