BandukSmith Studio is an award winning architecture, urban design, and research practice founded in 2011 by Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, based in Ahmedabad, India.
Our work engages processes of making through research on unique construction methods, both institutionalized and inventive, and built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction.
We take on projects at any scale, and the practice shifts from furniture and interior, to architecture and the design public space. We believe that exploring the intricacies of the detail and strategizing the impact of design in urbanism are two modes of working that operate in tandem, and by engaging each project through both these lenses, we are able to interrogate the relationship between person and city.
The office combines a materially sensitive approach to design with respect for the context into which each project is placed. Each celebrates its context through a considered relationship with the physical and social condition of its surroundings. Design is explored as a series of systems; of pieces working together whose addition and combination adds to a whole that works in conjunction with human created urban and rural networks, and with the natural systems that grow, weather and decay.
Junior Architect 0-2 years experience
We are looking for a junior architect to work on built projects. Candidates should have a strong interest in design detailing and construction, impeccable organisational habits, some site experience, and a drive to learn quickly.
If you are interested in joining our team, please write only to [email protected] (no phone calls please) with your resume or cv, concise portfolio of academic and professional work, and a cover letter with reasons for why you would like to join us. file size should not exceed 5MB. emails to the general address will not be considered.
“Exhibitor at Ahmedabad Collective, 2023” IIA Ahmedabad.
“Swadhyay Reading Room, Shoonya House, Chidambarum Incremental House - Building of the Year 2023 Nominee” Archdaily.
“Cover Feature, 2022” Architect and Interiors India.
“Chidambarum Incremental House, Usmanpura, Gujarat, 2022” SSMB Magazine.
“Modern Ruin, 2022” India Unbuilt: Architecture of Future Collectives.
“Steel Marvels: Gateway to Kachchh, Gujarat, 2021” SSMB Magazine.
“Career Advice: banduksmithstudio on What They Seek in Architects Who Wish to Work at Their Studio, 2019” Asian Paints Colour Quotient.
“The 100 Most Influential Names in Architecture and Design, 2018” Architectural Digest India.
“BSF Library” Idea Next, 7th edition, FOAID New Delhi Edition 2018
“Future Institutions” Indian Architect and Builder Vol 32(2) October 2018 Issue.
van Uffelen, Chris. Massive, Expressive, Sculptural: Brutalism Now and Then.
“Featured Practice, 2015” Home Review.
“Cubespeak: Two Square House, 2015” Design Detail Magazine.
“Fostering Steel Construction, 2015” Steel Structures and Metal Buildings.
“Emerging Indian Architects, 2015” Modern Green Structures.
“India’s Hot 100 Designers 2014” Commercial Design.
“Magnolia Office, 2014” Architizer.com.
“Wind House, Deesa, Gujarat, 2014” Indian Architect & Builder 27(2).
“Practices of Consequence, 2012” Indian Architect & Builder 26(2).