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Madhu Pandit

Madhu Pandit is one of two principals at Neeraj Manchanda Architects (NMA), an award-winning architectural and interior design practice based in New Delhi, India. After her graduation, Madhu spent her first summer in Leh Ladakh, working on projects that deal with alternative energy for “Permaculture Natural Building & Biodynamics”. She believes that one should endeavor to deliver a compelling manifesto for change, especially with regard to sustainable design, through one’s work and conscious green practices.

  Madhu has taught design at leading schools of architecture and headed design studios with sustainability programmes.


NMA’s role in the Indian green building movement

NMA has often engaged with TERI, GRIHA, and IGBC (LEED) standards for green design. The firm is also a member of the Indian Green Building Council and has been invited to be part of the steering committee of the IGBC for the development of a school-specific LEED program in India.

Her pet projects

Some of Madhu’s favorite projects are nestled away in the hills.


Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Studies, Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The brief for the Centre was to build a facility that could become home to outdoor education programs, allowing future generations to discover, value, and help conserve fragile ecosystems in the region. Through its design, which promotes natural daylighting, water conservation, and the use of passive solar techniques for thermal comfort (solariums and trombe walls) and water heating, the Centre enables users to not only learn in it but from it.

Green masterplan for Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 

The brief objectives of this project were:

  • Interpret the school’s physical infrastructure needs at a campus level
  • Define performance standards that facilities and infrastructure must meet
  • Maximize integration of green practices based on the TERI-GRIHA system
  • Provide a campus-level design framework capable of providing clear direction for each parameter covered

Besides the master plan, individual buildings were retrofitted. For example, the library and students’ accommodation were constructed using green materials and methods.

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