Dhaval Barbhaya came to St. Louis from India to get his master’s degree in urban design and planning from Washington University and we’re thankful that he never left (except for those dozens of trips back and forth to India for project work). For most of his eight years at HOK, Dhaval has been one of the team leaders for the amazing Lavasa project, which is a series of compact villages rising along the water’s edge of several thousand acres in the mountainous Western Ghats region between Mumbai and Pune.
India’s DNA Money just ran a story on the Lavasa project in which Ajit Gulabchand, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Construction Co Ltd (HCC), says, “It’s time to stop calling it a real estate development. I would like to say we are in the business of comprehensive urban development and management in which real estate is just one vertical. This is about creating a whole new hill station town, a whole new urban centre with hospitality and tourism and education at its centre. It’s not a resort town. It is being sold across socio-economic strata.”