Pan India Travel Studio - Your Architectural Pitstop

A 16 day rigorous architectural design studio in 3 diverse locations in India culminating in the POOL*, Ahmedabad.



Landscapes and Cities

In the middle of a cold desert landscape of the Himalayan region is Ladakh; the highest urban system of the world. The participants will be oriented to the cities of this unique landscape condition.

The participant will engage in a design exercise that will interrogate the very notion of a place through design interventions.


Down to Earth

Auroville is conceived as an intentional urban experiment that would address the work of the ‘evolution of consciousnesses - a spiritual way of life while dealing with challenges posed by the economic, sociological and cultural factors of the region. Today, 50 years after its conception, Auroville is a growing community with 3000 committed and creative individuals from 52 different nations. The week long design studio will focus on working in teams with an international clientele, while responding to the local conditions.


Unabashed Modernism

Set on the banks of river Sabarmati; an important historical city in Central part of Gujarat. It has a dense urban fabric and like many cities in India witnessed rapid growth and changes in the old city which is continuing.
The design program will include an urban insert addressing the rich historical context while imagining the future.


  • Leh


    Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called "Little Tibet" ...


    An experimental township founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (also known as "The mother") and designe ...


    Founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411 A.D. who chose it as the new capital of Gujarat. Mean sea le ...

Master studio, Pool, Ahmedabad-

Culmination week at Matharoo Associates / MEDI studio, Ahmedabad.




Gurjit Singh Matharoo
Unabashed Modernism

Conferred International Fellow RIBA 2012, Winner Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Award 2011, Winner AR house award 2010, Winner AR Emerging Architecture Award 2009. Runs his practice in the name and style of Matharoo Associates at Ahmedabad. Is a visiting faculty at his alma mater, CEPT University, Ahmedabad since 1990 and rides his naked Ducati to work.

Mona Doctor-Pingel
Down to Earth

Since 1990 her studio Naqshbandi experiments with technologies using local materials and craftsmen which incorporate the principles of Building Biology. She has been part of a five year Indo-US joint research project on Building Energy Efficiency. Being rooted in Auroville and the local context of rural Tamilnadu has given her a unique opportunity to understand that “slowing down is the first step to sustainability."

Pratyush Shankar
Landscapes and Cities

Author of the book "Himalayan Cities" and presently Alexander Humboldt Fellow in University of Bonn, Germany. Was the Dean of Architecture at CEPT University. His research interest in Indian Urbanism and Himalayan Architecture, Recipient of Ford Asia Fellowship in 2008 and Winner J.K.Cement Architects AYA Award 2013. An avid hiker who is presently writing the Indian Urban History.



Open to all Architecture students worldwide and young Architects with a passion and drive for design.

Application deadline

As there are only limited seats, we encourage you to enroll at the earliest  possible. The PIT crew will evaluate applications every week and handpick participants till all seats are filled.


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Bonafide students of
Architecture / Architects: 

1000 EUR (75,000 INR - approx);  


Fees inclusive of:

1. Inter-city travel Leh_Chennai_Auroville_Chennai_Ahmedabad

2. 1 Meal/day

3. Studio space and Mentorship


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PITStudio 2015

A small compilation of PITS2015 - the people involved, participants’ projects and places traveled during the period. The Studio was mentored by Mona-Doctor Pingel, Rajesh Renganathan and Gurjit Singh Matharoo in Auroville, Silvepura and Udaipur from August 1st-28th, culminating with the Master Jury at 'Pool", Ahmedabad.


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PITStudio 2016

A small compilation of PITS2016 - the people involved, participants’ projects and places traveled during the period. The Studio was mentored by Mona-Doctor Pingel, Pratyush Shankar and Gurjit Singh Matharoo in Auroville, Leh and Udaipur from July 29th-August 26th, culminating with the Master Jury at 'Pool", Ahmedabad.


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Pan India Travel Studio

Pool. 19, Pleasure Ville II,
Nandoli, G'ngr - 382721 (Near Kalhaar, Shilaj, Ahmedabad) Gujarat, India. : +919879543504/05