Mona Doctor-Pingel

Principal Architect


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After her graduation in Architecture from School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Mona worked in Auroville for two years with architect Poppo Pingel, before moving to Germany for her Masters in Appropriate Technology as a DAAD scholar. There she was introduced to Baubiologie (Building Biology), the science of holistic interactions between life and living environment. She also had a chance to learn earthen dome construction techniques from German architect Gernot Minke, at Kassel University.


Since 1995 Mona has her independent practice, Studio Naqshbandi, based in Auroville where she lives and works.

Rooted in the essence and philosophy of Auroville, her Studio offers a holistic approach to the science of building by using biologically enhancing and environmentally friendly building technologies which are rooted in the local context of climate and culture. Working with architecture, interior design and landscaping simultaneously on every project allows the studio team to enhance the sensory experience through the built form and create a space that responds to the surroundings, bringing in Nature and a sense of wellbeing.

Her current field of exploration also includes teaching, writing and research.

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Naqshbandi family,
August 2021


Madhivanan Gnanavel

Junior Architect & Landscape Designer

Mathura Maathangi

Junior Architect

Mihir R. Desai

Junior Architect

Madhivanan is born in Auroville and joined Studio Naqshbandi in August 2018. He earned his degree at McGan'S Ooty School of Architecture, 2018.

Mathura joined Studio Naqshbandi in February 2021. She earned her degree at VIT, Vellore, 2020 

Mihir joined Studio Naqshbandi in August 2021. He earned his degree at Aditya College of Architecture, Mumbai, 2021

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Project Manager

Priyanka Salunkhe 




Narmadha joined Studio Naqshbandi in January 2021. She earned her Post Graduate diploma in quantity surveying and evaluation in May 2019. 

Priyanka joined in May 2021. She is studying her Bachelors of Architecture at CEPT University. 

Pavni joined in July 2021. She is studying her Bachelors of Interior Design at CEPT University. 

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Mocca was born in Auroville, is self-taught, cookie lover. 



Tushita Gandhi

Interior Designer

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Mohan Ayynarppan




Tushita assists in the interior  designing and execution of several projects of the Studio. She earned her degree at APIED, Vallabh Vidya Nagar in 2000.

Self taught from Alankuppam Village, constructed projects including Cottage Showroom, Fish House, Studio Naqshbandi and Temple Tree Retreat. 

Self-taught, Aurovillian, constructed projects including Elizabeth House, currently constructing Utsav mixed-use development.

Shrishti Dangi

Visual Artist

Studied at International Visual Art School, Last School, Auroville (2009). She is currently collaborating with the studio for Temple Tree retreat Extension and SAIL. 

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Rene Janssen

Building Biology Consultant

Self-taught, Aurovillian, constructed projects including White Peacock and Aikido Dojo. 
Rene Janssen is an electrical engineer and Building Biology consultant from the Netherlands. He is living in Auroville since 2004 and is involved in various construction projects which promote sustainable building solutions and social well being. In 2014 he founded the Centre for Building Biology in Auroville, with the aim to bring this needed science to a wider audience in India.



Late Arusha Shridhar Drouin 


Arusha had worked on several of the studio's major projects from 2007-2012. She earned her degree at BNCA, Pune, 2001.


Name | Role | School | Period of work at Studio Naqshbandi

Ridho Cairns  | Architect | University of Melbourne, Australia September 2019 - August 2021

Abinaya Varshni  | Architectural Intern | Wadiyar Centre For Architecture, Mysore March 2021 - August 2021

Shyambhavi Shukla  | Interior Design Intern | CEPT University, Ahmedabad | December 2020 - July 2021 

Almitra Roosevelt | Architectural Intern | CEPT University, Ahmedabad | December 2020 - July 2021 

Ralph Sequeira | Architect | MIET, Gondia March 2019 - March 2021

Abishek P | Architectural Intern | CEPT University, Ahmedabad June – December 2020

Ibn Talib | Architect John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto July - September 2020

Geetika Tyagi | Architectural  Intern | AIT School Of Architecture & Planning, Greater Noida  January - August 2020

Saloni Mahajan | Interior Design InternSID, CEPT, Ahmedabad September - December  2019

Renuka Gupta | Architectural Intern | MBS School of Planning and Architecture Delhi, ​August 2019 - April 2020

Shaan Lyngdoh Lakshmanan | Architectural Intern Syracuse University, United States of America July - August 2019

Henrik Dutz | Architect TU Dresden, Germany December - March 2019

Abhishek K. Ramesh | Architectural Intern CMRU School Of Architecture, Bengaluru July 2019 - January 2020

Anshul Rathore | Architectural Intern IIT, Roorkee February - July 2018

Aakansha Jain | Architectural Intern Manipal University April 2017 - May 2018

Vishnu Vardhan | Research Engineer VIT Mechanical Engineering,Vellore November 2017 - November 2018

Nancy Agarwal | Architect RV College, Bengaluru September 2017 - September 2019

Nitya Kalyanaraman | Architectural InternSushant School of Art and Architecture Gurugram, June 2017 - November 2017

Ines Dahl | Architectural Intern| ETSAM Madrid /  CEPT, Ahmedabad June - July 2017

Divij Bhardwaj Architect | MNIT, Jaipur April - May 2017

Ipsita Mallick | Architectural Intern Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, NMIMS, Mumbai February - Sept 2017

Roshita Sudhir | ArchitectNIT Trichy December 2016 - June 2019

Sukirth Gowder | Architect SAP, Anna University, Chennai December 2016 - May 2017

Yann Robichon | Research Engineer ESIROI, Reunion Island August - September 2016

Malvika Singh |​Interior Design Intern |SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad June - December 2016

Nehaa Bhavaraju | Architect NIT Trichy February - December 2016

Chandana Reddy | Architect SAP, Chennai January - December 2016

Pratha Bhagat |Architectural Intern |  Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies Mumbai, November 2015 - April 2016

Akash Puthuparambil | Architect Kerala August 2015-March 2016

Anant Mairal Architectural Intern |National Institute of Technology Raipur, June 2015- April 2016

Tanushree Charan | Construction Intern SBST, CEPT, Ahmedabad June - July 2015

Melina Wiedera Interior Designer HfT Stuttgart, Germany June - July 2015

Hugo Lavocat | Research Engineer ESIROI, Reunion Island May - August 2015

Eleanor Figueiredo | Architect Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, United Kingdom May - June 2015

Suraj Dwivedi | Junior Architect College of Architecture, SVIT, Vasad December 2013 - May 2014

Ana Antunes | Architect Porto School of Architecture, Portugal August - September 2014 & February 2015

Aashna Agarwal Architecture Intern CEPT, Ahmedabad June - December 2014

Pankti Mehta | Architecture Intern Navrachana University, Vadodara June - December 2014

Aanchal Subbaiah Architecture Intern |RV College of Architecture, Bengaluru March - May 2014

Darpan Arora Architectural Intern College of Architecture, SVIT, Vasad February 2014 - January 2015

Anjali Ramachandran | Architecture Intern |School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Mysuru November 2013 - May 2014

Anna Alma Bakhlina | Architect Moscow Institute of Architecture MARKHI , Russia and KTH, Sweden |November 2012 - August 2014 

S. Kishore Rajaram | Architecture Intern Architectural InternSAP Anna University, Chennai |Dec 2012 - May 2013

Niharika Sanyal Architecture Intern SA, CEPT, Ahmedabad |May 2012 - Jan 2013

Parth Pandya | Interior Design Intern SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad |June - December 2012

Rakesh N.M. | ArchitectManipal University December 2011 - June 2012 

Sachin Patil | Architect Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai June - December 2011

Kriti Gupta | Interior Design InternSID, CEPT, Ahmedabad May - Dec 2011

Tejal Bafna | Architect Academy Of Architecture, Mumbai March - May 2011

Ojas Vyas | Architect IPSA, Rajkot January 2011 - January 2012

Sonam P. Kesarkar | Interior Designer BNCA, Pune January 2010 - January 2011

Sindhu Gopal Architecture Intern SRM University, Kattankulathur July 2010 - January 2011

Shashank Achanthodi  Architecture Intern NIT Trichy June - December 2010

Annam Vaishnavi | Architect CSI Institute of Technology, School Of Planning & Architecture, Secunderabad June - December 2010

Sneha Bakshi Academy Of Architecture, Mumbai March - June 2010

Deepti Gangwal | Planning Intern SP, CEPT, Ahmedabad May - June 2010

Kaushal Jajoo | Planning Intern SP, CEPT, Ahmedabad May - June 2010

Swastika Mukherjee Architecture Intern Aayojan School of Architecture, Jaipur January - June 2010

Prakash Raj Architect and Model Maker Self taught October 2009 - January 2010;  February 2016 - Present

Nidhi Dixit | Architecture Intern University of Mumbai December 2008 - March 2009

Joana Marques | Architect Porto School of Architecture, Portugal August - September 2009

Kanika Puri | Interior Design Intern SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad, May - August 2009

Akshaya L.N. | Architecture Intern TVB School of Habitat Studies, Delhi July - December 2009

Marcia Oliviera | Architect Porto School of Architecture, Portugal March - October 2009

Noble George | Architecture Intern Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology, Surat August - December 2008

Abhiruchi Anand  | Interior Design Intern SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad May - November 2008

Venu Sivan | Architecture Intern College of Engineering Trivandrum June 2007 - January 2008

Tushita Gandhi | Interior Designer APIED, Vallabh Vidyanagar 2006 - 2009

Vishal Chudgar | Architect APIED, Vallabh Vidyanagar June - October 2007 

Nithya E. J. | Architecture Intern College of Engineering Trivandrum, April - June 2007

Aamir Architecture Intern University of Lucknow August - December 2004

Garima Architecture Intern University of Lucknow August - December 2004

Pallavi Gopalkrishnan Architecture Intern B. M. S. College of Engineering |March - June 2003

Samir Architecture InternSarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology Surat July - November 2002

Deval Gandhi | Architect School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad June 2000 - April 2001

Amorette Pereira Architecture Intern BNCA, Pune January - April 2000

Arusha Shridhar Architect BNCA, Pune January - April 2000

Batul Raaj Architecture Intern SA, CEPT, Ahmedabad June - December 1995

Kanal Shah | Architect MSU, Vadodara June - December 1995