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.



Bangalore is a city of 10 million, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Beginning as a military encampment, it has constantly reinvented itself, being successively called ‘garden city’ and ‘silicon valley of India’.

Located in the village of Silvepura, on the edge of this expanding urban sprawl, the studio will explore fragments within a continuum of changing landscapes: from virgin grassland-rocky outcrops of the Deccan Plateau, through agricultural land and rural settlement, followed by rapid urbanization on an unprecedented scale. An attempt will be made to assimilate these experiences through a layered design intervention set in this locale.


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" ...


    Located in the Southern India on the Deccan Plateau, Bangalore is officially known as Bengaluru. It ...


    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.

Rajesh Renganathan

Founding partner of a Bangalore based architectural practice Flying Elephant, that is engaged in projects across the Indian subcontinent. The firm has received the Chicago Athenaeum Award 2014, Holcim Award 2011 and Jury Commendation, AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2009. He lives in Bangalore with his film-maker wife and teenage daughter, and is an avid traveller and food enthusiast, who enjoys intense experience of both nature as well as urbanity.

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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PITStudio_2019Bonafide students of
Architecture / Architects: 

600 EUR (45,000 INR - approx);  


Fees inclusive of:

Studio space, Mentorship and 1 Meal/day


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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