Studio Brio

SHEFALI BALWANI
ROBERT VERRIJIT
Shefali Balwani is a practising architect and principal of Architecture BRIO in Mumbai. Shefali completed her degree at the School of Architecture C.E.P.T in Ahmedabad and studied during an exchange program at the the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. In 2006 she co-founded Architecture BRIO in her hometown together with Robert Verrijt.
Robert Verrijt is from the Netherlands where he received his Masters in Architecture from the TUDelft. His masters thesis was awarded the second prize in the Dutch Archiprix 2004. After working briefly in the Netherlands, he moved to Sri Lanka, where he jointed the office of Channa Daswatte. In 2006 he moved to Mumbai to start Architecture BRIO.
Over ten years later, Architecture BRIO's work field spans the vast variety of cultures, climates and landscapes across the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. Each project is seen as a challenge and opportunity to uncover the unique characteristics of these specific conditions, investigating which intervention has a potential for positive change and impact in the way we deal with our natural and built world. Simultaneously the studio believes that architecture should remain a backdrop to life rather than taking center stage. In order for Architecture is to have a long lasting sensory impact it needs to evoke the urge to be discovered.