India is a massive country with a long, complex history and its architectural heritage reflects this varied past. With decolonization and independence in the mid-20th century, the country’s architects and politicians embraced modernist architecture as a symbolic move away from the past. At that time, in 1947, the country’s population totaled about 330 million; yet, there were just 300 trained architects. Today, the population of 1.38 billion consists of over 90 000 registered architects.
Rapidly growing urban centers and an influx of wealth continue to fuel architectural commissions, and even as skyscrapers go up, landscape designs are paid increasing attention. While many stories of the country’s design history have begun with outsiders like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, today, Indian architects are taking control of the narrative and cultivating an incredible design culture within their country and beyond. When it comes to contemporary Indian design, the incredible work of Pritzker-prize and RIBA Gold medal winner B.V. Doshi is just the tip of the iceberg.
With so many architecture firms to choose from, it’s challenging for clients to identify the industry leaders that will be an ideal fit for their project needs. Fortunately, Architizer is able to provide guidance on the top design firms in India based on more than a decade of data and industry knowledge.
How are these architecture firms ranked?
The following ranking has been created according to key statistics that demonstrate each firm’s level of architectural excellence. The following metrics have been accumulated to establish each architecture firm’s ranking, in order of priority:
- The number of A+Awards won (2013 to 2022)
- The number of A+Awards finalists (2013 to 2022)
- The number of projects selected as “Project of the Day” (2009 to 2022)
- The number of projects selected as “Featured Project” (2009 to 2022)
- The number of projects uploaded to Architizer (2009 to 2022)
Each of these metrics is explained in more detail at the foot of this article. This ranking list will be updated annually, taking into account new achievements of India architecture firms throughout the year.
Without further ado, here are the 25 best architecture firms in India:
Founded in 2003 by partners Christine Mueller and Pankaj Vir Gupta, the office of vir.mueller architects combines architectural research, education, and practice. Prior to establishing the firm, both partners worked for renowned architectural offices in the United States, Europe, and India. vir.mueller architects strives to create timeless aesthetic relationships, evoking the spirit of contemporary culture, ecology, and technology.
According primacy to the process of design, our work evolves as a response to the particular character of each program, site, and budget. At every scale, the firm emphasizes the integrity of material and craftsmanship, establishing a fundamental relationship between the physical environment, and the art of making architecture. The professional work of vir.mueller architects has been widely published and awarded – in North America, in Europe, and in India.
Some of vir.mueller architects’s most prominent projects include:
- Saxena Apartments, New Delhi, India
- Woodwalk Showroom, New Delhi, India
- Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India
- ICRIER – Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, DL, India
- Apartment and Trees, DL, India
The following statistics helped vir.mueller architects achieve 25th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
24. The White Room
The White Room is a design studio built on the basic principles of enhancing and exposing the bare beauty of materials. Here we continuously explore the fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and elements. We are essentially modernist and our work doesn’t offer any utopian prescriptions, rather it is a reminder that architecture has always been bare of any applied ornament, and chaos.
Some of The White Room’s most prominent projects include:
- Organic House at Bandra, Mumbai, India
- Riverfront House, Palghar, India
- Rooftop Garden, Bandra West, Mumbai, India
- Mediterranean Garden, Bandra West, Mumbai, India
- Kapadia House, Khar West, Mumbai, India
The following statistics helped The White Room achieve 24th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
23. Quirk Studio
Quirk Studio is an Interior Design Company founded by Disha Bhavsar and Shivani Ajmera in 2013. Their design philosophy is finding simplicity in clutter and to create in order to inspire. Quirk Studio’s goal is for its designs to have the power to transport you into another world, allow you to dream and most importantly, evoke an emotional response. Disha graduated from the Winchester School of Arts, University of Southampton, UK and went on to work with Milind Pai Architects, Beyond Design and ELLE DECOR. Shivani graduated from Florence Design Academy, Italy. She went on to work with Talati & Panthaky, Red Architects, Better Interiors, ELLE DECOR and Restoration Hardware (USA), before coming together to start Quirk Studio.
Some of Quirk Studio’s most prominent projects include:
- The Expand Loft, Mumbai, India
- The Mysa Home, Mumbai, India
- The Jardin Home, Juhu, Mumbai, India
- House No.12, Mumbai, India
- Office with a View, Mumbai, India
The following statistics helped Quirk Studio achieve 23rd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
22. F+S Designs
F+S Designs, is a multi-disciplinary design firm that specialises in Architecture and Interior Design. Our award-winning Portfolio of projects have a foot print across various cities in India, and ranges from luxury homes, restaurants retail and offices.
At the core of what we strive to do, is a belief that great design is a catalyst in enhancing the interactive experience of people with their surroundings. This drives us to constantly research on newer means and materials to provide the very best in design with a keen understanding of the cultures and communities we serve.
Some of F+S Designs’s most prominent projects include:
- Petcart Nest, Sarjapura, Bengaluru, India
- The Kairos, Concept
- L’Abrea Hair Spa, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India
- D’Hide Cafe, Koramangala, Bengaluru, India
- Learn HQ, Masab Tank, Hyderabad, India
The following statistics helped F+S Designs achieve 22nd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Morphogenesis is one of India’s leading award-winning Architecture and Urban Design practices with offices in Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi, India. Morphogenesis reinterprets India’s architectural roots and consistently employs passive design solutions for a unique contextual language. Its work encompasses a range of typologies across Architecture, Interiors and Landscape Urbanism. Morphogenesis is the only firm in the WA100 list of the world’s largest Architecture firms which is Gender neutral, with over 50% women across all levels. With projects in 8 countries, 95 International and National Awards and 750 plus publications globally, it is the first Indian Firm to be awarded the Singapore Institute of Architects Getz Award for their vision and commitment in making a significant contribution in shaping the changing landscape of Asia.
Some of Morphogenesis’s most prominent projects include:
- Corporate Office for India Glycols, Greater Noida, India
- The Courtyard, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- The British Council, New Delhi, New Delhi, India
- The Woodside, Kasauli, India
- Office for Grant Thornton , Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India
The following statistics helped Morphogenesis achieve 21st place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
20. Studio PKA
Established in 1993 as PKA, the design studio is, today, a well known practice providing Architecture and interior design solutions. From corporate interiors in the initial years, the studio expanded its horizons to include the architecture and interiors of a wide spectrum of projects for both corporate to residential spaces.
The past two decades have seen the studio grow to becoming one of the preferred practices in the industry. Effective space planning, uncomplicated designs and time management are characteristic traits of the studio. The team accredits the continued success of the studio to their single-minded determination and focused approach towards design and delivery along with shared design ethos and beliefs.
Some of Studio PKA’s most prominent projects include:
- A91 Partners, Worli, Mumbai, India
- The Stack, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai, India
- The Canvas, Marine Drive, Mumbai, India
- The Canvas Phase II, Mumbai, India
- The Shell, Alibag, India
The following statistics helped Studio PKA achieve 20th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Prashant Parmar, one of India’s leading architects, founded his architecture practice, Shayona Consultant, in 2000 at Ahmedabad. Started as a small enterprise in the initial stage, today Shayona Consultant has become a very reputed architecture & interior designing firm in India. In the journey of two decades, Architect Prashant Parmar is leading his firm up to the utmost level that it has established its footprints into each continental of the world by doing versatile projects.
Shayona Consultant is a firm that has executed over 1000 projects with national and international experience of over 20 years in the field of Architecture.
Some of Prashant Parmar Architect | Shayona Consultant’s most prominent projects include:
- Interior Design of 4bhk Apartment at Vertis Tower, Science City Road, Sola, Ahmedabad, India
- Bungalow at Shivalik Lakeview, Ahmedabad, India
- Hospital Interior Design in Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad, India
- Minimalist Interior at Aman Apartment, Shilaj, India
- Corporate Office Interior Design at Gala Empire, Ahmedabad, India
The following statistics helped Prashant Parmar Architect | Shayona Consultant achieve 19th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
18. Studio Course
We believe that architecture and design have a direct relationship with the way we inhabit a space and, in-return the space and atmosphere eventually shape us.
Some of Studio Course’s most prominent projects include:
The following statistics helped Studio Course achieve 18th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
17. KSM Architecture
KSM was formed in the year 1990 with a team of highly professional and experienced architects and engineers with exposure to international standards of design and detailing. Recent years have seen immense change in technology and lifestyle in India. Changes that have had a profound effect on the buildings in which we live, work and play. Today’s designs must be innovative and the buildings, practical and viable. We are sensitive to these issues and it has been the objective of the firm to maintain a high standard of design and technical competence with a great emphasis on climatically relevant and sustainable design.
In recent years, KSM is being recognized as one of the leading firms that design sustainable and eco-friendly buildings.
Some of KSM Architecture’s most prominent projects include:
- SPS Office, Chennai, India
- Srikanth and Gita House, Chennai, India
- Vishranthi Office, Chennai, India
- KSM Archtiecture Studio, Chennai, India
The following statistics helped KSM Architecture achieve 17th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
With the collective professional experience that encompasses a wide array of designtypesincluding Residential , Commercial, Institutional and Educational facilities,Mr.Riyaz Quraishi and Mrs . Simeen Quraishi , the designer couple , have completed more than a couple of hundred projects. Currently have on-going projects all over the Country including Delhi, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Chennai. Our international projects are mostly luxuryhomes and hotels in the Middle East.Wehave won many IIID -MYK awards and our projects have been widely published in some of the best magazines. We are the Winner of the first Trends Excellence Awards for Architecture and Design 2012. Our most recent Winner Award is the International Design and Architecture Award, for “Glass House” category designed in Bahrain.
Some of Moriq’s most prominent projects include:
- Amwaj Villa, Bahrain
- Twin Sloped Modern Hut in Bahrain, Bahrain
- VILLA 430, India
- VILLA @ 45, India
- Courtyard Villa, Hyderabad, India
The following statistics helped Moriq achieve 16th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
JDAP is a Design, Architecture and Planning firm based in Mumbai, India. Founded by Jude D’Souza, the firm is known for design at high quality, well researched and meticulously detailed. The firm works on a variety of projects across scales and disciplines covering residential, cultural, commercial and hospitality sectors and has been published and awarded nationally and internationally. The firm works with the principle “Design that is closer to Nature”. This emphasises a wide range of ensuing approaches, key among which is developing the ability through design, to do “More with Less”. It sees the Architectural project at its core as an Idea-based one, and seeks to constantly Invent.
Some of JDAP Design – Architecture – Planning’s most prominent projects include:
- Dental Clinic, Mumbai, India
- Museum of Language
- Culture and Congress Centre at Banja Luka
- School in Mumbai, Mumbai, India
- Songdo Central Library, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea
The following statistics helped JDAP Design - Architecture - Planning achieve 15th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Abin Design Studio was founded in October 2005 by Abin Chaudhuri, and architecture graduate from Jadavpur University with a specialization in Undustrial Design from Domus Academy, Milan. Juli Mallick, also an architecture graduate from JU joined ADS in 2006 and today is a business partner to Abin. What started off as a small 3 person firm is now a frontline organization rendering complete design and management solutions right from conceptualization to realization of the space, object or visual in the market, keeping in mind the synergy of execution of design solution through extensive research and innovation. We are into architecture, interior design, design of exhibition spaces, industrial design and graphic design.
Some of Abin Design Studio’s most prominent projects include:
- International Management Institute, Kolkata, India
- Bonochhaya Experience Centre, Santiniketan, India
- Wall House, Bansberia, Mithapukur More, India
- Gallery House, Bansberia, Mithapukur More, India
The following statistics helped Abin Design Studio achieve 14th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
The purple ink studio was started with the ideas of two individuals who strongly believed in their respective design concepts and had nurtured the feeling over the past couple of years. Considering that both Aditi and Akshay came from different architectural backgrounds, one being extremely rational, aesthetic yet responsive and the other that is based on strong responses to nature and inclusion of natural elements in design, the studio has had passionate influences of both and sees a continuous evolution in exploring the best of both worlds.
the purple ink studio’ is an award winning practice which believes in constantly exploring the parameters of design and blurring the boundaries between architecture, landscape and sustainability.
Some of The Purple Ink Studio’s most prominent projects include:
- The Courtyard House, Bengaluru, India
- KINGS HOUSE APARTMENTS, Bengaluru, India
- Shreyas Retreat, Bengaluru, India
- Office of The Purple Ink Studio, India
- Komorebi House, Bengaluru, India
The following statistics helped The Purple Ink Studio achieve 13th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Established in the year 2003 in the city of Pune, VDGA works as a studio, deriving architectural solutions through study, analysis and exploration of visual, spatial, formal, social and technological ideas. Our goal lies in creating ‘timeless meaningful spaces’ which induce harmony, happiness & peace in the lives of the users. We endeavor to create more than just architecture, a lifestyle for the occupants.
Simple intelligent ideas such as optimum use of natural light, ventilation & locally available natural building materials and techniques have been our continuous effort. We believe in creating architecture, which primarily responds to its users and context more than defining a signature style for us.
Some of VDGA – Varsha and Deepak Guggari Architects’s most prominent projects include:
- Star Engineers, Administrative Building and Factory, Hanoi, Vietnam
The following statistics helped VDGA - Varsha and Deepak Guggari Architects achieve 12th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Most of the projects that RENESA takes on are quite unique in India. We have worked on residential, Industrial, Institutional, Corporate as well as commercial projects. Almost all the projects are distinct and required a great deal of study of the clients’ expectations. We would characterize this as the primary reason of our success. It is our effort to focus the client on the visualization of their expectations, and the review of the presented options. The middle part is our core business. Whether it be the study of newer architectural concepts, creation of visualizations, electrical, fire fighting, plumbing, HVAC, interiors, landscape design etc, Renesa handles all aspects of the project. RENESA works with eminent consultants on need basis to address local construction requirements so that the client has a single point of contact, but the benefit of an integrated consultancy streams.
Some of RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO’s most prominent projects include:
- INSTAPIZZA, New Delhi, India
- The White Habitat Farmhouse, Gurgaon, India
- The Pink Zebra, Kanpur, India
The following statistics helped RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO achieve 11th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
10. SJK Architects
A firm of Architects, Interior Designers & Urban Planners who believe in sensitive, ecologically friendly environments, providing local solutions for global issues. We think out of the box, and retain a contemporary outlook while nurturing the Indian context.
Some of SJK Architects’s most prominent projects include:
- The Leaf House, Alibag, Maharashtra, India
- Nirvana Films Office, Bangalore, India
- Dasavatara Hotel, Tirupati, India
The following statistics helped SJK Architects achieve 10th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
A multi-disciplinary practice established in 2005, 42mm has been since specializing in Architecture, Interiors and Urban Design. With a keen desire to depart from conventional models, the 42mm team comprising of twenty-five plus architects and designers led by Rudraksh Charan and Priyanka Khanna strive constantly to create projects that stand out in design and construction.
The firm is constantly at work on research, development and implementation of innovative and efficient design strategies. Additionally the firm maintains a strong commitment to create design solutions that are individually tailored to suit the specific criteria for each project.
42mm has chosen to make a difference in the world by looking at reducing fossil fuel energy demands in its buildings.
Some of 42mm Architecture’s most prominent projects include:
- Pool House, New Delhi, India
- Crystal Crop , New Delhi, India
- Jewellery Store, New Delhi, India
- Classical Villa, Lucknow, India
The following statistics helped 42mm Architecture achieve 9th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
CollectiveProject is a young international design studio founded in Bangalore, India by partners Cyrus Patell and Eliza Higgins in 2013. The studio’s investigations occur at multiple scales; from furniture and interiors to residential and institutional buildings. Recently completed projects include a Montessori school on a 2 acre site, Cafe/Bakery in Koramangala and garden landscape/reading room.
As a studio, we consider the entire architectural experience – combining spatial narratives, landscape and materials. Our approach is open and fluid – drawing inspiration from site, culture, environment and technology. Our work mediates between multiple scales and is both detail and conceptually driven.
Some of CollectiveProject’s most prominent projects include:
- Ekya Early Years : Kanakapura Road, Bengaluru, India
- Garden Folly, Bengaluru, India
- Spoonful of Sugar, Bengaluru, India
- Brick House, Bengaluru, India
- Lakehouse, Hyderabad, India
The following statistics helped CollectiveProject achieve 8th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
GRCA is a young firm headed by architect Gaurav Roy Choudhury, with experience in architecture, interior design, graphic design, urban design and housing projects, mainly in and around Bangalore. Its main aim has always been to articulate the various movements that assimilate context, taking the project brief from the “said” to the “unsaid”. GRCA strives to absorb all domains of influence and exposure, with the hopes of redefining honest architecture through a process of re-invention and storytelling. Its path lies in the understood, and its eyes on the unexplored.
Some of Gaurav Roy Choudhury Architects’s most prominent projects include:
- Lateral House, Bangalore, India
- R.K. Fabrics Office, Bangalore, India
- Bellary House, Ballari, India
- Aadyam, Bengaluru, India
- Inside Out House, Bengaluru, India
The following statistics helped Gaurav Roy Choudhury Architects achieve 7th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Architecture BRIO is an award winning architecture and interior design studio actively engaged in the creation of contextually appropriate, sustainable design solutions within an increasingly changing world.
The work of the studio addresses new ways of understanding the often contradictory interrelations between the city, architecture, landscape, and the world of interiors. There is a growing need for our built environment to re-establish healthy relationships with the natural world. Similarly there is an urgency to address the never before seen growth in urban and rural areas in India and globally. Within this context the work searches for a delicate balance between architecture as the act of disappearance, and creating characterful, responsive and experiential environments.
Some of Architecture BRIO’s most prominent projects include:
- House on a Stream, Mumbai, India
- The Riparian House, Karjat, India
- Etania Green School, Beaufort, Malaysia
- Himalayan Mountain Retreat, Mukteshwar, India
- House in a Beach Garden, Alibag, India
The following statistics helped Architecture BRIO achieve 6th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Boutique hi-end luxury architectural and interior design studio practicing in the genre of residential and commercial space.
Some of ADND’s most prominent projects include:
- Casa Feliz, Alibag, India
The following statistics helped ADND achieve 5th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Anagram Architects is a design consultancy firm established by Vaibhav Dimri and Madhav Raman in New Delhi in 2001. The partners are graduate architects from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. The firm’s practice is diverse and encompasses public infrastructure planning, urban design, architecture, sceneography broadcast design, furniture design and interior design.
Our young and dynamic firm has very rapidly garnered national and international acclaim for designs that span a wide array, from modest residences to large public infrastructure facilities. Through our work we attempt to enrich elemental modernity with intensive research into traditional as well as non-conventional practices, evolving culturally relevant, contextually responsive and resource efficient design solutions.We, at Anagram Architects, enthusiastically explore these as opportunities to investigate spatial design and endeavour to provide innovative and fresh design solutions by delving into our rich experience in various fields.
Some of Anagram Architects’s most prominent projects include:
- Kindred House, India
- The Digit, New Delhi, India
- Artrovert: Conversations in Grey, Greater Noida, India
- Teachers’ Residences at The Doon School, Dehradun, India
- The Digit, New Delhi, India
The following statistics helped Anagram Architects achieve 4th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Mission: To reach the world community & render the richness that underlies in the wisdom of India.
Ideology of Sfurna Designs: The word ‘Sfurna’ means ‘that which comes from within’. Respecting ‘the intuition’, we strive to design & build original, inspirational & timeless environs believing that it is our responsibility to glorify our profession by professing & implementing values, idealism & ideologies. As designers, it’s our prerogative to have ‘Art’ as an utmost integral part of Design with innovation in approach to the design, material & space realized through the use of natural resources of natural light, wind & views valuing local material, culture, art & craft & amalgamating it with the present.
Some of Sfurna Designs’s most prominent projects include:
- Hammer Anvil Stirrup Studio, Rajkot, India
- Paper Tube Office, Bharuch, India
- Shakti Marble & Bath Exclusive, Bharuch, India
- Get Fit Gym, Bharuch, India
- Brick Jewellery, Bharuch, India
The following statistics helped Sfurna Designs achieve 3rd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
SpaceMatters is an integrated design practice with architecture, interior, urban design and habitat research capabilities founded in 2005. Based out of New Delhi the award winning design practice has been consistently recognised as one of the leading design firms in India.
Some of SpaceMatters’s most prominent projects include:
- The Bonjour India Experience, DL, India
- Institut Francais India, New Delhi, India
- Seclude Red Cedar Cottage, Palampur, India
- Patna Museum, Patna, India
- Seclude Ramgarh, India
The following statistics helped SpaceMatters achieve 2nd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Sanjay Puri , the Principal Architect of Sanjay Puri Architects, India has been a speaker and a judge at numerous international architecture events including the Leading European Architects Forum, The World Architecture Festival & The Perspective PLAN events held in London, Amsterdam, Bologna, Milan, Venice, Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin & Belgrade.
Winning the World’s Best Housing project at the World Architecture Festival 2018 , Amsterdam and the World’s Best Residential Project of 2017 at the LEAF Awards, London , Sanjay Puri Architects have now won 134 international architecture awards. 6 Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design’s International Architecture Awards…
Some of Sanjay Puri Architects’s most prominent projects include:
- Triose Food Court, Lonavala, India
- SHIVA MUSEUM, RJ, India
- Stellar, Ahmedabad, India
- OFFICE @ 63, Navi Mumbai, India
- The Rajasthan School, RJ, India
The following statistics helped Sanjay Puri Architects achieve 1st place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in India:
Other Architecture Firms to Consider
Several other renowned architecture firms can be found just outside the Top 25, each of which is worth considering for their experience in delivering high quality, large-scale projects across typologies. They include: S+PS Architects
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A Guide to Project Awards
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- Project completed within the last 3 years
- A well written, concise project description of at least 3 paragraphs
- Architectural design with a high level of both functional and aesthetic value
- High quality, in focus photographs
- At least 8 photographs of both the interior and exterior of the building
- Inclusion of architectural drawings and renderings
- Inclusion of construction photographs
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