Manayan Architects was founded by Manu Desai in 1984. The Studio is a multidisciplinary practice which provides professional services in Architecture, Interior, Urban Design and Product Design. The studio’s approach to the built environment is grounded in the search for contextually appropriate designs. Response to local condition, climate and culture have driven the design process of the studio over the past thirty years since its inception. We believe that efficient and minimum is a better way to design. Recognition of what exists leads to a more sensitive design than what can be.

The practice indulges into designs that are process-based than concepts. Each design starts from the most basic diagram of shelter and evolves into modern typologies of what it requires to be, keeping the sense of the core principal of design being a Shelter; Shelter from Sun and rain. Manayan Architects has worked on various scales of projects like Institution, housing, offices, factories & residences. 




Manu Desai (b.1959) studied at School of Architecture, CEPT Ahmedabad. He founded the studio in 1983. In initial years, he collaborated on selected projects with other graduates of the same school. His keen interest has been social housing and institutions since the formative years of his learnings of Architecture at CEPT. His research interest has been the development of housing types in the city of Ahmedabad and its response to the collective and individual house from the student years.


Christopher Benninger 1979/ Jitendra Mistry 1983 / Anant D. Raje 1984 / A.V.Joshi 1986


Council Of Architecture, India / Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation / Indian Institute of Architects

Collaborators over the years

Kandarp Bhatt                Architect
Mahesh Patel                  Architect
Chandragupta Shah       Architect
Shital Shah                       Interior & Furniture Designer
Parush Gandhi                Architect
Harsh Desai                     Architect & Interior Designer
Bhuvan Desai                  Civil Engineer & Construction Management

Civil Draftsmen

Premji Vaghela
Vinod Shah
Mr. Gopi
Falgun Makwana
Naisadh Gajjar
Ashok Patel
Vipul Desai



Harsh Patel
Sahil Punia
Sunil Tanvar
Ms. Abhilasha
Savan Panchal
Keerthi Shanigarapu