Building your own villa in India can be a daunting task. What is more difficult is finding the right Architect who can understand your vision to build your dream house. The right architect will understand all of your needs and requirements and will design something that reflects your aesthetic and point of view while also adding value as an architect. Here are some of the best architects working in India today, as recommended by Gupta & Sen.

1. Khosla Associates

Amaresh Anand and Sandeep Khosla

Sandeep Khosla founded Khosla Associates, a reputable Architecture and Interior Design firm, in 1995. Khosla Associates, led by Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand, has a diverse portfolio of work that includes retail, hospitality, commercial, and residential projects. They have not only received numerous awards for their work in India, but several of their projects have also received international recognition.

USP: What sets them apart from many designers is that they have a very tropical aesthetic, maximising the use of local materials but with a twist of modernity and contemporary style. Opulent spaces, the juxtaposition of colours, textures, and furniture and an international appeal rooted in traditional concepts add uniqueness to all their projects.

Address: No 18, 17th Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, A Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008


2. Thought Parallels

Nikhil Mohan and Shabna Nikhil

Thought Parallels is a Kerala-based boutique architecture firm. Started in 2000, Thought Parallels are well-known for its distinct architectural style, which aims to promote sustainability while actively engaging with clients and understanding the local context. The founders of the firm consisting of Nikhil Mohan and Shabna Nikhil have both had international experience, which lends a global sophistication to their designs.

USP: The central theme in their work is minimal, ultra-modern, spacious layouts inspired by a tropical aesthetic. With opulent openings, significant courtyards, sleek architecture and attention to detail Thought Parallels succeeds in blurring the boundaries with the surrounding nature.

Address: Bhatt Road Junction, Thought Parallels A4, Beach Rd, Gandhi Nagar Housing Colony, West Hill, Kozhikode, Kerala 673005


Though Parellels

Traditional Affinity by Thought Parallels

3. Spasm Architecture

Sanjeev Panjabi and Sangeeta Merchant

Spasm Architecture was founded in 1995 by Sanjeev Panjabi and Sangeeta Merchant, both graduates of the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai. With a specific material palette, their designs highlight the beauty of each material used in their luxurious projects.

USP: Their projects use wood, exposed concrete, and earthy textures. The designs have a sense of transparency that allows the spaces to spill out into the outdoors, making it a pleasant experience for the residents. Spasm Architecture has a diverse portfolio of projects in India and East Africa, including commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments.

Address: 310, Raheja Plaza, opposite Yashraj Studio, Shah Industrial Estate, Off New Link Road, Andheri (W, Industrial Area, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053


Spasm Architects

Diya Villa by Spasm Architecture

4. Collage Architecture

Swapnil Valvatkar, Adwitha Suvarna and Arun Kumar

Collage Architecture is a young and dynamic firm founded in 2008 by Swapnil Valvatkar, Arun Kumar, and Adwitha Suvarna. Collage Architecture takes a unique and creative approach to architectural and interior design projects. Their simplified process keeps the process straightforward with each project. Their goal is to design spaces that respond to the context and are culturally rooted while giving utmost importance to the finer details of every project.

USP:  Collage Architecture’s work includes design principles such as innovation and modernity. Each project is bold while remaining grounded in its surroundings, encouraging users to spend as much time outside. 

Address: 111, ‘ AAYUSH ‘,2H Main road,East of NGEF Layout,Kasturinagar,Bengaluru – 560043, Karnataka, India.


Collage Architects

Cube Square by Collage Architecture

5. Hiren Patel Architects

Hiren Patel

Hiren Patel Architects was founded in 1989 by Hiren Patel and has completed projects ranging from luxury residences to commercial buildings, heritage structures, and entertainment complexes. What began in Ahmedabad as a small firm specialising in high-rise structures has grown significantly. Their services are architecture designs, interior design, green building consultation, and landscape architecture. The dynamic yet streamlined architecture combines simple geometrical forms that overlap horizontally and vertically. Local design elements like jaalis, native flora and fauna, and statement art pieces are prominent in all their projects.

USP: Hiren Patel Architects distinguishes itself through tranquil and opulent spaces that maximise natural ventilation, exposed raw materials, and a lush landscape that wraps around opulent structures.

Address: Shyamal, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015


Hiren Patel Architects

The Garden House by HPA


6. Grounded

Anjali Mangalgiri

Here is a firm that has its foundation on the principles of sustainability. Founded by Anjali Mangalgiri, the firm merges the rustic vernacular style with a contemporary aesthetic. Natural materials sourced locally, access to fresh air, outdoor space, implementation of sustainable practices such as rainwater harvesting and bioswales, and landscaping with local flora and fauna are just a few of the ways they bring out the best in their projects and allow residents to reconnect with the natural world. Grounded has a property development offshoot in Goa as well. Grounded’s villas are beautifully designed and built by the team, and they are certified by Indian Green Building Council. Grounded takes care of all the issues that might come up with land, design, construction, permissions and upkeep of the property.

USP: The firm’s aesthetic is grounded, as the name implies, in rustic comfort with a touch of luxury and immersed in local materials.

Address: House of Royals, second floor, 2, S-1, Caranzalem, Panaji, Goa 403002




Anjali Mangalgiri

Nivim Villa by Grounded

7. Stapati

Tony Joseph

Tony Joseph founded Stapati in 1989 as a multidisciplinary architecture firm with solid roots in sustainability and innovation.  Stapati has won numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 Most Influential Firms in South Asia. Their designs’ modern outlook, combined with traditional art and architectural elements, have a long-lasting impact on viewers and residents.

USP: Every design is contextually based and steeped in traditional elements but with a modern twist that represents luxury living. This blend of old and new lends their projects a timeless quality.

Address: 5/2759-C, Mini Bypass Rd, Puthiyara, Kalipoika, Kerala 673004



Green Mist by Stapati

8. Studio Lotus

Ambrish Arora, Ankur Choksi, and Sidhartha Talwar

Studio Lotus, founded in 2002 by Ambrish Arora, Ankur Choksi, and Sidhartha Talwar. Intending to build with responsibility, sensitivity to cultural influences, attention to detail and an open-minded approach, Studio Lotus has its principles strong. Architecture is a very sensory experience, and Studio Lotus aims to heighten this experience for users. As the driving force, innovation is reflected in their bold designs as they strive for the state of perfection with thoughtful designs.

USP: With the spatial arrangement, structural details, exciting materials, and innovative techniques combined with local artisans’ craftsmanship and customised detailing, Studio Lotus creates one-of-a-kind homes throughout India on various scales.

Address: F 301, First Floor Chaudhari Prem Singh House, Himmat Singh Marg, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, Delhi 110030



Studio Lotus

Earth and Glass House by Studio Lotus

9. Rajiv Saini and Associates (RSA)

Rajeev Saini

Rajiv Saini founded an award-winning firm in 1995 that has established itself as one of the country’s leading design studios. RSA has selected itself as a thought leader in beautifully crafted luxury homes as a recipient of numerous awards. Their designs are both architecturally sound and culturally conscious. RSA has established a presence in several countries, including Thailand, Dubai, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.

USP: RSA focuses primarily on residential and hospitality projects, fusing contemporary design with finely crafted details and a subdued luxurious material palette of impeccable quality.

Address: 9, Jer Mansion, Off Turner Rd, Tata Blocks, Bandra West, Mumbai, – 400 050


Rajiv Saini

Brick Home by Rajiv Saini

10. Abraham John Architects

Abraham John and Alan Abhraham

Abraham John Architects is a firm founded in 1967 with Abhrahan John and Alan Abraham being the Joint Principal Architects.  With their inspiring designs, unique approaches to projects, design honesty, and never-ending drive to innovate, they have become a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Under the name Abraham Architects, the firm has produced some brilliant projects that set them apart from the rest.

USP: To reinvent and transform living environments and urban spaces, Abraham John Architects’ design approach is to re-connect architecture with nature, best use of space,  materials, lighting, and landscape.

Address: 31 Green Acre, Union Park Rd Number 5, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052


Abhraham John

Villa in the Palms by Abraham John Architects

If you are looking for a world class architect to design your dream villa this article should whet your appetite amnd help you kickstart the design journey for building your very own luxury villa.

Rochelle is an independent landscape architect with a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Germany. She writes about architecture, landscape design, home décor, real estate, and travel.
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