Location: Bangalore, India
Firm: Bhumiputra Architecture
Alok Shetty started his firm Bhumiputra Architecture when he was just 19 years old, and at the ripe age of 28, he shows no signs of slowing down. He excels at conceptualizing efficient designs made from renewable, local, and recycled materials, accounting for environmental and economic concerns to design sustainable spaces that serve the developing world. For a slum in his native Bangalore, he has developed flood-proof houses that cost as little as $300 each. Recently, he has also designed mobile units that can become clinics and classrooms for communities in need using the country’s vast network of existing train tracks.