Bridging the Gap

DCOOP is a Mumbai based architecture practice established
in 2003 by Quaid Doongerwala and Shilpa Ranade.
The firm has worked on a diverse range of projects including
individual houses, retail stores, offices, institutional projects
and master planning in different parts of the country. Our
projects have won awards and been published in leading
national magazines. Quaid and Shilpa have lectured and
shown the work of DCOOP at several prestigious platforms.
We believe that any exercise of design should derive from
a deep study and understanding of the history, context
and lived realities of a given site and program. Quaid and
Shilpa’s independent research and interest in social and
cultural aspects of our immediate environment has given
the firm a positive inter-disciplinary grounding and a critical
edge. Design for us is a multi-disciplinary field that requires
combined skills of art, anthropology, engineering, and
management at different stages.
DCOOP aims towards bridging the gap that exists
between concerns of ‘pure’ design, the contingencies of
execution, and sensitivity to the requirements of the user, to
produce an environment that is at once contemporary and
sustainable. Pragmatically planned, meticulously put together,
subtly fine-tuned to stimulate the senses; our projects are
characterized by their refined proportions and a sense of
balanced restfulness.
The DCOOP studio runs on the energy of a talented team of
inspired young people who work closely with the principals
on each project, supported by a team of experienced
contractors and consultants.
The process of working on every project is a deeply
engaged exercise as multiple possibilities are explored,
designs developed, model studies made and material studies
undertaken to arrive at apt design solutions. These are taken
through the construction process with as much commitment
on site.

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