PARTICIPANT / Priyamwada Singh

  • Name Priyamwada Singh

Priyamwada Singh is an award winning architect and the founder of common Ground practice, New Delhi. She is a registered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in New York State, USA.

She has more than a decade of experience in architecture and design with work spanning 4 continents and 13 countries including Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA. Prior to establishing her practice in 2013, she spent 8 years in association with top architects around the world among which are Padma Shri recipient B.V. Doshi and architects of the World Trade Centre, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP. Her design expertise ranges from master planning to high-rise residential and commercial buildings, museums and public institutions to ‘object’ design.

Priyamwada has taught at SPA, Delhi and served on the juries of Columbia University, New York; CEPT, Ahmedabad; SPA, Delhi and Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon. Her research interests are the interplay of technologically advanced and traditional techniques and the social and ecological aspects of the built environment. She has been published in international architecture journals, presented research papers for top conferences and contributed to several books on architecture.

She completed her Bachelors in Interior Design at CEPT, Ahmedabad where she won the best thesis award from the GICEA and the School of Interior Design.  After a post graduate diploma in Art and Architecture from the prestigious Städelschule in Frankfurt, Priyamwada completed her Masters at Columbia University in New York where she received the Honor Award for Excellence in Design and the Kinne Fellowship.


— Master of Architecture Columbia University, New York, NY, USA                                                2006

— PG DiplomaStudies, 1.5 yrs Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany                                                2003

— Bachelor of Interior Design SID, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India                                          2000


Registered Architect, American Institute of Architects, USA
New York State


Selected Projects

Allied Works Architecture, New York, NY, USA   
2010– 2011             
— National Music Centre of Canada (NMC), Calgary, Canada
— Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Laussane, Switzerland

R. A. Heintges & Associates, New York, NY, USA     
2009 – 2010
— NYU Tisch SoA, New York, NY
— Weill Cornell Medical College, Biomedical Center, New York, NY
— Columbia University Sports Center, New York, NY
— New York Presbyterian Hospital, Milstein Heart Center, New York, NY
— Celler Courthouse, Brooklyn, NY

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, New York, NY, USA 
2006 – 2009   
— Hill County SEZ Office Building, Hyderabad, India
Award : Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, Asia Pacific
— Myrtle Avenue Residential Complex, Brooklyn, New York
Award : CNBC Property Award, Best high-rise Architecture USA
— Futura Condominium Development, Singapore
— Aerospace City, Qatar Petroleum, Doha, Qatar
 Master Planning Projects
Hill County Master Plan, Hyderabad, India
MGD Master Plan, Hyderabad, India
Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) Mixed Use Development, Chennai, India
— Other High-rise Projects
Sky Towers, St.Petersburg, Russia
ConEd Mixed-use Development Master Plan, New York, New York

Tobias Rehberger; Artist, Professor, Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany     
— Glass Lamp Installation at Venice Biennale, 2003
— Translucent Plastic and Wood Installation Exhibit, Madrid

B.V. Doshi, Vastu- Shilp Foundation, Sangath, Ahmedabad, India  
— Research and Drawings for, “Concepts of Space in Traditional Indian Architecture”, a Mapin Publishing



Honor Award for Excellence in Design
Columbia University, New York, NY, 2006

Graduate Kinne Fellowship
Columbia University, New York, NY, 2006

Best Thesis Award
SID, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, 2000

Best Thesis Award    
GICEA, Ahmedabad, India, 2000

Teaching Assistant to Professor Kenneth Frampton
Ware Professor of Architecture at the GSAPP at Columbia University, New York
Columbia University, New York, NY, 2004-2006

Research Assistant to Professor Peter Marcuse 
Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at the GSAPP at Columbia University, New York
Columbia University, New York, NY, 2004-2005

Cultural Secretary   
SID, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, 1997-1998



Le Corbusier, Mill Owners’ Association Building; The Conceptually Woven Threads of a Spatial Experience : Architecture+Urbanism, Japan, Pg.28-42, May 2001

Graphic Standards Details: Openings : Wiley Publications; Graphics Editor, 2005

Concepts of Space in Traditional Indian Architecture : Mapin International; Perceptual walk through sketches, 2005

Drawings Storage : Architectural drawings published in an ongoing online archival art project, 2012-2013

Abstract 2003-04, 2004-05 : GSAPP yearly catalogue, 2003-2004, 2004-2005



Thresholds : Wood installation, old cement factory, Ci-Cheng, China, Mar 2006

Liquid Relaxation : “Material_Vision”, Conf/ trade show, Messe, Frankfurt, Germany, Oct 2004

Solo performance at Rundgang : Annual art show, Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany, Feb 2003
Published in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine”, one of Germany’s leading newspapers

Art and Airports : “UIA”, Berlin 2002, XXI World Congress of Architecture, July 2002

Associated Programmes