As of 2019, there are over 90,000 CoA-registered Architecture firms/ Architects in India, practicing independently or with other Architects, Engineers and Developers co-creating the environment that we all share.

It is no easy task to shortlist tens of thousands of Architecture Firms/ Architects in India into the Top 350, and we have certainly tried our best to live up to the task. This was also an opportunity to separate the wheat from the chaff and express appreciation for the firms shaping Indian Architecture in the 21st century. The following criteria guided the shortlisting of firms:

  • Scale of Projects
  • Number of cities projects are executed in
  • Participation in Competitions
  • Experimentation in Construction Details
  • Conceptual Experimentation
  • Development over years of practice
  • Concern for the Environment
  • Clarity of Presentation
  • Academic involvement
  • Style

The following factors have NOT been considered during the making of this list:

  • Typology of Projects the firm is active in
  • Location of the firm
  • Years of practice
  • Range of scope of services
  • Number of employees / Size of firm

However, please note that: In order to keep the list relevant to young Architects, only contemporary active firms have been included in the list. That means, we had to exclude many Architects in India who have guided the evolution of Indian Architecture; Architects like Charles Correa, Laurie Baker, and Nari Gandhi, as their firms are no longer active. However, their works continue to inspire us and you will find many young firms listed below that are following in their footsteps.

For our first time readers, a brief introduction about RTF. Rethinking The Future was born out of the need of an unbiased platform that encourages and promotes excellence in Architecture on a Global Scale.

For over more than half a decade, RTF has been a leading organization committed to providing an international platform not only to recognize and acknowledge design talents from all over the world but also to celebrate and share the knowledge created through a plethora of awards, events and academic dialogues in the field of architecture and design. 

We organize awards and invite essays from young and established architects around contemporary issues in the field of Architecture, all with the mission to bring positive change to the Global Architecture community.

RTF has previously published a city-wise list of Architecture Firms covering 26 cities across India. Please visit the following links for city-wise lists of Architecture firms:

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Further, the firms are listed in alphabetical order and NOT ranked in any manner. That said, here is the list of Top 350 Contemporary Architecture Firms/ Architects in India – Part 1:

42mm Architecture | Delhi | Architects in India / Famous Architects in India

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, commercial, hospitality, offices, retail, healthcare, housing, Institutional
Locations of Built Projects: New Delhi and nearby states
Style of work: Contemporary
Website: 42mm.co.in

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[Hospitality] CIBO Lounge & Bar by 42mm Architecture | © 42mm Architecture

Abha Narain Lambah Associates | Mumbai

Scope of services: Architecture, Conservation, Interior Design
Types of Built / Renovated Projects: Monuments, Public Buildings, Educational Buildings, Palaces, Historic Homes, Museums, Corporate, Hospitality
Locations of Built Projects: Multiple cities across India
Style of work / Core competencies: Architectural Conservation, Building Restoration & Retrofit, Museum Design, Historic Interiors, Preparation of Urban and Regional Level Conservation Management Plans, Conservation Assessment Studies, Urban signage, Street Furniture.
Website: anlassociates.com

The architectural practice has focused on historic sites all over India ranging from planning for ancient Buddhist sites of Ajanta and Bodh Gaya, 15th Century temples in Ladakh and Hampi, medieval mosques, palaces, forts, and caravan sarais in Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, urban and regional conservation in Kancheepuram and Shekhawati, 19th Century colonial heritage in Delhi, Shimla, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and 20th-century modern heritage in Corbusier’s Chandigarh and Art Deco Mumbai.

Top Architecture Firms in India - Famous Architects in India
Famous Architects in India – [Conservation] Amber Fort by Abha Narain Lambah Associates | © Abha Narain Lambah Associates

Abhimanyu Dalal Architects | Delhi

Scope of Services: Architecture, Urban Planning, Interiors
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Restoration
Locations of Built Project: Delhi. Other Locations include: Ajmer, Sanawar, Jodhpur, and Gwalior
Style Of Work: Contextual
Website: facebook.com/AbhimanyuDalalArchitects/

Project by Abhimanyu Dalal Architects - Registered Architects in India
Architects in India – Project by Abhimanyu Dalal Architects | © Abhimanyu Dalal Architects

Abin Design Studio | Kolkata | Architect India

Scope of services: Interior Design & Architecture
Types of Built Projects: Educational, Hospitality, Public, Homes
Locations of Built Projects: Mainly Kolkata. Other cities include: Jaipur, Durgapur, Bhubaneshwar
Style of work: Sculptural, Art-oriented, Contemporary, Experimental
Website: abindesignstudio.com

Top Architecture Firms in India - Registered Architects in India
Architects in India – [Institute] The Newtown School, Kolkata by Abin Design Studio | © Abin Design Studio

Adarkar Associates | Mumbai

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Conservation
Types of Built Projects: Residences, Hotels, Institutes, Commercial buildings, Mass Housing, Conservation projects
Locations of Built Projects: Mumbai, Pune, Alibaug, Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Vadodara, Bangalore, New Delhi, Montenegro
Style of work: They look at architectural space as a medium to create an environment that transcends beyond fulfilling the functional requirements. The economy of materials, environmental friendliness, interesting play of solids and voids, all add to an integrated approach towards all their projects.
Website: adarkarassociates.in

Top Architecture Firms in India - Registered Architects in India
Architects in India – [Group Housing] Working Women’s Hostel for MSUL | © Adarkar Associates

AECOM | Delhi | Architects in India /Famous Architects in India

Scope of Services: Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape, Interiors
Types of Built Projects:  Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Healthcare, Housing, Hospitality, Industrial, Retail, Skyscrapers, Transportation, Sports, Water Treatment Plants, Power Plants, Government Projects
Locations of Built Project:  Cities across the World
Style Of Work: Contemporary, Contextual
Website: aecom.com

Top Architecture Firms in India - Famous Architects in India
Architects in India – [Bridge] Charles W Cullen Bridge, USA by AECOM | © AECOM

AEDAS | Delhi

Scope of Services: Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape, Interiors
Types of Built Projects:  Residential, Institutional, Healthcare, Housing, Hospitality, Retail, Convention and Exhibition
Locations of Built Project: Multiple cities across the World
Style Of Work: Contemporary, Experimental, Bold
Website: aedas.com

Top Architecture Firms in India - Famous Architects in India
Architects in India – [Commercial] The Heart of Yiwu, YiwuPRC by AEDAS | © AEDAS

Aishwarya Tipnis Architects | Delhi

Scope of Services: Architecture, Urban Design,  Conservation and regeneration
Types of Built Projects: Monuments, Havelis, Forts, Temples, Institutions, Museums, and Entire Colonial Settlements.
Locations of Built Project: Delhi and neighboring states
Style Of Work: Sustainable, Contextual 
Website: aishwaryatipnisarchitects.com

Top Architecture Firms in India - Famous Architects in India
Indian Architects – [Museum] Rewari Steam Centre & Museum | © Aishwarya Tipnis Architects

Akshay Kaul & Associates | Delhi

Scope of Services: Architecture, Urban Design,  Landscape, Town Planning
Types of Built Projects: New towns, heritage sites, urban design, campus, resorts, parks, spiritual retreats, and private gardens
Locations of Built Project: Multiple cities across India
Style Of Work: Eco-friendly, Sustainable and Contextual designs
Website: akshaykaul.in

Top Architecture Firms in India - Registered Architects in India
Famous Architects in India – [Hotel] Raas Jodhpur by Akshay Kaul & Associates | © Akshay Kaul & Associates

 

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