Studio DCode is a Chennai based inter-disciplinary design practice with a strong will to push boundaries in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban design. As a ten-year-old firm, we work very closely with our building materials and believe in handcrafting any space, making it sensitive and responsive to its immediate environment. We also specialize in ‘design-build’ for projects that involve recycled elements and material, special architectural building methodologies and sustainable construction techniques.

We strongly believe in reviving an ignored art or a craft form by incorporating it into our design, thereby fulfilling our desire to empower craftsmanship and stay rooted in traditional building practices, while creating a contemporary context so that the building is in tune with its place in time

Founding Partners


Partner and landscape architect at studio DCode, Anupama holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from The Madras University, India & a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Greenwich, UK. She has worked with Cornwall Environmental Consultants, UK. Back in India, Anupama specializes in creating innovative spaces, both interior and exterior with a blend of the past, present and the future. The theme of her work chiefly involves the use of heritage elements in a contemporary context – an east meets west concept, that studio DCode primarily focuses on achieving.


Partner and urban designer at studio DCode, Harini holds a Bachelors degree in architecture from The Madras University, India & Masters degree in Urban design from The University of Greenwich, UK. She has worked on various large scale projects at an urban level including wetland restoration projects and other international urban renewal projects. Her association with Auroville and the wisdom and experience she has gathered there, has enabled her to use eco-friendly materials and sustainable building techniques while weaving contemporary design fabric. At the end of the day, she feels it is all about freedom of expression and drawing inspiration from things found in our own backyard!

Our Stars



A typical Chennaite who loves her filter coffee, there is no dull moment around her! Nivedita is an asset to our design team and is a very prudent project manager and makes sure our spaces are built the way we imagine them to be. She is strong in her communication skills and handles design meetings with ease and flair. Having done her internship with us earlier, she has continued to be a part of our office team till date.


Building Partner

Kupuraj is a highly enthusiastic and skilled builder. His exposure to living, learning and working in Auroville is an asset to us and hence he spearheads most of our projects in alternative construction techniques like rammed earth, filler slab roofing and all kinds of natural plasters. His calmness and loving nature extends an intangible charm to all our built spaces!

Daniel Ajay

UI/UX Designer

Daniel and digital go hand-in-hand. He is the one stop solution to our website and online requirements. He works magic and makes sure our projects are updated in the digital world for people all around the globe to see. While we design spaces, he designs our virtual world!

In the Media

Rethinking The Future

Sustainable city house By STUDIO DCODE

The project is a one of a kind city house that revolved around a specific requirement that was to design a spacious eco-friendly four bedroom house for a family of five in a plot that measured
40’ x 45’ nestled in a dense residential neighborhood.

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Edex Live - The New Indian Express

This architect duo is building sustainable spaces using eco-friendly, traditional methods. Here's how

Studio Dcode, an eco-friendly architecture firm uses local labour, resources and more importantly, local arts and crafts in the homes, offices and other spaces they build. We find out how

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The Better India

90% Recycled, Slashed Power Bills: Chennai Duo Builds Amazing Green Home Around a Tree!

“We did not want to import marble from Italy or wood from Brazil. We wanted to include local labour, local resources and more importantly, local arts and crafts in the homes we built.”

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Eyes on the canal - an open ideas competition

Our entry to the competition seen below that made it to the final top 28 shortlisted entries.

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