CHACOL, Inc., established in 2006 as a multi-disciplinary design collaborative by husband and wife Apurva and Chinmaya, is a full-service architecture firm. The firm offers extensive design experience in custom residential, creative workplace, institutional, retail and commercial design practice areas.
Apurva Pande, AIA is a licensed California architect (C-33657) with fifteen years of design experience. He began his career in the offices of Frank Gehry and worked extensively on large-scale international institutional and commercial design projects, including the prestigious Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto.
Chinmaya Misra also brings fifteen years of design experience on large mixed-use, retail and workplace projects both as Senior Associate at the Jerde Partnership and as Senior Designer at Gensler. Her practice experience in mixed-use projects ranges from California to Japan, Europe and the Mediterranean regions.
Chinmaya and Apurva regularly serve as design faculty at UCLA Extension and Woodbury University. They are also co-founders and board members of an elementary charter school, Metro Charter, in downtown Los Angeles, widely regarded as a history creating grassroots community effort in the historic core.
AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS, RECOGNITION
CHA:COL has been profiled extensively and projects have featured in Dwell, LA Times, New York Times, Architectural Record, Alarm Press, DAMDI, Inside-Outside, Modern Home, California Home & Design, in addition to ArchDaily, Dezeen and HGTV. Their work regularly features in Alumni Exhibition showcases at SCI_Arc and UCLA.
In 2006, the firm was featured in the prestigious ‘New Blood: Next Gen’ exhibition at the Architecture+Design Museum in Los Angeles, showcasing the work of 32 young design firms.
Past features have included the shows ‘Recent Departures’ in 2004 and ‘Uncontested’ in 2007. Sci_Arc recently featured the work of CHA:COL under ‘Notable Alumni’.
In 2004, CHA:COL was showcased by Architectural Record for the ‘Emerging Architects’ series. CHA:COL was also involved in creating a competition-winning installation that was fabricated and showcased at UCLA in 2001.