MONA DOCTOR-PINGEL

MONA DOCTOR-PINGEL
Mona Doctor-Pingel is an architect based in Auroville since 1995. She studied architecture at the Center for Environment and Planning (CEPT), Ahmedabad (1984-90), and has a master’s degree in Appropriate Technology from Flensburg University, Germany (1992-94). She has a studio named Studio Naqshbandi where she experiments with building technologies using local materials and craftsmen with a stress on client interaction. One of the key guiding principles in her work is the creation of buildings which are healthy (sick building syndrome) taking into account factors like electromagnetic fields, use of natural materials and earth energies. The inside-outside relationship forms an important part of her practice since buildings are not to be seen in isolation but as a whole with the surroundings. Designing landscapes with indigenous plants which use minimum watering, creating a micro climate with water bodies and vegetation, all of which goes to stimulate the five senses of the human being are then considerations which are integrated from the beginning of any project. She has also been a member of the Planning Team at Auroville’s Town Development Council, which is the official body for guiding the development and planning of Auroville. She has won many awards including A+D & spectrum Foundation Architecture Awards, 2004 and is the author of two Monographs on pioneering auroville architects: Poppo Pingel and Piero & Gloria Cicionesi, published internationally by Mapin Publishing house in 2012 and 2018 respectively. From 2012-17 she has been a part of CBERD ( center for building energy research and development) – a five year joint Indo-US research programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. She is actively involved in teaching and conducting workshops in India and abroad.