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Every building endeavor must be a responsible solution in structure, services infrastructure, cost & function. It must have a purpose, and above all, dare its own consequences in the environment; but in all of the above, if there is poetry, then perhaps it becomes architecture.

SRDA is a firm that investigates design with a passionate and critical eye grounded in modesty and a thirst for imaginative adventures. At SRDA every project is treated with fervor for exploration and innovation and tested for relevance in physical and social contexts against the land which will cradle it and against the man it is meant for.

SRDA subscribes to the philosophy of the architecture of BLIRS - beautiful, local, indigenous, recycle and small. Poetry draws the distinction between a piece of architecture and a mere building. Local indigenous peoples, their cultivated techniques and traditions and their ancient mastery of material tectonics are core to the execution and inspiration of projects at SRDA. And more importantly design must be cognizant of the differentiation between needs and wants, which it must addressed in the most responsible way, carefully monitoring its violence on the planet.

We believe that every project is an opportunity to understand this world better. The world that is the relationship of people with other people, and of people with their environment. Projects must strive to be the study and response to this very world and if nothing else, act as the lens through which this world can look upon itself.

SRDA was established as an architectural and interior practice in 2000. Having begun with a small farm house, and an avant-garde portfolio of furniture, SRDA is today commissioned with large-scale architectural and interior design projects, across the country and is also the winner of several national awards, with a presence in both international and national publications. Apart from design it also undertakes and promotes research and documentation work.

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meet the team!

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samira rathod - principal architect

Samira graduated from the Sir. J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1986 and soon after completed her Master in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign in 1988. While in the States she worked on several projects under Don Wald and Associates based in California, including personal projects of Clint Eastwood. Upon her return to India, she worked with Ratan Batliboi for several years before starting her own partnership firm RLC in 1995.

In 1996 she stepped into the limelight with her solo furniture exhibit 'Liasons de Formes'. Thereafter in 2000, she founded her solo practice Samira Rathod Design Associates, which has grown over the years. She was involved in furniture design under Transforme Designs until 2003.

Her passion for writing, theorizing and discussing architecture led her to be the editor and creator of SPADE and founder and director of SPADE INDIA RESEARCH CELL which candidly deliberates, investigates and researches the condition and impact of design in India. Samira believes in cultivating talent and a strong sense of design in today’s youth and is a adjunct faculty member at the Kamla Raheja Institue of Architecture in Mumbai and has been invited to be a part of juries and panels all over the country and abroad.

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rakshita bhatnagar

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pooja shah

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ameya kulkarni

architect

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hetu jeriwala

architect

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sanjana mugeraya

architect

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sanjana shettigar

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aamod narkar

architect

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keerthana udayakumar

architect

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preetika balasubramanian

architect

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varun goyal

architect

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guhan ramaiya

intern

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romman shaikh

3D visualiser

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rakesh khanvilkar

3D visualiser

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sapna jadhav

administration

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ravji sakaram chalke

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suresh kole

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rutuja paeab

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process

The essence of design lies in bringing poetry into the building through the surreal ideas of the esoteric. All designs at SRDA go through a rigorous process of lateral thinking, group discussions and extensive research.

Functions, program, user needs, site conditions, and climate responsive designs are understood to be pre-requisite factors that direct the course of design. In addition to this, all designs have a strong foundation of a “concept”. The initial concept is translated to the final product through exhaustive processes….

concept + research

An object, a word, a mood, an animal... any thought or idea is where the design begins. The idea is then thoroughly researched to grasp its complete potential so it can be developed into the language the design dictates.

CONCEPT AND RESEARCH

drawings

A number of sketches are made studying the translation of the initial concept to the program. All physical aspects of the site along with the client requirements dictate the development of design at this stage.

CONCEPT AND RESEARCH

models

The initial programmatic study and drawings are extruded to physical models to study, form, geometry, scale, proportion, light, opacity, mass and volume

CONCEPT AND RESEARCH

iterations

The conceptual sketches are turned to iterations of drawings and models in which the design is fine-tuned with respect to the project brief.

CONCEPT AND RESEARCH

details

Like the making and fitting of the many parts in a machine, a plethora of small, seemingly insignificant elements fitted together bring out a sense of joinery – the details. These details are very intrinsic and designed to be crafted to perfection.

CONCEPT AND RESEARCH

mocks and samples

The physicality of the design is tried and tested with mock-ups, sampling and stenciling. This elaborate, laborious yet refreshing and fool proof process helps to acquire complete clarity on all technical constraints and construction details.

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awards

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IID - MK Awards

Winner Large Office Space, 2000 - Maya Entertainment

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IID - MK Awards

1st Runner Up Commercial Spaces, 2000 - Transforme Designs Store

3.

IID - MK Awards

Winner Product Design Category, 2000 - Miscellaneous Furniture

4.

IID - MK Awards

Winner Large Office Space, 2002 - Asian Age Office

5.

ELLE DECO International Design Awards

Lighting EDIDA, 2002 - India

6.

A+D Spectrum Awards

Winner Single Residence Category, 2003 - Karjat Farm House

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IID Awards

Runner up for Retail Space, 2004 - Palate Showroom

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IID Awards

Runner up for Hospitality Spaces,2004 - Indigo Deli

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Spiretec International Design Competition (Urban + Architecture)

Winner, 2011 - MasterPlan

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IID Awards

Winner Design with Copper. 2011 - Furniture Design

press

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Indian Design and Interior World House Now - 2003

Rizzoli Publications
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An Emancipated Place: Women in Architecture - 2000

The Hecar Foundation
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Indian Design - 2004

daab
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India Modern - 2005

Micheal Freeman
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IFA-in site Innenarchitektur in Indien - 2007

Iris Lenz
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Home Review - Sep 2012

Ispat Office
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Home Review - March 2013

Project Boject
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Home Review - Feb 2010

Club House
9.

Home Review - Aug 2012

Dalmia House
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Home Review - March 2012

Abhishree Lounge
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Home Review - Feb 2012

Broacha House
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Home Review - July 2003

Karjat House
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Better Interiors - June 2005

Pallate Showroom
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Home Review - Feb 2012

publication
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Design Today - 2007 - 2011

Columnist
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Indian Design and Interior - March 2004

Karjat House
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Domus - March 2012

Ispat Office
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Platform - Oct 2012

Nisarg Farmhouse
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Femina Book of Interiors - 2001

Transeforme Design
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Indian Abitare - 2006

Karjat House
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Financial Times - June 2013

Broacha House
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India by Design - Dec 2008

Feature
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Architectural Review - Aug 2010

Broacha House