About Us

Connect Four is a strategic design studio offering end to end services in Strategy, Architecture, Interiors and Branding. We believe in the
cross pollination of ideas from different fields and we emphasise the
importance of the integration of various disciplines and practices to create a dynamic network of shared insights that create value for all our clients.

Our work culture comes from our team

Connect Four operates in an open, interactive studio setting. Our
work environment encourages teamwork and collaboration among
all members of the studio. The open workspace allows communication
between staff members of all levels and ensures the quick and transparent flow of information.
The key members of the 18 person studio have valuable experience and expertise in Architectural Design, Interior Design, Branding and Strategy, Construction Methodology, Material Specifications and Visual design.
Teams are formed from senior and junior staff to facilitate each project to ensure that each team has expertise in all areas relevant to the project. When necessary, however, individuals with specific expertise in presentation, technical details, site presence or coordination may be tapped to supplement this core project team.

Partners

B.Arch 1971, Mumbai University

Ashok has over 45 years of experience in the architectural industry. A founder partner of erstwhile firm Architectural Consultants, he also ran a design practice in Sharjah, UAE in the 1970’s. In the span of his career, Ashok has designed over 300 buildings in the residential, township, commercial and educational categories. He is also extremely well versed with policy and regulatory procedures that are mandatory for development. Apart from his professional practice, he spends considerable time painting. His work has been exhibited several times at art galleries in Mumbai and also regularly features in newspapers and magazines.
He is a Member of Council of Architecture, PEATA and IIA.

Brief work history

  • Architectural Consultants, Mumbai
    Partner, 1988 to 2011
  • Karani & Sanghoi Associates, Mumbai
    Partner, 1980 to 1988
  • Architectural Consultant, Sharjah, UAE
    Partner, 1975 to 1980

M.Arch 2002, Ohio State University, U.S.A.
B.Arch 2000, Mumbai University

Manoj established his practice in India in 2006 after studying for an M.Arch in the United States and working with Lehman-Smith McLeish, an award winning Interior Architecture firm based in Washington DC. He has over fiften years of experience in India, USA and Europe. He has worked with several large scale and prestigious corporate bodies to deliver cutting edge office spaces. 
Working on international projects at LSM has given him an insight into global professional practices and allows him to incorporate a high standard of design and detail into his current work. He has strategic alliances with several international architectural firms for for their work interests in India.

He is a member of Council of Architecture,
PEATA and IIA

Brief work history

  • Manoj Patel Associates, Mumbai
    Partner, 2006 to 2011
  • Lehman Smith+McLeish, Washington DC
    Senior Architect, 2002 to 2006

Certificate Course in Management, 2009, SP Jain Institute of Management
M.Arch 2002, Ohio State University, U.S.A.
B.Arch 2000, Mumbai University

Rujuta has over 15 years of experience in the architectural industry. She has worked in both India and USA, focusing on speculative architectural projects in the residential, commercial and
institutional sectors. Her international outlook helps infuse fresh ideas and new directions into the architectural practice. To broaden the firms outlook towards business and strategy, she has also studied management at a top institute in India. She also teaches periodically at Architectural Institutes across the city of Mumbai.

She is a Member of Council of Architecture, PEATA and IIA

Brief work history

  • Architectural Consultants, Mumbai
    Partner, 2006 to 2011
  • Esocoff and Associates, Washington DC
    Junior Architect, 2002 to 2006

PhD. 2007, NMIMS University, Mumbai

Rutu has a PhD in Management in the area of branding and consumer behaviour. She has over a decade of experience, consulting several Indian companies in branding, marketing and communication. She specialises in integrated end to end strategy, which engages the entire organisation through its multiple product, service and environmental touchpoints.

Apart from consulting Rutu regularly conducts workshops on branding in various B-schools in India, France and Germany. She has also published and presented various research papers at conferences in India and abroad

Brief work history

  • Jigsaw Brand Consultants
    Founder, May 2016
  • Connect Four Design Studio,
    Consulting Brand Strategist

Awards

interior design

architecture

strategy+branding

  • IIID Awards- Commercial Interiors: TSI Ventures Office at Bangalore, 200
  • C.K. Prahalad Award at ICFAI: Second Best PhD thesis, 2010
  • UGC: AICTE Research Fellowship for PhD Research on “Brand Image Formations among Children” 2005
  • AAAI Award, NMIMS University: Outstanding Contribution towards Advertising and Communication Management Programme 2002