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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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. From Australia, he earned his masters degree at University of Melbourne, 2019.

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Almitra joined in December 2020. She is studying her Bachelors of Architecture at CEPT University. 

Shambhavi joined in December 2020. She is studying her Bachelors of Interior Design at SID, CEPT University. 

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


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Tushita Gandhi

Interior Designer

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.

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Self taught from Alankuppam 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 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

Abishek Pucca | 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 SAP, Anna University, Chennai December 2016 - May 2017

Yann Robichon |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 | 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 Kerala August 2015-March 2016

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

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

Melina Wiedera |Interior Designer 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 | Junior Architect College of Architecture, SVIT, Vasad December 2013 - May 2014

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

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

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

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

Niharika Sanyal Architecture Intern 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 | InternSID, 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 | Architect Porto School of Architecture, Portugal August - September 2009

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

Akshaya L.N. | Intern 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

Abhiruchi Anand  | Intern 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