People.

Based in London & Paris, DROO was co-founded by
Michel da Costa Gonçalves & Amrita Mahindroo

With over 20 nationalities our creative environment is enriched by the diversity of Team and its extensive expertise.

DROO’s projects grow rich from our research focusing on new materials, innovative typologies and advanced modes of design and production. Our prospective work contributes to a variety of projects in Europe and Asia. Our Award-winning office DROO (formerly RARE) builds on its broad experience in design, management and construction.

Directors.

Michel da Costa Gonçalves
Co-Founder / Director

After studying in France and Spain, Michel da Costa Gonçalves graduated in architecture with honours from ENSAPL in France. He later completed a Master’s degree in Emergent Technologies & Design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before co-founding RARE architecture and then DROO. Michel previously worked with Shigeru Ban in Paris, as project manager for the new Pompidou Centre. He was also project manager for Architecture Studio on projects in China, Greece and Saudi Arabia (Rotterdam Architecture Biennale 2004 selection).

He is Co-director and author of the urban living book series “Villes” (Edition Autrement). Publications include articles in AA Files, Tank and a contribution on evolutionary computing as part of Springer Verlage, Natural Series. In addition to practice, he teaches a studio at the Architectural Association.

Over the last few years, Michel has developed a number of projects with high profile engineering constraints. His interests in the integration of digital modelling and production tools in both the design and construction phases have contributed to the practice’s innovative approach and cost-effective bespoke solutions.

Amrita Mahindroo
Co-Founder / Director

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Amrita Mahindroo has a breadth of experience in both private and public sector projects including High end Residential, Luxury retail and hospitality and Contemporary Art Museums and Urban regeneration plans, with projects in Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.

She holds a Masters degree with Honors from MIT in Architecture and Urbanism, a Bachelors degree in Architecture with Honours from the University of Melbourne, and attended Sloan business school at MIT. Following a number of years of collaboration with reputable firms in Australia, Europe and North America, including Atelier Seraji, Shigeru Ban Architects in Paris and the MIT Media Lab, she co-founded DROO with Michel Da Costa Goncalves.

Her interest in urban architecture and city form has been informed by her continuing research on the impact of emerging technologies and economics on future building typologies and subsequently urban form. With excellent client and project management skills, she has rigorously delivered a number of high-end residential and mixed use projects, with a particular expertise in tight urban sites with innovative results.

Team.

Harikleia Karamali (UK) + Savvina Loukia Kazamia (GR)+ Arthur Brandlin (CH) + Pauline Billot (FR) + Biyi Sogbesan (UK) + Thomas Blain (UK) + Jonathan Kiener (FR) + Raphael Boscarto (CH) + Inigo Jiminez (ES) + Eleonore Gueyffier (FR) + Charlotte Jianoux (FR) + Maylis Pillet (FR) + Chiara Costanzelli (IT) + Alfredo Chavez Romero (ES) + Armand Guzhda (IT/AL) + Alessandra Tagliatesta (IT) 

All.

Eugenie Naert (FR) + Carl Greaves (AU) + Kai Hian Ong (SG) + Delphine Luboz (FR) + Yvonne Weng (CN) Coralie Huon (FR) + Agata Borack (PO) + Robert W. de Miguel (ES) + Luca de Gaetano (IT) + Anne Paillard (FR) + Ido Sav (IE) + Julien Loiseau (FR) + Claude Ballini (LU) + Guillaume Appriou (FR) + Audrey Cousquer (FR) + Harikleia Karamali (UK) + Maria Bjerg Norkjaer (DK) + Alexandra Singer-Beider (FR) + Jacqueline Gray (AU) + Roberto Sanz Asensio (ES) + Daniela Covarrubias (US) + Roccardo Torresi (IT) + Oriana M. Cole (US) + Calvin Chua (SG) + Maria Capdevila (ME) + Fragiskos Konstantatos (GR) + Eugene Tan (SG) + Hussam Dakkak (SA) + Guan Xiong Wong (MY) + Pedro de Pascual Samper (ES) + Taeho Kim (SK) + Jean-Baptiste Geley (FR) + Gary Dupont (FR) + Anna Larkin (UK) + Duncan Gebbes (FR) + Valeria Garcia Abarca (ME) + John Naylor (UK) + Virginie Prie (FR) + Julie Maria Legaz (FR) + Kien Pham (VT) + Clara Garcia Puig (ES) + Kent Burns (NZ) + Tadeo Ciaurriz Taberna (ES) + Giorgio Paolini (IT) + CEline Benoiste (FR) + Joana Pedro (PT) + Rachel Kahlil (UK) + Nurit Moscovici Amar (IE) Jo Foong (AU) + Teymour Benet Brady (ES) + Mawena Yehouessi (FR) + Vitor Fernandes (PT) + Hao Wen Lim (SG) + Ahmad Tahhan (JR) + Nadia dos Santos (PT) + Dominique Staindl (AU) + Adam Grzesik (PO) Luiza Andreis (BR) Karolina Malec (PO) + Carolina Gismondi (IT) Marta Kluk (PO) Nicolas Baran (US/FR) Vaclav Suba (CZ) Maciej Pitek (PO) Julio Rufián Andújar (ES) Lisa Rukavina (LU) + Giacomo Volpe (IT) + Eva Hürlimann (CH) + Marie-Christine Beris (CH) + Laura Gonzalez Gil (ES) + Alize Soubeyran (FR) + Arthur Brandlin (CH) + Pauline Billot (FR) + Savvina Loukia Kazamia (GR) + Biyi Sogbesan (UK) + Ana De Lima Carvalho (CH/BR) + Pedro Marcelino (FR) + Thomas Blain (UK) + Jonathan Kiener (FR) + Raphael Boscarto (CH) + Inigo Jiminez (ES) + Eleonore Gueyffier (FR) + Charlotte Jianoux (FR) + Maylis Pillet (FR) + Chiara Costanzelli (IT) + Alfredo Chavez Romero (ES) + Armand Guzhda (IT/AL) + Alessandra Tagliatesta (IT) 

Jobs.

 

We are always looking for enthusiastic and creative people with an interest in upmarket international projects. If you are interested please email your CV and work sample pdf portfolio to cv@drooprojects.com.

 

Vacancies

DROO has opportunities in their London office. 
We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised person with an interest in upmarket international projects. You should be self-motivated and be able to work independently. Knowledge of cad, 3d and a graphic suite is essential. Initially the internship will be for 2/3 months.

Latest News.

DROO Architects - Amrita Mahindroo

DROO at The Perspective: Winter program 

Amrita Mahindroo to speak at The Perspective: Winter program  The Perspective Virtual is a think tank on Architecture and Interior Design.   https://bit.ly/3fsH9tP https://www.theplan.it/eng/whats_on/perspective-virtual-winter-forum-a-rich-program-of-events This virtual forum, organized by international architecture magazine THE PLAN, will bring together the design supply chain, offering a busy and varied program of panel discussions on highly topical architecture and design issues. The stars…

DROO Architects - FAIRE 2020 Finalist

DROO finalist for FAIRE 2020

DROO is a finalist for FAIRE 2020, the Paris accelerator for innovative architectural and urban projects.  We are delighted to be selected for the final round for our post-pandemic urban revitalisation project.  “FAIRE platform invites multidisciplinary teams to propose innovative research and experimentation in the face of major urban challenges: climate, materials crisis, new technologies,…

DROO Architects - AMC Magazine

DROO featured in AMC

DROO featured in AMC Magazine following this year Architecture MasterPrize where DROO Architects is amongst the winners in the Residential Multi-Unit category for our Castle Lane Project. The Architecture MasterPrize celebrates the very best in design excellence and innovation from the worlds of Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design. The awards program is dedicated to showcasing and…

DROO Architects - Castle Lane

Thanks to the AA School for sharing our Award win. 

Thanks to the AA School, Architectural Association, for sharing our Architecture Master Prize news: DROO, Da Costa Mahindroo Architects, co-founded and co-directed by AA alumnus, Emergent Technologies graduate and former tutor Michel da Costa Gonçalves have been awarded an Architecture Master Prize 2020 for their project VI Castle Lane in Westminster, London. The residential building…

Les lauréats du prix Architecture Master Prise 2020 !

DROO are Architecture Master Prize Winners!

We are delighted for DROO Architects to be amongst the winners of this year Architecture MasterPrize Winners in the Residential Multi-Unit category. The Architecture MasterPrize celebrates the very best in design excellence and innovation from the worlds of Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design. The awards program is dedicated to showcasing and promoting exceptional talent, and…

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Amrita Mahindroo guest host for Parlour

DROO’s director Amrita Mahindroo will be guest hosting the Parlour (@parlour) instagram this week and will be sharing thoughts, musings and our work on some of the bigger questions we have been asking ourselves as a practice in 2020. Parlour is a fantastic platform giving a voice to women working in the built environment. “PARLOUR:…

DROO Architects - Fulham Town Hall

New definitions of Growth.

In a recent interview I was asked ‘how we continue to challenge our design thinking and if we had ever deliberately tried to change the way we work?’ In short the answer was yes, but it was a challenging question. As a sense of urgency surrounds us, whether it be climatic, social, economic or political…

DROO published in MINI book

DROO in MINI book

Paintworks by DROO published in MINI book. DROO is delighted to see its Paintworks project to appear in forthcoming the new instance of the MINI BUILDING series, issue #10. Thanks  and congrats to A&C publishing for the overall publication and series +. The Paintworks is a former artists workshop in the Kingsland Road conservation area, which…