Dharwad’s heritage ranges from the earliest Dharwad fort, the ancient temples, the early industrial connotations, to the railroads and the modern transport infrastructure. Dharwad, the strategically positioned gateway town, equidistant from Pune and Bangalore, is a conglomeration of commerce and education. The twin-cities of Dharwad and Hubli form the largest municipal corporation in Karnataka, after Bangalore. Modern Dharwad plays an international role in education with world-class universities and learning institutions attracting students across the globe and a national role in commerce with Hubballi’s tag of ‘Chota Mumbai’ (Little Bombay).

The architecture of Dharwad has a very sensitive, transitory style which has circumscribed the architects and has opened up to an antithetical built fabric. While developers dominate the construction, architects have frolicked in the abundance of space and non-indigenous ideas for buildings. A few architects embracing a sound sense of design ideologies have been growing in the recent past.

The explosive infrastructure growth of the twin-cities in the last two decades speaks volumes of what the future may hold. Here is a list of Top 10 Architecture firms / Architects in Dharwad, arranged in alphabetical order-

1. Aro Design Studio

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Bangalore.
Style of work: Modern Contemporary style with a balance of contextual Indian elements with keen, client-centric design practice.
Website/Online presence: www.instagram.com/aro_design_studio/

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Residence at Kelgeri, Dharwad ©Aro Design Studio

2. Deepak Hiremath and Associates

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design & Master Planning.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Healthcare, Offices, Hospitality.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Bangalore, Khandala, Hospet
Style of work: Modern style with cost-effective and client-centric designs using local materials.
Website/Online presence: www.dhassociates.in

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Deshpande Foundation’s Sandbox Startups, Hubballi ©Deepak Hiremath, and Associates

3. Dinesh Hangal Architects and Associates

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Institutional.
Locations of Built Projects: Karnataka
Style of work: Leaning towards site context and natural lighting and ventilation, use of local materials, and natural and modern forms.
Website/Online presence: — N/A

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Sanskar CBSE School, Hubballi ©www.justdial.com

4. Kembhavi Architecture Foundation

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Project Management, Solar Passive Architecture, Green Building Services.
Types of Built Projects: Healthcare, Hospitality, Housing, Commercial, Public buildings, Institutional.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad.
Style of work: Eco-sensitive design approach, working extensively on solar passive architecture and green projects.
Website/Online presence: www.kembhaviarchitects.com

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Kalburgi House, Hubballi ©Kembhavi Architecture Foundation

5. Kabbur Architects 

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Hospitality, Industria.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Bagalkot.
Style of work: Technology oriented and experimental material-driven designs. They maintain a modern style with a client-centric approach to projects.
Website/Online presence: https://www.facebook.com/KabburArchitects/

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Cottage House, Bagalkot ©www.sawdust.online

6. Karennavar Buildmat Pvt Ltd

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior design.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Healthcare, Institutional.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad.
Style of work: Commercial architecture with a focus on design-build projects.
Website/Online presence: -N/A

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C Lite Building, BVB Campus, Hubballi ©www.mouthshut.com

7. Living Architecture Bureau

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Retail Interior Architecture.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Multi-dwelling.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Ranebennur, Jalandhar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa.
Style of work: Rooted in conceptual and modern designs, they work with the theory that flows into sculptural concepts of the built form, focusing on sustainable techniques and local material.
Website/Online presence: www.instagram.com/livingarchbureau

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Linear CourtHouse, Ranebennur ©Living Architecture Bureau

8. Red Brick Design Studio

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape, Planning, Pro-Bono.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Hospitality.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Udaipur, Hospet, Vijayapur.
Style of work: Modern expressions of local architectural elements with a research-oriented approach, promoting sustainability through adaptive reuse and climate-responsive design solutions.
Website/Online presence: redbrickdesignstudio.com

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Resort Residence, Udaipur ©Red Brick Design Studio

9. Sankalp Associates

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Structural Solutions.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Institutional, Healthcare, Hospitality, Commercial, Banking, and Financial Institutes.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Bangalore.
Style of work: Commercial style architecture with client-centric designs, focusing on design-build, government, and public projects.
Website/Online presence: www.facebook.com/pg/Sankalp-associates-355155431351183/posts/

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District Court, Hubballi ©Sankalp Associates

10. ThinkSpace Architects

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Renovation and Retrofitting, Hospitality, Commercial, Institutional, Healthcare.
Locations of Built Projects: Hubballi-Dharwad, Gadag, Sirsi.
Style of work: Functional style of work with modern expressions and client-centric designs. A sustainable approach to aesthetics and functional use of space.
Website/Online presence: www.thinkspace.in

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Residence of Mr. Raviraj Koti, Gadag ©Thinkspace Architects
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    Dr Savitha D. Raichur Reply

    Redbrick design studio has unique, innovative style in their work .
    They stand for their word.
    We from Suraksha clinic (Skin care center) wish them succcess for future projects .

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