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Mona Doctor-Pingel

Principal Architect

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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Madhivanan Gnanavel

Junior Architect & Landscape Designer

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Ralph Sequeira

Junior Architect

Ridho Cairns

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.

Ralph Joined Studio Naqshbandi in March 2019. He earned his degree at MIET, Gondia, 2015.

Ridho Joined Studio Naqshbandi in September 2019. He earned his masters degree at University of Melbourne, 2019.

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Abishek P



Abishek Joined Studio Naqshbandi in June 2020, He is currently completing his studies at the School of  Architecture CEPT.

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


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Tushita Gandhi

Interior Designer

Tushita assists in the design several of the studio's interior projects. She earned her degree at APIED, Vallabh Vidya Nagar in year 2000.

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

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

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Arusha Shridhar Drouin 


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


Name | School | Period of work at Studio Naqshbandi

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

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

Saloni Mahajan |SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad |September - December  2019

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

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

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

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

Anshul Rathore |IIT, Roorkee |February - July 2018

Aakansha Jain |Manipal University |April 2017 - May 2018

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

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

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

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

Divij Bhardwaj |MNIT, Jaipur |April - May 2017

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

Roshita Sudhir |NIT Trichy |December 2016 - June 2019

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

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

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

Nehaa Bhavaraju |NIT Trichy |February - December 2016

Chandana Reddy |SAP, Chennai |January - December 2016

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

Akash Puthuparambil |Kerala |August 2015-March 2016

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

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

Melina Wiedera |HfT Stuttgart, Germany |June - July 2015

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

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

Jagdish Patel |School of Architecture, Bharath University |August 2015 - August 2016

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

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

Aashna Agarwal |CEPT, Ahmedabad |June - December 2014

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

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

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

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

S. Kishore Rajaram |SAP Anna University, Chennai |Dec 2012 - May 2013

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

Parth Pandya |SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad |June - December 2012 

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

Rakesh Kumar |Manipal University |December 2011 - June 2012 

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

Kriti Gupta |SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad |May - Dec 2011

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

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

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

Sindhu Gopal |SRM University, Kattankulathur |July 2010 - January 2011

Shashank |NIT Trichy |June - December 2010

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

Sneha Bakshi |Academy Of Architecture, Mumbai |March - June 2010

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

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

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

Prakash Raj |Self taught |October 2009 - January 2010;  February 2016 - October 2017

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

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

Kanika Puri |SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad, |May - August 2009

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

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

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

Abiruchi Anand |SID, CEPT, Ahmedabad |May - November 2008

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

Tushita Gandhi |APIED, Vallabh Vidyanagar |2006 - 2009

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

Samir |Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology Surat |July - November 2002 

Avani Parekh |APIED Vallabh Vidyanagar |???

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

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

Aamir |University of Lucknow |August - December 2004

Garima |University of Lucknow |August - December 2004

Deval Gandhi |School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad |June - December 2005

Amorette Pereira |BNCA, Pune |January - April 2000

Kanal Shah |MSU, Vadodara |June - December 1995

Batul Raaj |SA, CEPT, Ahmedabad |June - December 1995

Arusha Shridhar |BNCA, Pune |January - April 2000