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Abstraction: Pompidou centre, Paris, France














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Academic, Graduation Thesis, 2016

Academic, Competition, 2015

Academic, Studio, 2014

Academic, Studio, 2013

Academic, Studio, 2012


(Landscape Design) Professional Training, 2015














Professional Training, 2015

PRESENTATION: Hand Sketching + Digital Graphics + 3D Modelling



creating future for the community Academic Graduation Thesis, Year 5, Semester 2

Type: Institutional (Campus) Location: Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India Site Area: 552,200 sq ft




The Community College is an innovative educational alternative that is rooted in the community providing holistic education and eligibility for employment to the disadvantaged. The Community College promotes job oriented, work related, skill-based and life coping education. The community college unlike the traditional higher education system provides education in the form of certificate, diploma and degree courses with appropriate skills keeping in view the needs of local industry and community, thereby leading to gainful employment and option for horizontal and vertical mobility.

Prior to Design Development, a research was done on ‘Manifestation of the vision of an institute in its architecture’. This research helped me in idealization of the problems and requirements defined. Various colleges such a IIT-Gandhinagar, Bricks School etc. studied as cases. At the beginning of the design, I decided what needs to be achieved at the end of the design project. Further, research was undertaken on how these ideas can be manifested into design. From the analysis, the best possible option was reviewed and designed. The design approach was an attempt to create a campus representing the character of the community college, a place for the community and its betterment and evolve into a location and climate responsive architectural solution. The concept of the design revolves around three main aspects: 1. The subtle inviting character of the campus 2. Internal spaces responding to everchanging needs of the industry 3. Climate and location responsive architecture

The Maharashtra Human Resource Development (MHRD) has identified various thrust areas where a community college on pilot basis should be commenced. Aurangabad is one such area with a potential to run a community college in Maharashtra State. Aurangabad is one of the fastest developing cities in India. As one of the largest cities in Maharashtra, it is emerging as a prominent hub for IT and manufacturing. Four departments (Automobile, Construction, Hospitality and Dress Designing and Garment manufacturing) are taken under consideration.

PROCESS SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROJECT Define brief and understand the key features of a Community College

USER RESEARCH AND CASE STUDIES Visit Aurangabad, visit site and surrounds and interview people

DATA ANALYSIS Analyse the collected data and formulate ideologies about campus planning

CONCEPT DESIGN (IDEATE) Ways in which the ideologies can be manifested into architecture

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND OUTCOME Overall campus design, service design





There should be a hierarchy of interactive spaces in the campus : spaces for outdoor discussions, hands on practices, group discussions, outdoor classroom sessions, departmental activities, informal discussions and for large congregations. SPINE DESIGN: The sequencing of the program fabricates casual encounters, instituting the people from various disciplines to interweave and share knowledge. The built and the unbuilt constitute in making of the spine.



Stage 1: Academic area abuts the road and the residential area is secluded. The academic area forms the face of the campus, hence creating more awareness amongst the community.

Diagram explaining : • Modular Planning • Connection of indoor and the outdoors • Hierarchy of the open spaces • Force line or spine design

Residential Departments


Academic + Admin

Stage 2: The academic zone is further divided into departments and common academic zone. The four departments are clustered in groups of two around the academic zone.

Residential Departments

MULTICELLULAR DESIGNClassroom is a repetetive space. Hence a module Classroom is a repetitive space. Hence a module was formed using the classroom area as

the base. Permutations and combinations of this module were made in order to design other spaces. Classroom module size is 7 x 8 m, as direct light can reach upto 7.2 m. The modules were arranged in such a way that a canvas of built and unbuilt was formed.

Academic Departments Admin

IMAGE Stage 3: The academic zone having the common areas intertwined with the departments as well as the residential zone. It forms the focus of the site and built mass.

There was an opportunity to create an architectural language as there was no development in the vicinity. Legibility within the campus was achieved by creating similar masses and landmarks within the campus.

LEGEND 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Administration Block Common Academic Areas (Computer Labs, Seminar Halls, Language labs) Hospitality Department Dress Designing and Garment Manufacturing Department Library Multipurpose Hall Construction Department Automobile Department Land for Future Development of Departments and Hostels Parking for students and Staff

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SECTION through common Academic areas, Multipurpose Hall and Automobile Department


A : Admin and Common Academic Areas The administration office has a control over the working of the campus. It consists of a clerical office, the principal’s cabin and the ancillary spaces. It also consists of examination cell and placement cell. The common academic areas spread over the central portion of the campus. It consists of common lecture theatres, computer labs and language labs. The central sunken courtyard forms the major hub of the campus. It is enclosed by multipurpose hall , library and common academic areas, and is accessed from all these spaces. The multipurpose hall of capacity 500 was designed such that it can be used by all the departments for various lectures and college events.

View of the spill over area of the multipurpose hall, which extends into a pathway and further slopes down to a sunken court

View of the staircase which goes from the canteen space in the stilts to the common academic areas.

View of the library and the central plaza from the canteen space.

SECTION through Common academic areas, sunken court and the multipurpose hall The section shows that how the sunken court becomes the spillover space for the common academic areas, canteen and the multipurpose hall.

B : Hospitality and Dress designing and Garment manufacturing Department These two departments were clustered together because as compared to the other two departments, these need more indoor workshop spaces. The departments consist of classroom, labs, workshop spaces etc. These two departments were placed near the main public road as people can come and have a look at the activities taught and products made in the departments.


Zone abutting the main access road acts as an interface zone. It acts as a public insert wherein common people can enter and have a look at the college progress, work and the products taught and produced in the hospitality and dress designing department.This will help in creating awareness amongst the locals. LEGEND 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Baking and Confectionery Workshop Hospitality Department Office Classrooms Boutique shop showcasing the products made by the departments. Public insert: Space where people can casually walk in and have a look at the college’s progress and performance. This will create awareness amongst the community.


Road View of the interface zone which acts as a public insert.

Plan showing the insert which acts as the connect between the community and the college


C : Automobile and Construction Department These two departments were clustered together because as compared to the other two departments, these need large, long span workshop spaces. The departments consist of classroom, labs and huge long span workshop spaces. A construction yard was also provided to carry out outdoor experiments.

SECTION through Automobile and Construction Departments The section shows the change in scale and the connection of the varied volume spaces (visually). It also shows the sunken court and the classrooms abutting it at the lower level.


Connection between Aurangabad’s culture and historical context. (LAYERS OF HERITAGE, SIMULTANITY, CHANGE, COEXISTENCE) DIRECT INTERPRETATION: By using elements such as carved stone columns in the campus to show the importance of the ellora caves. Painting feature walls in the campus with murals and Aurangabad history. INDIRECT INTERPRETATION: By abstracting ideas like using the jali patterns of Islamic architecture as an element (also climatically effective). The intricacy of the islamic jali pattern is abstracted and used as a shading device. The idea of cave architecture and its light qualities is considered while designing classrooms in sunken courts.

D : Library The library was the focus point of the site. This library was designed as an icon of the site. It has a foreground i.e. the central plaza. More study cubicles and desks are provided as more of self learning is promoted. People from nearby village and towns would also come and pursue some of the certificate and diploma courses. Hence, they need place for self studying. Sunken Space below Library: This space was isolated from the surrounds yet had a connection with the other sunken court. This space would act as a casual learning and self-studying space.

SECTION through Library The section shows the connection of the lower library space to the sunken court. It also defines the access to the library from the spine.



A structural grid of 7m x 8m was adapted for areas with less spans. RCC framed structure was used for these spaces. 450 X 450 mm columns were used uniformly for all the spaces. To facilitate the long spans for various workshops and multipurpose halls, RCC portal frames were used. An RCC slab will be cast monolithically over the frames. Portal frames were also used as an aesthetic element and were used for campus image building. Dark Stone crete For other long spans, flat slabs were used. plaster, emphasizing the cave architecture (rock cut architecture relevant in Aurangabad)

Structural glazing (tinted glass patterns) on the north and south side to bring in maximum light.

Perforated metal panels used as shading devices and an aesthetic element.


View of interface zone. This area abuts the footpath. Passersby can just walk in have a look at the Baking and Confectionery workshop and the temporary display of the college progress. They can even buy products made by the students from the shop. It acts as a public insert and a zone promoting interaction between the college and the community.

View of the library from sunken court. The sunken court and the library sunken area are interconnected. The library is a visual icon in the campus. The connectivity is achieved in order to enable both casual as well as disciplined use of the sunken courts.

View of the library and the central plaza. The central spine opens up into a plaza in front of the library. The library is accessed by a grand staircase. The plaza is a large congregation space for informal gatherings and discussions.


PRESENTATION: Hand Sketching + Digital Graphics + 3D Modelling

Jury Commendation Award



Competition: TRANSPARENCE 2013 (A national level design competition) Type: Institutional (Campus) Location: Kolkata, India Site Area: 130,000 sq ft




Team of three. Role: Research, Design Ideation and Development and Presentations. The competition called for innovative and conceptual design proposals for a design school which included case study of our college, programme formulation, area programme, design proposal including an open space (with adequate reasoning) for future development. SITE: KOLKATA Hot and Humid Climate with summer monsoons. Annual mean temperature: 26.8 degrees Celsius Monsoon is the most notable phenomenon in the climate of the city. Summer is dominated by strong south-westerly winds.

Architectural school should be such that it provides silence to create vibrancy and spaces to achieve nothingness. The essence of any space is felt only when it touches upon silence- when it puts forth enigma of light. However this is in contrast with creativity, vibrancy and vivacity which are the qualities, the space is meant to contain. It is this contrast between spaces and activities to be carried out that will create a perfect place for learning, where students will feel the sound of silence and start talking to themselves.

Contrast Creates

PROCESS UNDERSTANDING AND DECODING THE BRIEF Detailed study of the brief and the requirements

Capturing the sky

USER RESEARCH Understand the needs of the users (students and staff )

CONCEPT DESIGN Ways in which the spaces can be placed such that it forms a campus for self development

Conceptual Sketch of corridor interactive spaces

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND OUTCOME Overall campus design, service design

Dynamism in movement and stability in work spaces creates a healthy learning environment



The path culminates into the library Academic block: towards the end of the plot- giving it the importance, peace and tranquility worthy of an institute. Designed to ensure maximum interaction of students The pedestrian pathway forms the spine of the design. The hostel is easily accessible both from the inside and outside minimizing the disturbance to the academic section. Admin Block Mess and Parking below hostel Staff housing is in close proximity to the hostel. The proximity of student and staff housing and segregation of the two hostels ensure safety to women and against ragging.

Zoning Plan

Plan at 0 lvl

Plan at 3 lvl

Plan at 6.5 lvl

SECTION A-A: Showing the multilevel connectivity and unobstructed windflow

Academic Block

SECTION C-C: Showing the positioning of various spaces of academic block and adjacent green areas

The academic block was located at the end of the site having its own exclusive place in the campus. The site profile was such that it was not surrounded by any other space and was therefore segregated from the other buildings which added to its exclusiveness. 09

Residential Zone: Hostels Architecture students learn best from seniors and peers. Hence interactions are a crucial part of learning. Hostels are the best place for informal interactions and hence a space was thought of to maximize the interaction between the students. Double height activity areas have been provided at varying levels. These interactive zones will be used for recreational purposes such as table tennis, carrom etc., sit outs and t.v. rooms.

SECTION A-A: Showing activity areas at various levels

View of Staff Housing

TYPICAL FLOOR PLAN OF HOSTEL: Showing interaction spaces at various levels

Residential Zone: Staff Housing The staff residences were located in the front half of the site making them easily accessible from the outside. They are segregated from the hostel by the buffer zone which gives them the necessary privacy and at the same time ensured that they were in close proximity to the students.

View of entrance to Hostel Block

Open Position

Expandable Studios Breathing Wall With the use of this technology two studios can be com- The main aim was to make internal spaces breath even if the room was bined to form one large space which can be used during closed allowing a constant air movement. juries, guest lectures, class exhibitions etc. constant air movement. 10

PRESENTATION: Digital Graphics + 3D Modelling



Academic Studio, Year 4, Semester 1 Type: Residential Location: Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India Site Area: 400,000 sq ft




Housing complex proposed in a metropolitan area in Pune. The aim was that it should be conducive for co-operative and social living.

The key objective was to respond to the site context and to design spaces accordingly. Spaces designed with due consideration of human scale and proportion. Hierarchy of open spaces from cluster level open space to central space has been achieved.

LOCATION: PUNE Kalyani Nagar Pune. Pune has a moderate climate with winds from the south west side for most of the months of the year. SITE: (Area:4.05 acres) Site is surrounded by commercial and residential buildings on the east side. View of the Mula river on the south side.

Features addressed in design: Environmental Sustainability Response to site, minimum disturbance to contours, vegetation is maintained, response to height. Social Sustainability Supporting and enhancing community life, interaction spaces, safety of residents, open spaces Economic Sustainability Photovoltaic panels, solar panels, vermiculture pits, importance to natural light and ventilation.

PROCESS UNDERSTANDING AND DECODING THE BRIEF Detailed study of the brief and the requirements

CASE STUDIES Studied 2 housing complex in Pune (of different social structure)

CONCEPT DESIGN Planning and massing of overall site. Ways in which the areas can be distributed.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT Design individual units and do permutations and combinations to come to a desired solution.

OUTCOME A housing complex wherein people interact socially and live as a community.

PROMOTING CO OPERATIVE AND SOCIAL LIVING Defining clear pedestrian and vehicular routes and provide spaces for people of all age groups. Creating pedestrian podiums and pause points, spaces between buildings and double height spaces within buildings, central open spaces. Creating an experience through spaces where each space would have its own identity.


The central green landscaped park provides a community space at the heart of the project for residents to relax, gather, celebrate, play and conduct group activities and events. Hierarchy in open spaces ensures space provision for all types of purposes.


View of entrance to the complex

View of multi height space which also acts as a transitional space

Cluster 1 Plan

Cluster 2 Plan

View of podium level interactive spaces in cluster 1

View of the central open area and the buildings that surround it


PRESENTATION: Hand Sketching + 3D Modelling


Film museum

Academic Studio,Time Problem, Year 3, Semester 2 Type: Museum Design Location: Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Maharashtra, India Site Area: 17000 sq ft




To design a museum for Indian cinema which includes Bollywood and all the regional films. The Indian film industry recently completed 100 glorious years. Hence on account of this accomplishment, a museum was to be designed in the campus of the Film And Television Institute of India, Pune. It was to be a museum as well as a memorial. The project was an individual time bound exercise wherein we were allowed to work just in the studio and without any access to software and the web. The time problem was a one week studio assignment which included the completion of research design and hand drafted presentation.

The Indian cinema completing 100 years makes every Indian proud and dignified. Thus the idea was to design a museum and a memorial that would depict: PRIDE HONOUR DIGNITY IMPORTANCE Various ways were tried out in order to achieve and grasp the importance of the brief. The building should act as a LANDMARK in itself.


Design development sketches while deciding, space volumes, light conditions, elements and circulation.

Framing the vertical element from the entrance

Transitional Spaces are crucial

Lower Level Plan

Master Plan showing the positioning of the Museum

Site Plan showing the flowing green areas, red lines depict the movement of people.

Upper Level Plan




Academic, Architectural Design Studio Year 2, Semester 1

LOCATION: SAWANTWADI, DISTRICT OF SINDHUDURGA, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA As a prologue to the Architectural design program in Architectural design studio of the second semester of the second year of B.Arch, a settlement study of the heritage town of Sawantwadi, in the Sindhudurga district of Maharashtra was done. The demographic data, land use patterns, vegetation, road networks and linkages, traffic densities, amenity spaces, building typologies and service networks were mapped by working in groups of four. Individually on site sketches and streetscapes were done to document the visual characteristics of the architecture of the town. ROLE We were a team of four. We mapped all the services of the town viz. water supply, drainage, electrical, telephone lines etc. Interviews of various people from various parts of the town were also carried out in order to understand the benefits of proper service planning. Site visits to water purification plants, waste disposal sites and other service hubs were undertaken in order to understand the whole process and the working of the system. The data collected was documented and analysed. Plans were produces. Discussions were carried out on the collected data. Proposals and solutions were discussed in order to reduce the problems for betterment of the people in the town.



Sawantwad i SAWANTWADI

Sawantwadi is a taluka place in the Sindhudurga district in the state of Maharashtra . It is a town geographically placed withSindhudurga the Sahyadri district range towards Sawantwadi is a taluka place in the in the the east and the low lying coastal areas of Konkan to the west. The town also connects the states of state of Maharashtra. It is a town geographically placed with Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka . It is an important tourist destination with a historic the Sahyadri range towards the east and the low lying coastal importance due to its rich heritage and traditional wooden crafts and artworks .

areas of Konkan to the west. The town also connects the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. It is an important tourist destination with a historic importance due to its rich heritage and traditional wooden crafts and artworks.

Traditional wooden handicrafts of Sawantwadi

Residential Residential + Commercial Commercial + Public Amenities Commercial Government Buildings Institutional Buildings Historic Places of Royal Importance Health Facilities Barren Land Garden and Parks Agricultural Land Hotels Parking Water Body


Hindus Muslims Christians Buddhists


New Buildings (built after 1980) Old Buildings (built 1930- 1980) Very Old Buildings (built 1830- 1930)



Primary Roads Secondary Roads Tertiary Roads


Institutions Parking Temples Government Offices Hospitals Health and Fitness Facilities

Dense Traffic Less Traffic Pedestrian Traffic






Professional Training, Year 5, Semester 1

Type: Hotel (Landscape Design Development) Ongoing Location: Yerawada, Pune, Maharashtra, India Area: 9000 sq ft Design Firm : Madhav Joshi and Associates Design Team : Ar. Madhav Joshi ( Principal Architect) Ar. Rahul Suralkar ( Senior Architect) Me (Design Intern) ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Design explorartion and development Working Drawings Material Selection Client and Contractor Meetings


The podium landscape design development was undertaken by developing various possible design sketches as per the requirements of the client. The hotel is situated in a commercial complex and the design had to address the other buildings and the main podium of the campus. Various material surveys were carried out to meet the needs of the client and the design. 3D modeling and site visits helped in analysing the issues and better design development was carried out.

Section Showing Restaurant Level landscape and the ramp below

Podium Level Landscape Plan

Restaurant Level Landscape Plan



bhasha bhavan Professional Training, Year 5, Semester 1

Type: Institute Ongoing Location: Savitibai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India Design Firm : Madhav Joshi and Associates Design Team : Ar. Madhav Joshi ( Principal Architect) Ar. Aditi Agarwal ( Senior Architect) Me (Design Intern) ROLE AND RESPONSIILITIES: Design exploration and development Facade Development Client and Contractor Meetings Presentation Drawings Physical Model


The idea of the building was easy and simple functionality and a form that creates an impact. The building responded to the contoured site and was planned to segregate the two main functions in the institute. Connecting passages acted as interactive spaces for students as well as staff members. Facade development was a crucial design. Discussions regarding facade development were carried out amongst the office members and the decision was taken further for detailed development. Intermediate physical models were made in order to get the idea of the space and design more clearly. FACADE DEVELOPMENT





I believe that a woman’s hair is the most vivid thing. In the illustration, the woman’s hair is emphasized depicting that the hair is the source of power. It is intricately detailed to portray its value and the sense of enigma.


This Page


The perfect balance between a man and a woman. The illustration depicts an active, solid and focused man (side elevation) and a passive, soft and calm woman (front elevation), wherein they complete each other. Next Page The eyes speak and the power lies within you.




CARICATURES On completion of my internship, I drew caricatures of my seniors and colleagues in office and gifted them as a memory. Each caricature depicted the person and his/her facets that I came across while interacting with them during my internship period.

GOOGLE DOODLE BRIEF: To learn and study about a master architect and create a Google Doodle from the learning and findings. PROCESS: An architect was selected and a detailed research and study was undertaken on his works and contributions to the field of architecture. Architect selected: Le Corbusier He was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. The Modulor was a standard model of the human form which he devised to determine the correct amount of living space needed for residents in his buildings. He explicitly used the golden ratio in his Modulor system for the scale of architectural proportion. As the Modular was his important contribution , it cannot be neglected. Hence, on these lines a Google Doodle was designed. The idea was that the doodle should be simple and easy to read. The letters G and E are in golden ratio, letter O balances the symmetry and the letter L is the modular man designed by the architect himself.





01 Served as exhibition head for the college exhibition. Design of installation for a basic design panel. The idea was to create dynamism. Decoupage technique was used. 02 Served as exhibition head for the college exhibition. Designed the sequencing of panels and the calligraphy art installation. This vertical installation subdivided the huge long space, thus giving the space a different dimension. 03 Physical Model: Ramkrishna Math, Pune, India 04 Interior Physical Model: Cafe Coffee Day, Law College Road, Pune, India 05 Making a rigid space dynamic. Arrangement of small coloured cubes in a big cube. 06 Sketching









Louvre Museum at Dawn, Paris, France

Hoshang Shah Tomb, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, India

St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City

A house in Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India

Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Brihadeshwar, Tamil Nadu, India 24

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