Wallpaper* assembles India’s leading architects

Indian architects sitting on a concrete structure.
(Image credit: Gauri Gill)

A strong craft tradition, the Le Corbusier legacy, a super-charged economy, infrastructural chaos - India's architects have a lot to think about. In our mission to explore and understand the different levels of contemporary Indian architecture, we brought together some of the country's finest architects for a shoot and a spot of conversation in Ahmedabad. To listen in, you'll have to pick up the May issue (out now), but here, we take a look at some of their latest work.

Their output may be varied, but all these architects play a key role in shaping India's urban environment. There are the respected representatives of long-established influential firms, such as Hasmukh and Bimal Patel of HCP, Pradeep Sachdeva, Prabhakhar Bhagwat's Aniket Bhagwat, Rajeev Kathpalia of Vastu-Shilpa, and Romi and Martand Khosla. Younger but equally vital players are represented, such as Serie Architects, Bengaluru's Flying Elephant, and Sameep Padora.

Also among the group are architects who work in different scales, from building surveys to furniture, like Samira Rathod. And there are specialists in craft-based, high-end residential interiors, such as Rajiv Saini. Last but by no means least, there are the thought-provoking representatives of the thriving Ahmedabad scene, such as Matharoo Associates and Arya Architects, as well as larger, multi-tasking practices such as Delhi's Morphogenesis. They're all here. Now take a look at their work.

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).