Sonali Rastogi

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Sonali Rastogi
Born
NationalityIndian
Alma materArchitectural Association School of Architecture
OccupationArchitect
PracticeMorphogenesis
Websitewww.morphogenesis.org

Sonali Rastogi (born 2 November 1967) is an Indian architect[1] and the Founder Partner of Morphogenesis (Company), a globally renowned Indian Architectural practice. She is a fellow at Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), UK, and a member of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission(DUAC). She is one of India’s most prolific architects and has numerous awards to her credit, including the Singapore Institute of Architects SIA Getz Award (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in New Delhi, Sonali comes from a family of Architects. That, combined with her serious interests in reading, model making and observing the built environment made Architecture a natural choice for her. Sonali graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi) in 1991 and then went on to the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London. There she studied Housing and Urbanism with George Fiori and at ‘The Design Research Lab’ with Jeff Kipnis, emerging with two Graduate Diplomas in 1995. While at the AA, she realized that there was very little discourse on contemporary Indian architecture, and returned to India in 1996 to co-found Morphogenesis with her partner Manit Rastogi. Over the course of its existence, the practice has become an award-winning, widely published, global front for contemporary Indian Architecture.

Career[edit]

Morphogenesis, which started out in 1996 as a two-person studio in a tiny room above a garage, has grown to be one of India’s leading Architectural firms with over 100 employees. Being an Indian living in rapidly evolving times, surrounded by a huge diversity of craft and different styles of working and materials, Sonali’s approach to architecture is greatly influenced by her environment and its history. To her, design is a result of different stimuli, ranging from climatic conditions, urban fabric, local traditions, and human activity. Sonali lectures extensively across the globe and has been a part of various academic and design juries including The New York Design Summit (2014), The GRIHA Conference (2014) and India Design ID 2013 Symposium. She has been invited as a speaker at various events such as Women Leaders in India Conference & Awards (New Delhi), Pecha Kucha (New Delhi) etc. Sonali is also a founder member of manthan; a cross-cultural creative platform for creative exchange, aiming to be a voice to the Indian creative community.

Recognition[edit]

Sonali and Morphogenesis have gathered awards and accolades for the work done over the years, with numerous International and National awards. Most recently, Sonali has been awarded as Co-Laureate of the SIA Getz Award[2] for Emergent Architecture in Asia, Singapore 2014, which seeks to bring recognition to Asian architects, who through their vision and commitment have made a significant contribution in shaping the changing landscape of Asia.Her other accolades include the YFLO Woman Achiever of the Year Award, and recognition as one of the 10 leading women architects in India by A+D (India’s leading architectural journal). Other magazines such as India Today, Femina and Elle Decor have featured her as a pre-eminent Indian woman architect.

Awards[edit]

  • Laureate, SIA Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture, Singapore 2014
  • ARCASIA Awards for Architecture, Public Amenity: Commercial Buildings, Honorable Mention, 2014
  • Institute of Architects Award for Excellence in Architecture, Public, 2013
  • GRIHA Exemplary Practice Recognition, Passive architectural features, 2013
  • 88th Saint Gobain Gypsum International Trophy, London 2012AIT Award, Germany 2012
  • Indian Institute of Architects Award for Excellence in Architecture, Public, 2011
  • Retail City Awards, Commendation, Dubai 2011FuturArc Green Leadership Award, Singapore 2011
  • Cityscape Awards, Highly Commended Seal of Distinction, Emerging Markets, Dubai 2010
  • 20+10+X, World Architecture Community Awards, Winner 2010
  • International Design Awards, Winner, (Architecture), USA 2009
  • World Architecture Festival Awards, Best Learning Building, Barcelona 2009
  • Cityscape Architectural Awards, Highly Commended Seal of Distinction, Dubai 2009
  • 20+10+X World Architecture Community Awards, Citation, 2009
  • Green Good Design™ Award- The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum, 2009

Publications[edit]

  • WA100 (BD), World’s Largest Architecture Practices, UK, January 2014
  • Outlook Business, Aces of Space, November 2013
  • CW Interiors, India’s Top Ten Innovative Architects, September 2013
  • The Language of Office Design II, Hong Kong, June 2013
  • Elle Décor, In the Studio of Sonali Rastogi, February–March 2013
  • WA100 (BD), World’s Largest Architecture Practices, UK, January 2013
  • 28th International PLEA Conference, Opportunities, Limits & Needs, Peru, November 2012
  • Compasses, Morphogenesis: Some works, Italy, November 2012
  • Pure Luxury, World’s Best Houses, Australia, September 2012
  • Greening Asia, Singapore, May–June 2012Atlas of World Architecture, Hong Kong, 2012
  • WA100 (BD), World’s Largest Architecture Practices, UK, January 2012
  • CNN, Road to Rio, UK, February 2012Architecture in India by Rahul Mehrotra, Germany, October 2011
  • Green Building & Design, Chicago, October 2011
  • Future Arc, Singapore, August 2011Images changeantes de I’IndeetI’Afrique, Paris, June 2011
  • Inc, The Naturalist, May 2011
  • Wallpaper*, London, May 2011
  • The New York Times, New York, April 2011
  • Architect AIA, Watch Your Back, New York, February 2011
  • Domus, Italy, March 2010
  • Collection Office by Chris Van Uffelen, 2010

Some works[edit]

  • Corporate office for Apollo Tyres, Gurgaon
  • Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur
  • India Glycols Corporate Office, Noida
  • Chettinad Health City Auditorium, Chennai
  • Resort in Kerala, Kerala
  • Delhi Art Gallery,Mumbai
  • House 2, New DelhiHouse 1, New Delhi
  • City Centre, Siliguri
  • Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Institute for Integrated Learning in Management, Greater Noida
  • JRE Group of Institutions, Greater Noida
  • Corporate Office for Harley Davidson, Gurgaon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Descroll,. "Morphogenesis and Sonali Rastogi". Descroll.
  2. ^ "2014 Laureate: Sonali and Manit Rastogi". Singapore Institute of Architects.

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