Thursday, June 9, 2011


Ahmedabad is one of the best cities in India for a student architect to undergo his / her internship. The city, graced by works of masters like Louis Kahn, Corbusier, Doshi, Kanvinde, Correa etc. provides a perfect setting for a student for training. The presence of CEPT university is a real benefit for any student, with its amazing library, studios, discussion forums, festivals and multitude of activities, creating a vibrant life. Most of the good architects practising are faculty of CEPT, further providing a stimulating environment for architecture & research. An internship in a good firm in Ahmedabad will greatly influence any student's approach to architecture.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a few architects under whom I feel students will benefit greatly out of their internships.

1.Dr.B.V.Doshi - Vastu Shilpa Consultants -

This is the practice of one of the masters of Indian architecture - B.V.Doshi. Housed in the 'Sangath', which itself is an icon of Doshi's work, the firm has works in a variety of fields including architecture, urban planning, housing etc. There is a lot of high quality research in various fields through the sister concern of Vast Shipa Foundation. Though it is Doshi's office, the practice is guided largely by Ar.Rajiv Kathpalia these days. One of the major points is the oppurtunity to interact with Doshi, to hear his philosophies...and learn architecture.

Contact -

Phone -     079-27454537 / 39 
2. Ar.Hasmukh Patel - HCP Design -

The practice deals with architecture, planning, urban design, interior design and also project management.

Regarding the student internship, this is what their website says -
''Student internship forms an integral component of the architecture curriculum. Internship at HCPDPM is conducive to learning and provides hands-on experience. It facilitates identification of personal strengths and provides opportunities for reflection, self-assessment and personal development. Besides working on projects with senior architects, the interns are exposed to a wide range of related activities such as presentations, site visits, discussions and seminars. There is no formal teaching, yet learning takes place through interaction and exploration. The internship program is enriched by the diverse backgrounds of the participants. All the activities are undertaken after office hours and during weekends.  Students undergoing internship in other offices in Ahmedabad are also encouraged to participate. All efforts are made to make the interactive sessions an enjoyable all-round experience. The internship program at HCPDPM is anchored by Prof. Qamar Shaikh and supported by the entire team. From amongst the large number of applicants for internship every year, about a dozen are selected. The selection criteria include diversity of cultural backgrounds and geographic locations. An average working week is of 40 hours and interns are remunerated on an hourly basis. They are strongly advised not to interrupt the internship period and maintain a logbook of work undertaken during the tenure. On successful completion of internship a certificate and a small portfolio of the work done is granted. Applications for internship are usually invited for periods; June - November and December - May. The Application Form can be downloaded and sent by e-mail to' - SOURCE - HCP WEBSITE

Contact -

3.Ar.Neelkanth Chhaya -

Chhaya is the director of the School of Architecture in CEPT university. His is a small practice which does mainly architectural work. One gets to interact directly with Chhaya on intellectually stimulating discussions on architecture. Also, being close to CEPT will always broaden your outlook.

4.Ar.Gurjit Singh Matharoo - Matharoo Associates -

Gurjit's practice is a medium sized office. His works are known for their use of exposed concrete and strong design sensibilities. He is a faculty of CEPT and also teaches automotive design in NID. His other passion is for designing automobiles. Anyone with an inclination towards product design & automotive design will gain greatly from intecting with Gurjit. His professionalism & strong architectural vocabulary will also benefit architectural students training in his office.


5.Ar.Aniket Bhagwat -

Aniket Bhagwat is known as one of the best landscape designers in the country. The firm, started by his father as a purely landscape office has over the years done redidential, recreational, institutional projects and ecological redevelopment projects. Presently taking only selective projects, the firm offers a good exposure to landscape concerns set in an architectural practice.


6.Ar.Miki Desai & Madhavi Desai -

Miki & Madhavi Desai's work focus on research & documentation of architecture in the subcontinent, with an emphasis on Indian architecture. In their practise, they focus on research & documentation of our built heritage, with emphasis on vernacular architecture and colonial architecture, as well as gender and the built environment in India.


7.Ar.Utpal Sharma

Contact -

Phone - 079-26302470

8. Ar.Surya Kakani -

Contact -

Phone - 079-26579039

9. Ar.Kiran Pandya -

Phone - 079-26303480

10. Ar.Leo Pereira -

Phone - 079 - 27912652

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