Celebrating the buildings that weren't,

and ideas that continue to be.

india: unbuilt architecture

An ongoing digital repository of unbuilt ideas.

We start with celebrating the buildings that weren’t – and ideas that continue to be.

Indian architects report that a significant percentage of their work remains unbuilt – whether as concepts that didn’t make the cut at competitions, as proposals which got tied up in red tape, or as projects that were abandoned by stakeholders. While we measure the worth of a building by the visual, tactile and spatial experience it offers, the fact remains that unrealized ideas are just as crucial as built structures – for discourse, design and development.

Unbuilt seeks to celebrate these ideas.


Prem Chandavarkar
Prem Chandavarkar
Prem Chandavarkar is the managing partner of CnT Architects: an award-winning and widely published architectural practice based in Bangalore, India.
Amritha Ballal
What Is(n’t), and what needs to be
Amritha Ballal is an architect and urban planner, and a founding partner at Space Matters, a multidisciplinary, Delhi based design studio.
Suprio Bhattacharjee
Suprio is an Architect, Writer/Critic and Pedagogue. He is the Studio Director of Chennai-based interdisciplinary practice architectureRED since late-2018.
Himanshu Burte
Unbuilding design
Himanshu Burte, an architect and urbanist, is Assistant Professor at the School of Habitat Studies, TISS, Mumbai.
Rahoul B. Singh
Why unbuilt matters?
Rahoul B. Singh is a New Delhi based architect, writer and curator. He is deeply interested in and committed to the quality of the built environment.
Ruturaj Parikh
Ambition of a project
Ruturaj Parikh is Architect & Partner at Matter. an architecture, design and content firm he established with Maanasi Hattangadi.
Anupam Bansal
You win some, you lose most.
Anupam Bansal (b. 1969) is an architect, urbanist and academician who co-founded ABRD Architects along with his fellow classmate Rajesh Dongre.
Sanjay Prakash
Reuse, or rebirth?
Sanjay Prakash is an architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, people’s participation in planning, music and production design.
Rupali Gupte
Fiction as method.
Rupali Gupte is an architect and urbanist based in Mumbai. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA).

Featured Firms

In Memoriam

The book pays a tribute to the master architects Achyut P. Kanvinde and Anant D. Raje, and features two of their unbuilt works.

Achyut P. Kanvinde

Tantra Museum

Prime Minister's Residence - Achyut P. Kanvinde

Prime Minister’s Residence

Anant D. Raje

National Museum of Minerals and Mines

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial

Abhimanyu Dalal Architects

ABRD Architects

Anangram Architects

Architecture Paradigm



AUM Architects + Studio Next

Chaware and Associates

CnT Architects


Design Consortium

Design Plus

Gautam Bhatia



Henri Fanthome Office of Architecture

Hundredhands with Allies and Morrision

InFORM Architects

Jaimini Mehta + Aakar Consultants


M.N.Ashish Ganju + Mark Warner

Malik Architecture

Mancini Enterprises

Matra Architects


Mindspace Architects

Narendra Dengle Architects

_OPOLIS Architects

Poonam Verma Masceranhas

r+d Studio

Raj Rewal Architects

RLDA Studio

Romi Khosla Design Studio

RSP Design Consultants

Sanjay Puri Architects

Shirish Beri Architects

SJK Architects

Somaya and Kalappa Consultants



Studio Lotus

Studio MADe

Studio Matharoo

Studio Matter

Studio Naqshabandi

TEAM Architects

vir.mueller architects


Studio Naqshabandi

Yashwant Pitkar


Anupriya Saraswat
Rajesh Advani
Curator / Co-editor
Ruturaj Parikh
Abdul Bari
Abdul Bari
Design and Layout
Mareena Thomas
Mareena Thomas
Editorial Assistance
Rohini Rangachari Karnik
Copy Editing and Proof Reading

Supporting Partners

Supporting Partner

Launch Partner