Mukund Patel

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"Mukund is Business Development Director for Sammon Group in the UK and focuses on schools projects globally. He is a world expert on design of school buildings and needs of the learning environments for the future. He was Head of Schools Capital Division at the Department for Education (DCSF) in the UK for 11 years. In this role he was responsible for advising ministers on all aspects of schools including development of inspirational and exciting school buildings, standards of school premises, etc. Mukund played a key role in development of Building Schools for the Future and Academies Programmes. He oversaw delivery of the first 48 Academies. At DCSF Mukund also developed various innovative programmes like Exemplar Designs, Classrooms of the Future and City Learning Centres. He developed BREEAM for Schools and set up Zero Carbon Task. After leaving DCSF in 2008, for two years Mukund was Chief Officer for Educational Infrastructure at GEMS Education, based in Dubai. While there he developed schools in Middle East, India and in Tianjin Eco City in China. Mukund has spoken at conferences in Europe, the USA, Australia, Singapore and the Middle East on issues related to school buildings. He was also Chairman of the OECD CELE programme for 6 years and was President of the Society of Chief Architects in the UK. "[1]


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  1. People, Learning through Landscapes, accessed January 30, 2015.