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Prasoon Kumar

Co-Founder and CEO, billionBricks

Prasoon Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO, billionBricks, is an urban planner and architect with over 10 years of experience in design firms across in India, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In 2013, he founded billionBricks, a non-profit that innovates shelters for the homeless and vulnerable that are scalable, sustainable, and able to create opportunities for communities to emerge out of poverty. WeatherHYDE is an insulated, reversible, lightweight and women-friendly emergency shelter designed to save lives of the homeless in extreme weather. Ashton Kutcher called it, ‘innovation at its finest’ when its social media campaign went viral with over 40 million views. PowerHYDE is world’s first solar home for the homeless which produces enough energy to pay for itself. Since founding billionBricks has rehabilitated more than 4,300 homeless and disaster-stricken people in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal, United States, Canada and Europe.

Singapore President’s Design Awardee, TEDx speaker, chosen as one of Urban Land Institute's 40 under 40, Prasoon has won numerous global awards for his work. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and an Outstanding Graduate Award for the year 2005.

 
 

Work Experience

 

September 2013 to present

  • Co-founder and CEO, Billion Bricks Ltd, Singapore

October 2016 to present

  • Adjunct Professor, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

February 2016 to present

  • Halcyon Fellow, S & R Foundation, Washington DC

August 2014 to December 2014

  • Adjunct Faculty, Singapore University of Technology and Design

September 2009 to August 2013

  • Studio Head/ Head of Urban Design, Space Matrix, Singapore

April 2009 to August 2009

  • Senior Consultant, HOK and HOK Sport (Populous), Singapore

November 2006 to March 2009

  • Associate, Senior Urban Designer, HOK, Singapore

January 2006 to October 2006

  • Intermediate Planner/ Urban Designer, Gruen Associates, Los Angeles

July 2004 to December 2005

  • Urban Planner, Swaback Partners, Scottsdale

August 2003 to May 2004

  • Co-Studio Instructor, College of Design, Arizona State University

August 2001 to July 2003

  • Architect, Space Design Consultant, New Delhi

 

Awards

 

2017

  • Finalist, Winsemius Awards 2017, Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

  • Impact Journalism Day, 2017, Global

  • TiECon Singapore Delegation 2017

  • Social Innovation Leadership Award, 2017, CMD Asia, Singapore

  • Winner, Singularity University

  • Global Impact Challenge, 2016, USA

  • Cordes Fellowship 2016, USA

  • Forbes Non Profit Council Founding Member

2016

  • Urban Land Institute 40 under 40, USA

  • A’ Design Award for Social Innovation Design, WeatherHYDE

  • Halcyon Incubator Program Fellow 2016, USA

2015

  • ASEAN Impact Challenge 2015, Malaysia

2014

  • billionBricks featured amongst 100 social enterprises from around the world, Impact Journalism Day, Spark News

  • DBS INSEAD Incubator Program 2014, Singapore

  • Reinventing Dharavi 2014: An International Ideas Competition, IndiA

  • SOCAP Entrepreneurship Program 2014

2013

  • MIPIM Award for Best Multi-Family Housing in Asia Pacific Divinity Thane Twin Towers

2010

  • World Architecture News Commercial Awards Shortlist Adajan Integrated Development

2007

  • Focussed Issue Planning Award, California State American Planning Association

  • Redlands Rail Station Area Plans for San Bernardino Association of Governments

2005

  • Outstanding Graduate Award, College of Design, Arizona State University

2004

  • First Prize ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition

  • Student Achievement Award, Arizona Chapter, American Planning Association

2003

  • First Prize, Sustainable Housing Competition, Salt River Project, Arizona

 

Lectures

 

2017

  • Speaker, Creative Mornings Singapore, July 2017

  • Speaker, MIT July 2017, Pune, India

  • Speaker, The Leadership Vanguard Global Exchange, Xyneto, June 2017, Singapore

  • Speaker, Hub Singapore x Impact Journalism Day, 2017, Singapore

  • Speaker, Charis Humanitarian Forum & Fair, June 2017, Singapore

  • Speaker, Singapore International Foundation, Young Social Entrepreneurr Mentor, June 2017, Singapore

  • Stanford Design Thinking, American School, June 2017, Singapore

  • ULI Asia Pacific Summit, June 2017, Singapore

  • DBS Social Morning for Social Enterprises, 2017, Singapore

  • Speaker, Humanitarian Design Exhibition + Talk, Beyond Building, etc. Lab, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, April 2017, Singapore

  • The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship, The Pioneers Club, ESSEC Business School, 2017, Singapore

  • The Art of Recovery, National Design Center, Venice Biennale, Singapore, 2017

  • Speaker, 4th Global Social Business Summit, Gawad Kalinga, 2017, Philippines

  • CLUB Talk, Hollandse Club, February 2017

  • Panelist, DBS SG Leadership Conference, Singapore, 2017

  • Speaker, Crowd funding & Grant Writing forum, Conjunct Consulting, 2017, Singapore

  • DBS Insignia Event, December 2017

2016

  • Asean Impact Challenge, November 2016

  • BoP World Convention, Singapore, September 2016

  • Transformational Business Network Asia Conference, Singapore, September 2016

  • Speaker, LinkedIn for Good Speaker Series, Singapore, August 2016

  • favOURite Place, Urban Redevelopment Authority, June, 2016

  • Panelist, UN Foundation’s Istanbul and Beyond 2016, USA

  • Panelist, NUS International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2016, NUS Business School, Singapore

  • Keynote Speaker, The 8th Annual Global CSR Summit and Awards 2016: Thriving in the New Normal in Today’s Globlized World, Indonesia

  • LinkedIn Speaker Series 2016, Singapore

  • Adobe Symposium 2016, Tweet for Good, July 2016

  • Opportunity Collaboration, October 2016, Mexico

2015

  • Panelist, Future of Us, Singapore

  • Panelist, Crowdfunding Asia Summit, Singapore

  • Moderaator & Speaker, Asia Pacific Housing Forum, Hong Kong

  • Speaker, International Conference for Young Leaders, Kuala Lumpur

2014

  • Speaker, DBS NUS Social Venture Challenge, Singapore

  • Speaker, World Architecture Festival, Singapore

2012

  • Workshop Expert, “High Density and High Livability” workshopjointly conducted by Urban Land Institute and Center for Livable Cities, Singapore

2011

  • Design Critique, Student workshop on redevelopment of Singapore Rail Lands by re:Act, a Singapore based society promoting dialogues in Asian architecture

2009

  • Speaker, Dharavi evolution: a resident first approach to slum area re-development, 2nd Asia Pacific Housing Forum, Manila, Philippines

2008

  • Speaker, Really Ar, an annual event by re:Act, Dharavi Evolution – a Planning led

  • Sustainable Design Approach

2005

  • Speaker, Determining factors for operational efficiency of public transportation systems: a case of ‘large’ US cities. Paper presented at the American Planning Association National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

 
 

Education

 

May 2005

  • Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA, Outstanding Graduate Award, GPA of 3.9

May 2001

  • Bachelor of Architecture, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India, Gold Medal Nominee

 
 

Publications

 

2012

  • Writer, “Integrating food production in urban landscape looks after cities’ relationship with countryside” published in Economic Times, Mumbai, 10 Nov, 2012

2011

  • Writer, Integrated Townships- Need Integrated Teams to Create Successful Communities, presented at GIREM (Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment and Management) Leadership Summit

2010

  • Writer, Kumar, P. (2010, September). Will Shrinking Our Wealth Shrink our Footprint? , www. greenwabiii.com, an independent web magazine by MIT, Portugal

2009

  • Writer, Kumar, P. (2009, October). Globalisation and glocalisation: new strategies for architecture design firms in post economic crisis time, Architecture + Design.

2005

  • Presenter, Kumar, P. (2005, March). Determining factors for operational efficiency of public transportation systems: a case of ‘large’ US cities. Paper presented at the American Planning Association National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

2000

  • Writer, Chitnis, P., Khullar, M., Kumar, P., & Vasuki, A. (2000). Delhi metro: concepts, conflicts and contradictions. Seminars in Architecture, 21-37

 

Project Experience

 

Campus

  • Campus for an oil major, Bangkok, Thailand, Space Matrix

  • Adobe Campus, Noida, India, Space Matrix

  • King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia, HOK

  • Digital Greens Tech Park Masterplan, Gurgaon, India, HOK

Heritage

  • Konchur Sustainable Village Plan, India Billion Bricks

  • Naya Dharavi, India Billion Bricks

  • Turtle Island Village Redevelopment, Indonesia Billion Bricks

  • Shankeshwar Pilgrimage Village Redevelopment, India Space Matrix

  • Dharavi Evolution Rehabilitation Plan, Mumbai, India HOK

  • Neemrana Fort Palace Restoration, Rajasthan, India Mosaic

  • Srimad Ramachandra Mission Religious Teachings Center Space Matrix

Institution

  • Happy Home School, Sumba, Indonesia Billion Bricks

  • Etania School, Malaysia Billion Bricks

  • Hope Home Girls Shelter, India Billion Bricks

  • India Heritage Center, Singapore Space Matrix

  • Mosque at Punggol, Singapore Space Matrix

Stadium

  • New T20 Stadium and Arena, India Populous (HOK SVE)

Hospital

  • Parkway Novena Hospital, Singapore HOK

City Center

  • Marana Town Center, Marana, Arizona, USA Swaback Partners

  • Morongo Civic Center Masterplan, Cabazon, California, USA Gruen Associates

Single Family Homes

  • PowerHYDE, Self-financing solar home, Global Billion Bricks

  • Earthquake Resistant Homes, Nepal Billion Bricks

  • Kalani Residence, Indore, India Urbanarc

  • Graphic Designer’s Residence, Gurgaon, India Space Design Consul.

  • Kumar Residence, Sahibabad, India Architect’s own residence

Industrial Architecture

  • Fibroplast Boat Factory, Noida, India Space Design Consul.

Interior Design

  • Shelter for Homeless Children Billion Bricks

  • Bharatiya Office Interiors, Delhi, India Space Design Consul.

Product Design

  • WeatherHYDE, emergency shelter, Global Billion Bricks