atArchitecture is a Mumbai-based practice founded in 2014 by Neha Rane and Avneesh Tiwari encompassing architecture, landscape and urban design. The firm focuses on providing comprehensive solutions that strive for delight, sustainability and efficiency.
Each distinctive intervention seeks regional inspiration through careful study of the context and aspirations of the site. Complex creative processes of research, interpretations and experimentations are employed and developed through drawings, writings and scale models to achieve designs of simplicity and clarity.
Over the past eight years, the team has built a portfolio of highly acclaimed projects in the residential, cultural and institutional domains.
In 2018, the practice won the prestigious ‘Affordable Housing Design Challenge’ organised by the BTI, United Nations (UNDP Cambodia). Their winning entry, to skilfully accommodate 3000 residential units for factory workers in Phnom Penh, is currently underway.
In the same year, the firm was awarded winners of a highly competitive two stage international design competition organized by the Ministry of Russia to provide ‘Alternative Layouts in Standard Housing’ and help create more comfortable living environments for all by redefining the form of Russian housing.
In 2017, their project 'Home for marginalised children’ in Thane, Maharashtra won the renowned 'Lafarge Holcim Awards Gold, Asia Pacific'. This awards foundation, established in Switzerland, promotes innovative sustainable projects from around the globe.
Recently the firm placed 2nd in the competition for the UNESCO Reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Al Nouri complex in Mosul followed by 3rd place for 'The learning home' for children with special needs in Bulgaria on 2019.
Avneesh Tiwari is an architect, designer and educationist who studied at Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai. He founded atArchitecture in 2014 after working as an Associate Architect at Matharoo Associates in Ahmedabad. He is also a visiting professor at the KRVIA Mumbai.
Avneesh has presented his work at various academic events, including the London Architecture Festival, where he was invited to present the project Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Al-Nouri Complex in Mosul. The event was organised by the Iraqi Embassy in London in collaboration with UNESCO. He recently presented his recent work at the Harvard GSD conference “Architectures of Transition: Emerging Practices in South Asia”.
Neha Rane graduated with a bachelor’s in architecture from Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai. She further specialised in 'Architecture for Landscape' at an intensive workshop at Yacademy Bologna (Italy) in 2019 on a full scholarship.
Neha has worked with reputed firms like Vastu Shilpa Consultancy (Under the guidance of Prof. B V Doshi) and HCPDPM Where she worked on institutional, hospitality and housing projects. She currently heads her co-founded practice atArchitecture.
She has chaired the jury of the international competition for the Girls’ Development Centre “HER PLACE” in Nepal in 2021 for Building Trust International.