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Architecture BRIO is proud to work with a strong multidisciplinary team of young and energetic architects, interior designers, sustainability experts and visualisers from various backgrounds and experiences. We work intensively with a highly skilled and talented network of engineers, consultants, designers and the client, welcoming new insights that can lead to specific innovative solutions. The studio believes strongly in design as a process with an intensive dialogue.

Mimo Shirazi - Business Head

Mimo Shirazi

mimo@architecturebrio.com
Mimo Shirazi is Business Head at Architecture BRIO and is responsible for the operational aspects of organisation, business development and client relations . With two decades of running Cole Paints Ltd. he gained in depth experience in running a contracting firm leading teams, managing timelines, budgets and suppliers. Cole Paints was a family run, specialised steel painting contracting company primarily focussing on industrial and off-shore projects with high-end specifications and challenging working conditions.
In 2015 he closed his company pursuing a different career path, more in line with his personal interests. He joined the architecture practice Studio Mumbai, run by Bijoy Jain as Head of Operations. Here he gained experience guiding projects across the world such as Italy, France, Japan and Australia, apart from those in India. He ran the operations of the firm, managed projects, including project timelines, budget, and guided and instructed large team of inhouse craftsmen for both architectural projects as well as furniture making.
In 2020, after working for five years at the studio, he joined the team at Architecture BRIO as the Business Head in continuation of his journey in the architectural field.
Rohit Mankar Indian Architect

Rohit Mankar

rohit@architecturebrio.com
Rohit Mankar is Associate Partner at Architecture BRIO and Head of Projects with a focus on technical development and the implementation of our projects. Rohit studied architecture from the School of Architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad. He also holds a masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Rohit has over two decades of experience, and began his career working across hospitality and residential design with WATG in London and in the US.
He was drawn by the opportunity to contribute to the emerging language of modern Indian architecture, drawing deeply from its traditional roots while also evolving to a vernacular modern future and in 2005 he founded Parallax Design Studio, a multidisciplinary design firm based in Mumbai. Over 15 years, his portfolio has included a variety of projects ranging from hospitality and offices to residences and product design. As a specialist in the hospitality space, he has worked with leading hospitality brands like Four Seasons, ITC and Radisson as well as collaborated with international design icons like Philippe Starck.
Rohit is a visiting Faculty member at Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai since 2018. He has also been a regular part of design juries in various architecture colleges over the years.
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Kushal Lachhwani

kushal@architecturebrio.com
Born and raised in New Delhi – Kushal is always in quest for inclusive, re-wilding and aesthetic landscapes which are able to pacify humans and other species. Before studying landscape architecture (he received his Masters of Landscape Architecture at U.C. Berkeley), he was trained as an architect, graduating at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. He takes his inspiration from works of Geoffrey Bawa and Luis Barragan and likes to design spaces indoor, outdoor, and in between.
He currently works between California and India and continuously educates himself with travel. He has explored working in several geographies through a diverse range of projects such as wetland restoration, public waterfront projects at Tom Leader Studio, a school in Himalayas, urban plazas in Thailand, the Architecture Biennale in The Netherlands and Market Street, San Francisco. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, India and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley where he also teaches part time. A TATA scholar, he was also awarded the prestigious Geraldine Scott Travel fellowship to study landscapes in motion and ASLA certificate of Honor, CA (2016). At Architecture BRIO he collaborates on all landscape projects, realising his goal to eliminate the distinction between the field of landscape and architecture.
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Denver Pereira

denver@architecturebrio.com
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Denver graduated from I.E.S. College of Architecture. He invested a major part of his undergraduate years in the architectural documentation of sites in India recording their tangible and intangible values. Upon graduation, his experiences at Spasm design and Tibet heritage fund, and observations from his travels through rural India have greatly influenced his design process. He is inspired by indigenous building, art & craft knowledge. Sensing a parallel between Indian and Australian Indigenous communities functioning through the philosophy of ‘touching the earth lightly’ led him to pursue his Masters in Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design in 2017.
He joined Architecture BRIO in 2018 to take another step towards his desire to work with traditional materials and techniques specific to the Indian context. His work with the studio includes residential and commercial projects placed in diverse environments ranging from Himachal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh. Alongside architecture, he dedicates his time documenting simple found objects and engaging with makers to develop daily use products.
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Anjali Gopalakrishnan

anjali@architecturebrio.com
Anjali is a graduate from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai. She is a history enthusiast and sees built-form as markers to understand human narratives. Through the TU Delft Global housing exchange program, she developed a keen interest in settlement studies. Her thesis, ‘Home (for now)’, based on housing for skilled migrant communities was cited amongst the Top 10 projects and was exhibited at the Guangzhou fine arts academy’s Future exhibit-2020. Having previously worked on residential and institutional projects, she joined Architecture BRIO with an intent to explore varied building construction techniques and material details.
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Reetu Pethani

reetu@architecturebrio.com
Reetu studied architecture at the Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) in Mumbai. During her academia, she has interned at Atto Atelier in Bangalore and aDRG in Mumbai where she worked on architectural and interior- retrofitting projects. After finishing her thesis on slum rehabilitation and mixed income housing in Mumbai, she went on to freelance a housing project at the conceptual level before joining Architecture BRIO. Her inclination towards contextual design, spatial performance and detailing has propelled her to explore themes further in her work at Architecture BRIO.
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Aishwarya Dharmarajan

aishwarya@architecturebrio.com
Aishwarya completed her bachelors in architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. After completing her thesis on Water Infrastructure as a Public Realm, she established a strong belief in the importance of sustainability and environmental design. This helped her associate herself with practices that acknowledge the relationship between architecture and the natural environment. At Architecture BRIO, she aspires to acquire practical knowledge in sustainability and nature-oriented design.
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Shanmati Rajagopalan

shanmati@architecturebrio.com
Shanmati was born and raised in Tamil Nadu and did her Bachelors in Architecture from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut. During her internship with atArchitecture, she had the opportunity to work on several international competitions including the UNDP’s Affordable housing in Cambodia which is recognized by UNESCO. Thrilled by the prospect of working with multiple clients and not having to limit her domains to specific geography, she further invested a year after graduation in exploring competitions on various platforms. She joined Architecture BRIO to broaden her realm in hands-on experience and is keen on understanding how a design materialises at a construction site.
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Arka Banerjee

arka@architecturebrio.com
Arka graduated from Sir J.J. College Of Architecture, Mumbai in 2015. During his undergraduate years he interned with URBZ and other organizations that address social architecture, thus informing his thesis topic- Revitalization of silk industry in West Bengal. His approach to contextual design is greatly influenced by his experience at Hundredhands, Bangalore and his travels across the country. He has a deep-rooted passion for indigenous architecture and culture with an emphasis on vernacular materials, design and details.
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Tanvi Bhayani

tanvi@architecturebrio.com
Tanvi graduated from Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune in 2013. Her thesis on “Neighborhood Centric Urban Bazaars” was a focused approach on bringing in Social, Economic and Building Sustainability into commercial urban zones. Her internship with DSP Design Associates helped her get a foothold on large scale projects. She worked with _Opolis, Mumbai developing her design sensibilities and technical knowledge through her work on award winning residential, healthcare and multidisciplinary projects from concept to execution. She then worked with Total Environment Building Systems, Bangalore where she focused on Hospitality, Workplace and Residential projects. As a Senior Architect at Architecture BRIO with 7 years work experience, she enables design intensive projects whilst constantly exploring and imbibing new knowledge.
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Bhavya Gandhi

bhavya@architecturebrio.com
Bhavya has developed his sense of design and creativity while studying at the L.S Raheja School of Architecture in Mumbai. His passion for sustainability motivates him to design buildings that connect or repair the systems in which they are embedded. In his vision the goal of architecture is to craft an approach that is generous, restorative, and net positive. While working with Talati and Panthaky Associates he focused on designing and executing residential developments where he gained experience in the complete lifecycle of a project. He later moved to Singapore to complete his MSc in Integrated Sustainable Design from National University of Singapore. On his return he joined BRIO as an architect and sustainability strategist where he is most passionate about building humane habitats in line with sustainable and circular principles.
At Architecture BRIO, he is working on projects where his knowledge of sustainable principles is demanded the most. Here he applies integrated systems thinking to develop projects starting from building to city scale. He blends his training in architecture and performance analysis using the most advanced methods to inform sustainable design choices. Energy use intensity, solar gain, daylight & glare are studied to optimize the design of buildings and masterplans. While working with teams on residential and institutional projects, he ensures high-performance, cost-effective project outcomes through an early analysis of the interrelationships among systems.
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Hardik Dedhia

hardik@architecturebrio.com
Hardik graduated from the KRVIA, Mumbai in 2016. His thesis “The Dense Urbitat” was in itch to explore super-block high-density housing and self-sufficient neighbourhoods as an idea for the future. At KRVIA, he was a part of an international exchange with the Urban Lab+ and attended a resident cluster meeting held in Switzerland.
After interning at Parallax Design Studio, he went ahead to join them full time in 2016 where he worked on a variety of Architectural and Interior design projects from concept to handovers. This enabled him to refine his technical knowledge, resolving complexities, attention to detail and apply organizing skills to set systems to maintain the creativity-efficiency balance.
Hardik has always approached design via the lens of building technology and strives to merge the two sides of the coin otherwise thought separately. He advocates this further while teaching as an assistant professor at the AOA, Mumbai where he has been guiding design and technology studies since 2018. After 5 years of experience, he now looks forward evolve with new knowledge & methodologies at the studio.
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Nilesh Sankhat

nilesh@architecturebrio.com
Nilesh Sankhat believes in the critical value of precise and informative drawings to communicate his designs on site. This belief has been with him throughout his career as an Interior Designer after he finished his studies at L. S. Raheja School of Architecture in 2006. After graduating, he set out to explore his interests in the field of residence and commercial interiors at Talati and Panthaky Associates and at Della Group. Soon after he joined Prakash Mankar Associates in 2012 as an Interior Designer with a view to further his learning process, along with taking up higher responsibilities.
Being a senior interior designer and working for over nine years, Nilesh has handled a number of hospitality, commercial projects for amongst others, the ITC group, and Peninsula group across Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Throughout his career the urge for accurate drawings and meticulous details has been a constant, enabling his ideas to flourish into meaningful designs.
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Milaap Koppikar

milaap@architecturebrio.com
Milaap Koppikar is an Interior Designer from Mumbai and graduated from L. S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai in 2006. Thereafter he worked on diverse interior design projects independently gaining experience on different typologies. He joined Prakash Mankar Associates in 2011 where he had the opportunity to work on large scale projects offering an all-round experience in hospitality, residential and commercial projects.
Through this growth, the combination of variety across the typology of projects and exposure to different stages has proved to be crucial for him and has helped him lead projects that include five-star hotels, high-end clubs and apartments. Some of his key projects include Sarovar Hotels, ITC Colombo One and DLL Talwalkar Club. He believes in the constant process of understanding and discovery that adds to his continuous learning. Based on this, he has always promoted and incorporated contemporary technology, working methods and design tools to inform and aid his processes.
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Sarvesh Alshi

sarvesh@architecturebrio.com
Sarvesh Alshi has completed his bachelor’s in Architecture from L. S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai in 2015 and masters in Architecture (majors in Architectural design and minors in Conservation) from CEPT University 2018. His professional experience after bachelor’s started with working at Parallax Design Studio for a year. Undertaken in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark’s Serampore Initiative, his master’s thesis was awarded a Gold Medal. Later, he was associated with CEPT University and Center for Heritage Conservation for more than two years as an Architect, Visiting Faculty, Research Associate. Here he worked on the restoration of the CEPT Faculty of Architecture Building which was originally designed by Pritzker prize winning architect B.V. Doshi in 1962.
Being an advocate of a value-based understanding of the built environment, his interest lies in understanding the spatial meanings behind it. This interest coupled with the experience of dealing with heritage environments informs his attitude to strive for a sensitive approach towards design.
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Ninad Naik

ninad@architecturebrio.com
Ninad Naik is the visual artist of our office. He has completed his Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects (Plus) from Maya Academy of Advance Cinematic (MAAC) in collaboration with University of Cambridge. He is rigorously skilled with over 10 years of experience in Architectural field, as a 3D Interior and Exterior Visualizer. He has worked with Adid – Architect and Interior Consultant as well as with Architype3D and also as a freelancer. He has joined Architecture Brio to further develop his finishing touches to 3D studio max for more realistic output, using Photoshop.
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Kavya Shah

kavya@architecturebrio.com
Kavya graduated from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai in the city where she grew up. With a passion for sustainable design and exploring natural building materials, she interned at Dharmalaya institute under Didi Contractor’s guidance. She further explored indigenous building, art & craft through her undergraduate thesis Towards a Contemporary Vernacular Architecture in Dholera, Gujarat. Her journey through various experiences at the firms she has worked, and observations from her travels have greatly inspired her to explore the purpose of design in everyday life. She joined Architecture BRIO to take another step to further her interest for detailing and explore the varied use of materials in contextual design.
Danish Architect Rekai Campbell

Rekai Campbell

rekai@architecturebrio.com
A born Zimbabwean, South African now Australian based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. Rekai graduated VIA UC with a degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management. At 3XN Architects he worked his way to be a Constructing Architect.
Rekai takes with him all his lived experiences from the places he has lived and believes it’s a key part of who he is as an architectural designer. His intercultural upbringing is a strong driver in why he chose to practice architecture. He strongly believes that people are moulded by their surroundings, and in his case, he has surround himself with a diverse array of people and places who have shaped his designs.
He feels it’s important to find a way to give back to those less fortunate and has chosen architecture to be that medium and is why he continues to work in a way where his experiences continue to inform his design. Now, His goal revolves around that early dream and his continuing work with Architecture BRIO.
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Maitri Uka

maitri@architecturebrio.com
Maitri has completed her Masters in Advanced Ecological Building and Biocities from the Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain. It provided her with opportunities to explore the versatility of a natural material like wood and a chance to physically fabricate multiple designs, especially a self-sustainable quarantine cabin, inspired by the pandemic. Experienced to use advanced softwares throughout, she is also well versed with technological processes like 3D photogrammetry, computational design and robotic fabrication. Post her Bachelors at Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, she has also worked at Studio for Environment and Architecture (SE-ARCH). She joined Architecture BRIO to further develop her skills and continue to pursue her interests in sustainable design practices.
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Grishma Shah

grishma@architecturebrio.com
Born and raised in Mumbai, Grishma graduated from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai in 2016. Her thesis ‘Architecture for waste’ was a focused approach on rethinking waste as a resource for generating clean energy while integrating the community as a step towards a sustainable future. But to explore her diverse interests, she interned at Studio Grid that enabled her to work on a few Residential Interior projects. At The Architect’s Office TAO, she developed her design and aesthetic sensibilities and gained knowledge for technical details while working on various hospitality projects. She also freelanced for a small boutique from design to execution and then joined Parallax Design Studio to continue working on various hospitality projects where she worked on various conceptual building designs and delivering drawings. Since joining Architecture BRIO, she is pursuing her interest in sustainable design practices.
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Priyanka Parekh

priyankap@architecturebrio.com
Priyanka Parekh studied architecture at the Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, Mumbai. An ode to her love for heritage buildings and the stories hidden amidst the layers of cities. Her bachelor’s thesis is an exploration in building with history, was a study of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chapaner and Pavagadh in Gujarat with an aim to bring the old into a harmonic balance with the new.
She then specialized in Urban Buildings at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland UK , where she received her Master’s in Architecture. Her thesis was an extensive study into urbanism at the threshold of neighborhoods. Inspired by Aldo Van Eyck’s playgrounds in Amsterdam, her thesis explores spaces for children in the 21st century. An attempt at bridging gap between home and the city, through play.
Passionate in creating and designing spaces that respect and are in harmony with its surroundings, Priyanka has traveled to 23 countries to understands and explore, spaces in terms of its nature and culture, distilling to architecture.
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Priyanka Srikrishna

priyanka@architecturebrio.com
Born and brought up in Bangalore, Priyanka graduated from BMS College of Engineering. After completing her final year thesis titled ‘Centre for Marine Conservation and Rehabilitation’ that deals with the challenges of building in a sensitive habitat, she moved to Sri Lanka to intern with Amila De Mel and continued to work for 2 years thereafter. She had the opportunity to work on commercial, residential, landscape and community development projects and enjoyed designing in the tropical context. On her return, she joined Architecture BRIO to further develop her interest for detailing and hopes to explore unconventional materials, building methods and design.
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Anushri Shetty

anushri@architecturebrio.com
Anushri is a graduate from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. She is an IGBC accredited professional and is passionate about sustainable architecture. Her undergraduate thesis was an inquiry into the impact of urban biodiversity within the larger workings of a city. During her internship, Anushri worked at Studio Whitescape, Bangalore, where she was a part of projects ranging from residential interior design to industrial architecture.
She has also won accolades in competitions such as the Mumbai Metro Student Design Competition 2019, Sundarbari: A homestead 2020 at GRIHA 2016 and was a nominee for the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan 2018. Her academic projects have been a part of international exhibitions in 2021 such as the London Design Biennale and the Kurula Varkey Design Forum. At Architecture BRIO, Anushri hopes to learn how a melange of design principles and material selection can aid in sustainable architecture.
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Bhakti Kunder

bhakti@architecturebrio.com
Born and raised in Mumbai, Bhakti graduated from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai in 2018. Her thesis ‘The Modern Necropolis’ attempts to use urban design strategies to reimagine spaces associated with death in the dense urban context of South Bombay. During her academia, Bhakti interned at Studio XS, Bangalore where she worked on a private weekend home in Tamil Nadu using local building materials and techniques. This experience shaped her work at Studio Pomegranate in Mumbai, where she worked for two years post graduation. During her time there, she worked on the design and masterplan of an eco resort located in the Andaman Islands. This furthered her interests in contextually sensitive design approaches that involve using materials in their true form.
Additionally, Bhakti firmly believes that architecture can be a means to create social change and provide solutions to better the world for the less fortunate. She aspires to bring these beliefs to fruition in the years to come. At Architecture BRIO, she hopes to improve her skills in architectural detailing, work on projects of varied scales and acquaint herself with the complexities of projects being executed on site.
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Canna Shah

canna@architecturebrio.com
Canna is a recent architecture graduate from the School of Environmental Design and Architecture (SEDA), Navrachana University, Gujarat. Her final year thesis was based on re-visualizing the Urban precinct of Sanskar Kendra and Tagore Hall in Ahmedabad, which was inclined towards responsive architecture and landscape design. It is also based on various tangible and intangible parameters extracted from the spatial configuration of cultural edifices as well as the precinct’s contextual setting.
She has previously interned at Navkar Architects, Pune and Dipen Gada and Associates, Vadodara. In 2019, she attended a workshop in Spain called ‘Urban Condensers’ which largely focused on an Urban intervention at Plaza Del Carmen, Marid. Canna believes in sketching being an articulate medium of expression, with the power of translating an abstract thought into a conceptual diagram. At Architecture BRIO, Canna aspires to gain practical knowledge and decipher the underlying pragmatic factors contributing to Responsive Architecture.
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Chirag Shah

chirag@architecturebrio.com
Chirag has graduated from SAL School of architecture, Ahmedabad. His undergraduate design dissertation titled “From water to land” was inspired by the existing conditions of Indian Cruise Terminals and Tourism in the country. During his internship, he worked at Malik Architects, where he learned about contextual design and assisted with site implementation. He also interned at andblack Studio where he worked on parametric designing of furniture and interiors. Chirag has joined Architecture BRIO to achieve a better grasp of sustainable design and to learn about detailed execution of a variety of materials.
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Diksha Garg

diskha@architecturebrio.com
Diksha is a student of architecture, pursuing her Bachelor’s course at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. She’s currently an intern at Architecture BRIO as part of her curriculum, where she’s learning more about the human-centric approach towards designing experiences and manifesting these ideas in the real world. She aspires to gain a better understanding of how to design contextually sensitive and sustainable spaces, while also experimenting with built form and material configurations for a building.
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Nishant Kumar

nishant@architecturebrio.com
Nishant is an intern who is currently pursuing his Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is passionate about creating energy-efficient spaces using traditional building materials. He believes in being highly empathetic and analysing every step in design, which has helped him become more sensitive to the process and develop a deeper conscience to improve not only as a designer, but also as a person.
Nishant has previously completed a Graphic Design Internship at Oneistox Pvt. Ltd. At Architecture BRIO, he hopes to gain practical knowledge and experience that will help him develop his skill set for future endeavours in the field of architecture.
PAST EMPLOYEES

2007 | Saumin Lad, Tanja Meyle

2008 | Shriya Parasrampuria

2009 | Resmi Menon, Julie Especiel

2010  | Anirudh Sood, Tushar Amin, Pankaj Chakraborty, Kritika Sharma

2011 |  Kristina Schultz, Sujata Chitlangia, Ryan Mcloughlin

2012 | Shraddha Karkar, Sahil Deshpande, Ashwin Bharati, Divya Kapuria, Devanshi Dadia, Luis Santos, Nishita Kamdar, Anoushka Sivaraman, Christa Mueller

2013 | Kavyashri Cherala, Shuba Shekar

2014 | Philip Thomas, Jordan Magnee, Palak Mandhana, Prajakta Gawde

2015 | Khushboo Asrani, Swati Seshadri, Rithik RC, Kulsum Shahiwala

2016 | Neethi Dorairaju, Aishwarya Shankar, Mohammed Inthizar, Kirti Makhija, Kiran Babu, Madhura Joshi, Samridhi Nalwa, Surabhi Banerjee, Sakshi Minocha, Aarti Dhingra, Harsh Soneji

2017 | Asa Jonsson, Mona Jain, Rinika Prince, Alisha Raman, Shwetank Bhartwal, Denis Amirtharaj, Pierre Lambrecht, Tanvi Deolekar, Karan Dalal, Darshana Dande, Adeeb Dholakia, Shreya Nath, Dipon Bose, Antonin Henrard, Shivani Mehta

2018 | Akhil Hari, Anisha Murali, Gunjan Lath, Reena Parera, Aditya Dua, Nimisha Saraf, Shivani Shatri, Kamakshi Shah

2019 | Chinar Shah, Zainab Kabira, Elena Gomez, Prajit Gupta, Shreya Rao, Stuti Murarka

2020 | Nakshi Shah, Tanishka Sharma, Pranchal Shah, Helee Doshi

2021 | Ganesh Meena, Himani Bindal, Navya Khurana, Aishwarya Shyamala