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Prasoon Kumar

Co-Founder and CEO, billionBricks

Prasoon is an urban planner and architect with over 10 years of international design experience with his work spanning Asia, United States, Africa and Australia.

In 2013, he co-founded billionBricks, a non-profit design studio which innovates shelter solutions with a vision to end homelessness in the world. He leads multidisciplinary team, engages with communities and stakeholders to provide for high quality shelters to the poorest communities creation opportunities for them to emerge out of poverty. Since its founding, bB has rehabilitated more than 1,800 homeless through its work.

Chosen as one of Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40, his weatherHYDE shelter received global recognition when Ashton Kutcher, American actor and investor shared it on social media including A* Design Award. He received Outstanding Graduate Award in 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