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Architecture BRIO is proud to work with a strong multidisciplinary team of young and energetic architects, interior designers, sustainability experts and visualisers from various backgrounds and experiences. We work intensively with a highly skilled and talented network of engineers, consultants, designers and the client, welcoming new insights that can lead to specific innovative solutions. The studio believes strongly in design as a process with an intensive dialogue.

Indian Architect

Shefali Balwani

Principal Architect
shefali@architecturebrio.com

Shefali Balwani is a practising architect, founder principal and director of Architecture BRIO. Born in Mumbai, she studied at the renowned School of Architecture C.E.P.T. in Ahmedabad. After graduating she worked with Rahul Mehrotra Architects in Mumbai. At his studio she worked on a variety of projects such as the first phase of the Magic Bus campus in Karjat. Hereafter she joined the office of Channa Daswatte in Sri Lanka, where she worked on some of the office’s prestigious hospitality projects.

In 2006 she established Architecture BRIO together with Robert Verrijt in her hometown Mumbai.

Shefali has a keen interest in practising in a wide variety and scales of projects. She is committed to exemplary planning, design and execution of the projects at Architecture BRIO. Shefali is a frequent speaker at institutions and forums around the world. Amongst others, she lectured at the KVD forum at CEPT in Ahmedabad, the Landscape Architecture conference in Sydney, Australia, the MASA conference in Bangalore and at GSAPP, Columbia University, New York.

She appeared in the BBC documentary “Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes” together with Robert Verrijt. The program featured their project the “Riparian House” in Karjat.

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Robert Verrijt

Principal Architect
robert@architecturebrio.com

Born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Robert Verrijt received a Master of Science in Architecture at the TUDelft in 2003. His masters thesis was accoladed with the Dutch Archiprix award. Being fascinated by Geoffrey Bawa’s architecture, he moved to Sri Lanka shortly after graduating. He joined the office of Channa Daswatte where he assisted on a retrospective exhibition of Geoffrey Bawa’s work. The office gave him the opportunity to work on various residential and hospitality projects, located in a wide variety of landscapes and contexts, such as the Kurulu Bedda Boutique Resort.

Struck by the increasing disparities in the Indian subcontinent and the opportunities it offered to achieve impact, he decided to move to Mumbai in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he set up the practice Architecture BRIO together with Shefali Balwani. Robert is fascinated with the diversity of the Indian landscape. The diverse climates and geographies of India encourage truly specific architecture with unique experiential qualities.

Robert has taught at various colleges of Architecture in Mumbai and lectures extensively in India and abroad. He sits on the Board of Studies of the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. Since 2016 he is a member of the Bandra Collective and leads the bB design Studio, dedicated to eradicating homelessness. Robert is a registered architect in The Netherlands.

Rohit Mankar Indian Architect

Rohit Mankar

Associate Partner
rohit@architecturebrio.com

Rohit Mankar is Associate Partner at Architecture BRIO and Head of Projects with a focus on technical development and the implementation of our projects. Rohit studied architecture from the School of Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad. He also holds a masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Rohit has over two decades of experience, and began his career working across hospitality and residential design with WATG in London and in the US.

He was drawn by the opportunity to contribute to the emerging language of modern Indian architecture, drawing deeply from its traditional roots while also evolving to a vernacular modern future and in 2005 he founded Parallax Design Studio, a multidisciplinary design firm based in Mumbai. Over 15 years, his portfolio has included a variety of projects ranging from hospitality and offices to residences and product design. As a specialist in the hospitality space, he has worked with leading hospitality brands like Four Seasons, ITC and Radisson as well as collaborated with international design icons like Philippe Starck.

Rohit is a visiting Faculty member at Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai since 2018. He has also been a regular part of design juries in various architecture colleges over the years.

Mimo Shirazi - Business Head

Mimo Shirazi

Business Head
mimo@architecturebrio.com

Mimo Shirazi is Business Head at Architecture BRIO and is responsible for the operational aspects of the organisation, business development and client relations . With two decades of running Cole Paints Ltd. he gained in depth experience in running a contracting firm leading teams, managing timelines, budgets and suppliers. Cole Paints was a family run, specialised steel painting contracting company primarily focussing on industrial and off-shore projects with high-end specifications and challenging working conditions.

In 2015 he closed his company pursuing a different career path, more in line with his personal interests. He joined the architecture practice Studio Mumbai, run by Bijoy Jain as Head of Operations. Here he gained experience guiding projects across the world such as Italy, France, Japan and Australia, apart from those in India. He ran the operations of the firm, managed projects, including project timelines, budget, and guided and instructed large team of inhouse craftsmen for both architectural projects as well as furniture making.

In 2020, after working for five years at the studio, he joined the team at Architecture BRIO as the Business Head in continuation of his journey in the architectural field.

Executive Assistant

Philomena Fernandes

Executive Assistant
admin@architecturebrio.com

Philomena Fernandes has been an Advisor to the Team Leader at BPO for nine years. She also worked as a teacher in a school. Her function as an Executive Assistant at Architecture BRIO is to handle different office activities and to act as a point of contact between the team and management, scheduling and coordinating client meetings and internal team meetings. Her curiosity towards the field of design piqued her interest and encouraged her to join Architecture BRIO.

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Kushal Lachhwani

Landscape Architect
kushal@architecturebrio.com

Born and raised in New Delhi – Kushal is always in quest for inclusive, re-wilding and aesthetic landscapes which are able to pacify humans and other species. Before studying landscape architecture (he received his Masters of Landscape Architecture at U.C. Berkeley), he was trained as an architect, graduating at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. He takes his inspiration from works of Geoffrey Bawa and Luis Barragan and likes to design spaces indoor, outdoor, and in between.

He currently works between California and India and continuously educates himself with travel. He has explored working in several geographies through a diverse range of projects such as wetland restoration, public waterfront projects at Tom Leader Studio, a school in Himalayas, urban plazas in Thailand, the Architecture Biennale in The Netherlands and Market Street, San Francisco. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, India and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley where he also teaches part time. A TATA scholar, he was also awarded the prestigious Geraldine Scott Travel fellowship to study landscapes in motion and ASLA certificate of Honor, CA (2016). At Architecture BRIO he collaborates on all landscape projects, realising his goal to eliminate the distinction between the field of landscape and architecture.

Indian Visualiser

Ninad Naik

Senior Visualizer
ninad@architecturebrio.com

Ninad Naik is the visual artist of our office. He has completed his Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects (Plus) from Maya Academy of Advance Cinematic (MAAC) in collaboration with University of Cambridge. He is rigorously skilled with over 10 years of experience in Architectural field, as a 3D Interior and Exterior Visualizer. He has worked with Adid – Architect and Interior Consultant as well as with Architype3D and also as a freelancer. He has joined Architecture Brio to further develop his finishing touches to 3D studio max for more realistic output, using Photoshop.

Indian Visualizer

Shivraj Rudruke

Junior Visualizer
shivraj@architecturebrio.com

Shivraj is a 3D visualizer at Architecture BRIO. He has completed an Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation and 3D Stereoscopic Film Making from Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – Pune. This has equipped him with the knowledge of various 3D & 2D softwares,
technologies and a range of filmmaking techniques that are used in the process. He is experienced in making Hyper-realistic 3D renders with remarkable furniture detailing and product visualization skills. He has worked with Takshaka Designs and Inara Designs in the past where he lead a team of 3D visulizers and honed his skills and gained valuable work experience. At Architecture BRIO he aspires to gain a better insight and experience into interior & exterior architectural designs.

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Nilesh Sankhat

Senior Interior Designer
nilesh@architecturebrio.com

Nilesh Sankhat believes in the critical value of precise and informative drawings to communicate his designs on site. This belief has been with him throughout his career as an Interior Designer after he finished his studies at L. S. Raheja School of Architecture in 2006. After graduating, he set out to explore his interests in the field of residence and commercial interiors at Talati and Panthaky Associates and at Della Group. Soon after he joined Prakash Mankar Associates in 2012 as an Interior Designer with a view to further his learning process, along with taking up higher responsibilities.

Being a senior interior designer and working for over nine years, Nilesh has handled a number of hospitality, commercial projects for amongst others, the ITC group, and Peninsula group across Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Throughout his career the urge for accurate drawings and meticulous details has been a constant, enabling his ideas to flourish into meaningful designs.

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Milaap Koppikar

Senior Interior Designer
milaap@architecturebrio.com

Milaap Koppikar is an Interior Designer from Mumbai and graduated from L. S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai in 2006. Thereafter he worked on diverse interior design projects independently gaining experience on different typologies. He joined Prakash Mankar Associates in 2011 where he had the opportunity to work on large scale projects offering an all-round experience in hospitality, residential and commercial projects.

Through this growth, the combination of variety across the typology of projects and exposure to different stages has proved to be crucial for him and has helped him lead projects that include five-star hotels, high-end clubs and apartments. Some of his key projects include Sarovar Hotels, ITC Colombo One and DLL Talwalkar Club. He believes in the constant process of understanding and discovery that adds to his continuous learning. Based on this, he has always promoted and incorporated contemporary technology, working methods and design tools to inform and aid his processes.

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Sarvesh Alshi

Senior Architect
sarvesh@architecturebrio.com

Sarvesh Alshi has completed his bachelor’s in Architecture from L. S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai in 2015 and masters in Architecture (majors in Architectural design and minors in Conservation) from CEPT University 2018. His professional experience after bachelor’s started with working at Parallax Design Studio for a year. Undertaken in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark’s Serampore Initiative, his master’s thesis was awarded a Gold Medal. Later, he was associated with CEPT University and Center for Heritage Conservation for more than two years as an Architect, Visiting Faculty, Research Associate. Here he worked on the restoration of the CEPT Faculty of Architecture Building which was originally designed by Pritzker prize winning architect B.V. Doshi in 1962.

Being an advocate of a value-based understanding of the built environment, his interest lies in understanding the spatial meanings behind it. This interest coupled with the experience of dealing with heritage environments informs his attitude to strive for a sensitive approach towards design.

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Denver Pereira

Senior Architect
denver@architecturebrio.com

Born and brought up in Mumbai, Denver graduated from I.E.S. College of Architecture. He invested a major part of his undergraduate years in the architectural documentation of sites in India recording their tangible and intangible values. Upon graduation, his experiences at Spasm design and Tibet heritage fund, and observations from his travels through rural India have greatly influenced his design process. He is inspired by indigenous building, art & craft knowledge. Sensing a parallel between Indian and Australian Indigenous communities functioning through the philosophy of ‘touching the earth lightly’ led him to pursue his Masters in Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design in 2017.

He joined Architecture BRIO in 2018 to take another step towards his desire to work with traditional materials and techniques specific to the Indian context. His work with the studio includes residential and commercial projects placed in diverse environments ranging from Himachal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh. Alongside architecture, he dedicates his time documenting simple found objects and engaging with makers to develop daily use products.

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Arka Banerjee

Senior Architect
arka@architecturebrio.com

Arka graduated from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 2015. During his undergraduate years he interned with URBZ and other organizations that address social architecture and architecture for all, thus informing his thesis topic- Revitalization of silk industry in West Bengal. As the name suggests, the project was an attempt to provide means for a marginalized community through the (almost) lost art of silk weaving.

He then went on to do his internship with BPSA, Rajkot where he witnessed and got inspired with their involvement in socially sensitive work. As a project architect at HundredHands, Bangalore, Arka lead the design and execution of a school that is an outcome of a climate responsive design, capitalizing on its local materials.

With more than 6 years of experience in the field, Arka has developed a strong sense of contextual design, rooted in local forms and cultures. He holds a keen interest and passion for History, that he engages with diverse readings, extensive travels across the country and his love to engage in discussions with local people. These encounters have shaped much of what he believes in as a person and as an architect.

In 2020, Arka joined BRIO. His role as a project lead engages him with detail-oriented projects ranging from public buildings to independent residences. With a different construction technique in each of these projects, his engagement with the team and the site challenges him to keep up the innovative design at BRIO.

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Tanvi Bhayani

Senior Architect
tanvi@architecturebrio.com

Tanvi graduated from Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune in 2013. Her thesis on “Neighborhood Centric Urban Bazaars” was a focused approach on bringing in Social, Economic and Building Sustainability into commercial urban zones. Her internship with DSP Design Associates helped her get a foothold on large scale projects. She worked with _Opolis, Mumbai developing her design sensibilities and technical knowledge through her work on award winning residential, healthcare and multidisciplinary projects from concept to execution. She then worked with Total Environment Building Systems, Bangalore where she focused on Hospitality, Workplace and Residential projects. As a Senior Architect at Architecture BRIO with 7 years work experience, she enables design intensive projects whilst constantly exploring and imbibing new knowledge.

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Bhavya Gandhi

Senior Architect
bhavya@architecturebrio.com

Bhavya has developed his sense of design and creativity while studying at the L.S Raheja School of Architecture in Mumbai. His passion for sustainability motivates him to design buildings that connect or repair the systems in which they are embedded. In his vision the goal of architecture is to craft an approach that is generous, restorative, and net positive. While working with Talati and Panthaky Associates he focused on designing and executing residential developments where he gained experience in the complete lifecycle of a project. He later moved to Singapore to complete his MSc in Integrated Sustainable Design from National University of Singapore. On his return he joined BRIO as an architect and sustainability strategist where he is most passionate about building humane habitats in line with sustainable and circular principles.

At Architecture BRIO, he is working on projects where his knowledge of sustainable principles is demanded the most. Here he applies integrated systems thinking to develop projects starting from building to city scale. He blends his training in architecture and performance analysis using the most advanced methods to inform sustainable design choices. Energy use intensity, solar gain, daylight & glare are studied to optimize the design of buildings and masterplans. While working with teams on residential and institutional projects, he ensures high-performance, cost-effective project outcomes through an early analysis of the interrelationships among systems.

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Hardik Dedhia

Architect
hardik@architecturebrio.com

Hardik graduated from the KRVIA, Mumbai in 2016. His thesis “The Dense Urbitat” was in itch to explore super-block high-density housing and self-sufficient neighbourhoods as an idea for the future. At KRVIA, he was a part of an international exchange with the Urban Lab+ and attended a resident cluster meeting held in Switzerland.
After interning at Parallax Design Studio, he went ahead to join them full time in 2016 where he worked on a variety of Architectural and Interior design projects from concept to handovers. This enabled him to refine his technical knowledge, resolving complexities, attention to detail and apply organizing skills to set systems to maintain the creativity-efficiency balance.

Hardik has always approached design via the lens of building technology and strives to merge the two sides of the coin otherwise thought separately. He advocates this further while teaching as an assistant professor at the AOA, Mumbai where he has been guiding design and technology studies since 2018. After 5 years of experience, he now looks forward evolve with new knowledge & methodologies at the studio.

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Grishma Shah

Architect
grishma@architecturebrio.com

Born and raised in Mumbai, Grishma graduated from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai in 2016. Her thesis ‘Architecture for waste’ was a focused approach on rethinking waste as a resource for generating clean energy while integrating the community as a step towards a sustainable future. But to explore her diverse interests, she interned at Studio Grid that enabled her to work on a few Residential Interior projects. At The Architect’s Office TAO, she developed her design and aesthetic sensibilities and gained knowledge for technical details while working on various hospitality projects. She also freelanced for a small boutique from design to execution and then joined Parallax Design Studio to continue working on various hospitality projects where she worked on various conceptual building designs and delivering drawings. Since joining Architecture BRIO, she is pursuing her interest in sustainable design practices.

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Kavya Shah

Junior Architect
kavya@architecturebrio.com

Born and raised in Mumbai, Kavya completed her bachelors in architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental studies, Mumbai. Growing up in a family of architects emerged her quest for design from a very young age. With a passion for sustainable design and exploring natural building materials, she interned at Dharmalaya institute in Himachal Pradesh under Didi Contractor’s guidance. She further explored indigenous building, art & craft through her undergraduate thesis Towards a Contemporary Vernacular Architecture in Dholera, Gujarat. She also designed a heritage photography exhibition at Jehangir art gallery with India Lost and Found. Her journey through various experiences at the firms she has worked previously, and observations from her travels have greatly inspired her to explore the purpose of design in everyday life.

She joined Architecture BRIO in 2019 to take another step to further her interest in sensitive contextual design that merges landscape and architecture. At the studio, she is involved in various architecture residential projects. Her involvement in the projects at the studio extended her passion for detailing and exploring the varied use of materials in contextual design and helped to develop her technical skills. Working with different agencies in the process has been a great learning and she is excited to work through the execution process of these projects.

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Maitri Uka

Junior Architect
maitri@architecturebrio.com

Maitri Uka is an architect and designer based in Mumbai. She has received her Masters in Advanced Ecological Building and Biocities (MAEBB) from the Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (IAAC) Valldaura Labs in Barcelona, Spain. It provided her with opportunities to explore the versatility of natural materials and a chance to physically fabricate her designs. One such design is ‘The Voxel’ – a quarantine cabin, inspired by the pandemic in the Collserola natural park, produced by the team of students from the program. The self-sufficient cabin was designed and built entirely under quarantine conditions as an architectural response to the global crisis.

Skilled in the use of advanced software tools, Maitri is well versed with technological processes like computational design, robotic fabrication and 3D photogrammetry. Following her passion for ecological practices, she has also gained significant hands-on experience with varying sustainable techniques and materials through multiple workshops she has attended over the years.

Currently, at Architecture BRIO, she has been working on several residential projects across varying contexts. The demanding nature of the work has motivated her to champion her efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, through these projects, she is thrilled to further develop her skills and continue to pursue her interests in sustainable design practices.

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Rekai Campbell

Junior Architect
rekai@architecturebrio.com

A born Zimbabwean, South African now Australian based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. Rekai graduated VIA UC with a degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management. At 3XN Architects he worked his way to be a Constructing Architect.
Rekai takes with him all his lived experiences from the places he has lived and believes it’s a key part of who he is as an architectural designer. His intercultural upbringing is a strong driver in why he chose to practice architecture. He strongly believes that people are moulded by their surroundings, and in his case, he has surround himself with a diverse array of people and places who have shaped his designs.
He feels it’s important to find a way to give back to those less fortunate and has chosen architecture to be that medium and is why he continues to work in a way where his experiences continue to inform his design. Now, His goal revolves around that early dream and his continuing work with Architecture BRIO.

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Ritu Pethani

Junior Architect
reetu@architecturebrio.com

Ritu studied architecture at the Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) in Mumbai. During her academia, her participation in the student exchange program to TU Delft, the Netherlands on global housing exposed her to the pressing issue of affordable housing within sustainable urban environments. Her curiosity in the field led her to pursue her thesis on ‘Migration in Mumbai’ with an attempt to provide affordable mixed-income housing solutions whilst accommodating a growing population.

She interned at Atto Atelier in Bangalore and aDRG in Mumbai, where she worked on various scales of architectural and interior projects. Upon graduation, she worked as a Teaching Assistant at KRVIA for the final year design studio that aimed to bridge the gap between academia and practice through research, activism, and new models of collaboration.

In 2020, She joined BRIO and has been involved with detail-oriented projects ranging from public buildings to residential homes. With a different construction technique in each of these projects, the challenges involved in terms of rigorous design solutions and detail resolution propels her to explore it further at BRIO. Her keen interest in editorial has also involved her as an active part of BRIO’s press and publication team.

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Shanmati Rajagopalan

Architect
shanmati@architecturebrio.com

Shanmati was born and raised in Tamil Nadu and did her Bachelors in Architecture from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut. During her internship with atArchitecture, she had the opportunity to work on several international competitions including the Open housing challenge in Russia and UNDP’s Affordable housing in Cambodia which is recognized by UNESCO. She further invested a year after graduation in working on competitions and exploring the various intricacies of residential design across the globe.

At Architecture Brio, she is currently working on group housing projects as a part of the design team right from the master planning and conceptual stage. By working on such large-scale residential projects, she is now learning to understand design from an urban context. She is excited about the design-intensive and detail-driven upcoming stages of the projects to expand her domain further.

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Anushri Shetty

Junior Architect
anushri@architecturebrio.com

Anushri is a graduate from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. She is an IGBC accredited professional and is passionate about sustainable architecture. Her undergraduate thesis was an inquiry into the impact of urban biodiversity within the larger workings of a city. During her internship, Anushri worked at Studio Whitescape, Bangalore, where she was a part of projects ranging from residential interior design to industrial architecture.

She has also won accolades in competitions such as the Mumbai Metro Student Design Competition 2019, Sundarbari: A homestead 2020 at GRIHA 2016 and was a nominee for the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan 2018. Her academic projects have been a part of international exhibitions in 2021 such as the London Design Biennale and the Kurula Varkey Design Forum. At Architecture BRIO, Anushri hopes to learn how a melange of design principles and material selection can aid in sustainable architecture.

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Prathyuksha Acharya

Junior Architect
prathyuksha@architecturebrio.com

Prathyuksha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Manipal School of Architecture and Planning and a Master’s degree from RMIT University in Melbourne. Her capstone project at RMIT reflects the underlying significance of embedded narratives endowed with long-lasting resonance. Her master’s degree has improved her understanding of research-led ideation in design through a non-restricted approach, as well as her capacity to think laterally and effectively. She has worked at Interlock Construction and Danny Broe Architect, both in Sydney, during her time in Australia. She also worked as a research assistant with NH architecture in Melbourne, where she helped with the study and analysis of business-as-usual models for mixed-use developments.

Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, she was an integral part of the design team at Arun Nalapat Architects Bangalore, where she worked on a wide range of projects spanning from health-care to residential.

She has joined Architecture BRIO in order to extend her expertise and continue researching the specifics and ethos of long-lasting and site-responsive architecture.

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Bhakti Kunder

Architect
bhakti@architecturebrio.com

Born and raised in Mumbai, Bhakti graduated from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai in 2018. Her thesis ‘The Modern Necropolis’ attempts to use urban design strategies to reimagine spaces associated with death in the dense urban context of South Bombay. During her academia, Bhakti interned at Studio XS, Bangalore where she worked on a private weekend home in Tamil Nadu using local building materials and techniques. This experience shaped her work at Studio Pomegranate in Mumbai, where she worked for two years post graduation. During her time there, she worked on the design and masterplan of an eco resort located in the Andaman Islands. This furthered her interests in contextually sensitive design approaches that involve using materials in their true form.

Additionally, Bhakti firmly believes that architecture can be a means to create social change and provide solutions to better the world for the less fortunate. She aspires to bring these beliefs to fruition in the years to come. At Architecture BRIO, she is currently working on an architectural residential project in Hyderabad. The project being structurally challenging and detail oriented has been a great means of strengthening her technical knowledge and she aspires to learn more along the way. Additionally she is part of an interior project team and here she has learnt plenty about researching materials and coordinating with different agencies. As the project moves to its execution stage, she is excited to spend time on site and acquaint herself with the complexities of site work.

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Nikita Bhatia

Junior Architect
nikita@architecturebrio.com

Nikita is a recent architecture graduate from NIT Bhopal and is the recipient of the Dean’s Silver Medal for her academic excellence. She was awarded the Best Thesis Award for her project – Google HQ, Hyderabad, which focussed on navigating the future of Office design in the Post-Pandemic world.

She has previously interned at PTA Designs, Bhopal. Here she worked on different scales of projects ranging from hotels, restaurants, startups and residential in the planning and design stages. She has attended the Laurie Baker exposure programme, Kerala and the Z-Axis biennial conference organized by Charles Correa Foundation, Goa.

During her undergraduate years, Nikita gained consciousness of the Anthropocenic era and believes that architects can play a role in capsizing this great acceleration. She hopes to contribute to this by obtaining practical expertise at Architecture BRIO in the areas of sustainability and contextually aware and socially responsible architecture.

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Hemaxi Luhar

Junior Architect
hemaxi@architecturebrio.com

Hemaxi is a recent architecture graduate from the School of Environmental Design and Architecture (SEDA), Navrachana University, Vadodara. Her undergraduate thesis focused on contextual design as means of architectural conservation – an attempt to understand how buildings can be built in a historical context while respecting its importance and at the same time maintaining the cultural essence of the historical structure. Her thesis has been nominated for Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design 2021.

She has previously interned at Hundredhands, Bangalore where she worked on projects spanning from institutional to residential and had the opportunity to work on architectural events. She has worked on a research based heritage project ‘Laurie Baker in Vadodara’ which was exhibited at Centre for Heritage Research at Navrachana University.

Over time, travelling has helped shape her thought process to explore and build upon her own experiences of understanding space and architecture. At Architecture BRIO, Hemaxi aspires to acquire practical knowledge and further pursue her interest in contextual responsive design practice.

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Aditi Bajpai

Junior Architect
aditi@architecturebrio.com

A recent CEPT University graduate, she is originally from Lucknow. During her undergraduate career, she worked as an intern in Sri Lanka with Team Architrave and in Paris with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The varying scale of both practices helped elevate her knowledge in contextuality, materials and construction details. During this period, she acquired a strong interest in travelling and interpreting cities with an overlay of their unique contexts, studying the built and unbuilt through the perspective of culture, history, geography and technology.

Aditi was also active in theatre throughout college, temporarily working as a set designer and freelancing as an interior designer. She hopes to use her time at Architecture BRIO to further develop a sharp sense of detailing in design, one that is contextually oriented and sustainable in its approach.

Jasmine Montina

Junior Architect
jasmine@architecturebrio.com

British-born, Italian-raised, and now Netherlands-based, Jasmine has completed her MSc in Architecture at TU Delft with Distinction. Her graduation project focused on adaptive-reuse of dismissed built sites in complex urban contexts. Prior to her masters, she gained her BA in Architecture at the University of Westminster, London, where she followed an exchange programme at CAFA, in Beijing.

Prior to joining Architecture BRIO in 2022 as part of the Rotterdam-based office, Jasmine worked as an Architectural Assistant at Matthew Lloyd Architects in London. Here she worked on several high-density housing, mixed-use and heritage adaptation projects at concept, planning and tender stages.

Jasmine’s multi-cultural experiences have instilled into her a curious attitude that enables her not to take anything for granted. This has developed into a keen interest in socio-cultural structures. Her educational experiences fostered a sensibility towards climate-responsive design and timber technologies, making her particularly invested in addressing the role of the architect within the climate crisis and the opportunities circular design offers. At Architecture BRIO, she hopes to expand her flair for materiality and bring a positive contribution to communities and the environment.

Cheyenne Canterbury

Junior Architect
cheyenne@architecturebrio.com

Cheyenne has completed her Masters in Architecture and Minor in Urban Planning at the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning, and Design (APD) in Kansas, United States. This allowed her to acquire essential skills used in our practice and explore, in depth, the architectural relationships between urban and rural environments. While having primary experience with residential architecture, she is drawn to projects of different scales and contexts. During and after her education, she has worked for Perkins Eastman in New York City, United States and seventyF Architects in Almere, Netherlands. She joined Architecture BRIO in Rotterdam to not only expand our European design reach, but to also further her experience and passion for sustainable urban and rural design.

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Parth Solanki

Intern
parth@architecturebrio.com

Parth is an intern at Architecture BRIO who is presently studying a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Thakur School of Architecture and Planning. He feels that architecture is akin to a black and white photograph in which the greys are the most significant portion; similarly, in architecture, the minute details are the greys that complete the project. Parth has always had an entrepreneurial mindset, which has allowed him to attempt new things. He was the head of the art installations team at college, which exposed him to many materials in their raw condition. Parth has also worked on freelance residential interior projects. At Architecture BRIO, he hopes to learn more about a contextual design approach, as well as the usage and significance of vernacular materials.

PAST EMPLOYEES

2007 | Saumin Lad, Tanja Meyle

2008 | Shriya Parasrampuria

2009 | Resmi Menon, Julie Especiel

2010  | Anirudh Sood, Tushar Amin, Pankaj Chakraborty, Kritika Sharma

2011 |  Kristina Schultz, Sujata Chitlangia, Ryan Mcloughlin

2012 | Shraddha Karkar, Sahil Deshpande, Ashwin Bharati, Divya Kapuria, Devanshi Dadia, Luis Santos, Nishita Kamdar, Anoushka Sivaraman, Christa Mueller

2013 | Kavyashri Cherala, Shuba Shekar

2014 | Philip Thomas, Jordan Magnee, Palak Mandhana, Prajakta Gawde

2015 | Khushboo Asrani, Swati Seshadri, Rithik RC, Kulsum Shahiwala

2016 | Neethi Dorairaju, Aishwarya Shankar, Mohammed Inthizar, Kirti Makhija, Kiran Babu, Madhura Joshi, Samridhi Nalwa, Surabhi Banerjee, Sakshi Minocha, Aarti Dhingra, Harsh Soneji

 

2017 | Asa Jonsson, Mona Jain, Rinika Prince, Alisha Raman, Shwetank Bhartwal, Denis Amirtharaj, Pierre Lambrecht, Tanvi Deolekar, Karan Dalal, Darshana Dande, Adeeb Dholakia, Shreya Nath, Dipon Bose, Antonin Henrard, Shivani Mehta

2018 | Akhil Hari, Anisha Murali, Gunjan Lath, Reena Parera, Aditya Dua, Nimisha Saraf, Shivani Shatri, Kamakshi Shah

2019 | Chinar Shah, Zainab Kabira, Elena Gomez, Prajit Gupta, Shreya Rao, Stuti Murarka

 

2020 | Nakshi Shah, Tanishka Sharma, Pranchal Shah, Helee Doshi, Anjali Gopalakrishnan

2021 | Priyanka Srikrishna, Ganesh Meena, Himani Bindal, Navya Khurana, Aishwarya Shyamala, Chirag Shah, Diksha Garg, Nishant Kumar, Priyanka Parekh

2022 | Aishwarya Dharmarajan