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Clay Designs For Cooler & Sustainable Structures 

He has designed buildings in Gujarat, made of clay and waste that are 50% cheaper and more cooler. He integrates clay in his architecture which enables cooler structures and earthy designs.

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These sustainable projects by Manoj have been honoured & awarded. He has received “Young Practice of the Year” by Institute of Indian Interior Designers for innovative products from clay roof tiles. He was selected under top 50 “Young Architects of the Year in India” by Architect and Interior India Magazine Designs Made From Clay For Cooler & Sustainable Structures. His projects have received recognition such as “Building of the Year 2020” nomination and “50 Best International House Design” selection. 


Manoj Patel is based in Gujarat, India. He studied architecture from D.C Patel School of Architecture, And pursued post-graduation in Climate Change and Sustainable Development in 2014 from CEPT University, Gujarat. 

In 2015, Patel established his own firm ‘Manoj Patel Design Studio’. The firm majorly focuses on sustainable building designs and restyling of space with contemporary elucidation for design through exploration of waste and recyclable materials. 

These sustainable projects by Manoj have been honoured & awarded. He has received “Young Practice of the Year” by Institute of Indian Interior Designers for innovative products from clay roof tiles.

He was selected under top 50 “Young Architects of the Year in India” by Architect and Interior India Magazine. His projects have received recognition such as “Building of the Year 2020” and “50 Best International House Design”. 

He has designed buildings in Gujarat, made of clay and waste that are 50% cheaper and more cooler. He integrates clay in his architecture which enables cooler structures and earthy designs. Clay’s heat reducing properties have been well known since ancient times. The same way Manoj manages to revive tradition too. He reuses clay and waste tiles to save from unnecessary construction costs hence adding sustainability in his architecture.


The use of clay tiles has helped a fading industry run by clay artisans. Due to modern construction techniques the use of traditional clay has been reduced to meager applications. Design approaches like Patel’s will help revive the disappearing clay artisans and resurrect traditional architecture methods. 

Manoj has also managed to create a cooling device made of clay. Wasted clay tiles are used in pattern to form planters. After plantations regularly watering the plants allows the clay to absorb water. The passing breeze is cooled by the porous clay. A sustainable remedy for warmer climate. Manoj Patel aims to protect and preserve nature along with reviving traditional skills.

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