Like many young, aspiring architects, Amisha and Pronit Nath were keen to start their practice as soon as thy graduated. In 2004, when they were still fresh graduates from Academy of Architecture (Mumbai) with some work experience, they were eager to “pitch for any work and get a chance to build, while learning different aspects of practical working”. Their first break came in the form of a restaurant project that went on to receive tremendous positive feedback. Remembering their learnings from those early days, Nath says, “As we went along, we realised how people really use and/or abuse a space.”
In no time, the practice evolved and went on to handle residential, retail, hospitality, institutional and even masterplan projects. From the 5-star Devi Ratn in Jaipur, boutique hotel in Chennai, Palladium Mall in Chennai, mixed-use building in Surat, to 50-acres of mixed-use master plan and architecture in Raipur, each work saw a great deal of local influence, making them as distinct as possible. “At the beginning, we were influenced by all the international trends and chain of thought processes. But over the years we have realised the importance of being locally influenced and staying relevant to our culture, use, craft and context,” admits Nath.
At their multi-disciplinary studio, they maintain a 360-degree approach and design projects that can stay relevant in perspective of time. They’ve enjoyed the opportunity to oversee varied projects, answering each design with individual solutions. When you ask them about the common thread that ties the projects together, they use the word “hyper local” to describe their work so far — an attribute they strive to see in all their emerging works.
As the practice evolves, they hope to engage and tap the wealth of craft and materials that our country offers. “We endeavour to integrate all of that with future sustainable systems. Doing work that is relevant and sustainable at different scales,” shares Nath. The other refreshing take from them? “Our advice after realising our shortfalls for the next gen would be not to get impatient to start your own practice, but to work a bit more with different firms.”

Looking Back

Without a doubt, Urban Studio identifies the Devi Ratn hotel as one of its significant past projects. Mainly, because they learned the importance of working with both local and global influences, using traditional craft and blending it with modern methods of conception and production.

Looking forward

As a team that enjoys a good challenge and is looking to broaden their horizon, both Amisha and Pronit are looking forward to a large mixed-use project, “as it comes with many challenges of design and use.”

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