Bijoy Jain, architect and founder of Studio Mumbai; arc en rêve centre d'architecture, Bordeaux, 2014 © Rodolphe Escher
Bijoy Jain, architect and founder of Studio Mumbai; arc en rêve centre d'architecture, Bordeaux, 2014 © Rodolphe Escher

Bijoy Jain / Studio Mumbai

Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai in 1965. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, USA, he worked in Los Angeles (with Richard Meier) and in London from 1989 to 1995 before returning to Mumbai where he founded Bijoy Jain & Associates in 1996. In 2005, he changed his production model and created Studio Mumbai, a "human infrastructure" taking charge of both design and construction. Working alongside him are Samuel Barclay (US architect), Jivaram Sutar (carpenter), Pandurang Malekar (stonemason) and Bhaskar Raut (traditional stonemason and carpenter).

Studio Mumbai has its offices at Alibaug, two-hours' drive from the city centre, in an area that is still partly rural. Around a large courtyard in which building materials and design models are stored, artisans and architects can be seen hard at work, all collaborating in their own way on project development. "By surrounding ourselves with everything we might need to produce quality buildings and objects, we've made the Alibaug studio into a place where we're able to develop ideas and begin to understand the world around us. Carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, architects and engineers work together, cohabiting in the same space; they are committed to designing and producing a form of architecture that goes beyond its own limits. Objects are born and multiply in this workplace, but there are also prototypes in the open air, large drawings on the walls, and tests covering the tables... This iterative and constantly changing environment is where our ideas are explored, drafted and constructed."

Thanks to two private dwellings, Tara House and Palmyra House, and the Leti 360 tourist resort, all patiently constructed buildings that showcase the inventiveness of traditional expertise and engage in a sophisticated dialogue with the surrounding landscape, the firm gained notoriety and was awarded the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2008. Following an invitation from Kazuyo Sejima, Studio Mumbai took part in the twelfth Architecture Biennale in Venice 2010 and was awarded a Special Mention. Striking out in a new direction and aiming at more international and large-scale production, with projects in Japan, Spain and China, Studio Mumbai will soon be opening a second studio, Saath Rasta, this time in the very heart of Mumbai.

Main projects:
Tara House, Kashid, Maharashtra, India, 2005
Palmyra House, Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India, 2007
Leti 360 Resort, Leti, Uttaranchal, India, 2007
House on Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai, India, 2008
Copper House II, Chondi, Maharashtra, India, 2011
House with 9 rooms, Kankeshwar, Maharashtra, India, 2014
Agronet House, Kankeshwar, Maharashtra, India, in progress
China Tower, Zeng Zhou, Zeng Dong New District, China, in progress
Ganga Maki Textile Studio, Dehradun, Uttapranchal, India, in progress
Reanimated Onomichi, Onomichi, Japan, in progress

Top awards:
BSI Swiss Architectural Award, 2012
7th Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award 2012
Special Mention at the twelfth Architecture Biennale in Venice, 2010
Global Award for Sustainable Architecture awarded by the Locus Foundation, 2008