r+d studio is a design and research studio based in Gurgaon, India. The studio works on the idea of collaborative design rather than one right solution. The studio engages in a process that explores possibilities and strategies that redefines the programmatic norms. We believe that a strong dialogue with the client results in architectural solutions of greater eminence, precision and performance.
We engage in an operative framework where constraints are viewed as opportunities and the performance of a space is valued over just satisfying the programmatic requirements. We hope to explore through our projects, every client’s aspiration without sacrificing the creativity no matter how big or small the project.
In order to fertilize our concepts, we go beyond the traditional tools of architecture by engaging in 3D virtual modeling, Building Information Modeling, 3-D rapid prototyping and EZ laser cutting machines for physical model explorations. The studio aims to blur the boundaries by feeding into art, media, sociology, sustainability, technology, fashion, and graphic design.
A practising architect for 12 years, Shikha Doogar has spent 4 years of her career as a Project Architect and Senior Job Captain at Gehry Partners, where she has worked alongside world renowned architect Frank Gehry & his design partner Craig Webb in developing a process and formal language of architecture thru rationalizing complex design ideas.
During her tenure, Shikha lead and co-teamed many noteworthy projects that range from Brooklyn Atlantic Yards proposal and Lehi Master plan involving over 8 million sq ft of built space to designing a playspace for children at Battery Park. Her project New World Symphony, Miami, an experimental music venue, on which she played a key role, and has recieved rave reviews from world’s leading architects and critics.
Post her undergraduate studies, Shikha worked in Dubai for 2 years before moving to the US to pursue her master’s degree and gain professional working experience of over 10 years; Eventually she decided to move to India; with all her global exposure to set up her practice r+d studio in 2009.