The Merit List [TML] is an initiative by Matter supported by Takshila Educational Society to recognise projects of critical relevance in the context of contemporary architecture of India.

The List

The Takshila Lecture on Architecture & Society



The 2020-21 cycle is open for submissions and nominations

To participate and submit your projects as an architect / firm / organisation for The Merit List.

To nominate/ suggest / recommend projects by other architects / firms for The Merit List.

The Jury (2020-21 Cycle)

Profiles of The Jury


Underpinning TML is a dire need of a serious commitment to create a culture of excellence, establish a peer-peer review and form a community of professional exchange in order to critique and celebrate consequential works of architecture in India. The TML process seeks to institute a line of inquiry that traverses typology to make place for exceptional ideas in design irrespective of typology and scale. With intent to evaluate each project in its own context and judge the merit of each against the programme it deals with, The Merit List intends to outline a set of critical discussion points as a reflection on the state of affairs in contemporary architecture.








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The Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society

Architectural practice today is pushed to the peripheries of society it claims to serve. After two cycles of rigorously reviewing contemporary architecture from a diverse pool of practices, The Merit List strives to bring forth pertinent discussions on critical issues to a larger audience. The Merit List Jury over the past cycles has been able to articulate some immediate and urgent concerns that the fraternity of Architects and Designers in India must confront. The Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society is delivered by an eminent professional / academician that addresses growing disparity between the practice and pedagogy of Architecture in India, and the realities of our social, cultural and economic contexts. The lecture and the following dialogue aims to challenge the status-quo with a conviction that an open and honest conversation on the state of practice will instigate positive change.


The 2018 Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society
Prof Neelkanth Chhaya in conversation with Bijoy Ramachandran
14th August 2018 I NGMA, Mumbai

The Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society
Prof Neelkanth Chhaya in conversation with Bijoy Ramchandran

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