Sonali Rastogi commenced her architecture studies from the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi) and the Architectural Association (London) with a graduate diploma in Housing and Urbanism under Jorge Fiori and a second graduate diploma in Graduate Design (Design Research Lab) under Jeff Kipnis. She is the Founding Partner of Morphogenesis, one of India’s leading award-winning Architecture and Urban Design practices, listed among the top 100 Architectural Firms globally.
Sonali has worked across a diverse canvas ranging from architecture to urban design, landscape, and interior design. Sonali’s professional portfolio includes several significant Commercial buildings, Residential Complexes, Hotels, Offices, Institutions, and select Residences across India, Bhutan, South Africa, Nepal, Bangladesh, UAE, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. Her approach to design is inspired by SOUL©, an acronym for Sustainability, Optimisation, Unique, and Liveable. These parameters define the enquiry process that shapes the architecture of Morphogenesis.
Sonali’s deep interest in research work and public policy has further extended her commitment to cultural and environmental sustainability. She is an Ex-Member of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission, A Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects, Royal Society of Arts, UK, and A Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Furthermore, she has also been the Galletly Dickson visiting scholar at the University of BATH.
Sonali has had a significant influence on the emerging generation of Indian architects not only directly through her involvement in architectural education but also as a role model for the profession. She is a leading speaker on Contemporary Indian Architecture and has lectured at numerous reputed Universities and Conferences worldwide. Sonali is also a prolific design author and has co-authored Morphogenesis’ first monograph ‘Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective, The Global Context,’ published by Images Australia under their Master Architect Series. Her works have featured in over 850 publications, both international and national.
She has brought significant attention to gender issues. Today, Morphogenesis is an exemplar for the profession for equal opportunity and gender pay parity. A strong proponent of the ‘arts and crafts,’ Sonali is a founder of Manthan, a platform for creative individuals seeking to share, discuss, engage with, and evolve concepts and ideologies. She has been actively engaged in creating conversations around stories of the untold monuments and sites of India through the ILF (India Lost & Found) initiative.
She is the recipient of over 110 international and national awards, including India’s first World Architecture Festival award winner and 5 Indian Institute of Architects Awards. Her vision of putting Indian Contemporary Architecture onto a Global platform has been worthy of the highest honour. She and her partner Manit are the only Indian Laureates of the Singapore Institute of Architects Getz Award for their contribution towards putting Indian Architecture on the World stage.