AD100 2022: The Definitive List of 100 Most Influential Architects and Interior Designers in India (Part 2)


Sunita Kohli, Kohelika Kohli | New Delhi

Recent projects: A 6,000 square foot residence in Gurugram and an apartment in SoHo, New York.

Current obsession: “I always wanted to master welding. Last year, I spent a lot of time learning and understanding metal craftsmanship,” says Kohelika.

object of love: An antique bronze horse stake that Kohelika found while rummaging through an antique shop, with her parents, in Uttarakhand.


Shonan Puri Trehan | Bombay

Recent projects: Araku Cafe in Bangalore, a trendy all-white coffee bar decorated with brass accents, hanging lamps presented in rattan, 3D installations of topographic maps and recycled metal shelves; a mud house in Baroda, where each space opens onto a private courtyard garden.

Collaborations: A blue pottery coffee table with Neerja from Jaipur.


Niels Schoenfelder, Bharath Ram K., JT Arima | Chennai

Recent project: Main house interiors at an equestrian estate in upstate New York that offset whitewashed Douglas fir and sandblasted limestone against sturdy fieldstone walls and solid oak millwork, inspired elements of the estate’s rich rural history.

See from your window: “A little garden covered in frozen dew.”


Nisha Mathew Ghosh, Soumitro Ghosh | bangalore

Time travel “I would like to witness the making of the temples of Ellora and understand the process of creating by removing parts, as opposed to current techniques which create by adding elements,” says Soumitro.


Noshir D. Talati, Ria Talati, Xerxes N. Talati, Naushir Devitre, Ratish Patil | Bombay

Current obsession: Corten Steel – “the protective rust has a distinctive reddish-brown color. The beauty of the material is reflected as it ages,” says Ria.


Zubin Zainuddin, Krupa Zubin | Bombay

Recent projects: A 20,000 square foot penthouse in Kolkata; a duplex in Mumbai.

Inspiration time: Dawn.


Seema Puri, Zarir Mullan | Bombay

Future : Private residences in Noida and Mumbai; villas in Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

Dream Collab: With the Canadian architecture firm Yabu Pushelberg. “Their work is always beautiful, inspiring and thorough,” says Puri.


Vérendra Wakhloo | New Delhi

Recent projects: Two sprawling private residences in the same South Delhi neighborhood – both explore the nature of textured and tinted exposed concrete, play with natural light and demonstrate climate responsiveness.

Future : Private residences in Moradabad and New Delhi; a villa complex in Assagao, Goa; the interiors of a hotel in Pondicherry; a resort and spa in Manali.


Sonal Sancheti, Rahul Gore | Bombay

Future : Weekend homes in Kamshet, Pawna and Mulshi; a 100-bed hospital and a girls’ hostel in Pune, they are committed to working on a few projects at a time.

If you could, you would: “Travel back in time to see architect Peter Zumthor build the Thermae Vals (a hotel and spa atop thermal springs in Switzerland’s canton of Grisons),” Gore says.

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