about us

Founded in 2005, we are a small architectural studio based in Bengaluru working on a diverse scale and typologies of projects ranging from residential, hospitality, industrial, commercial and workspaces. 

The studio approaches each project with a search for a contextually appropriate idea. We put a lot of emphasis on the design process as we believe that each project has a unique site, context, program and requirements which need to be analyzed, imbibed and explored with an innovative way of taking that idea and creating meaningful spaces.

We like to work with different materials and methods of construction as we believe that materials play a very important part in articulating the character of the space.

The studio strives to achieve a design aesthetic which is honest and understated, is sensitive to its surroundings and enhances the purpose for which it is built.


nilay patalia

Principal Architect
Nilay graduated from School of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad in 2002. He had the opportunity to work and travel to Bhutan during the internship period as well as to Europe during one semester exchange program at Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava. After graduating, he worked with Mathew & Ghosh Architects during which he worked on different architectural projects and competitions. He later founded his practice Nilay Patalia Architects in Bengaluru in 2005. The studio has been involved in a wide variety and scale of projects. He has consciously tried to do limited work and have a small office so that there is lot of time spent on each project. He believes in integrity, knowledge sharing, collaboration of all involved with the project, non-hierarchical method of working in office, and is committed to achieving the highest standards of professionalism. He is actively involved in academics and has been teaching regularly as a visiting faculty at RVCA Bengaluru as well as attending juries at various other colleges in Bengaluru. He believes in ‘Ella Maya’ (everything is illusion).

yashas nataraju

Associate Architect
Yashas graduated from RV College of architecture, Bengaluru in 2016. During his undergraduate years, he interned with nilay patalia architects which enabled him to get a foothold on handling site work while coordinating with various agencies in the field across various projects. Post internship, he went ahead to join the same firm full time in 2016 where he worked on a variety of Architectural and Interior design projects from concept to handovers. This enabled him to refine his technical knowledge, resolving complexities, attention to detail and apply organizing skills to set systems to maintain the creativity-efficiency balance. Being a senior designer and working for over seven years, Yashas has handled a number of hospitality, residential industrial & commercial projects. Throughout his career, the urge for accurate drawings and meticulous details has been constant, enabling his ideas to flourish into meaningful designs. Apart from architecture, Yashas loves to travel and explore new horizons bringing in new inspirations and stories.

bhawana solanky

Project Architect
Bhawana graduated from University School of Architecture and Planning, New Delhi in 2019. She participated in a summer school organized by the Architectural Association in the UK to design and build a boardwalk and pavilion in the Kingcombe forest reserve using a unique “design and build” approach as a teaching methodology. She interned with Ar. Kaushik Mukherjee in Bangalore and had the opportunity to further intern with Ar. Sumangala Jayatillaka under the umbrella of the Geoffrey Bawa school of thought in Sri Lanka. Upon graduating, she continued gathering experience in various residential and hospitality projects under Ar. Mukherjee. These experiences helped shape her design sense towards being considerate of nature and its entities while designing spaces. She joined nilay patalia architects in 2021 and continues exploring bold ideas through her design, while hoping to learn new aspects of architecture every day. Bhawana looks for ideas and inspirations around her and through her travels. She can be found reading thrilling suspenseful books or decoding any and all foreign language mysteries over copious amounts of tea in her free time.