Shefali Balwani (India)

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Shefali Balwani (India)

 

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The Riparian House in Karjat, India designed by Architecture BRIO.

The Riparian House in Karjat, India designed by Architecture BRIO. Image: Courtesy Architecture BRIO

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The Riparian House in Karjat, India designed by Architecture BRIO.

The Riparian House in Karjat, India designed by Architecture BRIO. Image: Courtesy Architecture BRIO

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House on a Stream by Architecture BRIO. With a stream running through the house, this retreat in Alibag has been delicately woven into the landscape.

House on a Stream by Architecture BRIO. With a stream running through the house, this retreat in Alibag has been delicately woven into the landscape. Image: Courtesy Architecture BRIO

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The Tree House in Tala, India designed by Architecture BRIO.

The Tree House in Tala, India designed by Architecture BRIO. Image: Courtesy Architecture BRIO

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PowerHYDE is the world's first carbon positive home for the homeless – designed to address rural homelessness in India.

PowerHYDE is the world’s first carbon positive home for the homeless – designed to address rural homelessness in India. Image: Courtesy Architecture BRIO

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Navabag Resort by Architecture BRIO. The development of this 6 hectares site includes the ecological restoration of an existing lake and the development of 16 holiday homes and a boat house.

Navabag Resort by Architecture BRIO. The development of this 6 hectares site includes the ecological restoration of an existing lake and the development of 16 holiday homes and a boat house. Image: Courtesy Architecture BRIO

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Keynote speaker – Landscape Australia Conference 2018

Shefali Balwani is a practising architect and principal of Architecture BRIO in Mumbai. Shefali completed her degree at the School of Architecture C.E.P.T in Ahmedabad and studied during an exchange program at the the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. Before starting her own practice she worked with Rahul Mehrotra Associates in Mumbai and the office of Channa Daswatte in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2006 she co-founded Architecture BRIO in her hometown together with Robert Verrijt.

The firm has since then won several national and international awards such as the Zumtobel Group Award, the AD-50 Awards, and the JKC Architect of the Year Awards.

Architecture BRIO’s work field spans the vast variety of cultures, climates and landscapes across the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. Each project is seen as a challenge and opportunity to uncover the unique characteristics of these specific conditions, investigating which intervention has a potential for positive change and impact in the way we deal with our natural and built world.

The practice actively engages with research and seeks out collaborations with institutes and organisations. With Billionbricks, an NGO committed to eradicate homelessness, they set up a dedicated studio called Bb-Studio. The innovation design studio consults with communities, NGOs and governments to provide scalable high-quality buildings and infrastructure solutions. As part of the Bandra Collective, the firm is involved with research and design of public space in the city.


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