Boss Women: Get Inspired By These 10 Celebrated Female Designers in India

ishika kapoor

7 mins read

May 26


How often do you come across “The Best of Designers” lists where men take up less than half the space? Not very often, I’m guessing. Well, welcome to the male dominion that the design industry (still) is!

To have create more gender equity in design journalism, here we are with a list of ten inspirational designers who have carved a name for themselves as Boss Women in the Indian Design Industry.

And in case you’re wondering, no, it’s nowhere near Women’s Day. Please.

[Read: Decoding Design Philosophies: How Do These Famous Architects Think?]

1. Abha Narain Lambha

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Restoration projects by Abha Nairain Lambha (Source:; Bloomberg quint)

2. Annkur Khosla

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Interior designing project in Mumbai by Annkur Khosla (Source:; Buildofy)

Annkur Khosla is an architect and interior designer with the philosophy of creating meaningful and soulful spaces. She is the founder and principal architect of Annkur Khosla Design Studio. The firm handles work in bungalow design, hospitality, wellness, and interior projects. In every project, she tries to connect the spaces with the user’s emotions.

3. Anupama Kundoo

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Modern sustainable residential home, Wall House by Anupama Kundoo (Source:; Louisiana Channel)

Anupama Kundoo is a famous architect, author, and researcher. Her work focuses on traditional building methods and locally handcrafted materials. She advocates for responsible building construction practices which have low impact on the environment. With her intensive research and experimentation, she has developed building prototypes that are eco-friendly as well as beneficial to society. Her firm Anupama Kundoo Architects has done some exceptional projects in Auroville like the Wall House, Mitra Youth Centre, and Town Hall.

4. Brinda Somaya

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Vasant Vidhyalaya in Bhadli Village (Source:

Originally started-out with a dream of being an archaeologist, Brinda Somaya is now an influential architect and urban conservationist. Her firm Brinda and Kalappa Consultants was established in 1978 and has won a lot of recognition from around the world. She believes that the true strength of architecture is through an emotional connection with design. Her portfolio ranges from architecture and interior designing to urban planning and conservation. Some of her work includes restoration of IIM Ahmedabad, Nalanda International School, reviving of Bhadli Village, and much more.

5. Chitra Vishwanathan

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Chitra Vishwanathan with some of her well-known work (Source:; Design Emporia)

Started out with a degree in Civil Engineering, Chitra’s love for nature and the motto of its preservation can be noticed in her work. She promotes the use of mud brick, which is sourced from the soil excavated during foundation-laying; and prefers the use of human labour rather than machine equipment to reduce the ecological footprint of her buildings. She is currently the Principal Architect and Managing Director of well-known Bengaluru based architecture firm, BIOME. Swastika Dance School, Buddhi School, and Olde Clubhouse are some of her major works.

6. Gunjan Gupta

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Quirky Indianized furniture design projects by Gunjan Gupta (Source:; Design Emporia)

An industrial and furniture designer, Gunjan Gupta founded her studio, Wrap Art & Design in 2006. The firm is dedicated to delivering sustainable and high-end handicrafts. She strives to promote ‘Made in India’ as a luxurious standard globally, while simultaneously reviving the traditional crafts in India. She has won awards like the British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur, Designer of the Year in 2012 by Elle Décor, and many more.

7. Pavitra Rajaram

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Eclectic design of Pavitra Rajaram’s home (Source:; Beatuiful Homes)

A brand strategist, interior and product designer, and founder of her firm, Pavitra Rajaram is an example of a true multi-disciplinarian. Her work creates modern, eclectic, yet cozy home interiors. She is the brand advisor for India’s leading paint company Asian Paints, and works them on their décor strategy.

8. Revathi Kamath

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Mud house by Revathi Kamath (Source:; Tabassum Khan)

Like the love of Laurie Baker with brick is eternal, similarly, Revathi Kamath was known for working with mud. She, along with her husband Vasant Kamath, was the co-founder of Kamath Design Studio. She aimed to break the class-connotations around mud as a construction material, building luxurious homes and resorts out of the same. Her revolutionary projects and relentless drive to achieve sustainability had her nominated for several Aga Khan Awards.

In 2020, Revathi Kamath breathed her last, and left a void in the architecture world. She will always be remembered as one of the greatest architects of the country.

9. Sonali Rastogi

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Work by Sonali Rastogi’s firm, Morphogenesis (Source:; Buildofy)

The Founding Partner of architecture and urban design giant Morphogenesis, Sonali Rastogi is a recurring name in the Indian design industry, and for good reason. Her methodology is to use passive strategies that can be ecological and economical. Interestingly, Morphogenesis is one of the world’s first architectural practices to report gender-positive pay scales! Her work includes IILM in Greater Noida, Infosys campus in Nagpur, ITC campus in Kolkata, and more.

10. Vritima Wadhwa

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Interior project of a jewellery showroom by Project 810 (Source:; Buildofy)

Founder of a Delhi-based design studio Project 810, Vritima Wadhwa is a furniture and interior designer. Her practice is dedicated to creating memorable experiential spaces for its users, while bringing detail to perfection. They do not categorize furniture and space designing separately from each other, with the ideology that furniture plays a critical role in creating a space. In each of her projects, she tries to tell a different story.

Here’s hoping that the next few years see a lot more women breaking the glass ceiling in the Indian design industry! Take your first step towards that goal, and check out Novatr for more such inspirational blogs and online design courses that will bring out the boss in you.

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