Riyaz Tayyibji is a practicing architect and partner at Anthill Design.The firm has the
simple mandate that its work should belong to the place where it is built. The design
partnership has a variety of architectural trajectories, ranging from research and building
projects to the curation of architectural and urban exhibitions that have opened both in
India and abroad. Anthill Design’s most recent study and exhibition ‘The Stepwells of
Ahmedabad: A Conversation Between Water and Heritage’, documents16 step wells in
and around the city of Ahmedabad, framing the architecture of these structures within a
narrative of urbanity, gender, inhabitation and heritage. Anthill Design has also had
success in both national and international design competitions. Its present building
projects include a mix of residential, retail and industrial work.
In continuation of his interest in architectural documentation, Riyaz is the co-odinator for
the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission, a project to document 34 buildings built by, or related
to the life of M.K. Gandhi. He also recently restored Mr. Gandhi’s Bicycle.
A former lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Cept University Ahmedabad. his
academic experience has extended to being a visiting instructor at the Ecole Speciale,
Paris. He has actively been writing on a variety of architectural subjects. The architecture
of the city of Ahmedabad is a subject that he often returns to.