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Bijoy Jain

Bijoy Jain was born in 1965 in Mumbai and earned his Master of Architecture from Washington University.

He worked in Los Angeles and London before returning to India in 1995, the year he founded Studio Mumbai. His work explores the boundaries between art, architecture, and material. His studio operates as an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, master builders, artisans, technicians, and artists across continents. As a collective, they are involved in the research and development of projects, using process and time as an integral part of their expression, with water, air, and light being the basis of all materiality in the synthesis of the work—man in nature, nature in man.

Studio Mumbai has received several international awards, including the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture, finalist for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the seventh Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award, and the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture (Paris). Their installation Work-Place was featured at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, offering an insight into the firm’s unique process of learning through making.

Jain currently teaches at the Academia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland, and has also taught as a visiting professor at Yale University and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Copenhagen. His works have been exhibited in numerous galleries around the world and are in the permanent collections of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, MOMA San Francisco, and The Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The Sam Fox School presented Jain with its Dean’s Medal, which honors individuals whose extraordinary contributions have elevated the fields of art, architecture, and design, as part of the 2021 Awards for Distinction program.

Alumni work

Exterior view of a house with a wooden louvered structure anchored to a stone platform. Multiple palm trees can be viewed to the left of the house.

Courtyard area, with light streaming through a rectangular opening in the roof. The courtyard featured a larger, rectangular inset of brick pavers, with a larger stone boulder and a couple of green ferns. Wood walls line the back and part of the right side of the walls, and trees are visible through the roof opening.