Yogeshwar Navagrah

Award Category: 
Arts and Culture Award
Recipient Year: 
2014

Born in Nasik, India, Yogeshwar (Yogi) Navagrah has always been involved in the arts.  At the age of 17 Yogeshwar left Nasik to pursue a formal education in architecture at the University of Pune. During his years of formal training, Yogi realized the role that urban design could play in shaping the future of cities: improving the quality of life for many through the creation of better public spaces. Yogi’s pursuit to further his education in urban design brought him to Calgary at the age of 23. Yogi’s active involvement at the University of Calgary and with the Calgary community allowed him to combine his love of art with design.  As part of his university project, Yogi identified the potential for redevelopment of Brentwood Mall, and his submitted proposal was awarded the City of Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Award in 2005. Since completing his master’s degree as an international student, Yogi has received several awards for his work including a second Mayor’s Urban Design Award and a winning entry, “Centennial Grove,” in the City of Calgary Landscape Installation competition.  Centennial Grove still stands opposite Calgary City Hall.Today, Yogi combines his years of work experience and professional designation to bring people, concepts and art together through his own business, Navagrah Landscape Architecture + Urban Design.