Swanzal Kak Kapoor is the design principal and co-founder at SAKA STUDIO, based in Gurgaon. She has 19 years of experience of working in a diversity of contexts and scales and believes in an architecture of resonance and a culture of social responsibility.
Her architectural and interior work celebrates cultural specificity, craft, embodied emotions, ecological consciousness and collaborative synergy. She has spoken at a variety of forums across the country and been a juror at SPA Bhopal and SSAA Gurgaon.
Her interest in civic action and the environment led to her co-founding iamgurgaon in 2009, a platform to enable change through community participation. She has been an integral member of the team behind the 385 acre Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurgaon. She recently participated in a group show titled ‘Transitional Spaces’ with a collaborative art installation titled ‘Dvaara:Vihaara’ with Thangkha artist Umika Mediratia.
She also volunteers her time as a member of the IIID Delhi Regional Chapter Managing Committee.
SAKA studio was established in 1999 and we have created a reputation for design excellence, uniqueness, fine detailing and the use of materials in their natural form. We have a design approach that is deeply responsive to site context and client needs. At the heart of our practice is a deep belief in thoughtfulness, sensitivity, innovation, playfulness and passion : the springboard for great ideas.
Recent awards include the IIID National Award 2016 for residential design and the World Architecture Community Award 27th cycle in March 2018 for Tree House.