Sujata Hingorani (Batch 1990- 1995)
Co-Founding Partner in Oasis Designs Inc.
Sujata Hingorani is a Landscape Architect and the Co-Founding Partner in Oasis Designs Inc. which is a Multi-Disciplinary firm of Architects, Urban Designers, and Landscape Architects.
Her firm has been engaged in various scales of projects, ranging from Planning New TOD Townships, Smart Cities, Streetscapes, Public Landscapes and Plazas, in addition to the regular private commissions. The work integrates Sustainable Urban Design Concepts into Creating Vibrant Public Realms and ecologically sensitive Urban Spaces.
Retrofitting best practices into our existing cities is the focus area of her work. This includes creating better Last mile connectivity options in the form of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, opting for more sustainable landscape based solutions for storm and waste water management, and finally looking at all the public realm of our cities holistically, so that they become more active, interactive, and work towards sorting some of the problems faced by our current cities.
ASHISH SONI (Batch 1991- 1996)
Principal of FTL Design Engineering, Studio, New York.
Canopy over outdoor waiting area at Rosa Parks Transit centre, Detroit. Urban plaza with skin as water collector designed by FTL Design Engineering Studio.
SHEETAL RAKHEJA (Batch 1993- 1998)
Managing Partner, Aeon Design & Development India LLP, New Delhi.
'An alumna of SSAA, Sheetal Rakheja is a practicing architect and is currently the Managing Partner at Aeon Design and Development LLP. She strives to achieve environmental sensitivity, energy conservation & occupant comfort in her projects. Her notable works include Shunya, a model home created on the concept of zero waste zero water and zero energy and Green Boulevard, Noida, one of World’s ten Largest Platinum rated LEED certified Green Buildings from USGBC in the Core & Shell category.
Ashish Agarwal (Batch 1991-1996)
An innovator and Sustainable design strategist
Graduated in 1996, Ashish has been running his own Architectural, Interior Design and Project Management practice in Gurgaon since 1999. Ashish has work experience over 2 decades in small and large scale projects. He incorporates a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach hands on approach in all the work, to create innovative concepts and Sustainable design strategies that lead to the development of functional and meaningful spaces.
Tanya Khanna (Batch 1999 - 2004)
Founder of Epistle
Indian architect and curator Tanya Khanna is the founder of Epistle, the first and largest communications consultancy for architects and designers in South Asia. Through her work with over 100 leading practitioners, brands, and events over 15 years, she has committed herself to Democratising Architecture –– giving a voice to design and to all those who practice, influence, or experience it.
Being an SSAA student, was life-changing for me. While my motivation to join Sushant was to discover my own interest in architecture, it was through the multi-disciplinary exposure to architecture and design, that drove my career trajectory until today. The exposure, the passion, the engagement with faculty- and of course, just having access to the best faculty, who are more like mentors to me till date, showed me a life outside of architecture, yet rooted in the profession. This critical step in my professional journey has made me who I am today- and played a crucial role in defining my career choices subsequently.
Vikas Kanojia (Batch 2000-2005)
Design Principal/Partner at ‘Studio CoDe’
Vikas Kanojia is the Design Principal/Partner of an award winning multidisciplinary firm ‘Studio CoDe’. He has industry experience of over two decades. He feels gratified to have worked with some of the finest Indian masters like Ajoy Choudhury, Anuraag Chowfla and Meena Mani for ten years before he started his own partnership firm in 2010. His completed urban design and master planning works include; urban renewal & redevelopment schemes for old industrial townships, self-sustaining SEZ’s for major IT companies, Institutional campuses and a master plan for a new Sub-Urban Town. His architectural project has focused on the design and execution of small to large scale projects in various typologies all over India. He has special interest in ‘Buildings for Science’. Projects under his leadership in the category of ‘corporate offices’ has been honored by the ‘The Economic times and Saint Gobain – Smart Green award’ and ‘IIID Design excellence award, North Zone’ for innovative use of material, sustainability and crafts integration.
He is currently working on the visionary developmental plans such as Vision Plan for Agra, Bareilly & Sharanpur and Patna Zonal Development plan for Zone-III as an urban design expert within a multidisciplinary team. He is leading some of the important urban design projects for the city of Delhi i.e. PWD Streetscape for North-East & North-West Delhi and Place making for IFC lakes. He works in close coordination with multi-disciplinary design and technical teams, urban local bodies and conduct public consultations.
He has been academically associated with Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Gurgaon and School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi as a visiting faculty in the Architecture and Urban Design department. He is the alumni for both these institutions. He has served as the first chairperson at the Institute of Urban Designers India - Delhi NCR chapter where he was spearheading various activities and programs. He has juried and lectured at various institutions across India on subjects such as urban renewal, planning & design of new towns, local area plans and urban infrastructure.
Abhishek Bij (Batch 2001-2006)
Partner and Lead Designer at Design Plus.
Graduated in 2006, Abhishek is a keen academic. He has taught at various Architecture Schools in several capacities, that include computational design workshops + Design Studios + Researches & Theses. In 2010, He was recognised as one of the top designers under the age of 35 for Design X Design. In 2018, he has won the “Excellence in Architecture and Design Award” at the Festival of Architecture and Interior Design, Delhi
Ayodh Kamath (Batch 2001-2006)
Principal Architect, Kamath Design Studio India
He obtained a BArch at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, a master’s in design computation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is curently a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.
His professional experience ranges from digital design and fabrication to environmental design across scales from public artworks to architecture. His current academic research integrates computational models of design and construction processes with systems models of the environment to apply machine learning for the optimization of information workflows and material supply chains.
Sushant Verma (Batch 2005-2010)
Founding Partner & Design Head
An Architect, Design Technologist and an Educator,he is currently leading rat[LAB] Studio (Research in Architecture and Technology) (www.rat-lab.org) that investigates intersections of design, art & technology through architecture, interior design and art installations.
He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from Architectural Association, London and is a former architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London. Being actively invested into academic innovations, he is the leading founder of rat[LAB]EDUCATION, SMART LABS & EDU[LAB] INDIA – unique academic initiatives to advocate use of technology in design through independently-organized design workshops, programmes and online education portals.
Recipient of MAK Schindler Award from Vienna / Los Angeles and a finalist for AIA Emerging Leaders Fellowship from Chicago, his work is widely published and exhibited in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Taipei, New Delhi, Mumbai among other places.
Mohak Gupta (Batch 2007-2012)
Consultant- Policy Research at
Development Alternatives, India
Mohak is an urban development professional working on applying sustainability principles to the built environment with expertise in urban management and resource governance. With prior training in architecture, he has worked on diverse design and planning aspects including climate-responsive urban and rural habitat development, green building consultancy, vernacular and alternate building technologies, and built and cultural heritage conservation. Mohak graduated in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University, Netherlands as an Orange Knowledge Program Fellow and has previously studied Architecture at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, India. He is an Accredited Professional with the Indian Green Building Council and a member of the NL Alumni Network.
Sanjana Mathur and Ujjwal Rawat
Partners – Studio Bipolar
Graduated in 2015, Sanjana and Ujjawal joined hands together to start the practice in 2016. Their work is an amalgamation of opposing perspectives as both of them have dissimilar, yes distinctive design aesthetics. Currently they are designing a 15000 sqft classic European inspired chateau alongside an adaptive reuse project converting an abandoned factory warehouse into an office.
Sanchit Arora (Batch 2010-2015)
Studio Head Architect, Concept Design Head, Graphic Design.
Graduated in 2015, Sanchit is currently Studio Head at Renesa and managing the firm along with his father Sanjay Arora. He strongly believes in a practice where a simultaneous exploration of traditional design ideologies and cutting edge digital technology – a complementary relationship that drives the creative process. An amalgamation of old and new schools of architecture.
Avtar Bhalla (M.Arch, UD, 2016-2018)
Program Associate at WRI, India
AAvtar Bhalla is working as Program Associate at WRI, India involved in Delhi Streetscape Project currently under Bloomberg Initiative, BIGRS. Prior to joining WRI, Avtar worked with AECOM India. He worked as GIS lead and Urban Designer-II in various master planning projects during his tenure in the organization AECOM. Avtar’s key interests are research and implementation of equitable and effective urban design solutions using varied analytical tools to curb urban issues and bring about positive and human centric transformation. Avtar holds a master’s in Urban Design from Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurugram and was conferred with a Gold Medal for his academic excellence there. His master’s thesis was on Re-Thinking Urban Design Guidelines in Chandigarh. He holds a bachelor’s in Architecture from Punjab Technical University.
As a graduate of the Sushant School of Art and Architecture, studying architecture has immensely benefited my growing understanding of architecture. I learned how to think architecturally from SSAA; and how to apply my architectural thinking. In my view, the faculty of the SSAA constitutes its most important characteristic. They are fully dedicated to the success of their students, and l has always felt welcome to meet them and discuss professional work or something interesting I found while researching. As a result of their passionate and determined examples, I have resolve for success, which I need to achieve my goals. It is not only essential to understand the intricate world of architecture that I gained these skills, but they are also indispensable for my everyday life. SSAA's exceptional opportunities offer a profound understanding of Architecture and Art to anyone interested. People who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Architecture and design are strongly encouraged to apply to SSAA's unique opportunities.
Kamal Akhtar, 2013-2018
SSAA has been and will always be an integral part of my life in constructing and shaping my professional career. I will always carry the teaching provided to us on the first day of university “An architect is a Jack of all traits, master of none ".
It has been an impeccable journey of five years of skill development with the kind of resources, workshops, seminars provided along with the lectures and personal guidance by the professors. Taking part in campus development during the fests is not less than seeing your project getting completed as an architect and that space being utilised by others gives you a feeling of immense happiness and joy.“
Yashpriya Gupta, 2013-18
“ SSAA is a leader in architecture and design institutes and has earned a reputation for rolling out the best professionals in the world. It is synonymous with excellence for its strategic guidance, industrial visits, experiential learning, practical methodologies, field training, case studies and erudite faculty whose performativity dimensions of built environments and re-articulating objectives physically and psychologically deeply interested me throughout my 5 years of studies. The deeply engaging courses helped me transition into an innovative creator.
SSAA has made best efforts to provide us with the best facilities in terms of 3D printing, laser cutting, design printing, massive library, etc. The biggest ‘pro’ point for me was the thorough involvement of the experienced professionals in our projects while evaluating our proposals in crits; our classmates, seniors and friends became our colleagues and it was a complete investment in my career.”
Aadrika Sharma, 2013-2018
The expectations from SSAA on the first day of college was something very different from reality. This college has given me several opportunities and platforms to discover various abilities of mine. Apart from academics, it helped me develop my leadership skills through the student council and also allowed me to share a close bond with my peers. The key part of the college is the sheer interaction with different mindsets.
Yash Parekh, 2014-2019
Studying at Sushant School of Art and Architecture has been easily one of the best learning experiences of my life. Being here has taught me so much, it has helped me elevate my thought process, it has taught me to work hard and work well. There are always opportunities at Sushant. It has taught me to be bold and take risks, it taught me to be self-su´cient and thus made me into an independent woman with a decidedly strong personality. It taught me to embrace myself, to love myself. I hope to work in this field for the rest of my life.
Fiza Lamba ( 2015-2020)
I'm ecstatic, and I'd like to take this occasion to express my gratitude to everyone at the School of Art and Architecture , Sushant University for their unwavering support. I strongly encourage all motivated students to join SAA. The professors are extremely supportive and helpful during the program and beyond. The college has a vibrant atmosphere, and students have access to a wealth of resources and high-quality education.
Throughout my five years in college, I was always encouraged and supported to explore new things. I could always approach my teacher and seek their guidance. With their help and encouragement, I am now able to pursue my studies ahead in the United Kingdom. I am pleased that I opted to come here and would enthusiastically suggest this College to any student considering doing so!"
Taruni Jindal (2016-2021)
My experience at Sushant School of Art and Architecture has been great and memorable. The mentors and faculty at the University have helped me enhance my interpersonal as well as academic skills. One of the best things about the University has been the cross-culture interaction between students from various parts of the country. The diversity of modules and studios shaped by the faculty really broadened my thinking and approach. Studying at Sushant University has been a wholesome experience!
Rishika Gupta, 2018-2023
The school aids the students in finding the path towards success and professionalism. As a result, their works can be seen all over the world.
Naming a few and their ground-breaking projects that led to a positive change in the society:
1. ASHISH SONI (Batch 1991- 1996) Principal of FTL Design Engineering, Studio, New York.
– Canopy over outdoor waiting area at Rosa Parks Transit centre, Detroit. Urban plaza with skin as water collector designed by FTL Design Engineering Studio.
2. SHEETAL RAKHEJA (Batch 1993- 1998) Managing Director, Design & Development India Pvt Ltd, New Delhi.
– Shunya, a model home created on the concept of zero waste, zero water and zero energy. Redundant cargo containers and other waste materials been transformed in to India’s first working model of a zero energy home.
– Green Boulevard, Noida, one of World’s ten Largest Platinum rated LEED certified Green Buildings from USGBC in the Core & Shell category.
3. SUMEET SACHDEV (Batch 1994- 1999), Television actor and filmmaker.
– ‘Rehmaan Sahab ko phone karna hai’, a short film by Sumeet Sachdev that has been screened at nine film festivals and won three awards including the jury mention award at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala.
4. PRYAS GUPTA (Batch 1995- 2000), Creative Director and filmmaker.
– Siddharth, The Prisoner’, a feature film produced and directed by Pryas Gupta. The film won jury Grand Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Gold Coast, Australia.
5. ADITYA KUMAR (Batch 1995- 2000), Deputy Director, NGO, Community Organisation Resource Center (CORC), Former Head of Design and Planning unit, United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
– The reconstruction of Nahr El Bared Palestinian Refugee Camp, Lebanon
– Upgrading of informal settlement Mashiniwami, SASDI alliance, Cape Town, South Africa.
6. SUSHANT VERMA (Batch 2005- 2010), Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK and co-founder and researcher at Research in Architecture & Technology, London.
As an alumnus, the most important part of becoming an architect at SAA was the manner in which the institution moulded and helped us in our personal and intellectual growth. From learning how to draw a straight line on paper to a dream of designing an actual building, this institute provided us the perfect infrastructure for the dream run. More than the culture, the teachers at this institute were a mixture of young and experienced architects, giving us a dual perspective learning at the same time.
– SANCHIT ARORA
I believe design cannot be taught, but under the guidance of eminent professors at SAA, one can always push boundaries and explore new dimensions. Each day has been a new learning experience for me; whether in studios, field tours or during campus activities, from seniors or from juniors. From a naive designer to an architect, the years in Sushant have moulded me into a responsible citizen and I am working towards building a better environment.
– ANANYA VIJ
SSAA has been and will always be an integral part of my life in constructing and shaping my professional career. I will always carry the teaching provided to us on the first day of the university An architect is a Jack of all traits, master of none ".
It has been an impeccable journey of five years of skill development with the kind of resources, workshops, seminars provided along with the lectures and personal guidance by the professors. Taking part in campus development during the fests is not less than seeing your project getting completed as an architect and that space being utilised by others gives you a feeling of immense happiness and joy."
SAA is a leader in architecture and design institutes and has earned a reputation for rolling out the best professionals in the world. It is synonymous with excellence for its strategic guidance, industrial visits, experiential learning, practical methodologies, field training, case studies and erudite faculty whose performativity dimensions of built environments and re-articulating objectives physically and psychologically deeply interested me throughout my 5 years of studies. The deeply engaging courses helped me transition into an innovative creator.
SSAA has made best efforts to provide us with best facilities in terms of 3D printing, laser cutting, design printing, massive library, etc. The biggest ‘pro’ point for me was the thorough involvement of the experienced professionals in our projects while evaluating our proposals in crits; our classmates, seniors and friends became our colleagues and it was a complete investment in my career.