Ambrish Arora, Principal Designer & CEO, Lotus
Delhi-based Ambrish Arora's love for spaces and interior architecture led him to set up Lotus in June 2002, along with Sidhartha Talwar and Ankur Choksi. Lotus is a multi-disciplinary firm where he is the Principal Designer and CEO. His firm specialises in hospitality, public spaces, retail design and residential projects. His recent project Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen (2011) got him shortlisted for UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2012.
Kapil Gupta, Co-founder, Serie Architects India
Known as a treasure trove of talent, Kapil Gupta, along with his partner Chris Lee, founded Serie Architects in India in 1997. Since then, the firm has delivered some of the most fantastic designs including The Blue Frog, the internationally acclaimed acoustic lounge and studio in Mumbai that has been voted as one of the top ten music venues in the world by The Independent, UK. Named as one of the 10 visionary architects for the new decade by the Leading European Architects Forum
Rahul Gore & Sonal Sancheti, Architects, OPOLIS
Creators of architecture with a mind, body and soul, architects Rahul Gore and Sonal Sancheti are much appreciated for their sensitivity towards ecology. Their firm Opolis, founded in 2001, consciously stays away from signature styles and persuasively demonstrates that the most complex and beautiful solutions often lie in the simplest designs. Rahul Gore shares a few thoughts on his approach...
Abhin Alimchandani, Proprietor, STUP Design Forum and Director, STUP Consultants
Abhin Alimchandani has introduced French design in India, albeit with an Indian twist. Currently the Proprietor of STUP Design Forum and Director of STUP Consultants, he boasts of an impressive portfolio. With a Masters in Aesthetics and Architectural Design and an M Phil in History and Theory of Architecture, he has worked with Joseph Allen Stein and Architecture Studio of France.
Kalhan & Santha Mattoo, Principal Architects, Planet 3 Studios
The youngest of our winners, husband-wife duo, Kalhan and Santha Mattoo are known for their out-of-the-box thinking and creative designs. Their design for the Vidyalankar institute shot them to fame. With over 25 prestigious international and national awards won over past three years, their reputation has been growing exponentially with each successful project.
Martand Khosla, Co-founder, Romi Khosla Design Studio
Five-time winner of the World Architecture Awards between 2009 and 2012, Martand Khosla shot to fame with his first project - a poor patients' hostel in East Delhi. Since then, there has been no looking back. Co-founded in early 2002, his firm Romi Khosla Design Studio (RKDS) is based in Delhi. Khosla's designs and recent writings on urbanism and the informal economy have been published in books and periodicals in over a dozen countries worldwide.
India's top 10 Architects
Is green just a colour? Some believe it is an attitude, while some believe it is a responsibility. Whatever their belief, most architects today accord high priority to environmental considerations while designing projects - big or small, residential or commercial.