HOT 100 - 2019

31 Jul 2019

Abha Narain Lambah - Hot 100/ 2019
Childhood fascinations with history and space pointed Abha Narain Lambah to her calling as a conservation architect. The alumnus of more...
Abin Chaudhuri- Hot 100/2019
Abin Chaudhuri was on a solid wicket professionally, after graduating from Kolkata’s Jadavpur University in 1998. He worked as creative more...
Abraham John & Alan Abraham- Hot 100/2019
There’s no endorsement as powerful as repeat clientele. And Abraham John Architects have seen plenty of those since they set more...
Ainsley Lewis- Hot 100/2019
Any design intervention is a precursor to the act of urbanisation, according to architect Ainsley Lewis, and it is according more...
Akshat Bhatt
It was an unsuccessful quest for an ‘equal opportunity’ firm that prompted Akshat Bhatt to establish his own practice Architecture more...
Alfaz Miller
Alfaz Miller’s fascination with elements that he sketched led to equipping himself with a degree at Sir JJ College of more...
Alok Shetty 
Bhumiputra Architecture has yet to reach its first decade of existence, yet its projects exhibit great depth and philosophical nuances, more...
Ambrish Arora, Ankur Choksi, Sidhartha Talwar, Pankhuri Goel & Asha Sairam
Founders of the edgy Studio Lotus can be dubbed as ‘Accidental Architects’, based on how their career choices materialised. While more...
Amit Aurora &  Rahul Bansal Hot 100/2019
For the founders of this New Delhi-based firm, who were always drawn to all things creative, great design is one more...
Amit Khanna
The growth of Amit Khanna Design Associates has been organic, steady. From the first private residence that marked his transformation more...
Amita Kulkarni & Vikrant Tike
Why’, not ‘what’, drives Amita Kulkarni and Vikrant Tike, in their quest to create extraordinary spaces and moments with their more...
Anamika Prasad, Gurneet Singh & Tanmay Tathagat
Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) was born in 2003, when Anamika Prasad realised the need of analytical expertise for designing energy- more...
Annkur Khosla
While Annkur Khosla was fixated with dedicating her life to transform lives, her topping the architecture entrance test determined her more...
Anupama Kundoo Hot 100/2019
Anupama Kundoo showed her ‘difference’ very early in her professional life, when, as a freshly-minted architect from Sir JJ College more...
Anuradha & Vivek Rathore
Anuradha and Vivek Rathore are very aware of appropriate design. “Every line we draw, there is a resource consumed at more...
Aparna Dhareshwar & Vami Koticha Hot 100 2019
Established in 2006, Sameep Padora & Associates (sPa) is a boutique design studio that offers architectural, urban planning and interior more...
Ashiesh Shah
Ashiesh Shah has been the toast of many seasons. The much-published architect and his award-winning practice Ashiesh Shah Architecture + more...
Ayaz & Zameer Basrai
When an industrial designer and an architect work together, interesting things are bound to happen. A case in point: The more...
Ayush Kasliwal
Ayush Kasliwal’s story is one of the pursuit of social-minded design and learning. He became a furniture designer from NID, more...
Babu Cherian
Babu Cherian always tries to impress one basic truth upon his team — that creating good design is always an more...
Bhakti & Harish Pote,  Pragya & Gaurav Sanghavi
Named one of the fastest-growing architectural practices by the government body IEDRA, Pentaspace was first nurtured as an idea by more...
Bobby Mukherji
Bobby Mukherji has always been a go-getter. Not many budding professionals will have the confidence to establish an independent practice more...
Brijesh Shaijal
Born as BS Architects in 2005, Brijesh Shaijal’s practice — now rechristened as Design Art & Culture (DAC) — has more...
Canna Patel
Canna Patel’s journey is a tribute to resilience and discovery. Her gravitation towards architecture might have been determined by destiny, more...
Chitra Vishwanath
Establishing the ‘practice’ was serendipity for Chitra Vishwanath, “since one had to do something! I would rather say, I started more...
Christopher Charles Benninger
When he first came to India, Christopher Charles Benninger suspects he was perceived as an “idiot American architect” doing pro-bono more...
Dean D’Cruz
Dean’s design DNA has the imprint of ‘Natural Architecture’, the firm which he partnered with Gerard da Cunha for seven more...
Dikshu Kukreja
The largest unwritten document, as Dikshu Kukreja calls architecture, was one he always wondered about even as a child. Fuelled more...
Dipen Gada
Design may have happened by chance to Dipen Gada — when the civil engineer was asked to supervise a cousin’s more...
Dominic Dube
“My alma mater could be in the countries I’ve lived in, and the time spent living in and around the more...
Gayathri Shetty & Namith Varma
Sustainable architecture is an indivisible part of Gayathri Shetty and Namith Varma’s design manifesto. Right from the days the studio more...
Gurjit Singh Matharoo
With a flair for the unconventional and a poetic perspective to the profession, Gurjit Singh Matharoo has that unique ability more...
Hafeez Contractor
If one has to cite an example of exponential growth, without a doubt the name Hafeez Contractor would pop up. more...
Hiren Patel
Hiren Patel swears by honesty, dedication and passion for one’s work; the potent combination, he says, is irreplaceable in his more...
Husna Rahaman
Husna Rahaman’s formal training in design is enviable:  she went to the Inchbald School of Design at Sloane Square, London, more...
Jabeen Zacharias
Arts has always been Jabeen Zacharias’ passion – be it theatre, music, dance, drama and, of course, architecture. Being a more...
Jayashree & Kapil Bhalla
Studio for Environment & Architecture, or Se-Arch as founders and Kapil Bhalla call it, is dedicated to creating innovative architecture more...
Jimmy Mistry
Jimmy Mistry’s  contractual association with some of the finest architects and designers in the country led to his full-fledged presence more...
Kamal & Arjun Malik
Architecture, for Kamal Malik, is a synthesis of ‘Ecology’ and ‘Spirit’. Founder and principal architect of Malik Architecture in Mumbai, more...
Karan Grover
Infusing life into the etymology of ‘architecture’ as an act of building, is what makes it a verb for academician more...
Krupa Zubin & Zubin Zainuddin
‘Every Detail in a Project Matters’. That’s the credo upon which Krupa Zubin and Zubin Zainuddin founded their practice ZZ more...
Lalita Tharani & Mujib Ahmed
“For us, architecture falls at the intersection of informed designs and speculative hypothesis. The designs are often not a result more...
Latha R Jaigopal & Jaigopal G Rao
This firm eats, sleeps and dreams sustainability. And why should it not, when its founders, till today, are guided by more...
Linus & Lyle Lopez
Is formal training in a creative field better, or does it fetter? If you believe the latter, you’d find validation more...
Manish Banker
Architecture, says Manish Banker, is a device that connects man with nature, “and ultimately with himself.” This belief, in a more...
Manisha Agarwal & Shantanu Poredi
Architecture and academia co-populate Manisha Agarwal and Shantanu Poredi’s MO-OF, a practice they established in 2001. Perhaps the quality of more...
Martand Khosla
“To question everything and remain learning,” is a lesson Martand Khosla learnt at Architectural Association in London, and that is more...
Michael Foley
Simplicity of thought and “not being afraid of doing something I haven’t done before” are ingrained in the personality of more...
Minnie Bhatt
Minnie Bhatt has always believed in going with the flow. When the Commerce graduate realised that she had a penchant more...
Narendra Pirgal, Smaran Mallesh & Vikram Rajashekar
When still students, Narendra Pirgal, Smaran Mallesh and Vikram Rajashekar had envisioned Cadence Architects as a studio where they would more...
Ninad Tipnis
Smart Work + Hard Work = Success. Ninad Tipnis swears by this equation. He could have chosen to stay back more...
Nisha Mathew-Ghosh & Soumitro Ghosh
Even in the first project of newly-constituted Mathew and Ghosh Architects — a home for founder Nisha Mathew’s mother — more...
Nithya Srinivasan & Kiran Venkatesh
Classmates at IIT Karagpur and now partners at Bengaluru-based InFORM, Nithya Srinivasan and Kiran Venkatesh are guided by five keywords more...
Noshir Talati
Noshir Talati’s innate love for architecture during his growing years in and around Victoria Terminus, Mumbai, predetermined his pioneering footprint more...
Nuru Karim
Architecture threw a spell on Nuru Karim around the tender age of 12.  Despite there being no such career precedent more...
Parul Zaveri
It is the world of architecture’s void to have lost Nimish Patel to ill-health, and to have Abhikram now singly more...
PK  Das
From taking up insignificant interior design assignments, to eventually making his way to multinational companies, to finding his passion in more...
Ponni & Oscar Concessao
Oscar and Ponni Concessao share a deep philosophical connection with architecture. It was their career of choice as they wanted more...
Poonam Verma Mascarenhas
Poonam Verma Mascarenhas’ all-pervasive involvement as building conservationist, researcher and writer ties up with her architectural presence.  As a Charles more...
Prem Nath
Given the backdrop of India’s Partition and its gut-wrenching aftermath, it’s almost a miracle that Prem Nath (who’s originally from more...
Rahoul B Singh
Architecture, for Rahoul Singh, is “a culturally situated and situating discipline.” And he proudly states that at RLDA – a more...
Rahul Kadri
At Mumbai-based IM Kadri Architects, principal architect and partner Rahul Kadri is in the pursuit of “meaning” more than form. more...
Rajan & Sachin Goregaoker
“Our aim is not merely to fulfill our clients’ expectations, but also to exceed them,” states Sachin Goregaoker, who founded more...
Rajiv D’Silva
When Rajiv D’Silva began practising in 2001, his aspirations were modest (“possibly they aren’t too high even today”). He wanted more...
Rajiv Saini
Life can be strange, unpredictable…and wonderful. How else would a computer science graduate meet a noted designer/aesthete, unearth a passion more...
Ravi Sarangan & Sanjay Srinivasan
Little did Ravi Sarangan and Sanjay Srinivasan, fresh graduates from Sir JJ College of Architecture, realise that they’d be counted more...
Revathi Kamath
At Kamath Design Studio, Revathi Kamath has produced work that is informed by an explicitly environmental agenda. Since its inception more...
Reza Kabul
His three decades of an immensely prolific and diverse practice can be, according to architect Reza Kabul, attributed to two more...
Rooshad Shroff
Rooshad’s early exposure to architecture and design when he accompanied his architect father to his office, set the foundation for more...
Rupana & Niroop Reddy
The process of transforming intangibles — aspirations, preferences, hopes — into a tangible creation through architecture thrilled Rupana and Niroop more...
Rupande Shah
From remodelling a 120sq-ft bedroom to designing high-end, luxurious homes, Rupande Shah  was able to make her mark in Kolkata’s more...
Sabeena Khanna
Sabeena Khanna and Studio KIA, the practice Khanna runs with her husband Rajiv, are currently living their dream. Away from more...
Saket Sethi
Saket Sethi represents the gen-next of architects, balancing projects in India and Europe. Sethi has garnered impeccable academic credentials for more...
Sandeep Khosla & Amaresh Anand
Conceptual thinking. Climate-appropriate and contextual language. A respect for tradition. A contemporary outlook. Problem-solving. Discipline… This are the powerful philosophical more...
Sandeep Shikre
In his 30 odd years of practice, Sandeep Shikre has learnt that “good design doesn’t cost, it pays.” Whether he more...
Sandeep Shikre
In his 30 odd years of practice, Sandeep Shikre has learnt that “good design doesn’t cost, it pays.” Whether he more...
Sanjay Puri
Back in 1992, Sanjay Puri began his practice with an opportunity like none other. What started off as a 54-acre more...
Santha Gour-Mattoo & Kalhan Mattoo
“We are light on ideology and heavy on creativity and innovation,” say Santha Gour-Mattoo and Kalhan Mattoo who started Planet more...
Seema Puri & Zarir Mullan
When Seema Puri & Zarir Mullan partnered their architecture and interior design firm, they sought to crystallise creativity and let more...
Shabnam Gupta
Shabnam Gupta elaborates on how design chose her when she realised her parental career choice, of Home Science, was not more...
Shera Bano Merchant
Back in 1995, architect Shera Bano Merchant set up Square 9 Designs in Nagpur with a vision to be an more...
Shilpa Gore-Shah & Pinkish Shah
Shilpa Gore-Shah and Pinkish Shah have always been vocal about the universality of design. Rejecting traditional boundaries of creative fields, more...
Shimul Javeri Kadri
Shimul Javeri Kadri was drawn to architecture due to its combination of science and arts at a time when career more...
Sonal Sancheti & Rahul Gore
Tailored, yet transcendental design. Crystallise Opolis’ manifesto to the granular level, and this is what you get. “The firm prides more...
Sonali & Manit Rastogi
At Morphogenesis, sustainability isn’t viewed from the lens of ‘energy’ alone, but addresses the total environmental, social, cultural and financial more...
Sonali Bhagwati
Sonali Bhagwati’s entry to CEPT, Ahmedabad as a tender 17 year old, was a life changer.  Those five years were more...
Sumessh Menon
Sumessh Menon has been called the Super Potato of India — a fitting title, indeed, considering the large number of more...
Sunita & Kohelika Kohli
A common thread in all the projects by K2 India is a sense of understated sophistication in design. Perhaps it more...
Sunitha Kondur & Bijoy Ramachandran
They call their approach pragmatic, prudent and commonsensical. They work with local materials and skills. They are sensitive and responsive more...
Swapnil & Rahul Dalvi
The ‘break’ for Swapnil and Rahul Dalvi came quite early in their professional lives, when they got the opportunity to more...
Tallulah D’silva
Back in 1998, Tallulah D’Silva began her profession in collaboration with architect Rajiv D’Silva designing mostly residential and institutional buildings more...
Tanuja & Sanjay Kanvinde
Tanuja Kanvinde’s early inclination towards architecture as a career could be linked to her grandfather (who was an art teacher) more...
Tony Joseph
Charles Moore and Laurie Baker were a potent combination for Tony Joseph. The views of regionalism of the former and more...
Uttam C Jain, Shona & Chirag Jain
“The relationship between humans and the building being established, what develops and grows around becomes a measure for man and more...
Vikas Dilawari
Ego has no place in built-heritage conservation, says Vikas Dilawari. “Our (designers’) ego should be at its lowest (so as) more...
Vinu Daniel
With an undeniable sense of pride, Vinu Daniel states that he comes from the land of “Laurie Baker, where the more...
Vivek Bhole
Vivek Bhole was conscious of his creative calling. Rooted from his father who was efficient in electronics engineering and the more...
Yatin Pandya
An author, activist, academician, researcher and mentor, Yatin Pandya has always approached his design keeping in mind the socio-cultural realities more...
Yatin Pandya
An author, activist, academician, researcher and mentor, Yatin Pandya has always approached his design keeping in mind the socio-cultural realities more...
Yatin Patel
Ranked as among the top 100 architectural practices in the world by WA100 2019, DSP Design Associates has clearly lived more...

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