Robert Verijt & Shefali Balwani
Presented at India Arch Dialogue 2017
on Friday 10th / Saturday 11th February 2017
at Gallery 1AQ, Qutab Minar Complex
Robert Verrijt & Shefali Balwani
Born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Robert Verrijt’s passion for travelling and interest in Architecture led him to pursue his studies at the Architecture Faculty of the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. After being awarded the 2nd price at the Dutch Archiprix for his masters thesis in Architecture at the TUDelft he moved to Sri Lanka where he joined the ofce of Channa Daswatte. In 2005 he moved to Mumbai where he took up the position of Design Director at Singapore based ACLA Landscape Architecture and Planning. Shortly hereafter, he set up the practice Architecture BRIO, together with his partner Shefali Balwani in 2006.
Born in Mumbai, India, Shefali Balwani studied at the School of Architecture C.E.P.T in Ahmedabad. In the year 2000 she did an exchange program at the TUDelft University in the Netherlands. After completing here thesis on the Architecture of contemporary mosques she moved back to Mumbai to work with Rahul Mehrotra. In 2004 she joined the ofce of Channa Daswatte in Sri Lanka where she was responsible for a variety of projects such as the part refurbishment of Geoffrey Bawa’s Lighthouse Hotel. In 2006 she co-founded Architecture BRIO. The practice works with a thorough understanding of Architecture and its related elds. It seeks to develop design as its core strength and primary focus. Aesthetics, technological and environmentally friendly innovativeness are the corner stones of its guiding philosophy. The practice believes that there is a need to promote rapid, widespread acceptance of sustainable solutions. The potentials of new building techniques, re-appropriating materials in an effective and durable way and intelligent energy concepts need to be uncovered and integrated in an innovative way in architecture. With energy reduction and sustainability as a starting point Architecture BRIO attempts to create innovative and exciting architecture.
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