Renowned civil engineer, urban planner and cool old school Bombay gentleman Shirish Patel has just been elected honorary fellow of the 100-year-old Indian Institute of Architects. Patel, Pravina Mehta and Charles Correa had co-created Navi Mumbai in the mid-1970s. Patel was the founder-director of HDFC, and had also worked on the Koyna dam project. The silver-haired octogenarian, a ferocious reader to this day, was also part of the team that worked on the Kemps Corner flyover and built the Panvel River viaduct on the Konkan Railway, which is, at some 64 metres, one of Asia’s tallest viaducts. Clearly, the honour is well vested.1