Vikas M. Gore

Vikas M. Gore, MArch/MUD84

As a director of DP Architects—the Singapore-based, 1,200-person practice with 15 offices worldwide—Vikas M. Gore subscribes to the view that quality detailing and excellence in execution is fundamental to the realization of good design.

Born in New York and raised in India, Gore earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 from the Sir J. J. College of Architecture in Mumbai. Shortly thereafter, he visited Singapore to meet the family of his girlfriend (and future wife) but soon joined the staff of DP Architects, which was founded just a decade before. Aside from his time at Washington University, where he earned master's degrees in architecture and urban design in 1984, he has essentially been with DPA ever since.

Overseeing projects from inception to completion, Gore has experience in a wide range of project types, including religious, institutional, and infrastructure developments, as well as in retail, office, residential, and hospitality sectors. Major projects include the acclaimed performing arts center Esplanade—Theatres on the Bay, which won Singapore's President's Design Award 2006 and the RIBA Worldwide Award 2005, for which he served as both project director and lead architect.

In the 1980s, Gore was responsible for introducing computer-aided design to DPA, making it one of the first firms in the world to make intensive use of CAD. Today he remains responsible for information technology and building information modeling while also leading the firm's expansion into India and into infrastructure work in Singapore and overseas.

Gore has taught at the National University of Singapore as a visiting faculty member, a design critic, and an external examiner. He is an independent director on the Board of Larsen & Tubro Buildings and Factories, India's largest construction firm.

Gore credits his success to his undergraduate and graduate teachers and to colleagues at DP Architects—but more importantly to his wife, Nirmala PuruShotam, whom he regards as among the key influences in his life. The family has provided an endowed scholarship in Architecture, The M.S. Gore Scholarship in Urban Design, in memory of Vikas' father, who was a sociologist and educator.