About Also Architects

About the practice

 

Also Architects is a collaborative and inter-disciplinary design practice that engages with all scales of design and questions the definition of conventional architectural practice. Bringing together architects with expertise in other creative fields like music, art, architectural theory and urban design, this New Delhi based consortium offers unique perspectives to every design project taken up. Since 2010, Also Architects’ projects have included architecture, interiors, art installations, acoustic design, product design and furniture design. 

 

Collaborating architects

 

RITA JOHN

Bachelor of Architecture (professional degree), Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon

Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Design, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London

Currently pursuing Master of Architecture (professional degree) at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

Rita is an architect and artist with a keen interest in cultural practices, craft techniques and sustainability that she explores through architecture and art projects.  Rita specializes in art installations, designing furniture with recycled material and exploring ways in which architecture affects and reflects the politics of our times. She began her career by working with the Development Alternatives Group with capacity building for low carbon climate resilient construction techniques in small towns and rural areas in various Indian states. Alongside architecture projects, she works independently as a mural artist to create large scale hand-made installations that integrate the architectural elements of spaces into her artwork. She has taught in the B.Arch programs at the University School of Architecture & Planning at GGSIP University, Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon and School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi.

 

ARSH SHARMA

Bachelor of Architecture (professional degree), Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon

Arsh is an architect and a musician who specialises in acoustic and performance space design. A critically acclaimed electric guitarist, vocalist and music producer, Arsh has myriad interests in the field of music like performing in front of roaring crowds, to making music for full-fledged feature films, independent cinema and television to running a successful recording studio – Studio Fuzz. As an architect, his expertise in music crosses over into his architectural explorations in the design of multiple recording studios and performance spaces. 

 

RUCHIKA LALL

Bachelor of Architecture (professional degree), Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon

Masters in Building and Urban Design for Development as a Chevening Scholar at the Development Planning Unit, UCL, London 

Ruchika is an architect and development practitioner, with experience in a diverse range of urban projects. She has worked on varying projects that include winning entries in national competitions, interventions in housing and waste management in informal settlements, and action-oriented design research. She completed her masters degree in Building and Urban Design for Development, as a Chevening Scholar at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, and has worked with several social impact organisations in India, UK, Italy, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

 

THOMAS OOMMEN

Bachelor of Architecture (professional degree), National Institute of Technology  Calicut, Kerala

Master of Architecture (professional degree), Texas A&M University

Master of Urban Planning, Texas A&M University 

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urbanism, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University

Currently Pursuing a Ph.D in Architecture at UC Berkeley, California

Thomas is an architect, urbanist and theorist with interests in the politics of architectural and urban form within the context of 20th century and contemporary architecture. He has worked as an associate professor of architecture at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon and as visiting faculty in the department of urban design at School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. Thomas has worked as a professional architect and urban designer for urban planning and development agencies in Delhi, India and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and is design partner in Collaborative Urbanism, an urban design firm based in Delhi.