BandukSmith Studio is an award winning architecture, urban design, and research practice founded in 2011 by Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, based in Ahmedabad, India. 

Our work engages processes of making through research on unique construction methods, both institutionalized and inventive, and built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction.

We take on projects at any scale, and the practice shifts from furniture and interior, to architecture and the design public space. We believe that exploring the intricacies of the detail and strategizing the impact of design in urbanism are two modes of working that operate in tandem, and by engaging each project through both these lenses, we are able to interrogate the relationship between person and city.

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 that grow, weather and decay.



hiral kandoi project architect
harshal purohit project engineer
somesh nadkarni junior architect
ayush lohia junior architect
keerti manocha junior architect
jhanvi oza junior architect
bhavin parmar junior engineer
nishit patel junior engineer
swaraj dhuri architectural research, publication & communication coordinator




address navrangpura, ahmedabad, gujarat, INDIA
phone + 9 1 7 9 4 0 0 8 8 8 1 1
general email [email protected]
job email [email protected]

current openings:

Junior Architect 0-2 years experience
We are looking for a junior architect to work on built projects. Candidates should have a strong interest in design detailing and construction, impeccable organisational habits, some site experience, and a drive to learn quickly.

If you are interested in joining our team, please write only to [email protected] (no phone calls please) with your resume or cv, concise portfolio of academic and professional work, and a cover letter with reasons for why you would like to join us. file size should not exceed 5MB. emails to the general address will not be considered.



“The 100 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2023” Architectural Digest India.

“Exhibitor at Ahmedabad Collective, 2023” IIA Ahmedabad.

“Swadhyay Reading Room, Shoonya House, Chidambarum Incremental House - Building of the Year 2023 Nominee” Archdaily.

“Cover Feature, 2022” Architect and Interiors India.

“India’s HOT 100 List of Architects and Designers 2022” Architect and Interiors India

“Urban House: Shoonya House” Dezeen Long List.

“Arthshila, Chidambarum Incremental House, Regenerate Haveli, Row Office, Shoonya House, Swadhyay Reading Room, Verandah House, 2022” cultureNOW.

“Arthshila, 2022” Surfaces Reporter.

“Shoonya House, 2022” VolumeZero.

“Verandah House, 2022” VolumeZero.

“Chidambarum House, 2022” VolumeZero.

“Swadhyay Reading Room, 2022” VolumeZero.

“Chidambarum Incremental House, Usmanpura, Gujarat, 2022” SSMB Magazine.

“Chidambarum Incremental House, Shoonya House, Row Office, Tower House, Ghar unjha, L House, 2 square house, 2022” Archello.

“Shoonya House, 2022” designboom.

“Shoonya House, 2022” Archdaily.  

“Chidambarum House, 2022” Archdaily. 

“Swadhyay Reading Room, 2022” Archdaily.  

“The 100 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2022” Architectural Digest India.

“Modern Ruin, 2022” India Unbuilt: Architecture of Future Collectives.

“Steel Marvels: Gateway to Kachchh, Gujarat, 2021” SSMB Magazine.

“From Tower House to Arthshila, 2021” Buildofy.

“The 100 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2021” Architectural Digest India.

“Banduksmith studio shares their experiences and learnings from the pandemic, 2021” ArchitectureLive.

“Chidambarum Incremental House” The Merit List Citation 2020.

“The 100 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2020” Architectural Digest India.

“Row Office, 2020” Archello. 

“Tower House, 2029” Archello. 

“Swadhyay Reading Room” The Merit List Citation 2019.

“Career Advice: banduksmithstudio on What They Seek in Architects Who Wish to Work at Their Studio, 2019” Asian Paints Colour Quotient.

“The 100 Most Influential Architects & Interior Designers in the Subcontinent, 2019” Architectural Digest India.

“Tower House, 2018” ArchDaily.

“The 100 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2018” Architectural Digest India.

“BSF Library” Idea Next, 7th edition, FOAID New Delhi Edition 2018

“Future Institutions” Indian Architect and Builder Vol 32(2) October 2018 Issue.

van Uffelen, Chris. Massive, Expressive, Sculptural: Brutalism Now and Then.

“The 50 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2017” Architectural Digest.

“The 50 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2016” Architectural Digest.

“Tower House” The Merit List Citation 2016.

Regenerate Haveli” The Merit List Citation 2016.

“Featured Practice, 2015” Home Review.

“Cubespeak: Two Square House, 2015” Design Detail Magazine.

“Fostering Steel Construction, 2015” Steel Structures and Metal Buildings.

“Emerging Indian Architects, 2015” Modern Green Structures.

“3 Tree House, 2014” India Art N Design.

“India’s Hot 100 Designers 2014” Commercial Design.

“Magnolia Office, 2014” Architizer.com.

“Wind House, Deesa, Gujarat, 2014” Indian Architect & Builder 27(2).

“An Emerging Generation in India, 2013” Archello.

“Practices of Consequence, 2012” Indian Architect & Builder 26(2).

“Elemental Symphony, 2012” India Art N Design.