There is no single bigger adversity facing humankind than the environmental challenges of global warming, biodiversity loss, and waste. We are standing at a crossroads and architecture is not the answer in isolation, but it is a part of the solution. Studio SAAR has the ambition to create sustainable solutions for society and is propelled by a strong interest in cross-cultural sharing of ideas, technologies, and solutions.
Understanding the concept of social value allows us to create places, buildings and details that consciously respond to local skills, aspirations, and needs. All projects big and small follow an environmentally and socially centred design ethos. People are at the centre of our work and we understand we cannot exist without the interwoven web of life on Earth. We seek to support and strengthen the ecosystems that surround us.
The efficient use of materials balanced with the quality of design and detailing allows for buildings to be loved and appreciated for a long time. The twin challenges of a rapidly changing climate and mass extinctions need to be met with the best of human ingenuity.
Ananya met Jonny at Bath in 2003, forming the friendship that Studio Saar is founded on. Ananya went on to work on private projects in the United Kingdom and India, specifically for Secure Meters, including two IGBC platinum rated green buildings. Ananya created the first list of heritage buildings in Udaipur for the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and worked at Sangath with Pritzker Prize winning architect Dr BV Doshi and Rajeev Khatpalia. He works at Secure Meters as a part of the leadership team and the design lead at Studio Saar. He is a keen photographer and furniture designer/maker.
Jonny began his career studying alongside Ananya in 2003 at the University of Bath, UK. Almost twenty years later Studio Saar has been established to continue their shared vision in crafting uplifting places and spaces. Jonny gained his professional qualifications at London Metropolitan University studying under Professor Maurice Mitchel and Professor Robert Mull, which embedded a strong interest in social value architecture. Jonny has previously worked for two Stirling Prize winning practices, FeildenCleggBradley Studios and AllfordHallMonaghanMorris before setting up practice independently. Jonny is an ARB RIBA registered architect in the UK.