Jateen Lad BA DipArch(Cantab) SMArchS(MIT) ARB RIBA is an architect based in Manchester and Pondicherry, India, with over 15 years UK and international experience. His work is guided by a belief that good architecture and ethical construction practices can be a force for social change.  

He set up in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami working on community development projects and is recognised for his recently completed Sharanam buildings for the Sri Aurobindo Society. 

He brings a holistic approach integrating bespoke architecture, master-planning, environmental design, construction management and the delivery of buildings in a socially empowering manner - often in challenging contexts where design skills are most needed. He is experienced in closely collaborating with clients, NGOs, communities and funding agencies enabling projects to transcend expectations and generate long-term benefits.

All projects are shaped by a commitment to sustainability and ethical practice in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This approach informs the research and testing of materials, techniques and also the building process. Working at the grass roots Jateen Lad's projects actively involve capacity building and the training of local masons and unskilled workers on the job, upgrading long term skills and improving livelihoods.

Jateen studied at the University of Cambridge, MIT, Harvard and the Architectural Association and is regularly invited by major institutions and universities to speak about environmental and social sustainability, alternative practice and the social value of architects. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a UN-Habitat consultant and in 2013 was appointed Technical Reviewer for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.



Jateen Lad has been invited to speak at a number of institutes and his work has been featured in numerous international design magazines and newspapers. A selection of talks and published articles is listed below.

Make Design Matter | Lecture by Jateen Lad | White Collar Factory, 1 Old St. Yard, London | October, 2018

The Social Value of Design | Presentation by Jateen Lad | RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018, Cambridge | October 2018

Cover | Indian Architect & Builder (Mumbai) | May, 2017

A Humble Locale | Indian Architect & Builder (Mumbai) | May, 2017 

Cover | XXI Architecture and Design Magazine (Istanbul) | February, 2017

Öteki Kalınmanın Mimarlıgı | Deniz Cinar | XXI Architecture and Design Magazine (Istanbul) | February, 2017

What you can build for £25,000 | A Lecture by Jateen Lad | McGill University, Montreal | November, 2016

Alternative Materials, Techniques + Practice | A Lecture by Jateen Lad | Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales | October, 2016

Building Social Sustainability A Talk by Jateen Lad | University of Huddersfield | September, 2016

Feature Project: Sharanam, A Centre for Rural Development | Ciara Chang (ed.) | FuturArc. The Voice of Green Architecture in Asia-Pacific (Singapore) | September - October, 2016

Commentary. We are all Living in a Material World | Miriel Ko | FuturArc. The Voice of Green Architecture in Asia-Pacific (Singapore) | September - October, 2016

Building Case Study: Sharanam Centre for Rural Development | Hattie Hartmann (ed.) | The Architects Journal (London) | 26 February, 2016 

Addressing Environmental Concerns. An Interview with Jateen Lad | Ajit Sabnis (ed.) | Built Expressions (Bangalore) | February, 2014 

Royal Society Lignacite Lecture | Professor Doug King | Royal Society, London | September, 2013 | Featuring the work of Jateen Lad

Global Designers Give Pondy a Sense of Style | Nandini Sengupta | The Times of India | (Chennai) | November, 2011. 

Alternative Practice | A Presentation by Jateen Lad | Manchester School of Architecture | July, 2011

The State of Play of Sustainable Buildings in India | United Nations Environment Programme Report in conjunction with The Energy Research Institute | November, 2010


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