Dashrath Patel was the first Director of Design & Education of The National Institute of Design, (NID Ahmedabad) and was closely associated with the institute for a period of nineteen formative years.During this period he interacted closely with stalwarts such as Charles Eames, Louis Kahn, George Nakashima, Buckminster Fuller, William Hayter, Herbert Matter, Frei Otto, Robert
Rauschenberg,
Leo Leoni, Saul Bass, Ivan Chermayeff, Jeroslav Fric, John Cage, Chandralekha, Gautam Sarabhai, and Gira Sarabhai, among others.

He designed almost all the major public exhibitions of Independent India such as.........
 
1964 'India Pavilion', New York World Fair
1965 Nehru Exhibition, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo & Chilly
1969 'World is My Family' Gandhi Centenary Exhibition,New Delhi
1972 'Theme Pavilion', ASIA '72, New Delhi
1984 Exhibition Design, Vishwakarma (Master Weaver), New Delhi
1985 Inaugural events of 'Festival of India', France
1987 Inaugural events of 'Fesival of India' USSR
1965-66Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship for Study of
Design & Architecture, USA.
1980 He was the first recepient of 'Padmashri' for
Design & Design Education
1980-95 Conducted a series of workshops in alternate design,
vegetable dyes, craft, at several venues in India and
also in the Philippines.
1987-90 Swaminarayan Akshar Dham,Gandhinagar, Gujarat
2000‘MASTER TEACHERS’ at University of California,
Berkeley, California.
2000Paricipated as panel member and speeker at the book
‘Vision of Art’ release function at Guggeneim Museum,
New York.
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