Architect, interior designer, educationist and visionary thinker, Canna Patel’s role in the field goes beyond just design and running projects. “Building the professional design service for interior architecture has been the underlying motivation from day one,” insists Patel, disclosing that the seeds of design were sown early on through her architect father [Hasmukh Patel], though her own practice began in 1993 within his larger architecture firm. Thereafter, she worked towards establishing an independent practice.
Having completed her Bachelor’s in Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad, she did her Master’s at UC Berkeley. She is the chairperson, HCP Interior Design Pvt Ltd (HCPID), widely regarded as a reputable and professionally managed firm. Patel’s practice spans three decades, each one being a concerted effort towards setting a fairly indigenous signature style.
Working within a relatively disorganised and nascent off-shoot of architecture, she found that the interior design profession required a large leap to become a professionally-managed design practice. So, she spent the major part of her first decade of practice setting standards for the quality of interior drawings as well as concepts that were at par with architectural approaches during that time. Conceptual presentations, story boards and material trays have since remained the USP of her firm that excels in communicating design.
Backed by her experience and rigour to create the finest, an emotive language in interiors developed during the second decade. “We, as a firm, consciously question design over its exposure to the international market, economic constraints, and environmental and social responsibilities,” she says, disclosing that their ‘conscious’ design ideology, ’We are from here and we belong here’, remains a driving force in their creation of timeless design.
A woman plays many roles in her life. While Patel’s practice made an impact through its work, she herself diversified on the educational front through hardcore design workshops and lectures during her ongoing third decade. Her experience as a professional in the interior design field allows her to target and approach students on topics related to textiles, professional practice, flooring in interiors…that are beyond ‘text-book knowledge’.
A successful deviation for this pioneering architect and designer, has been in establishing the Ahmedabad chapter of IIID in the architecture-centric city that she calls home.

Looking Back

HCPID made significant strides through projects like the interiors of Additional Blocks for the Government of Gujarat in Sachivalaya campus, Gandhinagar, in 2013. This was a large-scale government project that required prowess not just in its scope of work, but in also building standards comparable to private institutions.

Looking forward

While Patel’s passion as an interior designer and architect has been to create dynamic spaces, her quest has always been to excel in a career that can inspire others. She hopes that, with time, she will spread her wings further to engulf as many experiences as life can offer, with the ultimate goal “to soar higher than yesterday.”


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