Set up in 2010, Habitat Tectonics - Architecture & Urbanism (HTAU) is an architecture, urban design and planning studio based out of Gurgaon that believes in the ability of design to transform and inspire. We focus on creating environmentally responsive architecture and sustainable strategies for urban transformation with effective enabling and implementation frameworks.
At HTAU we believe in the concept of genus loci and extend this to our systems-based approach to design and planning. From the lay of the land, landscape setting and physical location of a site down to materials, crafts and building technologies, our strategies and designs imbibe the nuances that determine the spirit of a place. We believe that this approach manifests itself in the creation of buildings and places that are not only true to themselves and their larger context, but inherently sustainable. We value interdependencies in the process of policy formulation, planning, design, and implementation to enable effective delivery of sustainable projects across scales.
WHAT WE DO
& Regulatory Frameworks
Working across scales, we prepare design-led policies, tools and regulatory and administrative enabling frameworks for effective implementation of large-scale urban initiatives,.
Using our systems-based approach, we prepare sustainable urban strategies for cities, specializing in the domains of mobility, TOD, natural water resources and integrated urban development.
We follow a process-driven approach to architecture, creating buildings and spaces that meet the required performance criteria specific to its context and programme.
Mriganka Saxena is an Architect and Urban Designer and Founding Partner of HTAU. She has over eighteen years’ experience in the field of urban design and planning in UK and India. She has worked extensively with both public and private sectors with a focus on design-led policy and tools for effective delivery in the areas of Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Mobility, Sustainable Master planning and Restoration of Natural Water Resources. Her expertise is in preparing strategies and statutory and regulatory enabling frameworks for large-scale urban initiatives. Mriganka has also led the preparation of multiple best practice guidance for various public sector agencies. including Delhi Development Agency, Indian Railway Station Development Corporation and the Delhi Jal Board, amongst others,
Mriganka is the Partner in charge for all urban planning, policy and urban design projects within HTAU.
Puneet Khanna is an Architect with over 18 years’ experience and is the Founding Partner HTAU. He has worked on building design and master planning projects extensively in UK, Middle-east and in India. He has designed environmentally responsive architecture across scales in multiple cities across North India. Puneet’s work was featured in the exhibition The State of Architecture: Practices & Processes in India, at NGMA, Mumbai, wherein works of 50 emerging architects was curated to build a larger discourse on the architectural profession in the country. His work also features in multiple industry magazines.
Puneet is the Partner in charge for all architectural projects within HTAU. He also leads City Analytics a data-analytics cell within HTAU established with the vision to become a credible platform for comprehensive, up-to-date high-caliber geo-linked analytics on Indian cities, identifying behavioral trends across scales.