Ar Amritha Ballal

Principal Architect, SpaceMatters


Amritha Ballal is an architect and urban planner, and a founding partner at Space Matters, an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio. ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM – In her work as the founding partner at SpaceMatters, Amritha has worked with her fellow partners to set up an international award-winning practice with a diverse portfolio.

A research-based practice, SpaceMatters has won some of the key architectural competitions including the recent one for Bahai House of worship, only the second one in India after the Lotus Temple and prestigious commission for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Memorial. Projects such as the Temple of Stone and Light, Barmer, The Bonjour India Pavilion, Institut Francais India, Paramedical College etc have been awarded more than 25 awards nationally and internationally- including Architzer, Milan Architecture Festival, Wade, IIA , IID, Jk Awards and more. Projects undertaken at Space Matters have been published in numerous publications in Asia including Contemporary Indian Architecture (J. Shah, India) and journals including Building Review (China), Archiworld Design Annual (South Korea), Design Today (India), TICCIH Bulletin, modern Asian Architecture Network Annual (Japan). The Temple of Stone and Light has been published in the Guardian Newspaper UK in the list of ‘the most extraordinary stone buildings in the world’. RESEARCH AND EDUCATION – Amritha has been working on action – research projects with a focus on both social and environmental ecology of habitats. Her research work on space and memory, urban homelessness, and rural planning has been published internationally. She was the co-editor of Landscapes of Memory an international publication which explores themes of spatial memory through the case of the Union Carbide tragedy site in Bhopal and has written 'The city is our home' on urban homelessness in Delhi. The has also been published in As a founding member of both Modern Asian Architecture Network, India and TICCIH, India Amritha has worked on highlighting Indian and Asian narratives of Industrial and Modern Heritage on international platforms. Through initiatives like Kumaon Build , Amritha has worked with research institutions and community based organisations to revive rural crafts and create design build modules for rural homestays.

Amritha has lectured at the University of Tokyo, University of Gothenburg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and served as visiting faculty at SPA, Delhi since 2008, and she has served as a mentor for Young India Fellowship.

    Firm SpaceMatters
    Profession Architecture
    Awards 2019 - Winning Proposal “ The Bahai House of Worship, Bihar Sharif, India with SpaceMatters 2018 - Architizer A+ Award for Architecture in Stone with SpaceMatters 2018 - JK Architect of the Year Award with SpaceMatters 2015 - Rolex Arts Foundation - Selected under Peter Zumthor, for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative. 2005 - Winning proposal - Urban Regeneration and Memorial Complex at the Bhopal Tragedy Site at the abandoned factory site of the world worst industrial disasters at Bhopal, India by the Madhya Pradesh state government, India with Moulshri Joshi, Sanjeet Wahi, Uttiya Bhattacharya, and Suditya Sinha
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