Created to Conserve
Indi Architecture is a social business with the aim of promoting and conserving traditional knowledge and skills related to vernacular architectural traditions. We believe the diversity, adaptability and sustainable nature of vernacular architecture deserves recognition and replication. Sadly the reverse is happening. In the race to be ‘modern’ traditional homes are being torn down and replaced with concrete boxes. In the process invaluable knowledge refined and adapted over generations is being lost.
Through our workshops, home stays and travel experiences we hope to raise awareness and appreciation for Indigenous architecture and the men and women who create it. We believe that once one experiences directly the comfort and ingenuity of a home constructed of locally available natural materials, in a manner suited to the local climate, they too will become advocates for its conservation.
Founder & Facilitator of Indi Architecture. A world traveller whose heart lives in India. Kimberley grew up in Australia but left in her mid 20s to travel the world & has since cycled across seventy plus countries & has plans to visit many more. Her deep appreciation for the study of human cultural diversity & languages saw her dividing her time between her travels and completing a combined B.A. in Asia Pacific Studies & Development Studies. She then set off back to India to establish a social business with an 'alternative to development' vision. Her learnings from across the world, gleaned from the seat of her cycle, have inspired a commitment to promoting sustainable living whilst conserving culture & traditional skills through the lens of vernacular architecture. After years exploring and understanding regional architectural traditions & natural building the inspiration for Indi Architecture was born.
Master craftsman specialising in traditional Rajasthani lime work, including the specialised techniques of Thappi, Lohi & Araish, lime mortar construction methods & domes & arches. The knowledge Liyakat ji shares with his students has been handed down through his family for generations.
Lama Thamo is famous throughout Spiti Valley for his precision rammed earth. We love him for that too but his calm & positive energy & spiritual inclination means that time spent in his company is rewarding on many levels. He is generous in sharing his life long learnings and observations both in the construction field as well as the Buddhist world. Lama Thamo became a monk at a young age and took up rammed earth construction in the Ki monastery at age 15. He left the monastery in his mid twenties to marry and have a family. He has been working in traditional construction for the last 45 years yet remains a Lama at heart and in nature.
Elder brother to Liyakat ji, Dawood ji has more than half a century of hands on experience working with lime. An experienced teacher he has taught at CEPT in Ahmedabad as well as in his hometown Sardarshahr. He takes pride in sharing his craft with eager students and in doing so hopes to raise awareness of and appreciation for these ancient techniques.
Bharmabehn is highly regarded for her intricate mud relief work. She has created stunning pieces at Hunnarshala in Bhuj & at Shaam e Sarhad Village Resort in Hodko. Bharmabehn is an experienced teacher having taught both mud work & clay painting at CEPT University in Ahmedabad. She is one of the few women remaining still practicing this traditional art form. Like all women in her community she is also an accomplished embroider.
Gurpreet Singh Mankoo
Gurpreet ji is a gifted artist who has dedicated himself to reviving the art of Mohrakashi, a lime fresco technique indigenous to Punjab. He has worked on the restoration & conservation of the Golden Temple in Amritsar as well as the Kishankot Krishna Temple in Gurdaspur district. For Gurpreet ji working with lime and natural pigments to create stunning murals is a form of puja. The uniting of the natural mineral pigments with the wet lime plaster being symbolic of the individual merging with the divine.
Suresh K. Nair
Suresh is a highly regarded Kerala Mural Artist. He has created numerous public art pieces across India as well as private commissions in hotels and private homes. After studying for 5 years at The Institute of Mural Painting at Guravayur Devaswom in Kerala, he undertook further studies at Shantiniketan where he gained exposure to a more diverse range of Indian & Western art traditions. He found particular inspiration in Italian & Mexican art traditions. Jaipur Fresco, Sgraffito, Terracotta murals are also a part of his regular practice. He is a humble and generous teacher highly skilled at inspiring the inner artists in all.
Karanbir Singh Bedi
Consultant and Collaborator. History buff & traveller at heart, but hotelier by profession. Karan's organisational & people management skills keep our projects running smoothly. His creative genius can be seen in the tour aspects of our workshops.
Lobzang is a proud owner of a traditional rammed earth home in Mane Village in the Spiti Valley. She plays host to workshops showcasing the traditional construction techniques of the region. Lobzang is one of our greatest sources of information regarding traditional materials and construction methods throughout the Spiti Valley.