The M.C. Shah House
M.C. Shah House

Our story

SNEHAL SHAH studied at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, graduating in 1980. His thesis was supervised by B.V. Doshi. He then undertook postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association in London under Royston Landau, and Robin Middleton supervised his history paper on Labrouste and Quatremere de Quincy. He worked in Lugano, Switzerland, at the studio of Architect Mario Botta and also passed the RIBA Part Three examination in that same year. In 1987, he returned to India to establish his own studio in Ahmedabad under the name SNEHAL SHAH ARCHITECT (SSA).

Snehal Shah at his desk at the M.C. Shah House
Snehal Shah at his desk

Shah started working by himself with the help of one peon. Slowly, the studio grew bigger with the addition of a draftsman and a model maker, and then came engineers and architects. With a modest Bajaj scooter Shah's team started visiting various sites all over the city and beyond. Today, the practice has on an average 21 colleagues from all over the country and the world. The team comprises of architects, engineers, research assistants, model makers, accountants, and administrative staff who all work with utmost honesty and dedication. The practice has contributed extensively to the society at large not only by designing several iconic buildings of various scales but also through many publications and regular lectures and exhibitions that are hosted at their office in Ahmedabad.

Shah believes in making architecture that is true to its time as history confirms that buildings which appropriate their time, place and climate, endure. In his buildings, there is a constant will to search for solutions that manipulate light and ventilation to their advantage. He studies vernacular techniques and learns from the wider Indian exemplars, and all these aspects get translated and find their way into his buildings.

Core Team

Bharat Gajjar profile
Bharat Gajjar
Kamlesh Kavade profile
Kamlesh Kavade
Kinjal Makwana profile
Kinjal Makwana
Kirit Bhavsar profile
Kirit Bhavsar
Mahesh Patel profile
Mahesh Patel
Mahesh Rawal profile
Mahesh Rawal
Pragati Gadkari profile
Pragati Gadkari
Shailesh Shah profile
Shailesh Shah
Suhavi Khowala profile
Suhavi Khowala
Sunaina Shah profile
Sunaina Shah
Tejas Patel profile
Tejas Patel
Yukti Raut profile
Yukti Raut

Interns

  • Dipanwita Panda
  • Ojal Surana
  • Prachi Sheth
  • Utkarsh Kasliwal

    Advisors & Associates

    (Late) Anant Raje
    (Late) M. A. Dhaky
    (Late) M. C. Shah
    B.V. Doshi
    Chandresh Shah
    Dr. M. N. Vora
    Enrico Cano
    George Michell
    Haig Beck
    Harsh Kejriwal
    Jackie Cooper
    John Fritz
    John Gollings
    Mario Botta
    Prof. A. K. Jain
    Richard Blurton

    Work at SSA

    We are constantly looking for young and talented architects with fresh minds and great energy to join our studio.

    We also welcome interns who wish to contribute and learn from our practice.

    For these positions, please apply by filling the form below. We will review your application and revert back to you on the contact details provided in case of shortlisting.

    Thanks!

    For any other concerns, please contact us on studio@snehalshaharchitect.com

    Architects apply here

    Interns apply here

    Alumni

    A. V. Joshi
    Adwait Limaye
    Akshay Agarwal
    Akshay Desai
    Alexander D'Aram
    Aman Jain
    Amish Shah
    Ananya Jain
    Anil Patel
    Anil Sathawara
    Ankit Matolia
    Antara Patel
    Apurva Tiwari
    Arti Makawana
    Ashmita Das
    Ashok Lashkari
    Ashok Prajapati
    Ashwin Sheth
    Atul Patel
    Ayushi Sawalka
    Babu Kutty
    Babubhai Mistry
    Balaji Bal
    Bhakti Shah
    Bhartendu Valembia
    Bhaumik Patel
    Chetna Shah
    Dan Reed
    Danish Handa
    Deepak Shah
    Dhara Paregi
    Dharaneesh Reddy
    Dhiren Modi
    Dhwani Sanghavi
    Dinesh Prajapati
    Eleonora Chiocci
    Eric Houghness
    Gaurav Shah
    Gautam Kamath
    Godhuli Singh
    Guido Raffaelli
    Gunvant Mistry
    Harish Modi
    Harshil Shah
    Hasmukh Patel
    Hemal Shah
    Hemang Shah
    Hemant Prajapati
    Jagrut Shah
    Jignesh Ghoul
    Jignesh Thakker
    Jignesh Trivedi
    Jitendra Joshi
    Jitendra Mahant
    Jitendra Raval
    K. A. Patel
    Kalpesh Gajjar
    Kamini Lekhadia
    Katherina Doppler
    Kavita Chainani
    Ketaki Gujar
    Krina Modi
    Krishna Shah
    Kritika Sha
    Krupa Nagarbandhara
    Kruti Desai
    Mahendra Modi
    Mahesh Desai
    Mansi Bapna
    Manubhai Prajapati
    Massimo Parboni Arquati
    Meena Chauhan
    Meghna Chatterji
    Michelle Colucci
    Minal Panjabi
    Mitesh Kalola
    Mohammed Azharuddin
    Nainesh Vaniya
    Namrata Khatol
    Nandita Mehrotra
    Naran Kalashava
    Navnee Kekre
    Neha Doshi
    Nirali Prajapati
    Nitin Mehta
    Paulomi Shah
    Philip Ostymer
    Phulendu Chakraborty
    Pooja Agarkar
    Pooja Thorat
    Pramit Raval
    Praveen Govindrajan
    Pritisha Modi
    R. S. Mani
    Rahul Desai
    Rahul Jain
    Rajesh Shah
    Ramesh A Shah
    Ramesh Kalasva
    Ramesh Panchal
    Rashmit
    Riyaz Latif
    Sakshay Malik
    Sandeep Patel
    Sanika Shah
    Sanjay Mistry
    Shaheen Shaikh
    Shailesh Patel
    Shankar Katakiya
    Shikha Asarani
    Shilpa Sharma
    Shoonya R
    Shweta Brambhatt
    Siddhartha Singh
    Sonal Turakhiya
    Steven Canara
    Sudhir Pandya
    Sunil Rajvansh
    Surbhi Sanghi
    Surendra Pal Singh
    Swati Singh
    Tubias Von Rott
    Umesh Patel
    V. K. Vardhan
    Vaishali Karekar
    Valmik Patel
    Vasant Mistry
    Vastupal Shah
    Vijay Thakor
    Vineetha Varghese
    Vinod Patni
    Vipul Gajjar
    Virad Mukhi
    Vishal Patel
    Yesha Bhatt

    Contact Details

    M.C. Shah House
    1/B Avantika Society
    Naranpura
    Ahmedabad 380013
    Gujarat, India
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    +91 (79) 276830 01/02/03/04
    studio@snehalshaharchitect.com