Teaching: Critical Architectural Practice (South Asia)

4th April 2015


Continuing with our series on Indigenous Architecture, we now look at architectural practices in India that are doing some very interesting work within these parameters in the Indian context. This is a personal list of people that have inspired me over the past 5 years. There are architects, engineers, artists, social reformers and craftsmen and it just goes to show the simplicity and ease with which one can enter this field. These are skills that almost everyone in rural India knows of and uses and that is one of the reasons not many people use architects in the developing world leading to huge insecurities within the architectural community who then formulate official acts and regulations to ensure their own survival!

The people on this list are some of the most ingenious and inventive minds in the country who have been beacons of hope in their respective contexts for some time. Some of them are contemporaries, some acquaintances, some friends and mentors but all of them have pursued their respective dreams with zeal and passion and there is a lot to learn from this. I have tried to cover as many geographic regions as I can as the richness in indigenous architecture comes mainly from diverse geographies and its associated nuances. So we start from the southern most states and head up north.

I hope this list proves valuable to architecture and design students looking for something different from convention, for those looking to question modernity and intelligently challenge things that they inherently feel is not right! I know it did for me.

Kerala, India

  • COSTFORD, Thirvanathapuram, India

http://www.costford.com/

Shobha and Salim's House, Ernakulum, Kerala

Shobha and Salim’s House, Ernakulum, Kerala,India

  • P.B. Sajan and Shailaja Nair, Thiruvananthapuram, India
P.B. Sajan and Shailaja Nair's Home, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

P.B. Sajan and Shailaja Nair’s Home, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

  • G. Shankar, Habitat Technology Group, Thiruvananthapuram, India

http://www.habitattechnologygroup.org/index.php

Armed Reserve Police Camp, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Armed Reserve Police Camp, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

  • Jaigopal Rao, Inspiration, Kochi, India

http://inspire-india.com

Architect's office, Kochi, Kerala

Architect’s office, Kochi, Kerala, India

  • Eugene Pandala

http://eugenepandala.com

Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad, Kerala

Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad, Kerala, India

Tamil Nadu, India

  • Benny Kuriakose, Chennai India

http://www.benny.in/

Casa Rojo, Chennai, Tamil  Nadu, India

Casa Rojo, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

  • Anthony Raj, Chennai, India

http://www.arulville.com/

Arulville, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Arulville, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

  • Anuradha and Krishna, Thulir, Dharmapuri, India

http://www.thulir.org/wp/

Centre for Learning, Sittilingi Village, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu

Centre for Learning, Sittilingi Village, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu

Auroville, India

  •  Satprem Maini, Auroville Earth Institute

http://www.earth-auroville.com/

Vikas Apartments, Auroville, India

Vikas Apartments, Auroville, India

  •  Suhasini Iyer, Auroville Design Consultants, India

http://www.aurovilledesign.com

Kindergarten, Auroville, India

Kindergarten, Auroville, India

  •  Dharmesh Jadeja,

http://webuildaur.blogspot.in/

Atithi Griha Guest House, Auroville, India

Atithi Griha Guest House, Auroville, India

  • Anupama Kundoo

http://www.anupamakundoo.com/

Wall House, Auroville, India

Wall House, Auroville, India

Karnataka, India

  • Chitra Vishwanath, Biome Solutions, Bangalore, India

http://www.biome-solutions.com/

Rustam Vania's House, Bangalore, India

Rustam Vania’s House, Bangalore, India

  • Sathya Prakash Varanashi, Sathya Consultants, Bangalore, India

https://sathyaconsultants.wordpress.com

Architect's home, Bangalore, India

Architect’s home, Bangalore, India

  •  GoodEarth Homes, Bangalore, India

http://www.goodearthhomes.net/

GoodEarth Malhar, Kengeri, Bangalore, India

GoodEarth Malhar, Kengeri, Bangalore, India

  • Neelam Manjunath, Manasaram Architects, Bangalore, India

http://www.manasaramarchitects.com

Bamboo Symphony, Bangalore, India

Bamboo Symphony, Bangalore, India

  • Dr.Yogananda, Mrinmayee, Bangalore, India
Dr. Yogananda's home, Bangalore, India

Dr. Yogananda’s home, Bangalore, India

Goa, India

  •  Gerrard Da’ Cunnha, Architecture Anonymous, Goa, India
Houses of Goa, Goa, India

Houses of Goa, Goa, India

  • Dean D’Cruz, Mozaic, Goa, India

http://www.mozaic.in

Beck, House, Goa, India

Beck, House, Goa, India

Gujarat, India

  • Sandeeep Virmani and Kiran Vaghela, Hunnarshala Foundation, Kutch, India

http://www.hunnarshala.org/

Shaame-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Gujarat, India

Shaame-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Gujarat, India

Rajasthan, India

  •  Barefoot Architects, Barefoot College, Tilonia, India

http://www.barefootcollege.org/

Barefoor College Campus, Tilonia, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Barefoor College Campus, Tilonia, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

West Bengal

  • Laurent Fournier
Debal Deb's Seed Bank, Odisha, India

Dr. Debal Deb’s Seed Bank, Odisha, India

Nagaland, India

  • Richard Belho, Zynorique, Kohima, Nagaland, India

http://zynorique.tumblr.com/

Structural Bamboo Tower, Tuensang, Nagaland, India

Structural Bamboo Tower, Tuensang, Nagaland, India

New Delhi, India

  • Sanjay Prakash, Shift Architects, New Delhi

http://www.sanjayprakash.co.in/

IGNCA, Mati Ghar, New Delhi, India

IGNCA, Mati Ghar, New Delhi, India

  •  Ashok Lall, Ashok Lall Architects, New Delhi

http://www.ashokblallarchitects.com/

Development Alternatives Headquarters, New Delhi, India

Development Alternatives Headquarters, New Delhi, India

  •  Revati Kamath, Kamath Design, New Delhi

http://www.kamathdesign.org

Kamath's House, Haryana, India

Kamath’s House, Haryana, India

  • Pradeep Sachdeva, Pradeep Sachdeva Design Associates, New Delhi

http://www.psda.in/index.asp

India Pavillion World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China

India Pavillion World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China

  • Kabir Vajpeyi, Building as Learning Aid (BALA), New Delhi
Pre-writing window grill, BALA, India

Pre-writing window grill, BALA, India

  • Golak Khandual, New Delhi
Malkha Production Centre, Karimnagar, Telangana, India

Malkha Production Centre, Karimnagar, Telangana, India

Haryana, India

  • Anil Laul, Anangpur Building Centre, Faridabad

http://www.anangpur.org/

Bio-climatic school, Vadodara, India

Bio-climatic school, Vadodara, India

  • Savneet Kaur, Imarat Architects, Karnal

http://imaratarchitects.com/index.php

Adobe House, Karnal, Haryana, India

Adobe House, Karnal, Haryana, India

Himachal Pradesh, India

  •  Didi Contractor, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

http://didi-contractor-documentary.com/

Dharmalaya, Bir, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

Dharmalaya, Bir, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

  • Ishita Khanna, Ecosphere, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

http://www.spitiecosphere.com/index.htm

Ecosphere, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Ecosphere, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Jammu & Kashmir, India

 

  • Sonam Wangchuk, Secmol, Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India

http://www.secmol.org/index.php

Secmol Campus, Phey, Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India

Secmol Campus, Phey, Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India

One comment

  1. NIVEDITA MEHROTRA · · Reply

    Hello Sir,
    thank you so much for this comprehensive list. It’s the perfect list that I was looking for as I want to pursue my job in firms doing similar work. My ideas are very much on the same lines as theirs. Thank you so much.

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