banduksmithstudio is an architecture, urban design, and research practice founded by Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, based in Ahmedabad. Their work engages processes of making through built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction. Projects come at any scale, and the practice shifts from furniture and object design, to interiors, renovations, additions, and residential, institutional and commercial architecture.
The office combines a materially sensitive approach to design with respect for the context into which each project is placed. Each celebrates its context through a considered relationship with the physical and social condition of its surroundings. Design is explored as a series of systems; of pieces working together whose addition and combination adds to a whole that works in conjunction with human created urban and rural networks, and with the natural systems of sun, wind, rain, growth and decay. 

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sachin bandukwala  
b.arch, cept university, ahmedabad
partner, principal architect
Sachin holds a B.Arch from CEPT University. Before founding the firm, he worked as an independent architect in Ahmedabad, and also documented a number of architecturally significant temple complexes and stepwells around western India. Throughout his career he has explored the subject of the person and his inspiration from nature. He is perpetually in pursuit of understanding through observation the ageing of material and its effect on tectonics, and the institutionalization of rituals in architecture.
melissa smith 
m.arch, m.c.p, university of california, berkeley
partner, principal architect
Melissa is an architect and urban planner who holds M.Arch and M.C.P. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a John K. Branner Fellow. She is also a continuing visiting faculty member in the Architecture and Planning Faculties at CEPT University. Her research, begun by investigating the incremental, unplanned transformation of aging modernist planned cities, and continued by examining settlement formation in India, follows how inhabitants tend to restructure their built environments over time.
bulbul vyas
m.arch, cept university, ahmedabad
ross perez
etsa barcelona, upc
zahra lokhandwala
institute for design of environment and architecture, indus university, ahmedabad
ishaani shah
rv college of architecture, bengaluru
lohita turlapati
nmims' bssa, mumbai