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Top Architects | September 2014

Most Admired Architects - Sonali & Manit Rastogi

Spearheading Morphogenesis, Indian architecture´s golden couple are creating new inroads into sustainable urban architecture.

Right place. Right Time. Right People. Often this happens only to characters of your favourite author. But for those who dare to dream, it´s a reality that they craft´skilfully and effectively. Meet Manit and Sonali Rastogi. Two of India´s foremost architects who, after graduating from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, first, and Architectural Association School of Architecture, later´.started their own company Morphogenesis in 1996. It answered the need of the hour - sustainable architecture for contemporary India. Their training was similar yet with specialised personal inroads. While Manit had honed his interest in nature, evolution and design processes and had a degree in Energy and Environment Studies, Sonali had specialised in Housing and Urbanism.

With every project, Morphogenesis´s architecture checklists social, cultural, financial, technological and environmental sustainability ensuring that their workforce of 100 plus associates are the right people at the right time and the right place.

Greening Urban Concerns
Son of a civil engineer, having spent his childhood on construction sites in the interiors of lush Africa, building sustainable architecture was an inevitable option. Says Manit, ¨Building Brand India for architecture is a lifetime commitment. So is sustainable urbanism. While the world is trying to go green, in India, the outlook towards green building has inherently been different from the western model which is equipment centric. Our traditional buildings were a response to the local climate and materials. Today we have the opportunity - to take what we had learnt over centuries and from the mistakes of the architecture of excess of the West, and leapfrog into an architecture that is environmentally sustainable as also financially, socially, culturally and technologically - an architecture that is global yet local.¨

Lifetime Commitment
For the Rastogis, there is no distinction between work and leisure, between social and personal, between public and private. Manit puts it succinctly. ¨Existence in an amorphous continuum.¨ In another word, euphoria.

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