The results of The Merit List will be announced on August 15th 2023. Write to for any queries. 

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 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.

The Jury

Profiles of The Jury

The 2022 Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society

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 aim to challenge the status-quo with a conviction that an open and honest conversation on the state of practice will instigate positive change.


At Arthshila Ahmedabad
Sunday, 16th October 2022

The lecture by Rupali Gupte, ‘Of Corrosions, Refractions, Seepages and Entanglements: Towards an Architecture of Life’, discusses four interconnected ideas on architecture, drawings and ways of evaluating good architecture to recalibrate architectural practices towards an idea of spatial justice. The lecture will be published soon. Watch this space for more.


The recipients of the 2020-21 cycle deliberated on two critical themes that emerged in the jury process.

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Panel 01
Working in the Public Domain – Architecture of Civic Buildings
Bijoy Ramachandran, Anand Sonecha

Panel 02
Crafting the Built Environment – Paradigms of Materiality and Detail in Architecture
Asha Sairam, Eliza Higgins, Sarika Shetty, Roy Antony

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Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association (ATMA) Auditorium
16th October 2022 | Sunday

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To chronicle the 2020-21 cycle of The Merit List, we are happy to announce the release of The Merit List publication. The book records the Citations and Commendations in detail along with select project data reproduced in a compilation as well as a glimpse into the previous cycles of the initiative.

To obtain a copy, please write to

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