The Process

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Submission / Nomination

The Merit List is open to nominations / submissions for projects for a duration of three months for each cycle. From all the entries received in the past cycles, the TML Jury shortlisted 100+ entries for consideration. These project submissions were received from across India and covered a wide spectrum of typologies and scales..



Any project that had been completed in the three years prior to the year of the announcement is eligible for TML. The incomplete / under-construction projects are set aside for future consideration and the authors of the same are duly informed. Nonetheless, finished phases of large projects are considered for TML on the discretion of the Jury.


Jury Process

A peer-review, the Jury process is organised around three rounds of evaluation:

The first round of Reflection – the Jury selects projects based on the submission data independently and by articulating their personal choices and reasons. These choices are discussed and the Jury arrives at a ‘Long List’ – projects that are included as works significant for further and detailed discussion.

The second round of Deliberation – the projects are reviewed in a Jury meeting and each project is weighed against the parameters and contexts of the work. Many projects are discussed threadbare, and many are contested in articulated arguments. The Merit List begins to take shape.

The third of Consensus – While the final list of projects is arrived at by consensus (not by voting) there are unresolved disagreements and to maintain the spirit of the process, all critical comments and observations of the Jury are recorded. Each project is discussed and debated on in detail and The Merit List is composed with all members of the Jury signing off with.

After this last round, the writing of citations sharply articulates the reasons for selection as conveyed by the Jury and the Conveners to support The Merit List and generate critical points of discussion on larger issues.


Former Jury Panelists

Each TML Jury individually and collectively set certain parameters as lenses through which all projects were viewed and discussed.

Prem Chandavarkar, CnT Architects, Bengaluru
Samira Rathod, SRDA, Mumbai
Mahesh Radhakrishnan, MOAD, Chennai
Sankalp Meshram, Director/Film-maker, Mumbai
A G Krishna Menon, Architect, New Delhi
Himanshu Burte, TISS, Mumbai
Melissa Smith, banduksmithstudio, Ahmedabad
Bijoy Ramachandran, Hundredhands, Bengaluru

Matter serves as curator and convener for The Merit List chronicling the Jury process and the exhaustive volume of data received.

Ruturaj Parikh, Architect and Director, Matter
Maanasi Hattangadi, Architect and Director, Matter
Hrushita Davey, Associate Architect, Matter

The Parameters.

As TML is committed to evaluate all projects against their challenges and parameters, the Jury consciously resists unilateral approaches. The scale [S,M,L,XL] of the projects is used only as an organiser of content..


The Discussions

It is observed by the Jury and the Curators of The Merit List that beyond the primary discussions on projects, many broader issues that concern practice, pedagogy and built environment emerge from recorded discussions of the Jury. These are largely framed as provocateurs for ideological & thematic concerns for the profession of architecture as instruments of reflection on the state of affairs. Read the discussion points here. Read the significant points of concern here.


Anonymous Evaluation

The review process provides anonymity to each project wherein it is coded and the Jury evaluates the projects on the basis of the submission data, without prior or seconded knowledge of its author.

TML ensures that the authors of the projects in consideration are revealed only after the final list is composed. While the Long-List is announced, the projects are just listed to avoid any visual references that may influence the Jury Process. The process strives to be credible and un-biased and objective as the Jury and the Curators looked beyond individual biases and cultural prejudices in the interest of the authenticity of The Merit List.

The authors of The Merit List projects can seek a copy of recorded critical comments by the Jury if they so desire. Write to us if you wish.


The Merit List

The projects in the final list are selected after a rigorous and un-compromising review. These projects are not to be ranked. The very premise of a list as against an award is to view these as critical case-studies that represent desirable values in contemporary architecture in India. We celebrate these works as examples of high standards in contemporary Indian architecture.

This list may serve as ‘essential readings’ and can help adjust the course of the profession in years to come.



Authors of the projects selected in The Merit List receive a citation letter, a personal and unique memento, and a curators’ note as a record of the recognition.



The Merit List is now supported by Takshila Educational Society – a partnership that enables us at Matter to sustain the initiative without compromising the foundational values, fundamental premise and critical process of TML.

TML is enriched by donation of time and resources by the Curators, StudioMatter and the Members of the Jury. Apart from TML, the Takshila Lecture for Architecture and Society is instituted by Matter and Takshila Educational Society as a read lecture to commemorate the partnership.


Queries / Critique / Comments

We welcome our participants, architects, students and other observers to write to us to share any query / concern / critique on The Merit List, its process and its conduct. We will be happy to receive constructive criticism to improve the process in subsequent cycles. Write to us on


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