Design in its myriad forms has been the cornerstone of human civilization and has been the gauge by which human progress is measured. This today, more than any other time in history will define the impact we have on the environment.
At Master Plan, we use landscape architecture as a powerful foil to temper the edge of the built form, creating a foil for architecture, using sustainable design strategies that mitigate the relentless need for more space to be colonized and assimilated into the urban sprawl. With every project we are cognizant of the design goals, and empathize with the culture, history and ecology of the site, using these as anchors to derive environmentally conscious designs that are relevant, holistic and sustainable.
Established in 1993 by Sekar James after 20 years under the erstwhile banner, Black Rose, Master Plan is a firm that prides itself at being at the very forefront of design with an obsession for attention to detail. The firm’s exhaustive list of clientele is a testament to the passion and design excellence of the firm, having completed over 4500 projects to date. Master Plan is involved in the design of a range of projects including residential, townships, commercial and retail, industrial, IT Parks, Hotels and Resorts, etc. The firm’s projects are spread across India, with international projects in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Dubai, Muscat, Bahrain, The Maldives, Tanzania and Spain.
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Our Leadership Team
- SEKAR JAMESChairman
Sekar James is a visionary landscape architect, combining his B.Sc. Agri degree from Annamalai University with his innate flair for art, to create landmark landscape designs. Since his first project in 1974 was the iconic Fisherman’s Cove project in Chennai which catapulted him into the limelight, and he has since designed, detailed over 3000 projects over the past 4 decades. He is enthralled by the challenges that we face in developing design strategies that conserve our natural resources, and is committed to being a part of a process that creates sustainable, holistic and inclusive designs, conserving and protecting our environment for posterity. His design process is driven by the an emotional connection to the site, allowing him to assimilate, deconstruct and modify design measures to suit not only the functional requirement and the aesthetic fabric of the larger context, but also the long-term impact, sustainability and value of the design as a whole.
- ZHAYYNN JAMESCEO & Design Head
As the CEO & Design Head at Master Plan, Zhayynn’s key responsibilities include designing and overseeing turnkey projects for major IT clients in several cities across India, incorporating LEED & GRIHA standards as applicable, understanding the context of the natural landscape of the area and incorporating environment friendly / sustainable design components into the masterplan. He is constantly looking for ways to improve sustainability and reduce the consumption footprint. This has resulted in the introduction of several simple but very efficient ancillary design interventions that have now become part of the design mainstream at Master Plan. This has lead to several projects earning prestigious awards in the field of sustainable design.